Mini Book Review: The Hound in the Heather

Mini Book Review: The Hound in the Heather

Eamon has not slept since the day his little brother died.

Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.

The Hound in the Heather

 Author: C.J. Heckman
Publication Date: May 17, 2019
Publisher: Gypsy Shadow Publishing, LLC
Page Count: 72
Format: eARC
Genre: Fantasy, Short Story, Lore
Cover Artist: -
My Rating: ★★★

The Hound in the HeatherThe Hound in the Heather by C.J. Heckman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received an ARC of this book via BookSirens in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.


All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.

The people of the Sleeping Wood revered the Witch, who used the power of the Knack to chase off foul spirits and commend the souls of the dead to the Sunless Lands. Eamon did not revere her though, to him she was only death. Death swathed in frayed robes and strange perfumes, come to carry his mother into the long dark of the Barrow.

If you like strange, short reads, you should totally check out The Hound In The Heather. Beautifully written, full of lore and eeriness, this read will not lose your attention for a second.

The story is about a boy named Eamon. Haunted by his brother’s death, he cannot forgive himself for his brother’s death. As his father’s health declines, and his own crippled leg brings about it’s own battles, Eamon sits in a terrible position. This is until the Barrow Witch appears, and seeks out his aid to put his brother’s soul at rest. It is then that the plot thickens with folklore-rich details.

While I really liked this story, I wish it had been longer. I feel there was a lot in this story that could have benefited from more elaboration. Even so, it was beautifully written, and very unique, to say the least.

Vulgarity: None.
Sexual content: None.
Violence: None.

My Rating: ★★★★

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