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Supernatural: Witch's Canyon

Supernatural: Witch's Canyon

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by Jeff Mariotte

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Twenty-two years ago, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. In the years after, their father, John, taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America...and he taught them how to kill it.

Sam and Dean have set out on a road trip to


Twenty-two years ago, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. In the years after, their father, John, taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America...and he taught them how to kill it.

Sam and Dean have set out on a road trip to the Grand Canyon, but this is no vacation for the brothers. On a stretch of deserted ranchland just beyond the canyon's stunning vistas, mysterious murder sprees have occurred every forty years. The area's inhabitants have been few and far between in years past, but a nearby mega-mall is about to celebrate its grand opening—and attract thousands of fresh victims.

The Winchester boys are determined to protect locals and shoppers alike, but they never anticipated they'd be fighting a group of killers this vicious, this vindictive, this . . . dead. A deadly horde of animal spirits and human ghosts has arisen to terrorize this tiny corner of the Arizona desert. If Sam and Dean can't figure out why, the wide-open spaces of the West will once again become a desolate frontier . . . and the witch's canyon will be the brothers' final resting place.

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Supernatural: Witch's Canyon

Chapter One

Cedar Wells, Arizona
December 4, 2006

"That's a big hole."

"A big hole," Sam repeated.

"That's what I said. It's a big freakin' hole. And somehow that river got stuck inside it."

Sam shook his head sadly. His brother leaned casually on a railing, peering into the canyon. Across the way, the lowering sun's rays slanted in from the west, dripping gold paint across horizontal layers of pale rose, buff, and salmon strata of shale, limestone, and sandstone. Sometimes Sam had to wonder if Dad had destroyed Dean's soul altogether. "Dean, nature worked miracles for millions of years to create the Grand Canyon—the Colorado River's the reason it's there."

Dean turned slowly, fixing Sam with a steady glare. From the way his mouth curled into a mischievous grin, Sam knew he'd been had. "Just because I didn't go to Stanford doesn't mean I'm an idiot, college boy," Dean said.

"I didn't say . . ." Sam paused, stuck. Dean loved to give him crap about having attended Stanford—and almost graduating prelaw—while Dean carried on the family business.

"Look, Sam, I know what made the Grand Canyon. I know about erosion. I even get why you wanted to stop here while we—"

"We were just passing so close."

"What did I just say? Dude, are you even listening to me?"

When Dean got in this kind of mood, there was no winning. After his years at college, away from his big brother, Sam had to learn Dean's habits and quirks all over again. These last months, riding around the country in Dean's precious Impala, he believed hehad reacquainted himself with most of those traits, good and bad.

Didn't stop him from stepping right into it from time to time.

"It is pretty spectacular," Sam said, hoping to change the subject. Another glance at the opposite wall showed that in just minutes shifting light and shadow had altered the view as surely as if the Winchester brothers had moved to a different vantage point. Hints of pine and sage tickled Sam's nose on a whispered breeze from below; the same wind shushed through the branches of the firs and the gnarled junipers surrounding the overlook. "I'm glad we made the side trip."

"Me too," Dean said. He scratched his head, mussing his short brown hair. His leather jacket was zipped against the cold; the snow around his boots was hard-packed, a week old or more. "It's kinda cool."

"For a big hole."

"Am I wrong?"

"More like . . . incomplete," Sam said.

"You can give me detention. Oh, wait, that's right . . . you aren't the boss of me. So I guess you can just bite me."

"That's not happening," Sam said. "Maybe we should get on into town." Even as he said it, he recognized that Dean might take it as giving orders again. That was something he and Dean struggled with. Dean was older, and had stayed on the road with their dad while Sam turned his back on the family—at least, that was Dean's take on it. Sam's was that, having announced his intention to go to college, Dad had thrown him out, essentially disowning him. Dad's words, "Don't come back," had seemed plenty specific.

But now that Sam had rejoined the family business—and the brothers were left to run it themselves since their father's death—there had been friction between the two of them. Dean loved his little brother, and vice versa. But he didn't like being dictated to, and he had made that abundantly clear.

Which didn't mean it was easy for Sam to knock it off. He had been on his own for a long time, and he was used to doing things his own way. Dean, having worked with Dad longer, was used to taking orders. More than that, he seemed to thrive on it, as if Dad had crushed the independent spirit he'd been born with. What was left behind was a Dean who Sam bossed around whether he meant to or not. Maybe it wasn't the natural order of things, but sometimes it felt that way to him.

