Compared to the first novel of the series, Witch's Canyon is an edgier, more difficult case, which guarantees more action and thrills. The story moved quickly, the plot was intense, and the action was fun to read, but had less humor and brotherly bonding moments that in Nevermore. The seriousness of the plot doesn't lend itself well to a lot of Winchester banter, although it is not absent from the book, and both Dean and Sam deliver some great one-liners.
This one was a bit more graphic in terms of violence, so don't be surprised if a few nightmares develop. The fight scene between the brothers and the grizzly gave me the heepie jeepies for a long time. The appearance of the bear gave some good Sam and Dean interactions too.
Dean: "What is it?"
Baird: We got a visitor. Not the friendly kind, neither."
Baird wasn't kidding.
The bear had to be seven feet tall, standing up on its hind legs. A grizzly, a species probably long since wiped out in this area, with light brown fur, teeth that dripped menace and claws like daggers.
Sam: "Dean? What is it?"
Dean: "It ain't Smokey."
Sam:" Smokeyâ€¦..Dean is there a bear outside?"
Dean was about to respond, but the grizzly gave a silent roar,â€¦..its head thrown back, its paws failing at empty air.
Sam: "I'll take that as a yes."
Dean: "Yeah. That about sums it up."
The fight scene that follows is very vivid and easy to visualize through the author's eyes. No matter how many times I read it, it still gives me the shivers.
Witch's Canyon reads like a long episode and works better as a straight-up horror narrative than a genre tie-in novel. There are 357 pages of blood and gore in a classic Kripke style, and a generally cold, grim, gruesome and fatalistic atmosphere. It has that kind of claustrophobia-in-wide-open-spaces that make so many horror fans LOVE the genre. Unlike Nevermore, however, Witch's Canyon could never be a TV episodeâ€¦.way to much paranormal activity and mystical special effects for the small screen, but it would make one hell of a movie.
You don't even have to be a fan of the show to enjoy this book. Witch's Canyon is a good "monster of the week" story and Sam and Dean work as a well oiled fighting machine whether together or apart. As they say themselves in the book, "this is what we do, and we're good at it."