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In this story about how a man deals with his addictions he finds the answer to his problems in something he least expects. I really enjoyed how Brian Wheeler was able to tell the story of two different timelines and connects them so eloquently throughout the story. If you are looking for a book that will keep you wanting to turn the next page, pick up a copy of "The Sisters Will Dance."

The Sisters Will Dance Garners Praise!

In The Sisters Will Dance, Brian Wheeler manages to conjure the spirits of story tellers such as Hawthorne, Twain, and Shakespeare to create a world synthesizing both the supernatural and the temporal, but don't allow the lofty vernacular of these previous writers to deflect from the accessibility of his narrative. At one point the reader is lulled into a sense of childhood familiarity only to be bludgeoned by sinister characters who are either rocking and screaming in an institution or injecting their clients with "chemical smoke." Wheeler places the reader in a setting reminiscent of Bronte's Wuthering Heights where the landscape and characters are shaped by the harshness of their environment; his haunting words, his supreme talent for writing, is certainly of the literary canon, but like all great authors, his talent for story telling transcends time and place.

Brian Wheeler has woven an intricate tale that combines vivid imagery, clever symbolism and modern day mysticism. Although many of the characters are subjected to some difficult situations, in the end readers are rewarded with a satisfying conclusion. The Sisters Will Dance is not a quick read. It is somewhat lengthy and involved. Brian Wheeler's writing is elaborate, but this is what makes it interesting. I found myself wondering if the author writes poetry, since I found much of his prose to have a poetic quality. I would definitely recommend The Sisters Will Dance to anyone wishing to read a magical story of triumph over adversity.

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A Man Struggles to Claw His Way Back to the Living

Blaine Woosely has cleansed his blood's addiction to keep a bargain, and his efforts are surprised with the gift of an empty home isolated amid the wide acres of the flatland. Keeping the blood clean proves difficult. Blaine lacks meaningful endeavor to pump through his veins. Long living in shadow, the sunlight burns his sensitive skin. With little family or friends, Blaine's isolation gives easy opportunity for the craving to again clutch his heart.

Danger compounds Blaine's challenge. A custodian of the dark world Blaine chooses to escape lurks within the vast landscape surrounding the new home, determined to prevent Blaine from returning to the bright realm of the living. A ruthless creature with sharp teeth, he will stop at nothing to pull Blaine back into the shadows to preserve the secrets of such darkness.

An Unknown Bloodline Pumps Through the Man's Heart

Unknown to Blaine, an ancestral history of tragedy and compassion still resides in the home, manifested in the parlor that gathers no dust, in the shuffling scratching beyond the ceiling, in a music box that chimes though no fingers wind its mechanism. Blaine knows no details of his family’s past, but the heredity of his blood contains a needed hope.

And an Ancient Magician Will Teach a Final Trick

One remains who remembers Blaine s bloodline. For Blaine's ancestors once made the sacrifice of a bountiful feast with no expectation of payment, and the smoke of such an offering charmed an ancient man of magic.

It is this ancient magician who knocks upon Blaine's threshold to call Blaine's attention to the cords that bind him. Fate summons the old visitor to those lonely acres to teach the home's new master the trick of the chain, and the gift of bundled iron might provide Blaine with the power needed to survive within the light.

Intricate, creepy, and very satisfying all around. Tells the tale of a young man struggling to overcome the darkness within himself, a darkness that's so addicting in order to claim an inheritance he has to get his act together. Broken families, magic, and a bit of the paranormal, The Sisters Will Dance grips you by the throat in the beginning and doesn't let go until the main character gains his own release. What kind of release, you ask? Well...you'll have to read to find out.

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Wheeler weaves a tale that is both fresh and imaginative. His carefully crafted story - at times simple verse, at times poetic prose - gives life to a dying country town called Torence. Having spent time in small country towns, I can testify that Wheeler has captured not only the letter of such a place but the essence as well. His description makes plain country life sing with character and plot and purpose. I loved such narrative as: ‘The salt never left the wounds that document inflicted upon Jacob’ and ‘Dorothy’s impatience couldn’t bear Sarah’s hesitation’. And, with dialogue such as: “Don’t mind hearing it as long as you tell it to me once” and “Better to strike a palm too early than to bow a head too late” Wheeler captures both the subtle undertones and natural inflections of country folk.

The Sisters Will Dance is told like the assemblage of a puzzle. All the “pieces” are given; they just need to be put together to reveal the whole picture. Wheeler unveils each “piece” in a series of short flashbacks about the house Blaine has inherited and his connection to its past inhabitants.

Wheeler’s method of indirectly showing rather than telling, let’s the reader mine for clues and connections. His is a saga of a hidden heritage and of a supernatural encounter sure to leave you believing in the power of magic. I loved not just the story, but the way the story made me think and feel and see in an entirely different way what it means to be from a family, from a home, from a heartland.