Title: Supernatural Coyotes Kiss
Publisher: Titan Books
Writer: Christa Faust
Release Date: 12 July 2011
Cover Price: $7.99/ £6.99
This is the eight installment of the official Supernatural novel series based on the TV show and is set in between the episodes “Caged Heat” and “Appointment in Samara” from season 6, where the dynamic between the brothers is very different from the earlier episodes. Unbelievably I was unaware of the novel series but then again I usually stay away from books that are based on a TV show- I normally prefer when the TV series is based on a book. However, being both a massive Supernatural fan and an avid reader, I was really looking forward to getting my hands on this book and I wasn’t disappointed.
The book starts with a group of Mexican illegal immigrants trying to cross the border into Arizona. Needless to say, the crossing doesn’t go smoothly and before too long Sam and Dean are on the case after 15 mutilated corpses are found, including three armed border patrol officers. After seeing a ‘black rider’ following them, Dean is surprised to find the very same, very tattooed and very pretty hunter, Xochi Cazadora in their motel room. Led by Xochi, the brothers find themselves leaving the Impala behind while following a demented ‘boardwalker’, a female entity who has the ability to cross dimensions, across the Mexican border. Tense relations ensue as Dean is conflicted between his failed relationship with Lisa and his growing feelings, or should I say longings towards his female counterpart Xochi.
As usual things never go smoothly for the Winchester boys and Dean soon finds himself in danger and must rely on Xochi and her grandmother to save him while soulless Sam decides that he should avail of the services of the brothel where Dean is holed up. With a lot of twists and turns and the help from an ancient Mexican god, the unlikely troop head deep into Mexico to confront the boardwalker and a blast from Xochi’s past. Dean questions whether or not Sam really wants his soul back, just like the TV show, and is surprised when it seems that Sam is at least trying to make it look like he cares what is happening around him but in the end it is up to Sam and a 15 year old girl to save the day.
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The author captured the dynamic between Sam and Dean really well and it was interesting to see the change in the brothers’ attitudes being explored a bit further- especially when it comes to women. A few old favourites popped up in the book in the form of Bobby and Castiel and although they don’t factor into the story it was nice to see that they hadn’t been forgotten. The plot captured my attention right away and I could envisage the entire story in my head thanks to the descriptive nature of the author’s writing. The only thing that I was disappointed with was that the ending seemed to be very rushed. So much detail was put into the rest of the book that I felt that more time could have been taken to wrap up the story and maybe even show a bit more of the relationship between Dean and Xochi. All in all I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Supernatural although if you haven’t been following the series some of the inferred references may leave you slightly confused.
Rating: 8 out of 10