Review of “The Calling of Crows” – A Paranormal Historical Novel by Julie Jones

“The Calling of Crows” by Julie Jones is a captivating blend of history and paranormal intrigue that transports readers back in time to the seventeenth century, weaving an immersive tale that binds witchcraft, mystery, and deeply drawn characters.

Synopsis:

Amara loved life on her small farm in 1970 Yountsville, Indiana. That is, until she met the strange woman at the mill across the creek. The fact that the mill had been abandoned for nearly a century made it impossible for her to believe what her eyes now convinced her were real. But how on earth did an abandoned mill become a fully operating one in the blink of an eye? And wasn’t it odd how familiar the woman seemed? Awinita spoke in riddles about another time and place, a place called Roswell, Georgia, where by the orders of General Sherman, she and a crew of female mill workers had been charged with treason and forced to relocate to a new life up north. Amara’s association with the lone figure grew even as she witnessed the eerie cries of the banshee that now dominated her land. And the unusual happenings intertwined with a series of break-ins in the small country town. Added to these were the attempts on Amara’s own life. As the threats increased, Amara’s friends joined forces against whatever evil was behind the assaults, while Amara took comfort in her colorful animal family. Among these, the crow she had adopted began leaving gifts that were obviously clues to a mystery Amara was meant to unravel, and Amara’s mistrust of others began to spike. Rebounding between 1970 and 1864, Amara was no longer certain as to which life she belonged. Leaving her newly discovered love interest did not seem like an option, but neither did refusing the aid of the Roswell women, who were otherwise destined to fail. Crow would become as much of an enigma as Awinita herself, and an exotic Creole healer would open a new path as Amara struggled to solve the dilemmas of the past, present, and future.

Features:

1. Genre: The book combines elements of historical fiction with paranormal phenomena, giving readers a unique mix of fact and fantasy.

2. Author: Penned by Julie Jones, an emerging author in the genre known for her in-depth research and vivid storytelling.

3. Format Options: Available in paperback and Kindle editions, offering flexibility for different reading preferences.

4. Theme: Deals with themes such as witchcraft and the supernatural intertwined with historical facts.

Pros:

1. Engaging Plot: The story is intricately plotted with surprising twists that keep the reader engrossed throughout.

2. Historical Accuracy: Jones’s meticulous research shines through, lending authentic historical context to the story.

3. Character Development: The characters are well-drawn with depth and complexity, evoking empathy from readers.

4. Universal Themes: Despite its historical setting, the novel explores timeless themes such as love, loss, fear, courage making it relatable across generations.

5. Excellent Writing Style: Jones’s writing is commendable; her vivid descriptions bring alive the seventeenth-century setting as well as create suspenseful paranormal sequences.

Cons:

1. Complexity of Plot may deter some readers who prefer straightforward or less intricate stories.

2. Supernatural Elements might not appeal to those who prefer pure history without fantasy elements.

3. Heavy on Detail could slow pacing for some readers who value brisk narrative progression over detailed world-building or character establishment.

In conclusion, “The Calling Of Crows” is a skillfully crafted novel that takes readers on an enchanting journey through time where the historical intersects with the paranormal. It is a recommended pick for those who enjoy a blend of history and fantasy served with a dose of suspense and mystery. However, its intricate plot and supernatural elements may not appeal to everyone, particularly those who prefer pure historical or more straightforward narratives.

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