An Ill Wind Blows

Fiction - Dystopia
273 Pages
Reviewed on 08/17/2013
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Author Biography

Lori R. Lopez is the author of CHOCOLATE-COVERED EYES, AN ILL WIND BLOWS, THE MACABRE MIND OF LORI R. LOPEZ, DANCE OF THE CHUPACABRAS, OUT-OF-MIND EXPERIENCES, THE FAIRY FLY, POETIC REFLECTIONS: KEEP THE HEART OF A CHILD and more (for ages 12 and up). She has also published children's storybooks entitled THE MUDPUPPY and THE FOX TROT. A resident of Southern California, she has been an avid horror fan since birth or thereabouts. She pens a semi-monthly column called "Poetic Reflections" that contains dark verse and humor. She is also an artist who does her own book covers and illustrations. Although she enjoys a variety of genres, Horror is Lori's favorite and she takes delight in chilling your blood as well as your bones. Better dress warm.

You can find her stories and verse online through bookstores. They have appeared in anthologies such as MIRAGES: TALES FROM AUTHORS OF THE MACABRE, MASTERS OF HORROR: DAMNED IF YOU DON’T, DARLINGS OF DECAY, I BELIEVE IN WEREWOLVES, SOUP OF SOULS, THIRSTY ARE THE DAMNED, and SCARE PACKAGE: 14 TALES OF TERROR. Fifteen of Lori’s poems were published for an anthology titled IN DARKNESS WE PLAY.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

An Ill Wind Blows by Lori R. Lopez is a combination of horror, fantasy, and adventure where Arletta Trimble, called Meezly, is an orphan who gets caught up in a whirlwind. While battling with the wretched wind, she loses the mysterious gem, The Cursed Eye, which her father entrusted her to safeguard.

The author has created a highly imaginative story with a unique concept of being caught in the wind which is unconventional. Some of the incidents narrated in the story are bizarre which adds to the uniqueness of the story. The twists and turns in the plot are gripping and keep the reader glued to the book. The sequences leave you with a feeling of watching a movie. The greedy aunt Camille, with whom Meezly lives after her parents' death, is another interesting character. All the characters who follow Meezly in search of the magical stone find themselves sucked into the world of the demoniac storm. It is only this stone that can protect them from the wretched storm.

The book has a lot of action. I liked how the author has given the wind a personality and identity of its own. Never before have I read a story where one of the four elements is the main protagonist of the story. It actually overpowers all the characters in the book. Will Meezly be able to get out of the clutches of the wind and will she get back The Cursed Eye?