This is an excellent and professional piece of work with a visceral world you will be easily sucked into. It's very underrated, in my opinion. Chapter 1 – The sound design and score create a palpable atmosphere and the story's protagonist feels genuine. What’s more is that the setting is so believable. The threat feels very real. So immersive with truly superb narration! Chapter 2 – Tension grows steadily in the village of Mercel. The isolation and insular nature of the village's inhabitants are very palpable, the experience staying with you. I love how the protagonist can sense that something is wrong but can't put his finger on it. I’m feeling on edge with the poor guy. Chapter 3 – What a grisly and horrific episode! Intense to say the least. The description of the injuries combined with the sound effects struck deep. There was a claustrophobic sense of impending doom that really locked me in with the characters. This also made the quieter moments powerful. Here are my thoughts on the Ch4 to Ch6. The mystery really does deepen into dark places where no character is safe. I've even developed a love for the villain. He's cold and callous but everything he says has me on tender hooks. Chapter 4 – Another episode brimming with tension and new, unsavoury characters that truly get stuck under your skin. Nothing feels safe even within the walls of a castle and, like the carriage driver, I'm not convinced of trusting anyone. Eeriness lingers, promising the violence to come. Chapter 5 – Captain Vulkor is a villain I love to hate. Everything he utters I'm enraptured by even if his vicious, callous side lurks beneath. He has dangerous conviction and is brilliantly voiced. His tale of encountering the horrific beast is traumatic! Chapter 6 – What breakneck ride into a merciless, gritty and gory encounter. No character is safe. The savage sounds of the wolves, the guttural cries, the bullets tearing chunks of flesh, and the hopelessness of being trapped by teeth. The race is on to save milady! Chapter 7 – The hunt has pistol hammers cocked and horses reared. I felt the crippling urgency of the carriage driver to find milady. He hunts for wolves and rides among others. I dreaded muskets turning on him but the ravaged state of the village promises worse! Chapter 8 – A constant aura of danger spreads as the carriage driver relies on his wits and musket. I really felt how tension transforms people in lethal situations, trusting little. The revelations he learns are grim yet touching tales that show no character is out of the wicked woods yet. Chapter 9 – We finally learn the tale behind werewolf kind and the evil fuelling it and my god I was enraptured by this very unique take on werewolf lore. I won’t spoil it, but the tale is a perfect storm of occultism, revenge and dreadful consequence with gut-wrenching twists. Chapter 10 – This really is a toxic land of wolves in all forms. The sheer treachery, conniving, and outright abuse of power between characters to hide ill deeds and delicate truths is excellently interwoven in so many satisfying layers. My assertions about the good and bad characters have been flipped. Chapter 11 – What savage havoc between wolves of wretched and solemn origins! The hero’s plan of attack was intelligent, and the viciousness of the strikes went bone deep, thanks to incredible FX. The mythos behind the lethality of silver is brilliantly macabre and unique, creating ominous tension for the future.
Ch 12 – A final confrontation that didn’t let down! I’m a big fan of fight scenes that feel like a proper life and death swedge of multiple near-fatal, unforgiving moves. This really played with my emotions about who would survive and in what state. I’m excited to see how the next set of tragic circumstances plays out.
CH 13 – A devastating end for many characters and the soundtrack, combined with visceral FX and writing, made it feel all the more traumatic. Consequences cannot be avoided, and it was good to see some touching humanity in the villainous Captain Voelker. As the first of three parts, I’m totally intrigued for more.
CH 14 – I’ve been meaning to listen to this sooner! This was a very sombre chapter that tugged my emotions deeply. The realism afforded to the psychology of characters and their struggles to deal with loss and injustice is a genuine portrayal of humanity. I feed on the hints of ominous unfinished business.
CH 15 – A satisfying and yet sorrowful end to an often harrowing, always gripping, and wholly emotional tale. I was especially glad that the Carriage Drive and mi Lady found some closure in their regrettable circumstances. The last secret revealed was beautifully and cinematically done, trembling the heartbeat.