Jonathan Janz: The Raven

Today I’m pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for The Raven. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the tour and to Flame Tree Press for my copy of the book via Netgalley.


Fearing that mankind is heading toward nuclear extinction, a group of geneticists unleash a plot to save the world. They’ve discovered that mythological creatures such as werewolves, vampires, witches, and satyrs were once real, and that these monstrous genetic strands are still present in human DNA. These radical scientists unleash the bestial side of human beings that had been dormant for eons, and within months, most people are dead, and bloodthirsty creatures rule the earth. Despite the fact that Dez McClane has no special powers, he is determined to atone for the lives he couldn’t save and to save the woman he loves. But how long can a man survive in a world full of monsters?


The Raven is not a book you should start reading at night! I learnt this first hand and I mean it in such a good way! Janz is a fantastic writer and his images are vivid and, at times, incredibly visceral. The world in which Dez lives is very different to the one we are used to, but I was drawn into it immediately by the atmospheric writing.

Janz’s imagination really comes to the fore in The Raven, as he brings to life the werewolves, vampires and satyrs we read about as children. These creatures lie dormant in ordinary people and I loved the way Janz explored the human element of the creatures.

As the novel progresses, there is a huge amount of tension and a very real sense of danger. These developments had me on the edge of my seat until the very end!

Horror is not a genre I read very regularly, but Janz has definitely changed this for me!

The Raven is available from Amazon.

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