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Witch-Hunter Trilogy by K.S. Marsden

 

The Shadow Rises – Book #1

The Shadow RisesWhen a new witch threat rises, only Hunter Astley can stop them…

In the face of dark magic and evil witches, a secret witch-hunting society works tirelessly to keep them at bay. The Malleus Maleficarum Council have strict rules and practises for eradicating magic.

Due to their work, witches have been almost forgotten, relegated to myth; but rumours are starting to emerge of a new power that will throw the world into chaos.

As the only 7th generation witch-hunter, Hunter Astley is the best the MMC has to offer. With the help of his colleagues, it’s a race to track down this new threat and stop them… in any way he can.

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My Review:

I read the three books in the Witch-Hunter series back to back.
The Shadow Rises drew me in after the first few pages and wouldn’t let go so I moved straight onto The Shadow Reigns, quickly followed by The Shadow Falls.
These books now make up one of my favourite trilogies!

The Shadow Rises is an awesome start to an original and exciting series, that has a new take on witches. It’s a fast-paced, fun and enjoyable read, with action and intrigue plus an unexpected and surprising twist.

Hunter is a strong character, he is arrogant but also shows enough fear and doubt to not be unbearable. James and Sophie’s characters are well developed and well suited to their roles within the story.

There wasn’t a huge cliffhanger at the end of book 1, just a satisfying ending that made me want to continue with the story!

 


The Shadow Reigns – Book #2

The Shadow ReignsThe world has been thrown into darkness by the Shadow Witch’s revolution. The witch-hunters are scattered, but still strong.

The race is now on to gather allies and win the war. New enemies will arise; loyalties will be pushed to the limit.

And an important question will be answered: can a witch-hunter that practices magic ever be trusted, or will he be persecuted?

It is said that ‘love conquers all’, but this twisted love must stay secret, locked away with the past.

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My Review:

The second book in the series starts with Hunter recovering from the revelations and after-effects of book ones’ ending. It moves at a slightly slower pace, but with more descriptive writing. The details of the magic make it completely believable.

K.S. Marsden continues to develop the main characters, allowing them to grow with their actions and circumstances. I enjoyed getting to know Hunter much better in this book.

The ending of this book was so amazing that I was reaching for the third book as I closed this one.

 

The Shadow Falls – Book #3

The Shadow FallsHunter Astley has always known that he is different: being a witch-hunter that can use magic has sealed his fate.

He must destroy the Shadow Witch once and for all, with the help of some unlikely allies.

We delve even deeper into the world of the Malleus Maleficarum; into myth, rumour and history that refuses to stay in the past.

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My Review:

Book three picks up where the Shadow reigns leaves off, with Hunter hiding from the witches and searching for the Benandanti.

The fast-paced action from book one was back in this book, and the twists and turns of the plot kept me on my toes.

Hunter’s personality evolves and becomes more complex as the story continues. A number of new, well-developed, characters are introduced in this book including Hunters son, his new love interest, a demon and the monks.

This book and the last few chapters were the perfect finale to the trilogy!

The plot, throughout all three books, was unpredictable and kept me guessing the entire time!

 

The Author:
35486042_602790366769190_1403381745084006400_nKelly S. Marsden grew up in Yorkshire, and there were two constants in her life – books and horses.

Graduating with an equine degree from Aberystwyth University, she has spent most of her life since trying to experience everything the horse world has to offer. She is currently settled into a Nutritionist role for a horse feed company in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

She writes Fantasy stories part-time. Her first book, The Shadow Rises (Witch-Hunter #1), was published in January 2013, and she now has several successful series under her belt.

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D: Revenge Hits London by Chris Turnbull

 
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The events in Whitby have left all those involved shaken. With a murderer still at large, and his target believing him to have been arrested, there is only a matter of time before their paths cross again.

Humiliated by the woman he loves, D seeks revenge, and will stop at nothing until he sees Victoria pay for the torment she has brought upon him. With Detective Matthews out of the way, his plan surely can’t fail.

