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Product details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Portable Magic Ltd; Subsequent edition (20 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909965138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909965133
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,579,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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,, 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...


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

'Intellectual meets Paranormal'

'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'

'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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'Original and daring - a hybrid of Eric Lustbader's groundbreaking The Ninja and Ann Rice's The Vampire Lestat.' - Jon Land 'Will grab your interest right from the start. A distinctive, fast-paced mystery that balances the occult with the latest technology. Excellent character building, a sense of history and an inventive plot make this paranormal tale stand out from the pack.' - Monsters and Critic 'A stunning psychological thriller. Mostert has delivered another knockout treat.' - Daily Mail (London) 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.' - Harper's Bazaar 'This unusual, deftly written tale combines martial and healing arts with speculation about the life force known as chi, marrying modern science with mysticism, and steering clear of romantic cliches.' - The Times (London) 'Intellectual Meets Paranormal. Mostert has a knack of blending science and the paranormal in interesting, 'it-could- happen' ways ...The story, the science behind it, and its mysticism will leave readers thinking (and discussing) long after the story -- Graffiti 'Even more compelling than the players in this eerie tale is the talented author Natasha Mostert. An ambitious and gifted storyteller, her vivid imagination and compelling research dominate... a powerful and entertaining read that will intrigue you' - Karla Mass. The Week's Most Talked About Books 'Brilliantly compelling and original. I read this book in one sitting.' - Robert Twigger (Angry White Pyjamas)

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A gripping psychological thriller that blends ancient mysteries with a modern-day hunt for a terrifying killer. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rubbah on 12 April 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a book that will appeal to anyone interested in martial arts, quantum physics, tattoos, or those who just want a really good read. Mia is a tattooist by day, but her real job is a protector of warriors during their fights. But somewhere, there is someone who is killing fighters in away that means perfectly healthy men are dieing days after fighting. When someone she has marked dies, it becomes a personal threat, especially when he threatens the man she loves.
I wouln't say this is a book that will keep you guessing, the plot is pretty obvious, but it one of the most enjoyable books I've read recently, and if you enjoyed the blend of fantasy and science in 'the season of the witch', you will enjoy this too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Smythe on 8 July 2009
Format: Paperback
This book centres around Mia, the Keeper of the title, who is from a long line of women whose task is to protect the fighters in her keeping. However, when one of her fighters dies a few days after a fight he did not tell her about, she and her childhood friend Nick find out that not only have other fighters died in the same way but that they too are in danger from the murderer.

The story features the same blend of the modern technological world and supernatural and mystical elements that were in Mostert's previous work, The Season of the Witch. Since the actual synopsis on the back of the book tells the reader who the murderer is then it can't be considered a mystery in any way but the story still works as a thriller as Mostert spins the tale beautifully. My only problem with the book was that telling it from Mia's, Nick's and Ash's perspective meant I never really seemed to get the chance to get particularly close to any of them as the narrator kept changing. I liked the characters and definitely cared about them but I did find that I felt slightly removed from them. Still it was a very enjoyable and involving read and I am looking forward to her next work as she writes beautiful novels that are different from what else is around.
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By P. Lloyd on 18 Aug 2009
Format: Paperback
Wonderful book, martial arts, tattoo's, Chinese medicine, love, fighting, ancient magic. So much emotion and study has gone into this book, and it's worth a read just for the way it has lead me into other areas of martial arts, metaphysics, healing; paths that I wouldn't have walked before - just great.
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A well-written, intelligent tale about the physical and spiritual world of martial arts. It sits in the hinterland between fantasy and reality, and held me to the last page.
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