Book Review : Descendant – A Novel of the Liber Monstrorum


  • Author:  Bob Freeman
  • Publisher:  Seventh Star Press (October 2019)
  • Paperback, 294 pages
  • ISBN-10:  1948042878
  • ISBN-13:  978-1948042871

Descendant is a supernatural thriller filled with daring action, adventure, and artifice set against the backdrop of a very familiar world – but it is a world in which preternatural entities, clandestine magical orders, ancient bloodlines, and unholy alliances converge within the shadowed recesses of our darkest imaginings.

Federal Agents Selina Wolfe and Martin Crowe are called in to investigate a series of bizarre deaths in a small rural community. What first seems to be a misadventure involving black magic and satanic ritual soon takes on even more deleterious overtones, as the agents become embroiled in a plot by a sinister cabal intent on unleashing Hell on Earth.


Right from the first page, I was drawn into this book, completely hooked by page six.  As usual, Bob Freeman throws us head first into the world of the occult with his compelling, faced-paced storytelling, hardly giving his readers time to breathe.

At first, I was a bit thrown with how the book is separated into three parts, but knowing Bob’s work, I knew by the end of the book we would come full-circle in a pleasantly unexpected way.  The result was a sense of urgency and expectation that stayed with me throughout the book, and made the ending all the more satisfying.

I love how Bob paints a scene.  He gives just the right amount of descriptives to fire the imagination and make his world come alive, without affecting the pacing of the story with overly long descriptions of every scene.

I decided to reread First Born, the first book of the Liber Monstrorum series, while I was awaiting the arrival of Descendant, so refamiliarise myself with Bob’s world and his characters.  I had forgotten that I was only introduced to the characters Selina Wolfe and Martin Crowe in that book, and not in Bob’s first series, The Cairnwood Manor series.  A testament to Bob’s ability to bring his characters to life in a way that makes them familiar and loved.  I didn’t get a chance to finish First Born before Descandant arrived, so after finishing the book, I went back to First Born, and that’s when the stories within really came alive for me moreso than the did on my first reading.  It was such a satisfying sense of completion.


I think it’s obvious that I’m recommending Descendant.  I also recommend reading First Born, as well as the two books in the Cairnwood Manor series.  All four books have some tie-ins with each other with the characters you’ll meet, but with Bob Freeman’s excellent storytelling, the books can be read independently without feeling like your missing out on vital information needed to truly immerse yourself in whichever book you have in your hands.

Happy Reading!

Blessings, Lailoken /|\

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