Children of Anubis is book seventeen in the series of TV Tie-in novels from the CW show Supernatural, and is the third to have been written by Tim Waggoner. It takes place during season twelve between episodes 5 (The One You’ve Been Waiting For) and 6 (Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox).
…major spoiler warning for this review, as well as for those not familiar and up-to-date with the TV series…
Book seventeen follows on immediately after series 12, episode 5 ends, with the boys eating pie and discussing the previous case. Then an online news report sends the Winchester brothers rushing off to Indiana, where they believe a man has been murdered by a werewolf.
Usually the synopsis featured on the back cover of a book highlights the main story without giving away too much detail. However, in this case I felt as though I’d already read the full novel, after reading the two paragraphs adorning this book’s glossy back cover. I summarise in the following paragraph:
Essentially it states that the boys team up with their hunter friend, Garth to hunt not just werewolves, but also Jakkals. These two wolf-like creatures are enemies and the Jakkals have encroached on the werewolves’ territory. Unfortunately, this pack of Jakkals worship the ancient Egyptian God, Anubis. The Winchesters must stop the turf-war before Anubis awakens.
As far as plot goes there isn’t much else to say, except for the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ style Shakespearean love story between the teenagers, Greg and Morgan. The book pretty much plays out as described by the synopsis.
Garth isn’t the only hunter to make an appearance in this novel though, as Bobby Singer also makes a brief cameo. In a flashback to an earlier time a young Sam and Dean revisit a previous encounter with another werewolf, when they were just kids being looked after by their uncle Bobby.
Both Bobby and Garth are such great characters in the show, so I love the fact that they appear in this book. Garth uses writing as a cover story for his investigation into the strange death in Indiana, as opposed to Sam and Dean’s FBI roles, and I found the ‘fangisms’ that he concocts for his book ‘The Way of the Fang’ quite amusing. This adds some lightness to an otherwise serious story.
Despite the synopsis pretty much giving away the entire plot, I did really enjoy this book. There wasn’t much by way of action until nearer the end and I didn’t necessarily care much about any of the characters, except Sam, Dean, Garth and Bobby of course. However, it had a good pace and held my attention. I liked the idea of the Jakkals and this is something original that the show hasn’t touched on before. At 4 out of 5 stars I’d recommend Children of Anubis to fans who are interested in giving the novels a try, as I feel that this is one of the better books in the series.