Reviewed by Julia Reffner
Wolves Among Us by Ginger Garrett
"Garrett goes beyond moving the reader on an emotional level and provides spiritual sustenance."
Well-crafted historical detail,
page-turning suspense and vividly portrayed characters make Garrett’s
Wolves Among Us a must-read.
I recently read an article in which an author claimed that “it kept me up all night” is the best compliment a reader can pay her novels. Garrett’s novel remained bookmark free as I devoured page after page in one breathtaking sitting.
Its 1538 in the Black Forest of Germany. I love reading books with unusual settings and time periods, so my interest was immediately captured. Every detail of the setting is brought to life from the wolf-surrounded village.
A double murder strikes up fears in this small medieval village. The sheriff is perplexed and engages the help of Father Stephan, the local priest. Father Stephan calls in the help of a church Inquisitor in order to find the dark roots of the evil that stalks the town.
In a wave of fervor and panic, the murders are proclaimed to be the work of witches. Physical and spiritual wolves are on the prowl, as a frenzied hunt begins to find the culprit. The charismatic Inquisitor claims to be able to rid the town of evil, but as his investigation continues further devastation is unleashed on the town.
Mia is the unloved wife of Sheriff Bjorn. She tries to be a good and faithful wife, remembering the words of a manual for women she helped her father print many years ago. She still remembers, too, the words of the man whose books her father printed. These words from Mr. Tyndale never leave her mind. These kernels of truth stay with her in her most painful times. It is these words that remind her to listen to another Voice, a Voice that distills the fear that runs rampant throughout the village.
Wolves Among Us is a novel of spiritual warfare and of the power of a mustard-seed faith. It is a tale of the horrendous evils man has inflicted on man and the power of the Love of Christ to overcome it. Father Stephan’s life shows the “deadness” of religion and the overcoming life of trusting in the power of Christ for salvation. Wolves Among Us shows the extraordinary courage of our forefathers in the faith.
Garrett has penned a book that is not an easy read. History is filled with tales of blood shed for freedom. For it was blood shed 2000 years ago that first gave us life. Painfully realistic, there were times I was deeply disturbed by this book. Garrett goes beyond moving the reader on an emotional level and provides spiritual sustenance.
Wolves Among Us has quickly jumped to the top of my favorites list and I am highly anticipating Garrett’s next installment.
Reffner is blessed to be a servant to the King,
married to the love of her life, a busy homeschool mom of two young children,
and owned by one
shedding longhaired cat. She is enjoying working on a women’s fiction novel
in her spare time. She is a reviewer for Historical
Novels Review quarterly,
a magazine of the Historical
Novel Society. Julia can be found blogging about
God, literature and life at Dark
Glass Ponderings and about writing at the group
blog, The Writer's Alley.