Here’s where we are. Emmy is the daughter of a not-so-great witch. She watches over Harrow County, the people, and the haints (monsters, goblins, demons, etc). She tries to keep balance between the two, but to her friend Bernice, Emmy is favoring the haints more than she should. While Emmy has been doing her best, Bernice befriended a woman who has the power to destroy the haints, and Bernice began training with her to do the same. Now, with every twist and turn, their friendship fractures and both of their hands seem to be forced by other enemies into conflict.
Every page of every issue builds the tension of that conflict. This is one of those stories that you don’t want to have end, because you know something terrible may happen when it gets there.
Tyler Crook’s watercolor art remains exactly what this book needs. Without it, I don’t know if the horrors of Harrow County would be as fairy tale frightening as they are. It’s like all the nightmares one might’ve had as a kid of gremlins, fairies, bulls, and skinless humans. (Yes, I had strange nightmares.). He breathes the imagination of a child into this world, and it allows it to resonate that much more, because we’re reminded of what it is like to feel vulnerable. I’m reminded of what it feels like to sit in my grandparents' living room with my cousins or sibling, flashlight glowing and telling stories of creatures that live in the shadows in the woods or the basement - only Harrow County is also dealing with complicated moral dilemmas. You should give this book a try if you have not already.