Carved In Flesh is the twelfth book in the series of TV Tie-in novels from the CW show Supernatural, and is written by Tim Waggoner. It takes place during season seven between episodes 12 (Time After Time) and 13 (The Slice Girls).
…spoiler warning for those not familiar and up-to-date with the TV series…
This novel has the Winchester brothers travelling to Brennan, Ohio to investigate a series of desiccated corpses, and sightings of a large black dog.
In similar fashion to the last book, Rite of Passage, Tim Waggoner’s Carved in Flesh is also missing the much-loved Metallicar, the other main character of the show along with Sam and Dean. Regardless of whether I’m reading the novels or watching the TV series, I’ll probably not be happy until the Leviathans have gone and the Impala makes a welcome return.
The main story is ok, not thrilling or page-turning but interesting enough to read. In a similar vein to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, it’s not a new or unique story and is therefore a bit too predictable as plots go.
However, interspersed within this tale are dream sequences that take the reader back in time to when Sam and Dean were young kids living with a hunter friend of their Dads. While dreaming both brothers reminisce about their friend, Trish Hansen and the monster hunts and stories that the three of them shared. I’m not sure what these dream sequences are supposed to achieve, other than to bulk up and extend an otherwise fairly simple story. It begins with a discussion about werewolves, which is how Trish’s Dad discovered the hunter life, then progresses on to a ghost hunt that the three kids take to a local haunted house. It correlates with the main theme, but I don’t feel like it really adds anything to the overall story.
The book also includes the Norse Goddess, Hel, and I couldn’t help but imagine Cate Blanchette’s character from the movie Thor: Ragnarok every time she got a mention in the story. In a way this made the novel more enjoyable, but I’d still only rate is at about 2 out of 5 stars. Carved in Flesh is ok but not great.