by: Cheryl Bentley
Petronella moves to a cottage in a seemingly ideal village. But she soon comes into contact with its weird inhabitants, a tree-monster that appears in her garden, gets spooky night-time visits from a hooded horseman, and finds a boy-ghost in her house. How do creepy ghosts and scary monsters fit in with the invasion of spirits all over Fort Willow?
“Folks with ugly souls liveth a life of misery. If ye soul be ugly ye cannot be happy.” – The Hooded Horseman
I enjoyed reading Petronella & The Trogot; it was a chilling tale however I wasn’t fully hooked until the second part. The first part of the story was confusing; it started off by introducing the main character, Petronella but I wasn’t able to make a real connection with her until later in the book. The switching between various character stories in the beginning kept me very out of the loop about what was going on.
However the second part almost completely redeemed the story. I would liken the second part, Petronella’s journey into hell and investigation of an email, monstrous tree in her backyard to a miniature version of Dante’s Inferno. Because Dante’s The Divine Comedy especially The Inferno is one of my favorite pieces of literature I was hooked immediately. It was almost in the same structure as the inferno as well with various “sinners” having punishments that put a cruel twist on their crime. I also really liked Bentley’s creative use of language, some of the characters, ex. Strincas, had a cool old-Englishy way of speaking.
So overall this is a good read that I recommend especially for those who have a fond spot for The Inferno. It has spooky creatures, (The Headed Horseman = yikes!), adventure, some romance, and at 192 pages it is a very quick read…
**I received this ARC from Sparkling Books through Netgalley, this is a 100% honest review.**