Supernatural: Mythmaker by Tim Waggoner (Book Review)

Mythmaker is another Supernatural TV Tie-in novel from Tim Waggoner. It’s actually the fourteenth book in the series, but takes place before book 13, Cold Fire, chronologically. With the events occurring during season ten between episodes 8 (Hibbing 911) and 9 (The Things We Left Behind).

In Corinth, Illinois a young artist called Renee Mendez is unknowingly summoning a host of ancient Gods to her hometown. They manifest as she paints them onto canvas, seeking out allies for a coming war. Drawn to the strange occurrences, Sam and Dean Winchester head to Illinois posing as FBI Agents, in order to infiltrate and eliminate the god infestation.

…spoiler warning for those not familiar and up-to-date with the TV series…

Unfortunately, this novel doesn’t really gel together as a cohesive story. It’s mostly separated into two different tales; one set in Corinth where the Gods are vying for Apotheosis and the Winchester brothers are side characters with very little involvement, and then the second story which is a reminiscence of Sam’s in which the boys first meet a God. The book frequently jumps back and forth between the two, which sometimes causes confusion.

There is also an inconsistency with current events. Mythmaker is supposed to take place during season ten, at a point where Sam and Dean are separated from their Angel friend, Castiel. At this point in the TV series, Castiel has lost a lot of his Angel mojo and is primarily human. Therefore, Dean attempting to summon him via ‘Angel Radio’ wouldn’t be logical as he obviously wouldn’t hear their call, they should be using the telephone to ask for his help or advice.

As a result of this inconsistency and disjointed story Mythmaker doesn’t feel like a true Supernatural novel to me, but rather a simple fantasy which happens to feature the Winchester brothers in a cameo appearance. The overall concept failed to capture my interest, and I struggled my way through the book, so can only muster a measly 1 out of 5 stars. Definitely one of the weakest Supernatural tie-in novels from my perspective.

See also:

Supernatural: Rite of Passage

Supernatural: Fresh Meat

Supernatural: Carved in Flesh

Author: Sarah

I review science fiction, fantasy and horror novels.

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