Nevermore is one of the first novels for the Supernatural series, and was written by media tie-in veteran Keith R.A. DeCandido. In this story which is set during the second season of the series, Sam and Dean Winchester follow a lead to New York, where they not only have to stop a serial killer who seems to have some connection to Edgar Allen Poe , but have to deal with a ghost who is haunting the house they’re living in during their time in the Big Apple.

First of all I want to make clear that at the time I read this book I had only seen a handful of first season episodes, so don’t expect me to point out possible continuity lapses by the author. While the novel might not be the author’s strongest work I’ve read, it nonetheless is a entertaining and interesting ride. A quibble I have with the novel is that the two plots somehow feel to unconnected, it would have been nice it they had been more linked than they were. But both parts are interesting and there are little things I liked, like that here we could see what the ghost thinks, something we never see in the series.

From my limited perspective I couldn’t find anything wrong with the author’s characterisation of the Winchester Brothers, and yes I’ve heard about the eye colour error, but some of the “less Important” original characters remain a bit bland. One character that really annoyed me a bit was Clare, the zoo worker with her Sam-admiring.

Overall the novel certainly isn’t the peak of Keith R.A. DeCandido’s career, but it’s a decent enough read, especially if you keep in mind that this is just the beginning of the literature side of the Supernatural series, and some starting problems are normal. I, as a casual Supernatural fan, would recommend the novel and will certainly take a look at Keith R.A. DeCandido’s second Supernatural novel Bone Key when it hits the shelves later this year.

Rating: 73%


Nevermore (by Keith R.A. DeCandido) was released by Titan in August 2007.