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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (2 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593057899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593057896
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,472,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author of five suspense novels...
Brilliant, raven-haired psychic...
Saw her first ghost at age four...
Likes to take midnight rides on horseback and practices levitation twice a day...

OK, the part about the levitation and the horses is made up. The 'raven-haired psychic' description might be slightly over the top as well. And I haven't seen a ghost yet, but I plan to. The bit about the suspense novels is true.

I live in London and I write dark, psychological thrillers with a strong dash of mysticism and the paranormal. My fourth book, SEASON OF THE WITCH, is a modern gothic thriller about techgnosis and the Art of Memory and has won the Book to Talk About: World Book Day Award 2009.

Even though my books deal with subjects that are otherworldly, I like to keep the narrative firmly rooted in reality and my research is rigorous.

My interest in mysticism started in early childhood when I was growing up in South Africa. My aia (nanny) was a Zulu woman who introduced me to African legends and the world of the insangoma (witch doctors). For many years I thought she was the coolest person on the planet and tried to emulate her in every way. I remember exasperating my mother by stacking bricks below each corner of the bed to keep out of reach of the tokkelosh - an evil gnome with an enormous head but very short legs! Years later I would write about this in my debut novel, THE MIDNIGHT SIDE.

I now write full-time. I am working on my sixth novel, titled DARK PRAYER and have recently sold my first Hollywood screenplay. Previous jobs include selling shoes, teaching Afrikaans at a South African university and moonlighting as a project coordinator in the publishing department of a public television station in New York City.

If you care to visit my website, www.natashamostert.com, you will find notes on how I plot my books, questions for book clubs and links to YouTube videos. You may also wish to try your hand at one of my games. The SEASON OF THE WITCH Memory Game is based on alchemy and will tax your power of recollection. THE KEEPER Game is martial-arts based and takes the form of a fun personality quiz. Discover if you are a Warrior, a Healer or a Thief...

PRAISE FOR NATASHA MOSTERT

'Bedtime reading for the brave'
The Times (London)

'Intellectual meets Paranormal'
Graffiti

'Goth SF at its finest'
Publishers Weekly (Starred review)

'one of the most original voices on the literary scene... a master wordsmith'
Glamour Magazine

'a brain-squeezing thriller'
Kirkus (Starred review)

'hauntingly elegant'
Booklist

'Highly accomplished'
Toronto Globe and Mail

'A unique, wild imagination'
Bangor Chronicle

'Classy psychic thriller...original, unsettling... kicks the usual preconceptions into shape'
The Literary Review

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` Mostert writes with a deft, detailed feminine touch. Where the text does
shine is in Mostert's descriptive power and her research into the arcane
dabblings of ancient magicians. The old house where the strange sisters
live is both menacing and full of sensual promise. This is a promising
novel and Mostert is one to watch for the future.' -- Daily Mail

`Mostert has taken a blend of alchemy, the art of memory, mysticism and
high magic a nd created a pageturner.' -- Time Out

'Compelling and original storytelling: a mesmerizing blend of
alchemy and sexuality. Prepare to be seduced by it.' -- Mo Hayder

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Can you really enter someone's mind - and find pure evil? A mesmerising psychological thriller about two women, and a deadly secret they will kill to protect. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aj book review club (fb page)amanda bonsell on 18 Aug 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The season of the witch by Natasha mostert
The blurb
Can you really enter someone's mind - and find pure evil?
Gabriel Blackstone has an unusual talent. A computer hacker by trade, he is also able to enter the minds of others.
But he uses his gift only reluctantly - until he is contacted by an ex-lover who begs him to find her stepson, last seen months earlier in the company of two sisters.
And so Gabriel visits Monk House, a place where time seems to stand still, and where the rooms are dominated by the coded symbol of a cross and circle.
As winter closes in, Gabriel becomes increasingly bewitched by the house, and by its owners, the beautiful and mysterious Monk sisters. But even as he falls in love, he knows that one of them is a deadly killer.
But which one? And what is the secret they are so determined to protect?
WHAT I SAY
This book a very good read it the mysterious world of the two monk sisters
Gabriel a very good at his job a computer hacker but he also got a gift that he can read people minds he very good at doing this
One of his ex girlfriend husband ask him to help him find his son but Gabriel not sure if he should help but he start to look into it and now is so pull into the mystery of what happen to Robert he can not stop Robert was killed by one of the monk sisters her is sure of this but the sisters seem to have power over him and his mind to me he put him self in a lot of danger he want to be friends with the girls i was not sure why? what could he read in them ? I was not sure who the mysterious lady was that writes the diary entries i could not work that out did any of you who have read the book ?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Brooks-Davies on 28 May 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is the first of Natasha Moster's books I have read, and I was utterly gripped - yes, despite the odd stylistic slacknesses, and the tackiness of the idea of two other-worldly 'gothick' sisters with strong New Age overtones. The prologue has you puzzling, and the interspersed diary entries intensify the riddle. Other reviewers have summarised the plot, so I'll not waste space epitomising it again here. Suffice it to say that it's the way Moster imagines her material that makes this novel an absolute winner. Aside from 'remote viewing' (mind reading, clairvoyance) she takes the idea of the classical memory theatre - rediscovered for the modern reader by that brilliant scholar Frances Yates - and makes it the stuff of a mind-blowing tale on the edges of sci-fi (world dominion) and clinical psychology.
The ancient memory theatre was, simply, a mnemonic device still in use in various forms form today: picture a series of rooms, each attached to a main idea; fill the rooms with images which you have identified with relevant subsidiary ideas, and you have a device enabling you - ideally!- to remember a long oration, or whatever. In the sixteenth century the occult philosophers or white magicians - notably Giordano Bruno - expanded the notion by using talismanic images to people the rooms of their memory theatres. As the talisman has astrological and other magical powers, this guaranteed that the art of memory itself became a way of knowing the innermost secrets of the cosmos. Heresy! And Bruno was burned at the stake in the 1580s.
But talismanic magic is very close to daemonic invocation: not powers, but The Powers. And in England at the same time as Bruno, Queen Elizabeth I's astrologer, Dr John Dee, ended up believing he could summon up angels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Aug 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is essentially about the mysterious world of two sisters. Gabriel, the main male protagonist of the story, is a computer hacker. But he also has a unique gift which allows him to look into other people's minds; a gift that is known as remote viewing. The story really begins when Gabriel is contacted by his ex-girlfriend's husband. He knows about Gabriel's talent and wishes him to use it in order to find his son, Robert, who has disappeared. Although Gabriel is reluctant to do so, finally he becomes drawn into the mystery of what has happened to the young man, and so he agrees to help. He learns that before the disappearance, Robert was involved with two sisters; the Monk sisters. As Gabriel learns more and more about these two enigmatic young women, he too becomes drawn into the strange world that they inhabit. Even when it is clear that one of these sisters is the killer of Robert, Gabriel cannot seem to draw away from them. But as he gets closer to the women, he increasingly is putting himself in more danger - will their friendship ultimately be the end for Gabriel too?

That is a brief synopsis. While this book is, in some ways, quite predictable, it certainly does have a power over the reader, drawing you into the world of the Monk sisters. Mostert has encorporated many big ideas within this book, ideas seeped in esoterics and magic. The fact that you do not get completely lost and confused is a testament to her writing ability; she makes these huge, strange and quite dark ideas seem to be within your grasp of understanding so that you do not get 'lost' and she manages to make them intriguing enough to make you want to read on.

I have only awarded four stars because there are some cliches within this book.
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