Posts Tagged ‘Fantasy’

The Girl in the Fort by Tracy Fahey

November 19, 2018 - 10:47 pm No Comments

The Girl in the Fort by Tracy Fahey
Published by Fox Spirit Books on 26th October 2017
230 pages

Vivian was a city girl born and bred in Dublin, she acted older than her age. When her dad had to go to America, he left her with her maternal grandparents. Not knowing anything about them and being stuck in the country with nothing to do, she hated everything about it. However, when she began to learn about the folklore and found the fort, her time there became more interesting.
Vivian was like a lot of young girls, living in a city there was always something to do. Staying in the country she had a lot of adjusting to do.
Set in the 80s I enjoyed reminiscing whilst I read this story, especially getting Smash Hits every week and using the family phone to make a call and not to chat for ages.
As the author is an expert in folklore, I knew that I would be transported into a magical read and I was not disappointed. A coming of age story, you follow Vivian as she makes new friends and starts to believe in magic. When there was trouble she showed a certain level of maturity which you would not expect in such a young girl. Scattered throughout the story was old folklore tales told by her Grandma, and I enjoyed reading her stories as it linked the past to Vivian’s present. This was an easy read as it was so beautifully written, the descriptive writing enabled you to imagine that you had found the fort and was exploring the countryside. As I was reading this I did wonder whether the author delved into her childhood for her ideas as I imagined her listening to tales told by her grandma.
This is a perfect book for any age and a book that you get so involved in that you can read it in one sitting. I am looking forward to reading more from this author and I hope that she brings out more novels.

The Flesh of Trees by Kath Middleton

November 5, 2018 - 6:26 pm No Comments

The Flesh of Trees by Kath Middleton
Published by Hilltop Press on 24th March 2018
176 pages

Tronhafen is a logger’s village, everyone who lived there worked for Grassen, an unethical employer who was only out to make a profit. Children have been going missing for as long as the villagers can remember. Every child had been warned not to go into Green Woods, but in any close community, there is always that one child who ignores the warnings.
Sylvie Hummel was 12-year-old girl, with a bit of a rebellious streak. Looking for adventure, she ignored the warning about going into the woods. When she entered the woods, what she saw would change her life for ever. Ancient trees covered the land each with their own stories to tell. Although she was young, she had an old head on her, and when the troubles started at the mill, she understood the danger that was coming to the village. Going into the wood she soon found out the secret of the Green wood and was quick enough to share it with her cousin Erik
The use of ancient trees to tell the story gave it a unique storyline that I have not come across before. The author’s descriptive style had you feeling that you were walking the paths with Sylvie. As the story spanned over 18 years, you follow the families as they age and grow. This story shows how humans can ruin the environment with their profit-making mentality and with more forest been destroyed does make you think. With its fantasy style to the story, you will have more respect for the gnarled oak that you see in the woods and will wonder what story they have to tell.
This is a gentle read and a good introduction to this new to me author

Wychwood by George Mann

September 28, 2018 - 9:08 pm No Comments

Wychwood by George Mann
Published by Titan Books on 12th September 2017
400 pages

When Elspeth (Ellie) broke up with her boyfriend and lost her job, she needed a plan. Having to move back with her mom in Wilsby-under-Wychwood, an idea is formed when the surrounding woods are cornered off. When a body is found with similarities to a local myth, she thinks she has found her big story.
Elspeth was a likeable character, whilst she was upset with her break up, she did not mope around, and I did not have spend time reading about her constantly crying. Her fascination with myths and legends and her meeting up with her old school friend Peter, a DS in the police force, enabled her to assist the police with their enquiries. Whilst it is unusual for a civilian to go out investigations, it is not unheard off. As a journalist she needed good investigational skills, and this came across when she was digging for a connection between the victims. Some of the other characters were a bit stereotypical, the tortured actor and the doting agony aunt, but I loved this as you can imagine them living in a small village. As for Dorothy her mom, she was just like any mom whose daughter had been away for a few years, doting and feeding her up.
With the local myth the Carrion King playing a big part in the story allowed the author to tell its story and add a fantasy element to the book. However, when Elspeth digs up some history on one of the victims, another mystery comes to light.
Whilst not everything was explained and let’s face it, we can’t explain everything. This was a good read, the pace flowed steadily and before I knew I had finished the story. The twists through out kept me guessing and when the murderer was revealed, it all made sense.
Whilst this is the first book I have read by this author I am off to read Hallowdene, the next book in the series.

Out of Time by Monique Martin

September 16, 2018 - 2:39 pm No Comments

Out of Time by Monique Martin
Published 20th November 2013
296 pages

Simon Cross was a professor of the Occult, helped by assistant Elizabeth (Lizzy)West, he taught his student the theory behind vampires, demons and other creatures. What he does not expect is an artefact off his deceased grandfather transporting him and Lizzy of to the 1920s. Where he must put all his knowledge to the test.
Simon and Lizzy were likeable characters; however, they were complete opposites. Lizzy strived for adventure and took everything in her stride when they were transported back to the 1920s. Simon on the other hand was cautious and over-protective, what didn’t help were the dreams he had.
The story flowed steadily, and the scenes set in the 1920s were well researched. The scenes where Lizzy got a job in the speakeasy showed how quick she could adapt and as the story continued you get to find out more about her childhood. Throughout the story you can sense their attraction for each other. To the point that I wanted to give Simon a shake and tell him to man up.
The only thing I did not enjoy was the stereotypical British statements and I don’t know why I am surprised that Simon being a British character in America was a tea drinking posh person who went to boarding school. Regular folks can be professor without a boarding school education.
I will dip into the series again, just to see which other time periods they go to

Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu: The Adventure of the Neural Psychoses by Lois H Gresh

August 26, 2018 - 8:31 am No Comments

Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu: The Adventure of the Neural Psychoses by Lois H Gresh
Published by Titan Books on 14th August 2018
400 pages

The story continues after Holmes and Watson escaped the tentacle creatures and stopped the tram machine. Now the River Thames is not safe and there is a new craze in the slums of London. Appearing in the dens were Eshockers, a device to zap the willing participant with an electric shock
Holmes and Watson were still trying to battle the strange creatures and as things got more serious, Holmes had to user every part of his brain to understand the situation. Professor Moriarty played a bigger role and whilst he was not working against Holmes, he was using the situation for his own monetary gains. The scenes in the Whitechapel Lunatic Asylum showed just how bad Victorian asylums were. The proprietor of the asylum Dr Reginald Sinclair and the inventor of the shocker was a character that I could not decide whether he was Dr trying to do the best for his patients or sadistic maniac. More was understood about Amelia Scarcliffe and I could understand why her back story in book 1 was important
The story flowed a lot more smoothly and because of what was going on made the story easy to get into. It was full of action and the death scenes were gruesome and graphic, just what I like. The back stories in the book helped you understand how serious the situation was, whether it was in Whitechapel or Half Moon Bay. The only thing that got on my nerves was Willie Jacobs and his nose jabbing and I just wanted to chop off his hands. The author yet again nailed Holmes and Watson’s personality and there were times that you could see how much Holmes needed Watson. Some people may find the scenes with the animals disturbing but it was relevant to the story. I cannot wait for the final book in this series and hope that Homes will get to battle the Cthulhu. This series just got better.