Tim Waggoner’s Supernatural: Carved In Flesh is a good new entry into the television series’ mythology.
Knowing that I was a fan of the Supernatural television series, Titan Books sent me a copy of Supernatural: Carved In Flesh for a review. Having just finished the last page, I’m happy to report that although the book takes place during the dreadful season 7 of the series, it’s actually a great story that was very difficult to put down.
Carved In Flesh begins with Sam and Dean Winchester chasing down a new case. Reports of dried up husks of bodies have been reported in a small Midwestern town and they’re pretty sure that finding the person or thing responsible is something only they, as hunters, can handle. But once they discover what Dean lovingly refers to as “Frankenmutt,” all Hel breaks loose (and yes, I intentionally spelled that word without the extra “l” – read the book to find out why).
What I liked about this book is that although it takes place during the whole awful Leviathan incident (and what I would argue as the worst villains of the show so far), it is its own complete story. Waggoner wrote the book in such a way, though, that even new fans of the series will be able to enjoy this adventure, even if their knowledge of the Winchester brothers is limited. Waggoner does a great deal to explain their particular quirks: things like Dean’s fondness for pop culture references and Sam’s more secretive nature.
The plot itself is as good, if not better, than a lot of the past few season’s episodes and honestly, I wouldn’t mind seeing it turned into a future storyline for the brothers (minus the mention of the Leviathan). It has a lot of twists and turns and it’s one of those where you think you know what the brothers are dealing with, but it turns out to be something entirely different. But at the same time, it’s also similar to other villains they’ve had to fight. Waggoner obviously has a good handle on the show’s mythology and he’s used it very well in this book. What’s even more fascinating is that he has created a few new back story incidents to correlate the brothers’ history with what’s happening to them in the present.
Supernatural: Carved In Flesh is now available on Amazon, so if you’re a fan of the series, it’s definitely a well-done must-read.