Review: Sheep’s Clothing by Elizabeth Einspanier


Sheep's Clothing

By: Elizabeth Einspanier
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 128
Published on: 2014-02-12

It is the year 1874. Doc Meadows, frontier doctor working in the small town of Salvation, has always considered himself a sensible man, and has not believed in monsters for a long time. When injured half-Indian Wolf Cowrie staggers into his practice one night, however, he brings terrifying news--a vampire he hunts plans to settle in Salvation and turn it into his own private larder. Now Doc has to overcome his skepticism and fear in order to face down this new threat to his town, before Salvation becomes just another ghost town in the territories. Sheep's Clothing hearkens back to early depictions of vampires as bloodthirsty, charismatic monsters, borrowing more strongly from Dracula than more common modern interpretations.

 
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I received this book for free from Author Gifted in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Let me preface this review with how much I really like this book.

Doc Matthews is a frontier doctor in Salvation, a small town in the frontier west.  One night a stranger shows up at his door with a festering and serious injury.  The stranger changed how the community relied on each other in the face of danger, and not your ordinary run of the mill danger, but a danger that threatens the entire small town. Even though this is a shorter book there is a lot of action, a little romance, and a good story with historical elements that are good aspects of what life was like during this time.

This book is really good, Ms. Einspanier does a really good job at researching what it was like to live in a small frontier town as well as bringing a unique aspect to paranormal creatures.  One thing that I really liked about this book is the Native American legends that she brings into this book.

The only thing that I did not like was the length, it was only 128 pages and it could be a lot longer and more depth.  For a short book it is really good, but learning a little more about why the doctor went out west when he was formally trained on the east coast would be interesting.  Also more about Wolf and more about Alexandre Russeau would have been nice.  This book really harkens back to the days of strong vampires that use mind manipulation and Charisma to get people to do what they want.  What is really interesting is how this vampire marks his property, or in this case his food.

4.5 stars

About Elizabeth Einspanier

Elizabeth Einspanier is an author of cross-genre fiction, primarily focusing on science fiction, fantasy, and horror. While she has lived all her life in St. Louis, MO, she frequently spends time in universes of her own creation. Her short stories have been published in Dark Fire Fiction and Down in the Dirt Magazine. When she is not writing, she plays Dungeons & Dragons, reads voraciously, and watches strange movies. She has been a member of the St. Louis Writer's Guild since November 2013. Sheep's Clothing is her first published novel.

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