Write a sequel to a classic piece of literature. Is there any more daunting task? Too close to the original and you risk losing your own voice, stray too far and be torn apart by critics. This book walked the line perfectly.
First a caveat, I am a fan of Poe. And of The Cask of Amontillado, so this was a touchy book for me. I wondered where they would take the story, what characters could be interesting enough to constitute a sequel. Well they pulled it off beautifully!
The House of Montresor brings us (after a quick recap of the climax of Cask of Amantilado) into the lives of that ill-fated family 50 years after Fortunato commits his heinous crime. The main character is Edana, the heiress of the Montresor/Fortunato estate, who is returning to The House of Montresor to claim her inheritance from her "guardian" Count Montresor. As we learn the history of the women she is descended from we realize there is definitely foul play afoot. How will Edana fare when she returns home? Poe’s stories aren’t known for “happy endings” and Enrica doesn’t seem afraid to go pretty dark in this tale. Between Jason’s art and Enrica’s writing I’m definitely hooked. Enrica has woven an intricate tale, one that feels right, feels like this is where the story should go, and Jason Strutz’ art gives a brooding eerie quality to the trip that sets the tone for the book.
This is a five out of five. I hope you buy this book, this is what indie should be.