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Torc of Moonlight (Book One)

Torc of Moonlight (Book One) [Kindle Edition]

Linda Acaster
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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“…The historical detail is immaculate, as is the authentic detail of modern student-life, the whole suffused with a rich pagan sexuality… Superbly gripping…” 5 stars – Karen Wolfe (Amazon UK review)

“…The transformative, menacing, use of Nature was powerfully established… Excellent.” 5 stars – Michael Deane-White, author of ‘Planks And Other Timber’


Sex, sport and alcohol are why Nick Blaketon escaped to college, but when pieces of his life start disappearing he locks on to chaste Alice for stability. Only it’s not the alcohol affecting him. And seducing Alice lays a path to a past that isn’t buried, and definitely isn’t dead.

Multiple 5* reviews “Riveting”
Book One of a trilogy that will keep you nailed to the page.

'Torc of Moonlight' (113,000 words) is the first in a trilogy of thrillers set in English university cities pressing the North York Moors against the sea. Includes the opening of Book 2 'The Bull At The Gate' set in York.

“…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…” 5 stars – Keen Reader (Amazon UK review)

“…The riveting climax of the story will keep you on the edge of your seat. Is it real or a nightmare? Can you drown in a hallucination?...” 5 stars – Debra L Martin, Two Ends of the Pen

About the Author:

Linda Acaster is an award-winning author of four novels and 70+ short stories, some collected into ‘Contribution to Mankind and other stories of the Dark’. She lives in the UK surrounded by an ancient landscape full of ghosts.

About the Author

Linda Acaster is the award-winning writer of five novels, over 70 short stories, a plethora of non-fiction articles and a writers’ resource. Her first love is the English myths-bound landscape of her birth, of standing stones and sacred springs, out of which the ‘Torc of Moonlight’ trilogy grows.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 579 KB
  • Print Length: 367 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482073234
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,857 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Linda Acaster is an award-winning novelist and short-story writer, living on England's Yorkshire coast. On her doorstep are the locales of the "Torc of Moonlight" trilogy. "The Bull At The Gate", Book 2, has now launched as an ebook with a paperback to follow.

Keep up to date with launch dates, promotions and info by joining her Newsletter or following her website She can also be found on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

History has always fascinated her, especially the day-to-day lives of people who never feature in history's grand recollections. Undertaking the research necessary to breathe life into these long-ago lives regularly throws up direct and eerie connections to 21st century living that she exploits in her fiction.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rich in history and true geographic detail. 22 Jan 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goddesses, Reincarnation, and Revenge 25 Feb 2011
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Is it reincarnation, possession, or insanity? Those are the choices for 19-year-old Nicholas Blaketon when he meets the ethereal, virginal red-haired Alice Linwood. An American Studies major at an English university, Nick is injured in a rugby practice, and can't remember anything of the previous 24-hours except History major Alice and he's in for a drubbing by his mates because of that. It's not the only injury he'll receive in a very short time, either, but to Nick, nothing matters, except that he get to know Alice better. He can't explain it but when he's with her odd, almost magical, things happen; he's literally transported and transformed, in this Time but another as well and though at first it frightens him, he welcomes and savors it as part of her allure. So, though she wants nothing to do with him, Nick persists. Alice believes she's cursed, that anyone she really loves will die a violent death, but Nick's infatuation only makes him desire her more, and soon the two are a couple, happily wandering the English countryside searching for the shrine of an ancient Celtic water goddess which Alice is determined to find and re-store to the public eye. Then another figure enters the picture--Leonard Harkin, art teacher and Lothario, with a reputation for seducing his more attractive students. Len has had some type of relationship with Alice but now fears her almost as much as he fears the coming of nightfall in a way that's little short of psychotic. Taking refuge with Clare, an old student/girlfriend, Len begins a descent into madness as he's beset by hallucinations and apparitions he believes Alice has sent. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool mythological mystery 3 Mar 2011
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This put me in mind of 1980/90s Phil Rickman, combining a little history and mythology in a contemporary thriller with fascinating characters. Can't wait to read more from Acaster.
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