A couple of weeks ago I read and reviewed ‘Blessedly Bound‘ by Lucretia Stanhope. ‘Burning Captivation’ is the sequel, the second in Stanhope’s Elemental Witch Trials series.
Equally as enchanting as the first book in the series. this sequel to Blessedly Bound sees Gwen’s life take a turn in a direction that neither the reader nor she expected. A mystery that Gwen must solve becomes increasingly complicated by developments in her own life that spiral beyond her control. Still discovering the extent of her own power and what it means for her life, she is thrust into a world plagued by intrigue, political machination and vain ambition.
Stanhope’s supporting characters are complex and multi-dimensional, making them a challenge for both Gwen and the reader to figure out. The delicious way in which she blurs the lines between good and bad, friend and foe, adds layers of intrigue to the story and engages the reader deeply in the story.
As with the first book in the series, the central mystery is solved, but other questions remain in its wake. The reader is left with the suggestion that something big is about to happen in the next book, but also with the knowledge that it could be something that might just complicate Gwen’s life futher before things improve for her again.
For anyone who hasn’t read Blessedly Bound, this story could stand alone quite effectively. But then – why only read one great book when you can read two?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s a Golden Acorn from Book Squirrel for this great book.
Both ‘Blessedly Bound’ and ‘Burning Captivation’ are available on Amazon.
The Silver Feather is a hauntingly macabre tale for October reading or for any time of year. It will please lovers of horror and ghost stories, and provide a delicious treat for folks who love to find a good spook in a book.
Reviews are already coming in on Amazon and Goodreads.
Here’s what they have to say so far:
Fun Fact: When the story was finished, it came up at 6664 words. The author added two more words so that this spooky little read had exactly 6666 words.
Just right for a month which offers both Friday 13th and Halloween, don’t you think?
A deliciously creepy story, ‘The Celtic Curse: Banshee” tells the story of the origins and then the conclusion of one family’s experience of a banshee’s curse.
Perfect for lovers of the Gothic and the macabre, this tale is permeated by plenty of classic horror, superstition and dark supernatural power, which are in part balanced by the normality of the central characters who unwittingly fall under the curse.
I found this novelette to be perfect reading for a stormy late September afternoon, given that both Friday 13th and Halloween are approaching.
The Celtic Curse: Banshee is available via Amazon for kindle or in paperback.