Those Who Hunger


Worth reading 😎

A unique urban fantasy set in an Amish backdrop. Would recommend it to Urban Fantasy fans keen on vampire stories with an Amish twist.

Those Who Hunger is a vampire thriller set in the Amish community. I don't know much about the Amish community other than the fact that they like to isolate themselves from the other communities and lead very simple and rooted lives. The idea of a vampire is not unique, but the Amish representation is. Moreover, a vampire thriller set in an Amish backdrop is practically unheard of? I would say this is more of an urban fantasy than a horror thriller. Because I didn't find any elements that truly scared me nor was the read a thrilling nail-biting one. It was interesting but there was nothing too thrilling about it.

As for what appealed to me, I enjoyed the writing of Those Who Hunger. Though this book is quite big for my tastes (around 508 pages!) I didn't get bored reading it at all. The credit of keeping up the interest levels definitely goes to the author. The chapters are divided into easily digestible parts, not as small as you may find in middle-grade books, but appropriate enough to keep you hooked to the book. The vampire-Amish combination was also quite interesting.


As for what didn't appeal to me, I couldn't find much of a plot in the book. Also, I found the narration to be all over the place. The organization of the chapters and the story-line could have been better.

I didn't care much for the biblical and scriptural references, mainly because I come from a completely different culture and though I can understand and respect the references I couldn't connect with it. Because this novel depends quite heavily on the biblical myths and legends that I have no understanding of (I could have googled it, but this novel didn't intrigue me enough to do that!) it didn't work for me.

When it comes to the characters, there were just too many of them. I am not sure if even half of them were necessary for the plot. Most of them were unlikable. Except for the kids, I liked none of the adults. None of them. Also, can somebody please explain the necessity to include homophobic comments on Steve? It didn't affect the story in the least. His gayness or lack of it was irrelevant to the story. What exactly was the point of those scenes I wonder? In fact, quite a few scenes and descriptions seemed like filler content, which probably could have been avoided. 


This would have been a better novel if more attention had been paid to the pacing and structure of the novel. The writing is excellent. It keeps you hooked to the novel despite its flaws. I would have preferred this to be a shorter novel with a crisper tale. All in all an excellent effort. I would recommend it to Urban Fantasy fans keen on vampire stories with an Amish twist. 

Characterization: ⭐⭐

Plot: ⭐⭐⭐

Writing: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Overall rating: ⭐⭐⭐

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An Engineer/Technical Writer turned Blogger & Book Reviewer. Reading books is an obsession and talking about or reviewing them on my blog is my passion. My favorite genres are High Fantasy and Suspense thrillers.


About the author

Owen Banner spent his childhood baptized in the red dirt of Mandeville, Jamaica and his adolescence in the neon morass of Manila in the Philippines. These diverse voices plant the seeds of his stories, which twist genre and seek new perspectives. view profile

Published on June 08, 2020

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200000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Horror

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