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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
A. R. Meyering’s The Resurrectionist is a Gothic fantasy inspired by the true story of the Burke and Hare murders during the early 19th century. In this tale, a surgeon named Edgar Price is beginning to doubt his skill with the scalpel and cannot articulate the depths and horrors that he feels with the presence of every dead body on his dissecting table. With only a few days to live, he becomes a host to a revenant that tortures his body and soul, and it has unleashed six more revenants that are wreaking havoc into the world. Determined to stop these malignant forces from claiming any more lives, he journeys to Witches’ Wood, a dwelling place for formidable spell-casters and enchantresses, where he discovers the darkest of incantations. But his mission will be compromised as he becomes emotionally involved with Fana, the Protector of the Wood.
There is a spellbinding thrill in the fiber of the plot that makes A. R. Meyering’s novel remind you of Tim Burton and Washington Irving. Price is a tormented protagonist from the start, but his life force is pulsing with determination as he exhausts his remaining days to uncover a supernatural mystery. A curse has been cast because the characters involved have been vile, heartless, or have made a fatal mistake, and they all commit to the search for refuge, justice, and redemption. Meyering’s writing is so engaging that it solidly involves you into the core of the story. It is macabre to be sure, but the narrative is a great feast for anyone who likes to delve into an arresting Gothic tale. To an unusual degree, The Resurrectionist works on a realistic level. Given that it is inspired by true events, we can accept its fictionalized terms and do not question its fantastic and bizarre elements.