|Title: Eyes to See
Author: Joseph Nassise
Series: Jeremiah Hunt #1
Cover Art: Cliff Nielsen
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Reviewed by: Julia
Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.
In an urban fantasy that charts daring new territory in the field, Jeremiah Hunt has been broken by a malevolent force that has taken his young daughter and everything else of value in his life: his marriage, his career, his reputation. Desperate to reclaim what he has lost, Hunt finally turns to the supernatural for justice.
Abandoning all hope for a normal life, he enters the world of ghosts and even more dangerous entities from beyond the grave. Sacrificing his normal sight so that he can see the souls of the dead and the powers that stalk his worst nightmares, Hunt embarks upon a strange new career—a pariah among the living; a scourge among the dead; doomed to walk between the light of day and the deepest darkness beyond night.
His love for his departed daughter sustains him when all is most hopeless, but Hunt is cursed by something more evil than he can possibly imagine. As he descends into the maelstrom of his terrifying quest, he discovers that even his deepest fears are but prelude to yet darker deeds by a powerful entity from beyond the grave…that will not let him go until it has used him for its own nefarious purposes.
The whys and wherefores of Jeremiah Hunt’s world are fascinating, a mix of grim reality and arcane practicality. As the chapters switch between the past and present, Hunt’s growth from comfortable academic to iron-hard, isolated mystic unfolds page by page. While I loved all of the chapters from Hunt’s perspective, I could have done without the present-tense chapters from other characters’ points of view. They never reached Hunt’s level of charisma and interest, and I found myself anxious to get back to our hero.
Hunt’s personal magnetism is well established from page one. Riding along on an exorcism provides a front row seat for how ghosts and magic interact in his world, and so much action mixed with exposition gives the reader a lot of information in an interesting way. I was captivated by this meticulously imagined ghost world, though I enjoyed Hunt’s expertise more than the flashbacks of how he had come by it.
If I could have spent the whole book in the first half of Hunt’s point of view, this book would be one of my favorites. Unfortunately, while the world building never lost it’s magic, by the last few chapters the plot comes un-spooled. The exposition that was so interesting from a magical theory perspective becomes less natural when it’s plot threads are being tied off one after another in haphazard fait accompli. I enjoyed so much of EYES TO SEE, it was disappointing to have the ending feel so rushed and underdeveloped. If nothing else, however, Nassise has piqued my interest in his other books, in hopes of finding more of those elements that were so captivating.