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Game of Crones by Jay Raven

June 10, 2019 - 5:13 am No Comments

A good way to be introduced to new authors is to read a collection of their short stories. Game of Crones by Jay Raven, was one of those introductions.

Blurb: Game of Crones: Tales of Witchcraft and Wickedness

Welcome to a world of cruelty, hexes and treachery, where malicious magic rules and you are but a single necromancer’s spell away from eternal terror.

From malevolent medieval magicians  to Wild West witches, this spellbinding volume by a master of the macabre is packed with frightening fables guaranteed to send a supernatural chill down your spine.

Amongst the haunting historical horror stories, you’ll meet:

  • A half-crazed girl locked up in a high security mental hospital by those accusing her of causing a devastating earthquake.
  • An impoverished French noblewoman who’ll stop at nothing to marry  her daughter to a wealthy prince – even if it means dabbling with a dangerous love potion.
  • The hated public executioner Pandora whose fabled box has already killed 55 men – without leaving  a trace of violence on their bodies.
  • Wily witch Merta who uses all her wits and trickery to turn the tables on the corrupt Mayor who wants her burnt alive at the stake.
  • A faery mage without conscience or pity with the perfect plan to make Mankind turn on itself  – and all it takes is one innocent baby.
  • A drought-stricken frontier town that seeks magical help from the local Indian tribe to make it rain, but learns it comes at a terrible cost. 
  • The doubt-ridden King, plagued by nightmares of his death, who consults an enchantress to learn the most of hidden of secrets: just when the Grim Reaper will claim him.
  • A Mid Western widow who is convinced her homesteading husband is still alive, held hostage by a sorceress.

If you’re thrilled by exciting dark fantasy tales, with cunning twists, edge-of -the seat tension and unexpected shivers, you’ll love Game of Crones. Pick it up today. If you dare…

Here are my thoughts:

Game of Crones by Jay Raven

Published by Jay Raven books on 9th April 2019

117 pages.

One of my favourite reads are an author’s short story collections. It gives you the chance to fit in a short story if real life is getting in the way. In this collection there are 8 short stories with one thing in common, Witches. Each story was unique to the collection and they all ended with a twist that I never saw coming.

When I read a collection, there may be one story that I don’t enjoy. However, in Game of Crones I loved them all and it was hard to pick a favourite. Even whilst writing this review I keep changing my mind of the one story that stood out for me. Bonfire of the Vanities and Prince Charming had me laughing how the stories ended, both for different reasons. Although my favourite ending to a story was Changling and I am sure that if I was not reading it on public transport, I would have gasped out loud.

At just over 100 pages this was a quick read and you can read a story in your coffee break. The stories are all set in a different time and place and due to the author’s fine detail gives you the feeling that you are there.  One thing I could not get over was how much was crammed into each story. There was comedy, intrigue, suspense, vengeance and so much more, that kept me hooked. As I said at the beginning of my review, Jay Raven is a new to me author and they have just gained another fan

This is a perfect read for anyone that enjoys fantasy

Purchase Links: Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Game-Crones-Tales-Witchcraft-Wickedness-ebook/dp/B07QKMJV5N

Amazon USAhttps://www.amazon.com/Game-Crones-Tales-Witchcraft-Wickedness-ebook/dp/B07QKMJV5N

Meet the author: Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men. He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.

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Winter Trials (Northern Witch Book 1) By KS Marsden

February 17, 2019 - 10:33 am No Comments

Winter Trials (Northern Witch Book 1) By KS Marsden

Published 16th November 2016

88 pages

If you are looking for a quick YA read to introduce you to a new series than you can’t go wrong with this story.

Set in the Yorkshire countryside, Mark lives in a small village with his family. In his final year at school, Mark soon has other things to worry about as well as his school work. As the local witch, his Nanna wants to start teaching him his heritage. When Damien starts at his school, he soon realises how important it is to learn the family magic.

Even though this was a short story, the characters evolve throughout the pages. When Damien starts at the school, his and Mark’s relationship slowly starts to develop and as it does you get to know more about Damien’s tragic life. Mark is a strong confident character who thanks to a strong bond with his family and best friends, have their support with whatever he chooses to do. Like other readers my favourite character was Nanna, a no-nonsense woman who stands no fools and as the High Witch is good at her magic.

The story flows smoothly and as it slowly builds to a magical battle, it reinforces the close bond between the friends.     

Moving up to Yorkshire, no one tells you about the cold weather, so I did have a giggle when Mark saw Damien shivering at the bus stop in his trendy trench coat and said. “Well, it won’t do for a Yorkshire winter. This is nowt yet. It gets worse”

This is free on Kindle to download and book 2 Awaken is already out. Whilst this is YA, this a perfect read for anyone that likes PNR.     

Willow Woods Academy for Witches: Blood Moon Coven by RL Weeks and Skylar McKinzie

November 12, 2017 - 6:48 am No Comments

Willow Woods Academy for Witches: Blood Moon Coven by RL Weeks and Skylar McKinzie
Published 12th November 2017
171 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Willow Woods Academy, Harvest Moon Coven’s institute of education has known its problems. 10 years before it was attacked by students of the Blood Moon Coven. Not aware of the history, Katarina(Kat) and Angelina(Angie) defy their parents and run away to enrol at Willow Woods Academy. Now trouble is brewing, will history repeat itself.
Kat and Angelina were BFFs and in most friendships, you always get the one who knows best. Angie was the headstrong one, the friend who knows what’s best. Kat went with the flow, not wanting to upset anyone and would see the good in people. But this relationship worked, you could feel the love for each other. Whilst they had a strong friendship, there was the odd disagreement, and whilst reading this story, I had the sense that there will be more major disagreements as the series continues.
Just like any school, Willow Woods had all the same group of students, “It” girls, smart ones and even the slightly strange and I hope I get to know these characters more as the series continues. Having 4 houses with a magical theme, helps you distinguish what powers the students have.
The story is descriptively written, and scenes can be instantly imagined. Knowing both author’s work, I could not tell who wrote what as the story flowed seamlessly. The school and the student’s past were explained in detail, which helped tell the story.
This is a book for any age group who love magical stories. A good start to the series