Posts Tagged ‘witchcraft’

The Bohemian Incident by Thomas Arnfelt

July 9, 2018 - 8:22 pm No Comments

The Bohemian Incident by Thomas Arnfelt
Published by Undrentide on 25th April 2018
286 pages

In 17th century Europe, religion was still a big thing and priests would travel spreading the word. But when a group of Jesuits disappear in Bohemia, the Vatican call on the assistance of Maximillian to find out what happened.
Maximillian was man of mystery and whilst he was not liked by certain people. I took to the him straight away as usually this type of character comes across as pretentious and arrogant, whilst Maximillian was good at his job, he did this more from being observant and courteous to others. As you read the story, more of Maximillian’s past comes to light and explains why he haunted by his dreams.
It took me a couple of pages to get into the story, as it was quite a slow start, but as soon as Maximillian got into the village, I really got into the story. The diary extract from the person behind the disappearances, broke the story up and gave it a thriller feel to it. With only a handful of characters, you learn about each one in detail and whilst there was. Set in the 17th century witchcraft was rife and whilst the scenes where not graphic the author gave these scenes a sinister feel. Elsa and Bertuccio were two of my favourite characters both servants, but both having as important roles to play as the other characters.
Thanks to the authors research I learnt something new as I did not know much about the 17th century and this is one pleasure in reading books. The is a steady story that will keep your attention and I will leave you with one word of advice “ That no wine is worth pouring out unless it really is poisoned. But that is seldom something you will notice until it’s too late and then you might as well drink it anyway”

Righteous Maleficia by Emir Skalonja

December 8, 2017 - 10:30 pm No Comments

Righteous Maleficia by Emir Skalonja
Published 30th November 2017
167 Pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

If you know your history, then you would know that in Medieval times, parts of Europe were hit by the black death. A fatal disease that killed thousands, the majority being the poor villagers. The villagers in Blythe’s Hollow, not only had the plague to contend with but a treacherous land owner. As the plague hit the village, the downtrodden villagers, turned to Magdalene, a local witch, who could heal where others failed. However, any villager who was found guilty of witchcraft, faced the wrath of the Church. Using barbaric medieval torture devices, the priests did not care who they brought to judgement. The villagers needed a hero who would stand up and fight.
The Villagers: Living in such squalor, they relied on each other for help. Edgar and Farah were very much in love, living with Cederic Edgar’s disabled father. Bradyn was Edgar’s best friend and throughout you sense how close they were. Working on Lord Kenway’s lane Bradyn always tried to cheer up Edgar with his dry wit. Over time even he was feeling down trodden.
The Church: Father Lawrence overseas the church and is judge and jury when it came to the villagers. Father John and Brother Samuel, both got pleasure punishing the victims. The only monk that had some sort of conscious was the meek Father William.
From the start you are introduced to the horror of the medieval times, with graphic torture scenes, it shows that not all horrors are demon made. Magdalene was seen as hope for the village, although I sensed she had a hidden agenda to protect herself and when Edgar and Farah came her way she used their love for each other to get what he wanted. The villagers story was harrowing and the illustrative way the author wrote their story, made you feel that they were all going to perish. The story was a fast pace and you could tell that the author had done his research. Whilst I have read some short stories written by this author, this was the 1st novel I have read and I am looking forward to reading his other works.