Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey

The Curse of the Wendigo is the sequel to The Monstrumologist. Each of the novels stand pretty well on their own, so no spoilers for book one follow!

[description from goodreads] 

While attempting to disprove that Homo vampiris, the vampire, could exist, Dr. Warthrop is asked by his former fiancé to rescue her husband from the Wendigo, a creature that starves even as it gorges itself on human flesh, and which has snatched him in the Canadian wilderness. Although Warthrop also considers the Wendigo to be fictitious, he relents and rescues her husband from death and starvation, and then sees the man transform into a Wendigo.

Can the doctor and Will Henry hunt down the ultimate predator, who, like the legendary vampire, is neither living nor dead, whose hunger for human flesh is never satisfied?

This second book in The Monstrumologist series explores the line between myth and reality, love and hate, genius and madness.


The first book in this series, The Monstrumologist, was a breath of fresh air that tasted mostly of cobwebs and dust. Although it took me quite a while to finally get around to reading The Curse of Wendigo, I found it just as original, spooky, and atmospheric as its predecessor. 

It's difficult to review sequels because if they aren't dramatically better or worse than the other books in the series, I mainly have the same things to say. Such is the case with The Curse of the Wendigo; like The Monstrumologist, it's creepy and full of all sorts of exciting monsters. It's actually more focused than book one, being that from the beginning the wendigo makes itself present in the story, rather than a variety of creatures. The wendigo mostly comes up through tales and myths, which kind of sucked since it's so cool that I would not have minded reading about one going around eating people for two hundred pages, but it worked out since it was long and well established via all the stories that these things are twisted. 

Something different about this sequel is that there's more about the characters beyond simply their penchant for monstrumology. It was delightful and interesting to read about Warthrop's romantic past, for example, since he mostly seems like a cranky old man. With the appearance of an old flame, though, he began to show actual emotion and concern for keeping things from Will, which sent their relationship into much more complex territory. Despite all this new character development, I once again had trouble connecting to Will, the narrator. He's the refreshing beacon of normalcy amidst all the gore, but that also means he's just not super exciting. He spends more time discussing what he sees and encounters, so he got a bit lost among all the monster hunting, which is expected but still unappreciated. 

Much like the first book in this series, The Curse of the Wendigo is an dark, macabre adventure, featuring a wonderfully horrific monster and some added character development that makes everything a bit more personal. 

Book details: Simon and Schuster/Paperback/$9.99

Source: sent by publicist for review


  1. It's nice to know what someone else thinks of this book as I'm currently reading it. I found Will hard to connect to as well. It feels like the only significance he holds in the book is to act as narrator which is sad. I'd really like to get to know him better!

    I'm glad The Curse of the Wendigo didn't disappoint. It's tough for me to get into it but I'm guessing that like The Monstrumologist, the excitement will come to me soon! :)

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