The Watch – Tyner Gillies
Title: The Watch
Series: Currently Untitled
Author: Tyner Gillies
Author Location: Langley, BC
Publisher: Dark Dragon Publishing
Publication Date: 2012
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Resolution Cove was a small, sleepy tourist town, or so Constable Quinn Sullivan thought when he transferred there after spending five years in a crime infested city. It was to be the perfect place to consider his future career; low crime, nice people, easy shifts, and finding the girl of his dreams. What more could he ask for?
Something is happening in Resolution Cove. Violent crime, committed by sane, reasonable people is on the rise. There is no discernible connection between the crimes except for insane ramblings of ‘eyes in the dark.’
In a house, in the south end of the city, stirs an ancient darkness that threatens to destroy the tranquility of Resolution Cove. Feeding upon its victims’ terror, it must eliminate the emerging Guardian or else be banished into the netherworld to await a new time and place to strike.
Autumn Donnelly knows what is plaguing the city. Her family has helped previous Guardians destroy the beast in times past. Now she must convince Quinn of the truth before evil blankets Resolution Cove, destroying the sleepy town in a confluence of Hell on Earth.
The Watch is a wonderful combination of two of my favourite genres: fantasy and crime. The book itself I must classify as fantastical crime, not only because of its fantasy elements—hello, demon in the basement—but also because the book is fantastic.
Constable Quinn Sullivan has stumbled into a hero’s journey after being transferred to the Resolution Cove police department. Quinn has only been in Resolution Cove a short time when he is forced into a rivalry with a demon he doesn’t believe exists. As violent crime increases in the sleepy little town, Quinn questions why he is the first to arrive at each of the suspicious crime scenes.
The supporting characters surrounding Quinn are well written and each play a unique role in Quinn’s struggle with believing in supernatural forces. Ultimately, he is forced to make the decision himself whether or not there is a demon in Resolution Cove, and must come to terms with what that would mean for the town citizens, including those he cares about most.
Tyner Gillies’ debut novel has it all: well developed and intriguing plot, interesting and engaging characters, and a force behind it that is refreshing and terrifying at the same time, not to mention comedic charm. Book two is already out, and you can expect a review of that one coming very soon because I can’t wait to read it!
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