It Took Billy
Miguel Lopez de Leon
Book Baby (2018)
Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (1/19)
“It Took Billy” is a fantasy/horror story by Miguel Lopez de Leon. A teen-aged boy’s encounter is the core element in the story, but this is a treat for adult readers only, as the content is mature, dark, terrifying, and yes, deliciously volatile.
At the time the handwritten journal of Billy Ranter was discovered in an old hollow tree trunk in the woods, Billy had been missing for three months. In it, Billy documented every horrific and disturbing detail of his journey after being abducted by an ancient demon. What does an ancient demon need with a teen-aged boy? Full of dark magic, cruelty, immortal beings, demonic rituals and just plain terror, it’s an experience Billy will be lucky to survive, let alone entertain thoughts of escaping.
The author packs a lot of substance in this relatively quick read. The writing is exquisite, and every word propels the reader deeper into the folds of a world crafted with meticulous detail. It’s one of those books that are so absorbing you can’t put down, but at the same time are actually afraid to see what comes next. Some of the twists in the story will truly make you wonder and just when you think the story can’t get any darker, Lopez de Leon knocks it out of the park with a development that is so creative and distinct it just leaves you stunned.
Full disclosure, when this book came in for review it was fought over by staff members. I won. Miguel Lopez de Leon is a wonderful story-teller; a talent that is finer-tuned with each new book, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one.
I highly recommend “It Took Billy” by Miguel Lopez de Leon. Vivid imagery delivers the reader directly into the journey and the unique storyline keeps them there. Colorful characters ranging from depraved and unscrupulous, to naïve and green – the humans, demons and every type of being in between will provoke the reader one way or another through a range of emotions. Indeed, the only regret will be finishing the last page.