I picked up the book Wormwood by G. P. Taylor (and the previous book in the series, Shadowmancer) at the local Family Christian Stores in their clearance section. I was in the mood for some fiction and the price was right.
The story revolves around Agetta Lamain, a teenager working in the home of a Mr Blake in 19th century London. It seems Mr Blake has discovered a comet heading straight for London and it’s arrival was predicted by a mysterious old book. From this point the story weaves a tale including angels, demons, and other worldly creatures of all kinds. The story is designed to be a Christian allegory like its predecessor. However Shadowmancer handled this goal more aptly than the sequel. This is not to say it failed completely. Only I found the attempt a bit wanting.
One of the issues I had was that while Shadowmancer had demons, monsters, and magic they can be written off as deceptions of the devil. This book included things like characters practicing astral projection, bringing a statue to life and fallen angels able to reanimate the dead. All things I would not find very Christian. The other major issue I had with the book was how quickly it wrapped up the story. It felt as though Mr. Taylor had 273 pages in which to craft his story and at page 250 realized he hadn’t moved toward the conclusion.
Other than that I found the book entertaining and the characters engaging. I’d give it 3 out of 5 stars (if I had stars to award).