Explorer Meriwether Lewis has been stuck in Nowhere since his mysterious death nearly two centuries ago. His last hope for redemption is helping nine-year-old Emmaline Cagney flee her madame mother in New Orleans and find her father in Nashville. To get there, Merry must cross his own grave along the Natchez Trace, where he duels the corrupt Judge, an old foe who has his own despicable plans for Em.
Andra Watkins is a hilarious and delightful blogger whom i have had the pleasure of subscribing to for over a year now. When she published her first novel at the beginning of March, i was very excited to read it.
The story is about famed American explorer Meriwether Lewis, who is sent from the afterlife to help escort a young girl, Emmaline Cagney from the terrors chasing her in New Orleans to her father in Nashville. However he soon realises that the terror chasing Emmaline, is the same terror that chased him in life.
I was drawn into the story immediately, holding my breath for most of the book. The events were obviously slightly unbelievable when you thought about it at the end, however during the book you don’t even think twice, you’re just so caught up in the chase.
The characters were well developed. I really liked Meriwether or “Merry” and i was rooting for him the entire time. At first, when i discovered the predicament that Emmaline was in, i was horrified and was rooting for her too. However my feelings towards her shifted from positive to negative throughout the book and even though i wanted to see her reunited with her father in Nashville, i did find her a little bit annoying. However this was probably a realistic portrayal on a real nine year old. The Judge was a slimy character and made your skin crawl – he was very well written.
The story takes place mostly in New Orleans and then on the Natchez Trace. Although not much actual time passes, the book is quite faced paced. There were some sections that i felt were a bit mismatched and didn’t flow as well however overall it was good.
At the beginning i was a little confused with some of the text and who it was about however after a couple of chapters it is cleared up and you realise. I did find myself referencing back to previous chapters throughout the book, which isn’t a bad thing, i just found it helped clear up any further confusion i had.
To be honest i felt the ending fell a little bit flat. I’m not sure how else you could have ended it though.
Overall it was a really interesting read and i read it over the course of several hours. It was hard to put down. I would definitely recommend it and to almost everyone as it crosses a variety of genres (historical fiction, paranormal, adventure) and probably would appeal to most people.
NOTE: To launch her book, Andra has just finished walking the Natchez Trace. It is an incredible feat and has been an unbelievably, fantastic journey to read about as she posted about it every day. Click here to find out more about it!