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Blackwater: Vol. Three: (Book 3 in the Blackwater Trilogy) by TWM Ashford

September 26, 2018 - 7:11 pm No Comments

Blackwater: Vol. Three: (Book 3 in the Blackwater Trilogy) by TWM Ashford
Published by White Inc on 21st September 2018
251 pages

Book 2 finished with the Old God released to cause havoc on Blackwater and Hunter falling down a pit. With the fate of Blackwater in his hands can Hunter survive the fall.
Starting 7 days after the ending of book 2, I was yet again transported in the dystopian city of Blackwater. With Blackwater being destroyed, and Army unable to help, Hunter had an impossible task. Fighting all those battles really took its toll, and throughout this book Hunter had moments of self-doubt and was physically exhausted. He felt more human and vulnerable and realised he survived on pure look. The only thing that got him through was his best friends Liandra and Abdul, still helping fight the world. But even they needed help from an unlikely source.
This trilogy got better and better with each book. Reading this story had me on the edge of me seat, as I was waiting for something to happen and was always expecting an attack. The detailed writing helped picture just how desolate Blackwater was. Some of my favourite scenes were where Hunter was walking round some of the older building like the gothic orphanage. These scenes were intensified with the creepiness of the encroaching shadows and strange flora that was attached to the buildings and the confrontation with the members of the Old Gods inner circle. The Old God’s army was pure Lovecraftian, with the constant chanting and the creatures from another dimension, making the whole mission a feel of failure. There are some shock moments that you will not see coming and I did have to stop myself gasping out loud.
The ending tied up this trilogy nicely and I know when I got to the end, that there will be no more Blackwater to read. However, having enjoyed all this author’s other work, I am looking forward to seeing what he comes up with next.

The Portrait Lingers like a Whisper by TWM Ashford

June 7, 2018 - 8:59 pm No Comments

The Portrait Lingers like a Whisper by TWM Ashford
Published by White Inc on 5th June 2018
130 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

I first came across this author when I read his dystopian series Blackwater and loved what I read. So when this book was released I got it straight away.
“Jane” wakes up with no memory, in a strange house and no one to tell her how she got there. Wandering round the house, she meets “Jack” who is in the same predicament. One thing they know they need escape, but with an unnatural darkness surrounding the house and “Jack” not what he seems, Jane knows she is in danger.
Written from Jane’s POV, the story follows Jane as she wanders around the house. There is a sense of desperation as Jane realises that she is in trouble. The pace changes throughout giving the story an intense feel to it. The more she investigates, the more she is confused and whilst she comes across strange experimental drugs none of this helps. The introduction of apparitions makes this feel like a ghost story, but the author had a way of leading you in the wrong direction. The writing style was illustrative and it felt as you were watching Jane as she struggled with her situation. As I was reading this I did not expect the truth about Jane when it was revealed and it was unexpected.
A completely different read from Blackwater and still as good

Blackwater Vol 2 by TWM Ashford

April 28, 2018 - 10:13 am No Comments

Blackwater Vol  2 by TWM Ashford
Published by White Inc on 29th January 2018
337 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

After 3 months recovering from his injuries, Hunter is still nowhere near finding out the truth about his missing daughter. His only way to progress is to take The Chronicle up on his invitation to meet. Not knowing where he is, he has to put his trust in Eddie one of the criminals he seeks vengeance on and in doing so formed an unlikely friendship.
Having read book 1 I knew how downtrodden Blackwater was, but Hunter’s visit to the Hollows took him to a place where even the police feared to read. Part of Blackwater, it sold everything from slaves to guns. Hunter still does what he does best, kill the bad guys to get nearer the truth and in this book the body count was increased.
The story alternates between Hunter’s current journey and the history behind Amy’s disappearance and what Hunter did to get on the Thin Man’s radar. Although the timelines are not highlighted, it is obvious which part of the story the chapter was about and it was interesting to read about Hunter’s former life. A part of the book was dedicated to The Chronicles reminiscing about his life, how the Thin Man became the man people feared and what type of child Lucciano was. After Hunter had met with The Chronicle his adventure took him a place stranger than the Hollows, where some of the folk were even freakier than the usual Blackwater residents.
Whilst this story is still dystopian, it did have a more fantasy feel about it. The sights and smells of Blackwater came to life and yet again I was drawn into Hunter’s adventures. The action was evenly spread throughout the story ending in shock discovery and a cliff-hanger. A good follow up and I hope it will not be long before the ancient God returns

Blackwater by TWM Ashford

February 19, 2018 - 9:06 pm No Comments

Blackwater by TWM Ashford
Published by White Inc on 17th January 2017
301 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Blackwater has its issues. Residents are disappearing, parts of the slums are being torn down. People are rioting and bodies are turning up. Hunter is a vigilante moving in the shadows and seeking information about it daughter Amy.
Hunter was a brooding loner. He only had a few close friends Liandra owner of The Engine Room, who also got Hunter his jobs and Abdul, a librarian and fount of all knowledge. They were there for him when he needed it. Good at what he did, in fact he was too good which made a lot of enemies. He only went for people who deserved to die, trying to find out what happened to his daughter.
This story is very descriptive, the sights and smells of Blackwater come to life whilst you are reading. This a quick pace book as there is always something going on. The story is full of action and some of the scenes will make you wince. There were times that I could not get over how many injuries Hunter had and how he could carry on, but he showed how determined he was. Throughout I was routing for Hunter which made it a page turner.
Whilst the story did not finish on a cliff-hanger, the story was not over and the Blackwater vol2 is already published so you carry on Hunter’s journey. If you like dystopian, fantasy and action all thrown into one then pick up this book