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My Review:

A fabulous follow up to D: Whitby’s Darkest Secret.

Victoria and Albert have returned to London, after the events in Whitby, and they’ve taken Tom with them and given him a home. They all believe that the killer has been caught. Unfortunately, they’re wrong and he’s on their trail.

Victoria’s sister, Lucy, is staying with them following the death of her husband and her visits, on her own, to a church and a public house give D the opportunity to befriend her, as a means of getting back at Victoria.

This book, like the previous one, is written mainly from Victoria and D’s points of view, along with chapters from Tom, Lucy and Detective Matthews. This brings insight into the thoughts and motives behind the characters actions and allows you to get to know them.

At the risk of repeating myself, I was once again walking in Victoria’s shoes, this time, through a dangerous 1900’s London.

Another great book from Chris Turnbull, with an unexpected twist at the end… and the possibility of more to come in this series.

 

About The Author:

13781487Chris has always been a keen reader and writer, he loves the feeling of been drawn into a good book and the escapism into another world after a long day at work.

In 2013, after finishing his first full story Chris decided that he wanted to get it professionally edited in the hope to print it out for himself. After very little persuasion Chris finally released time travel story The Vintage Coat on Amazon and had a successful book launch in Leeds.

Chris was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire in England.

The eldest of two sons Chris originally wanted to become a dog groomer and trained in this field before working on a farm in the grooming room as well as helping with the dog hydrotherapy.

After a few years, Chris moved on and found a job at Bradford University working with PhD students in the Biology labs. Chris enjoyed nearly 7 years there before moving over to York University to take on a similar, be it more senior role.

Chris now lives on the outskirts of York with his partner and their Jack Russell terrier.

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D: Whitby’s Darkest Secret by Chris Turnbull

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LESS than 3 years after the release of Bram Stokers novel Dracula, Whitby is tormented by a diehard fan who sees Dracula as his role model; and it isn’t long before women are being murdered, and the residents of Whitby are scared to leave their homes.

WHEN a young lady from London, who has travelled to Whitby with her new husband, is targeted, it is a race against time to catch this cloaked monster before he kills again.

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My Review:

I don’t often read historical fiction, but the cover and blurb (Whitby and Dracula) caught my attention on this one.

From the beginning of the book, I was transported back in time to join Victoria and her husband, Albert, as they spend a week in Whitby for a belated honeymoon, and for Alberts political career, which leaves Victoria on her own quite often. Victoria is completely unaware that she has caught the attention of a disturbed and dangerous killer, who believes that he is in love with her and that she shares those feelings.

It’s a race against time as Detective Matthews tries to catch the killer before Victoria becomes his next victim.

Being told mainly from Victoria and D’s points of view, helps you to understand the danger that Victoria is in, as well as adding insight to D’s deranged mind. There’s also some occasional input from Detective Matthews, and from Tom, a helpful local boy working at the hotel, who Victoria takes a shine to.

The characters are well rounded and believable. My favourite was Tom, who despite being an orphan was a polite and lovable boy.

This book took me on a suspenseful journey into the 1900s and had me walking in Victoria shoes, rather than watching the action at a distance.

(I’m glad I read the prequel, D: Darkest Beginnings, first)

 

About The Author:

13781487Chris has always been a keen reader and writer, he loves the feeling of been drawn into a good book and the escapism into another world after a long day at work.

In 2013, after finishing his first full story Chris decided that he wanted to get it professionally edited in the hope to print it out for himself. After very little persuasion Chris finally released time travel story The Vintage Coat on Amazon and had a successful book launch in Leeds.

Chris was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire in England.

The eldest of two sons Chris originally wanted to become a dog groomer and trained in this field before working on a farm in the grooming room as well as helping with the dog hydrotherapy.

