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An award-winning writer and novelist living in Yorkshire (England, UK), Linda Acaster is the author of six novels, a fiction-writer's resource, and over 100 articles & short stories ranging from Horror to Crime to Literary. See links below.
on March 19, 2014 :
Linda Acaster, in starkly elegant prose, builds a powerful novel of possession and psychological breakdown in 'Torc of Moonlight'. She writes the male point of view very well indeed, showing the pressures men themselves and society put them under. This spiritual thriller builds to a gripping a inexorable climax while exploring aspects of northern British history, places and cities that are deeply fascinating. A haunting read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Jan. 22, 2011 :
Torc of Moonlight is not the kind of book I normally read. That being said I still found it to be a fairly enjoyable read with detailed descriptions of the English countryside and an appreciation for the local history. The story centers around two college kids that fall in love, but are both touched by a magic from long long ago. Alice has an obsession with finding a special site that contained a water goddess. Nick is obsessed with Alice. They are both haunted by a man trapped between the realm of the living and the dead who just wants to use them to cross back to the land of the living.
This book kept me interested right up to the end trying to figure out what was going to happen. There were some parts that I found confusing, but that could very well be because a lot of British terminology is used and I am not familiar with it. I was actually a little surprised that I enjoyed the book at all seeing as it differs greatly from my normal fantasy read, but the passion of the author for the story was obvious and that is always a good thing.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)