Friday, 9 August 2013
Review: The 13th Horseman by Barry Hutchison
Released: March 1st, 2012
Drake is surprised to find three horsemen of the apocalypse playing snakes and ladders in his garden shed. He’s even more surprised when they insist that he is one of them. They’re missing a Horseman, having gone through several Deaths and they think that Drake is the boy for the job. At first he’s reluctant to usher in Armageddon but does being in charge of Armageddon have to spell the end of the world?
I finally got around to reading The 13th Horseman after having a copy for a while and I'm glad I did. It's as funny as I hoped and is full of Barry Hutchison's trademark sarcasm and humour. It's also got plenty of action and horror - perfect for boys (and girls!) aged nine and up. I guarantee anyone who reads this will laugh their heads off but, unlike some of the characters, their heads won't actually separate from their bodies!
The 13th Horseman is all about teenager Drake and a shed in his back garden. It's no ordinary shed, though, because that would be weird. It is of course home to War, Famine and Pestilence, three of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Where's Death, you ask? Yeah, well, that's where Drake comes in (Don't worry, he can't believe it either).
This book is as fun as the crazy plot sounds. The Horsemen are my favourite part of the whole story, what with War's giant frame, Pest's disease-ridden existence and Famine's extreme appetite, there's never a dull moment in the shed. I would actually have liked even more normal, everyday scenes with these three as they were so funny. They play board games while they ponder the end of the world! Genius!
Sadly I don't have a shed in my back garden so I doubt I'll ever meet the coolest Horseman of the Apocalypse that ever lived. Instead I'll settle for living vicariously through Drake and his newfound responsibilities, and just hope that Death suits him. The 13th Horseman is recommended for fans of Darren Shan - if you like horror and humour mixed together then this is the book for you!