Dean shot him a dark glance but didn't say anything. He pushed off the railing. "Let's hit it."

When they arrived, one other car had been parked on the gravel semicircle at the trailhead, but they hadn't seen its occupant anywhere. As they hiked back toward the parking area, not talking, Sam thought he heard something out of place. He stopped short, put a hand out to halt Dean. "Shh!"

"What?" Dean whispered.

"Listen." Not just wind through the pine needles, Sam was certain. "Someone's crying."

"Let's get out of here, then," Dean said. "That's not going to be any of our business."

"We don't know that."

"Yes we do," Dean argued. "We came here to go to Cedar Wells and stop people from getting killed. There aren't many things in life I am more positive about. I'm sorry for whoever's crying, but it's not what we're here for."

"What if it's a kid? Someone who got lost? How long can it take to check out?"

Dean rolled his eyes. In that instant, Sam could still see Dean as he'd been at twelve, when that had been his response to almost every situation. He hadn't caught up to his older brother in height then—that hadn't come until Sam's sixteenth year—but he'd been closing in even then. Still, he had looked up to Dean, practically worshipping him, and Dean could cut him deep with one of those eye rolls. "Famous last words."

Without comment, Dean pointed at the Please Stay on Path sign that Sam had stepped over. The crying was full-throated sobs now, as if the person—a woman, Sam thought, no child weeps like that—had stopped trying to hold back and decided to let it all go. It was coming from through the trees, not on the path, and Sam was only following the sound.

Supernatural: Witch's Canyon. Copyright © by Jeff Mariotte. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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lawdispatcher More than 1 year ago
At the time of this writing, I have not read all the way through this book. However, that said, I am put off by a few things I have read so far. First off, I am a huge Supernatural fan, so knowing Sam and Dean just goes with my ridiculous obsession. This book seems to take place just shortly after John Winchester's death and there is a major inconsistency with the characters. Most of the time, what Dean is saying, should sound something more like what Sam is saying. For example, in the beginning of the book, Sam checks himself because he is being too bossy to Dean. The book states that its natural for Dean to be a follower and not a leader, whereas, Sam, being more independent makes more sense to be a leader. I couldn't disagree more strongly. The whole "who's in charge here?" debate was ended with this line, "Driver picks the music, shotgun shuts his cakehole." That was early on in season one. The second, Dean, in the book is a whiner. And not funny. The humor in this book, while close, is overthought and over explained. Sam is also a bit of a smart ass, and not really in a great way. In fact, he sounds more like Dean than Dean does. The flow of the book is a bit choppy. The boys stumble on things that should leave them scratching their heads, but instead, they seem to figure out what is going on instantaneously. Thirdly, there is still plenty of reference to the "college boy" name that Dean called Sam a few times in season one. In the contexts its used, and the number of times I have actually read it so far, its extremely over used and wasn't really something that Dean called Sam in season two. The "college boy" quip was supposed to be funny while we were learning who the boys were in season one. Its not funny anymore being employed in this book and honestly, I am a little bit sick of reading it everytime Sam stumbles upon new information in the story. The writing is ok. I dont really call this a waste of money, but its not for die hard, eat sleep bleed Winchester fans, looking for a Supernatural fix while working a long shift at night. I dont regret buying it, and will probably buy all the others as well, just to support my Supernatural addiction. So if anything, we are enablers.
Alison12 More than 1 year ago
Wow! Was this ever a great book. Supernatural Witch's canyon was a lot better than the first book in the series. There was way more action and the characters were right on the money. If you liked the first book you'll absolutally love this one. I'm about to start reading Supernatural Bone Key but I sorta don't want to read it because of the reviews but so far the Supernatural series is really really good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All the supernatural books seem totally diffetent from the show. The story s way more complex and hard ti follow, its not as funny, and cas isnt in any of them
Rgutro More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very entertaining, and it held my interest all the way through. I've only seen the television show about 2 times, but the book was well-written, captivating and I couldn't wait to get to the ending. I hope to pick up more in the series.
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Im a guy and i watched myster spot dean kept dying it was funny until he died for good
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Nicely written and tied in well with the series.
Nysa More than 1 year ago
"Witch's Canyon" is a real let down after reading the first Supernatural novel. This author did not seem to understand the characters very well and (worse) did not understand that the show takes place more or less in the real world (if a sometimes exceptionally convenient one) in which the only real difference is that various supernatural beings are real. There is a good story in there but it is developed rather immaturely.
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wigglepie More than 1 year ago
Definitely an entertaining read, especially if you enjoy the show.
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