After a few years, Chris moved on and found a job at Bradford University working with PhD students in the Biology labs. Chris enjoyed nearly 7 years there before moving over to York University to take on a similar, be it more senior role.

Chris now lives on the outskirts of York with his partner and their Jack Russell terrier.

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D: Darkest Beginnings by Chris Turnbull

(Prequel to Whitby’s Darkest Secret)

 
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What makes a young boy turn to the darkness?

What turns an honest man into a monster?

In this prequel to Whitby’s Darkest Secret, journey back and learn about the life of the boy, who grew up to become known simply as ‘D’

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My Review:

D: Darkest Beginnings is the background story of the man known only as D!

It’s a quick and easy read chronicling the life and misfortunes of a young, nameless, orphan boy, left to the harsh regime of a workhouse at the tender age of five.

He’s bullied from day one in the workhouse, and by various antagonist as he grows up, and then finally hit by tragedy the day before his wedding.

I will definitely be reading the other books in the series, and have already started D: Whitby’s Darkest Secret, as I am curious to know what becomes of this young man!

 

About The Author:

13781487Chris has always been a keen reader and writer, he loves the feeling of been drawn into a good book and the escapism into another world after a long day at work.

In 2013, after finishing his first full story Chris decided that he wanted to get it professionally edited in the hope to print it out for himself. After very little persuasion Chris finally released time travel story The Vintage Coat on Amazon and had a successful book launch in Leeds.

Chris was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire in England.

The eldest of two sons Chris originally wanted to become a dog groomer and trained in this field before working on a farm in the grooming room as well as helping with the dog hydrotherapy.

After a few years, Chris moved on and found a job at Bradford University working with PhD students in the Biology labs. Chris enjoyed nearly 7 years there before moving over to York University to take on a similar, be it more senior role.

Chris now lives on the outskirts of York with his partner and their Jack Russell terrier.

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The Magic of Grandfather Time by Rose English

(The Magic of Grandfather Time Series Book 1)

‘A grandfather clock has a face and a voice. As its name suggests, it is more than a piece of furniture; it is a member of the family’
Richard C.R. Barder 1983

DECEMBER 1880. There will be no jolly Christmas cheer this year. The harsh winter had descended; snow blankets the ground and the lake is frozen solid. Within the walls of Clement Cottage, the fire is dwindling, its embers barely bright enough to cast the shadow of the broken man upon the wall. Cole is lost in his deep sadness; he has just one heartfelt wish. To be re-united with his beloved, the soulmate so cruelly stolen from him – Cornelia.

A sad mournful ticking comes from a blackened corner of the parlour where a longcase clock is hidden. Tall and stately, noble of face, loud of voice and keeper of great secrets, he is Grandfather Time. Bestowed with the gift of magic from Old Father Time himself, as he begins to chime out the magical hour of midnight, can he grant Cole his wish?

The book includes An Introduction to Grandfather Time.

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My Review:

This beautifully written book started by taking me back in time with the song, Grandfather’s Clock, that I vaguely remembered from my childhood.

I was transported further back in time with the first story of the book.

Set on New Year’s Eve, 1880, this is a sweet and moving love story about a young man and his memories, on the anniversary of the death of his wife.

The second story took me even further back, to New Year’s Eve, 1699, where a clock-maker awaits the birth of his youngest child and Old Father Time grants a wish.

The author’s inspiration note and the historical facts at the end of the book are a nice touch.

I loved the author’s characters and felt their emotions. I shed a few tears while reading the first story. Rose English has a wonderful way of stringing words together and immersing you in the time and place of the story. I look forward to reading more stories in this series.

About The Author:

Living on ‘England’s Green & Pleasant Land’, amongst the gentle rolling hills of the Herefordshire Countryside, Rose’s house is wall to wall books. She even has a ‘leaning tower of paperbacks’.

Rose is a dreamer, preferring a simple & quiet life. Often spending time lone, although never lonely, being ever surrounded by great characters when lost in a good book. She loves theatre and the arts, adoring live performances on stage. Rose has very eclectic tastes.

