Welcome to Middle Grade Monday! Today I am reviewing the latest release by DT Vaughn, The Werewolf of Davenport, The Midnight Glass Vol.2. Don't forget to check out all the other bloggers who post middle grade on Monday's at our new headquarters- Always in the Middle... by Greg Pattridge.
It has been two years since young Wyatt Dumount defeated the Dread and became the Gatekeeper of the supernatural city of Davenport. Only a handful of townies know his true identity. Now, just as middle school is starting up for the year, a rogue werewolf begins bullying and harassing the town. It becomes clear that his main goal is to find the Gatekeeper and take over the town.
Wyatt has his work cut out for him, because this werewolf appears unstoppable. Soon, strange creatures begin hunting Wyatt and to protect his family he decides to let the demon Vex remove their memories. He feels all alone, until a ghost pops into the picture and hints that she has clues about whatever is happening to his town. It will take the revealing of many secrets and the bonding of many friendships to ride out this storm. Can they do it?
I enjoy this author's writing. He has created a town, set apart from the world, where humans and supernaturals live hand in hand. However, as with all good things, they don't seem to last. Jealousy and bigotry appear, a theme that is taken on by the author in this volume. The author does a great job using the prejudices of both the humans and supernaturals against vampires as a case study.
The adventure is a fun ride too. Wyatt is still trying to find his place, his grandfather having died in book 1, before being able to pass on the secrets of being a Gatekeeper. I find it interesting that the author has not brought forward a character or device to teach young Wyatt, instead, after two years, he is still only able to teleport to and from the gate and open and close the barrier. I kind of want Wyatt to discover some cool stuff, but he is only just beginning to use his powers by the end of this story.
I have to say my favorite thing in this whole book is the concept of the Librarian's Book. I don't want to give it away, but what the author did in creating an almost Omnipotent intelligence is so fun and I can't wait to see how he uses this "being" in future stories.
This was a fun read full of adventure, friendship, good values and first love (yep! Wyatt's first crush.) I'm giving it 4 stars! Honestly, the only thing I didn't like was the cover, but I don't review based on that. Go read these two books. My review of the first, The Midnight Glass is HERE.