Publication Date: Oct 2010
Short Synopsis (Goodreads): While Dr. Warthrop is attempting to disprove that Homo vampiris, the vampire, could exist, his former fiancÉe asks him to rescue her husband, who has been captured by a Wendigo—a creature that starves even as it gorges itself on human flesh. Although Dr. Warthrop considers the Wendigo to be fictitious, he relents and performs the rescue—and then sees the man transform into a Wendigo. Can the doctor and Will Henry hunt down the ultimate predator, who, like the legendary vampire, is neither living nor dead, and whose hunger for human flesh is never satisfied? This second book in The Monstrumologist series explores the line between myth and reality, love and hate, genius and madness.
My Review: The Curse of the Wendigo is an engrossing read... pun intended. This series is not for the faint of heart (I'm a little afraid of the dark again now) but it's characterization is worth it, and truly, it is fantastic storytelling.
We are first introduced to the contentious pair of Doctor Pellinor Warthrop and his young assistant William James Henry, or just Will Henry for short, in The Monstrumologist. I didn't really much like the Doctor then, though I did warm up to him towards the end, but Will Henry I loved from the start and love even more after reading this book.
He is such a young boy, but he tries, and he is truly one of the most long suffering characters I have ever read. I sometimes forget his youth with the things that he has to face, and then when I remember it, I am surprised (well, not really, when you know the character of Will Henry) that he doesn't go mad. Grown men break sooner than he does and he has to put up with a lot more. He is just amazing.