The Huntsman of Corvinus

Fiction - Horror
253 Pages
Reviewed on 11/15/2021
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Huntsman of Corvinus is a work of fiction in the horror subgenre. It is aimed at the mature reading audience and was penned by author Timothy Bryan. The book follows an American woman named Erica who has moved to Budapest with her daughter after her marriage falls apart. Her hopes of a new and happier life are immediately threatened when an otherworldly killer begins a slow and steady spree throughout the historical city. Reluctantly finding herself at the center of the ancient curse that drives the killer onward, Erica’s life becomes a race against time to stop the killing before she and her family become the next victims.

There’s something so wonderfully compelling about a horror story in which the author shows the protagonist's descent from ordinary life into one filled with supernatural horror. It is told with such a deliberate and controlled pace that the reader can’t completely put their finger on the exact moment the story moves from realism to fantasy. Timothy Bryan is a master at this pacing, controlling the narrative’s gradual descent from Erica’s life as a recent divorcee and single mother to her life facing off against supernatural killers stalking the streets of Budapest. What complements the pacing most is the investment I found myself making in Erica from very early on, thanks to the excellent characterization and gorgeous prose. The Huntsman of Corvinus is a masterclass in horror writing with dynamic characters, a terrifying monster underneath it all, and scenic Budapest as a beautiful backdrop to it all.

Nicholus Schroeder

The Huntsman of Corvinus by Timothy Bryan is a book in the horror genre. Erica Varga and her daughter Monica led pretty ordinary lives. That is before it began. People were being brutally murdered one after the other. The most troubling news for the Varga family, however, comes after learning that each victim had an interaction with them. Detective Nemeth of the local police force arranges for the family to have around-the-clock protection detail. A few days later the suspect is cornered. The killer, the Huntsman, is relentlessly fired upon, yet he appears unfazed by all the bullet holes in his body. A select few then realize that the killer is not human and that this thing has to be killed before the Varga family joins the list of the deceased. Will the Varga family escape the clutches of the Huntsman? Or will the Huntsman slaughter them all?

The Huntsman of Corvinus was an incredible read. Everything about it was great, but my favourite thing about this book would have to be the plot. It was all so well thought out. That really dawned on me once Timothy Bryan started putting all the pieces in place at the end of the book. He must have spent a considerable amount of time coming up with such a joy of a plot. It's a thrilling, terrifying and also an equally mysterious plot. The action scenes were excellent too, thanks to some very descriptive writing and also well-thought-out choreography. I had no trouble picturing the grotesque Huntsman hunting his prey. The scenes themselves were also described well. Be it an apartment or a farm, each one was conveyed with clarity to me and envisioning each scene as it unfolded was a breeze. The puzzle behind the Huntsman’s origins made the book even more enjoyable for me, as it is quite rare to come across a horror book that has just so much mystique awaiting the reader. In conclusion, I have no doubt that fans of the horror genre will enjoy this one.

Pikasho Deka

If you're a fan of supernatural horror thrillers, grab yourself a copy of Timothy Bryan's The Huntsman of Corvinus. American national Erica's life in Budapest hasn't turned out the way she thought it would. After her failed marriage with a Hungarian man named Laszlo Varga, she finds herself raising her twelve-year-old daughter, Monica, on her own. However, her life turns even more complicated when a serial killer starts murdering people close to her. As local authorities fail to bring down the seemingly invincible Huntsman, a researcher named Patrik tells Erica an unbelievable tale. He believes the Huntsman had something to do with a secret society in the 1600s. With the monster on their trail, the Vargas are left with no choice but to come together and flee the city. But will it be enough?

Containing a fast-paced plot with twists and turns that you never see coming, The Huntsman of Corvinus provides nail-biting thrills and visceral action sequences alike. Author Timothy Bryan continues to showcase his mastery in the genre as he pens yet another supernatural tale that is bound to entertain fans of horror thrillers. The characters are vibrant and full of life. You find yourself rooting for them as their colorful personalities somehow make them easier to relate to. At times, it felt like an homage to 90s slasher flicks such as Scream, Child's Play, Candyman, etc. I had an absolute blast from start to finish. Anyone who loves slasher movies or the horror genre, in general, will find The Huntsman of Corvinus a thoroughly entertaining reading experience.