Horror has always been my #1 passion, followed closely by Dark Fantasy. Romance has never been my thing and probably never will be. That said, upon being introduced to this book and remaining glued to the pages all the way through, Lucretia Stanhope has shocked and surprised me. She identifies herself as a Romance author, and yes, this book does have a definite romantic current running through it, but there is also a glowering darkness which permeates the atmosphere – an underlying menace and horror which latches on and refuses to let you go. In all of my reading experience, and with all the multitude of characters encountered, although identifying with, empathising with, cheering for and even getting choked up over many of them, none have actually been able to capture my dark heart. And then this series’ protagonist, Gwen Hensley came along.
Lucretia has created an incredibly complex world – or worlds, rather, with An Elemental Witch Trials series. The character development is exemplary, with very real personalities and very strong, captivating emotion. She has written 11 books in it so far and is now working on a 12th, and although this is the first one released (Books 2-5 in the series are now available also), after reading this, eye insisted on gaining a sneak peek into more. Eye have fallen in love with this series and have been given the great privilege to now have read all the way up to Book 9 (working my way through book 10 now). Lucretia Stanhope writes with a magical and captivating ease and has me caught in her snare. Eye believe she has cast a spell on me through these books and will cast a spell on you too, should you endeavour to venture into her world. There is magic in her words.
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