Thirty years ago, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a demonic supernatural force. Following the tragedy, their father taught the boys everything about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners of America… and how to kill it.
Laurel Hill, New Jersey is beginning to look like one of the unluckiest places on Earth when a series of mishaps hit the town. But Sam and Dean suspect it’s more than just bad luck. Along with Bobby Singer, the brothers soon realize that a powerful Japanese demon is encouraging the chaos. But the demon has bigger plans and they are going to need to make their own luck to stop it.
A Supernatural novel that reveals a previously unseen adventure for the Winchester brothers, from the hit TV series!
Greetings to ill and sun-dried,
Today, Heather Royston gives us a review of another tie-in novel for the popular TV series Supernatural. Without further ado, I’ll turn this over to Heather.
Signed in human blood,
Sean Lee Levin
Since this is my second review of a Supernatural spin off novel, I won’t rehash the state of my fandom and such. I will reiterate that the previous volume did indeed whet my appetite for this book, and has made me excited to watch the show again. I had very high hopes that John Passarella would add to that excitement as I started his book.
Rite of Passage takes place near the middle of Season Seven and begins with a well-dressed man, Tora, arriving in the town of Laurel Hill, New Jersey. Immediately Tora begins somehow causing horrible accidents everywhere he goes. A crew of roofers falls off a house and dies on impact, one after the other. A man pruning a tree falls off his ladder and slices into his leg with his chainsaw and bleeds to death. Pleased with himself, Tora continues on his journey through town. We then leave Laurel Hill to find the Winchesters in upstate New York hunting harpies with Bobby Singer. From there the brothers get wind of the string of accidents in New Jersey, pack up and head out. Bobby calls another hunter, one he can’t quite call friend, and asks for a place to stay while they are in town investigating. We are also introduced to three teenage boys who seemingly have nothing to do with the accidents or each other. Things escalate very quickly and our heroes find themselves running out of time to stop the devastation.
This book didn’t read so much like an episode as it did a novel, and honestly I think that was a good thing. John Pasarella wrote a huge story with many intricate parts to it, and it just wouldn’t have worked in that format. This one gave me much more insight into the characters than I usually would have gotten, and I felt far closer to them than I would have had this been an episode. It was rather refreshing to know more about what was going on from more points of view than just Sam and Dean. The voices of the main characters were captured perfectly, of course, and the book even ended on a typical moment from the show that made me chuckle.
Rite of Passage was exactly what I wanted: more than an episode and nothing less than excellent. It was a whole new version of the show that I immersed myself in and was rather sad to leave. However, I also learned that this author has written another Supernatural novel that takes place in an earlier season. I am now grabbing my car keys and heading to the nearest bookstore to find it. I give Supernatural: Rite of Passage by John Passarella 5 out of 5 tentacles.
Heather Royston – Assistant Editor/Reviewer