Working as a school librarian, and sharing her love of books with the children was the best job she ever had. However, life moves on and another chapter was only a page turn away.

Now working in an entirely different library, in Hereford’s Wye Valley NHS Trust Hospital, Rose spends her day cleaning and issuing ‘Medical Equipment’.

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When I Grow Up by Jon Hales

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front“What if there was something more, not found within a book?
I closed my eyes as tightly as I could and took a look…”

Mr Dove’s class is trying to decide what to be when they grow up but Annie has some ideas of her own. Alien Hunter? Master Ice Cream Taster? President of the Universe? With a little imagination, anything is possible…

Beautifully illustrated, expertly rhymed, with a powerful message about the importance of imagination and dreaming big dreams, this picture book will delight again and again. Perfect for ages 4-8.

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My Review:

Another entertaining and imaginative children’s picture book from Jon Hales.

Annie’s teacher has tasked the class to write about what they want to do when they grow up, but Annie can’t decide what she wants to be.

Written in rhyme,  the story is a wonderful read for youngsters, and for adults to read to their children/grandchildren.

The beautifully drawn illustrations are delightful and an integral part of the book!

 
Meet The Author:

6595516Jon Hales is a British author, English literature graduate and former English teacher who learned first-hand the power of a great picture book while teaching in Taiwan, reading stories to his younger students. The capacity for a well crafted turn of phrase, captivating character or hilarious illustration to capture the imagination of its audience was fascinating to him. Jon dreamed of crafting stories that would bring joy to both children and adults, stories that could be read again and again without losing their charm.

Jon lives in London with his wife Annie. He would like to stress that no animals were harmed in the production of his debut picture book, Mathimals.

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Also by Jon Hales: Mathimals

 
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My first Saturday spotlight of 2019 is for the only book I’ve read so far this year. It’s from one of my favourite authors and was released on January 1st.

 

Day Of Execution by Lily Luchesi

Day Of Execution is the seventh, and penultimate, book in the award-winning Paranormal Detectives Series.

 

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The Undead are restless, and the Empress feels powerless to heal the rift within the vampiric empire. As tensions rise, Angelica and Danny must hold a crumbling paranormal world together. But a knocking from the portal into Hell makes for a dark distraction. What horrors will the new Lieutenant of the Underworld heap upon them?

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My Review:

This penultimate book of the series, is yet another awesome book from Lily Luchesi. From page one I was immediately transported back into Angelica and Danny’s life, their Empire and the PID.

The return of an old enemy threatening Angelica and Danny’s world kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end… and what an ending! I was not expecting that!

With plot twists, plenty of action, betrayal and much more, this book did not disappoint. I can’t wait to see what Lily has in store for the finale!!

I highly recommend this book, and the series.

 

The first book in the series is free and books 2-7 are on sale for 99p for a limited time.
If you haven’t read any of this series yet, now is a good time to start!

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About The Author:

 
47a2c-43314876_2106286012749327_8257721607548567552_nLily Luchesi is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of the Paranormal Detectives Series, published by Vamptasy Publishing. She also has short stories included in multiple bestselling anthologies, and a successful dark erotica retelling of Dracula.

Her Coven Series has successfully topped Amazon’s Hot New Releases list consecutively.

She is also the editor, curator and contributing author of Vamptasy Publishing’s Damsels of Distress anthology, which celebrates strong female characters in horror and paranormal fiction.

She was born in Chicago, Illinois, and now resides in Los Angeles, California. Ever since she was a toddler her mother noticed her tendency for being interested in all things “dark”. At two she became infatuated with vampires and ghosts, and that infatuation turned into a lifestyle. She is also an out member of the LGBT+ community. When she’s not writing, she’s going to rock concerts, getting tattooed, watching the CW, or reading manga. And drinking copious amounts of coffee.

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