I had vaguely heard of Chuck Wendig before from his having written extensively for the gaming world, most notably for White Wolf’s World of Darkness franchise and more recently for indie RPG company Evil Hat Productions, but I was mostly drawn to Blackbirds, admittedly, by some fairly impressive cover art and a decent little book trailer.
I’ve been fooled more than once by a flashy cover, though, and I’m glad that Blackbirds actually delivered. The protagonist of Blackbirds, Miriam Black is a scrappy drifter with a peculiar supernatural ability: touch anyone flesh-to-flesh, even an accidental brush of the hand, and Miriam sees in an instant every gruesome detail of how they will die. This ability, as much a curse as a superpower, leads Miriam down a gritty, bloody path toward a confrontation she knows she’s powerless to stop. Continue reading Review: Blackbirds