SUPERNATURAL Thursdays: “One Year Gone” By Rebecca Dessertine Book Review

Supernatural One Year Gone

Hey folks!

Here’s a little something different for you guys, as we all try to wile away these dreaded months of hellatus. The good folks over at Titan Books were kind enough to send over a copy of the latest Supernatural novel, One Year Gone, for us to check out.

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m huge fan of the tie-in novel in general. In fact, it was this joy of reading tie-in novels that also generated my interest in fanfiction. Many fanfiction stories are in fact basically online tie-in novels themselves, the authors showing their love of the show by carrying on with it themselves.

I’ve read a couple of the Supernatural books previously; not all of them, but a couple, and my previous impressions of them were not so good. I don’t think that has anything to do with the quality of the work, I think it’s just a matter of personal taste. Either you like a writer’s style or you don’t, and so far I had yet to find a Supernatural novel that “clicked” for me.

Why do I tell you all this? Because I want you to know that when I say I liked this book, it actually means something. From the opening introduction by creator Eric Kripke himself, I had a feeling this novel would not be like the others I’d read. The book is written by Rebecca Dessertine, a member of the Supernatural staff and Kripke’s personal assistant. In the introduction, Kripke says that Rebecca knows these characters like no one else and I’m here to tell ya folks, he’s right.

I imagine that writing this novel had to be a tough assignment, seeing how it’s based on a time frame where Sam and Dean aren’t actually together. Set in between the end of season 5 and the beginning of season 6, it follows Sam and Dean separately as they are on basically their own cases, with each connected to the other in ways they’ll never know.

Sam has Samuel at his side and, believe it or not, partnering up with Dean on most of his adventures are Lisa and Ben. Now before you roll your eyes at that, let me tell you that it works. Somehow, it actually works and I was surprised to find myself just as caught up in this story with the brothers separated as I would have been had they been together.

Plus Dean gets to fight pirates. Don’t ask me how as that would just spoil it, but read it and you’ll see.

Besides delving into the characters’ heads in a way I hadn’t seen in the other Supernatural novels I had read, One Year Gone also takes them on some great adventures (did I mention there were pirates???) and gives us a look at the legacy of hunting that Sam and Dean were born into. The author has created a rich history of the Campbell family and I enjoyed reading about what it was like to be a hunter in the late 1600’s.

Overall I found the book a fun read and it was the kind of story that made me not want to put it down, which is a very good thing in my opinion.

Publisher: Titan Books | Pages: 320 | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon

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