Welcome to the Holy City at Summer’s End. The border with the Otherworld is razor thin. Shadowfest is coming. Malevolent spirits and monsters roam. Dark forces are plotting to seize power. The past has come back to haunt Brona the Apothecary and Aurelian the Investigator. Revenge can be a double-edged sword, as Morven the Mage once discovered. And Death may be the least of their worries …
Brona the Apothecary is a suspect. Someone has murdered a Temple Guard in the Holy City. Someone who looks like her. She sets out to catch the culprit. It’s nine days till Shadowfest – the Night of the Spirits. Not the best time to be tracking malevolent ghosts. But who can match her secret powers in a City where Mages are banned?
Aurelian the Investigator has his own powers. He’s determined to rid the City of murderers, evil spirits – and Mages.
On the same date nine years earlier, young Morven was forced to flee the Mages’ Citadel. She wanted revenge. But it would come at a terrible price.
Cassian also has a secret Mage identity in the Holy City. He is summoning evil spirits and monsters of the Dark. At Shadowfest, he will bid for supreme power and immortality.
Brona is facing death. But that’s not the worst of it. She may have to call on someone for help. Someone she hoped never to hear from again …
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The Amazon UK link is: Shadowfest
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is a super fantasy story with fascinating characters and brilliant vivid descriptions that just brought them to life to lurk in the dark way after I finished the story. They really gave me the heebeegeebees but there were even more in my own imagination ready to take their place, the creatures waiting their time out for the eve of Shadowfest which was only a matter of days away.
The murder of one of the temple guards in the Holy City and Shadowfest just around the corner gives this fantasy a pretty brilliant crime investigation to literally get its teeth into and so it makes for one of the strangest and compelling that I have read. There are shape shifters, double walkers and a story that began 9 years before with Morven. The Mages are gathering to take control on the day that they are most likely to succeed. Shadowfest when the border that separates the two is at its most vulnerable.
The chapters are set out in a count down of days to Shadowfest with additional chapters about individual characters. Magic is banned so half the population live secret lives, covering their various powers from raising the dead to shape shifting and everything in between. Dorothy Reid really transforms her characters into three-dimensional wonders with her hypnotic and almost poetic descriptions. This lady has a most wicked way with the English language.
If you are a lover of fantasy novels or want to give one a go this is a super story to start with. The author has taken the genres that she loves, fantasy, psychological thrillers and ghost stories and combined them into this book and darn has she done a brilliant job. There are some very memorable characters still playing in my mind. Just magical!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
D J Reid lives by the sea in the beautiful city of Edinburgh, Scotland. She enjoys walking on the shore and through the haunted streets of the old city. She loves books in every genre, but especially fantasy, psychological thrillers and ghost stories and has no desire to be delivered from ghoulies and ghosties, long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night. She also loves history, mythology, the countryside and animals and several cats have owned her. Her novel Shadowfest is a fantasy adventure set in an imagined ancient Celtic world. Morven the Mage and the world of “Shadowfest” also appear in “Tor Donnach”, a short story in “The Rider” anthology, published by Crimson Cloak.