The Wild Hunt, by Ashley Jeffery ($14.99)
Summary of The Wild Hunt
I see ghosts…….
Except my ghosts aren’t just floating see-through apparitions. They aren’t drifting clouds of mist, or glowing balls of light. My ghosts are the soundless, walking zombies of the dearly departed. They are the rotting corpses of the dead.
I am crazy……..
I have never pretended to be anything else. I know that seeing the dead isn’t something sane people do. No. I am fully aware of my own psychosis. Too bad knowing and accepting isn’t a cure.
Something else seems to be happening around me. People are dying, people I know. And whats worse the Sheriff in town thinks I’m doing it. Even my silent rotting friends can’t help me, not without a voice.
I am not a murderer.
My review of The Wild Hunt
OK. I’m going to get this out of the way, right off the bat. First, allow me to preface this by saying that I have worked professionally as an editor and am something of a grammar nerd (OK, total grammar nerd). That being said, The Wild Hunt has a lot of errors with punctuation and grammar and so on. Granted, I probably tend to notice errors more often than the next gal (unless the next gal has a masters in English) but still…it’s a book and it shouldn’t have multiple errors on just about every page. Now, I get that a self-publishing author doesn’t always have the resources to hire a professional editor but I’m something of a purist when it comes to writing. And it irritates me that when a novel is filled with errors, especially when the mistakes are like these:
“I don’t want them I want you.”
“Easy, slut, and whore, those words hurt because they were true I just hated admitting it.” (This sentence bothers me for more than just grammatical reasons, by the way.)
“I won’t sale.”
“Ease drop much Isaac?”
“They’re bodies were twisted, their faces wearing terrifying masks of pain.”
“Why she couldn’t just ride with me and meet him there.”
I’m not trying to be mean, and I hate to be so critical, but those are just a handful of mistakes out of almost 600 pages. These aren’t typos or errors that happen when you are in a hurry. “I won’t sale?” “Ease drop” instead of “eavesdrop?” These are pretty bad mistakes. And, how do you get “they’re vs. their” wrong and right in the same sentence? Needless to say, I was frustrated with the errors in The Wild Hunt. I say that because I’m being 100% honest (which is what I promise my readers and myself, as a matter of integrity and principle)…not because I want to pee in someone’s Cheerios or be a “mean girl” to an aspiring author. I don’t…I really, really don’t. It’s difficult for me to critique someone’s writing with a keen editorial eye, because I don’t want to hurt that person’s feelings. But, to use what is possibly the most over-used and annoying cliche ever, it is what it is.
However. (Yes, that “however” is meant in such a dramatic way that it is worthy of being in a sentence all by itself.)
If I’d been handed copy to edit that was rife with punctuation and spelling and grammar mistakes 10 years ago, I would have
handed it back thrown it at the section editor, and demanded a better effort. I like to think I’m a little less of a hothead, a little less of a spaz, and a little less judgmental now. (Sometimes that comes with age, sometimes not.) That’s why I can say, errors be damned (yes, I said it — damned!)…there is a good story here. The main character is interesting (and, in this story, the only one that truly needs fleshed out, so we’re on the same page there) and multi-faceted. The storyline, by and large, works and works well (both the paranormal aspect as well as the real-life aspect). There are a few minor flaws here and there, but they don’t play a big part and they aren’t critical to the novel, so they’re easily overlooked.
The Wild Hunt wasn’t the best book I read this year, but that’s OK. It was my first introduction to Ashley Jeffery, and I believe in her. I believe in her imagination and her creativity. And I believe that, with the right guidance and some assistance, she can produce novels that will blow me away. Heck, I’ve had years of writing and editing experience and yet when I look back over my early blog posts, I want to vomit. Stink, stank, stunk! (Of course, I’m basing that assessment on the premise that my blog posts have shown vast — yes, vast! — improvement over time, so work with me here…) It’s silly to suggest that Ashley Jeffery can’t make that same transformation.
But, let’s get back to the book. The Wild Hunt has a wonderfully fascinating premise — a main character who can see dead people (and they’re not pretty), who has unending conflicts and trauma to deal with…but is still sympathetic, someone who you want to root for, someone who you want to come out ahead, when all is said and done. While I may have had some issues with The Wild Hunt, they’re not enough for me to wash my hands of this book, this series, or this author. I’m pulling for all three.
About the author of The Wild Hunt
Ashley Jeffery grew up in the central valley of California. After years of devouring any books she could get her hands on, Ashley finally got up the courage to finish one of her stories. The Wild Hunt is one of many she started and never finished. Ashley primarily writes YA/Adult Fiction that leans toward urban fantasy, horror and the paranormal.
Even though Ashley’s characters can be, and are often times, monsters I wanted them to be believable, and flawed. Lorelei is both but she is also tough as nails, mouthy, and vulnerable.
Welsh mythology plays an important part in Ashley’s stories. She wanted to write about monsters no one had ever heard of. It is her hope that readers will love them as much as she does. You can follow Ashley Jeffery on Goodreads and check out Ashley’s blog, Ashley Jeffery.
You can purchase The Wild Hunt on Amazon.