Wow! What a creepily awesome novel this is! I absolutely loved the world Mr. Beer created and found myself quickly drawn into it. I can definitely describe it has a dark fantasy with elements of horror woven into it. If you like Tim Burton movies and Joseph Delaney or Stephen King novels, then this is for you.
Crik is about a boy, Jack, who lives in Crik village where every inhabitant possess a unique Talent. Jack’s Talent is his shadow, Yang, who is ever present, mischievous, and unable to be controlled by Jack despite what everyone else believes. One night, Jack accidentally witnesses the origins of these Talents, and wanting to know more about his shadow and how Talents came to be, he begins on a journey of discovery. While the main characters of this novel are children, for me the content and themes are written more for adults.
Mr. Beer is a very talented story teller and this novel was beautifully written. He has a vivid imagination that doesn’t conform to the norm and is easily transferred onto paper for readers to enjoy. While this book is a bit long, there is always action leading to the next scene. I recommend for anyone who enjoys dark fantasy.
Thank you to the author for giving me a copy to review!