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Torc of Moonlight [Paperback]

Linda Acaster
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Book Description

Oct 2009
Hull student Nicholas Blaketon's life has fallen into a demoralising pattern. Humiliated and angry, he becomes fixated on pale and reclusive Alice Linwood. But Alice believes that people close to her die. She seeks escape by steering her future back into the past to uncover the shrine of a forgotten Celtic water goddess. Leonard Harkin uses pseudo-pagan rites to ensnare naïve young lovers, but when old lovers return with the strength of cynical womanhood, is it in joy or to close his pattern? High on the North York Moors, Romano-Briton Ognirius Licinius Vranaun has clung to a thread of life-force through millennia, sustained by a thirst for retribution as targeted as once was his vengeance on the Keepers of the Pool. But now he knows how to use the elements to his advantage, and this time he will succeed - unless Nicholas can stop Alice from revealing the shrine and completing the pattern.

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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Legend Press / New Generation Publishing; 1st edition (Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906558752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906558758
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,831,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The places in Torc of Moonlight are real and are described as true as fiction allows. The county of Yorkshire, once home to the Celtic Parisi and Gabrovantices, has more ancient springs known enigmatically as Lady Well than anywhere in England.

About the Author

Linda Acaster is an award-winning novelist and short-story writer living on the Yorkshire coast on a Saxon settlement site a stone's throw from an ancient spring. Torc of Moonlight is her fourth novel.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A haunting read 9 Nov 2009
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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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars inspirational history 9 Jan 2010
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Two things I guarantee will happen when you read this book:
1 - you will have to finish it, becasue you will be desperate to know how it ends, how the mysteries unravel
2 - you will want to buy an ordanance survey map and go hunting for signs.

You may even book a trip on the fantastic Pickering railway, see what you can spot on Google Earth, or go snooping round the Salmon Road area of Hull University.

The people and plot are all fictitious - the geography and history is not. If you've ever fancied learning about Yorkshire celtic history, read this book, buy the OS map, and spend a few days having the most fun you can have with your clothes on (Unless, of course you decide to recreate the railway love scene).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A haunting and tantalising tale 2 Dec 2009
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I bought this book as a Christmas present for my daughter who enjoys stories with a paranormal thriller element - not usually my cup of tea. However, having had a peep at the prologue, I found myself hooked and had to read on to the end of the story. Not only does the prologue draw the reader in, it also skilfully flags up what we are going to be treated to - a fascinating tale which builds up the tension beautifully and offers plenty of pace and excitement. For me this is a story firmly anchored in a believable setting, yet winging off into a world of the imagination which has its own special brand of thrills and surprises. The characters, both contemporary and from the past, are compelling and believable. You care about their difficulties and trials, you want them to win through against all the odds.
Acaster's narrative voice is punchy, crisp and authoritative, swinging the reader through a variety of colours and moods. Her descriptions of the world of nature are evocative and sympathetic. Her love scenes aren't half bad either, which is no mean achievement.
Torc of Moonlight is a highly enjoyable read; the kind of story that has you thinking about it long after you've put it down. So, come on, Linda Acaster, let's have more like this!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very atmospheric 14 Feb 2011
Great story, very atmospheric. Some of the images stay with you after you've read it. I've been on the Pickering Steam Railway mentioned in the book so it was good to read about places I know.
I'm looking forward to reading the next book 'The Bull at The Gate'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly gripping! 6 Dec 2009
Forget 'Twilight'. Forget Robert Holdstock. This supernatural thriller has the lot.
Student Nick, obsessed with the ethereal Alice, spirals out of control as the sinister shade of long-dead Roman Ognirius feeds off him and grows towards his eventual re-embodiment.
The historical detail is immaculate, as is the authentic detail of modern student-life, the whole suffused with a rich pagan sexuality as the plot twists towards its terrifying (pardon the pun) climax.
I cannot recommend this novel highly enough, and guarantee a great read from page one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read 14 Nov 2009
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I always enjoy Linda Acaster's books. They can either be read as a straight story, or if, like me, you are that way inclined, you can delve through the layers of her writing, rather in the way that she delves through the layers of history.
"Torc of Moonlight" is indeed a multi-layered book, the story of Nick and Alice on the surface, but deeper, darker things lurk beneath their relationship, things beyond their comprehension and beyond their control. The author's compelling storytelling abilities encompass that most difficult of things, descriptions of physical love that cause neither hilarity nor cringing. I loved the book. It compares to a remarkable painting in that each time you come to it, there is something new to find. It is a darkly chilling read with suspense built so adroitly by Acaster that I found myself reading the final fifty pages faster and faster.
The description of Nick and Alice's visits to the Hull & East Riding Museum and the North York Moors have made me want to retrace their journey, book in hand. To stand on the Roman Road at Wheeldale Moor, to find the spring with offerings to the goddess. To see the landscape that so fired the author to write a book of such haunting passion. I felt like I had as a small child, watching Doctor Who from behind the settee. Too scared to read, but more scared not to. A gem. I recommend it to everyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling indeed 13 Nov 2009
This was the very first Acaster book I have read, having been recommended it by a friend. I must say I was not disapointed!!. The book kept me gripped from start to end. I enjoyed the setting of Yorkshire which also kept my interest (childhood hols). Reading the book I was also treated to a educational brief. I can add that I found in parts the book very chilling and haunting. It made me shiver when I thought of the "supupernatural" A gem of a find. I am now going to pass to my husband who I am sure will also find exciting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rich in Historical Detail
Torc of Moonlight is the story of student Nicholas Blaketon and his obsession with pale and introverted Alice Linwood. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Grooydaz39
5.0 out of 5 stars Supernatural mystery based around Celtic mythology
I was attracted to this book because of its basis in English prehistory and I will start by stating that I'm both an author and a postgraduate in archaeology as both of these... Read more
Published on 18 April 2011 by Ali Cooper (in Devon)
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read
The contemporary story is of students Nick Blaketon and Alice Linwood who meet as undergraduates at Hull University. Very different but drawn together. Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2011 by Dr. P. Grubb
5.0 out of 5 stars Torc about a good read!
Most writers research a little when writing fiction, despite the fact that they can make everything up if they feel like it! Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2011 by Mr. R. Sutherland
2.0 out of 5 stars Good story lacking subtle execution
A fan of Alan Garner's "The Owl Service" I began this book with high expectations. Disappointingly I finished it feeling as if the Author had been shouting at me all the way... Read more
Published on 26 April 2010 by G-mum
5.0 out of 5 stars Torc of mystery and suspense?
Review for Torc of Moonlight by Linda Acaster.

The Torc of the title I'm assuming is an ornamental collar, and the moonlight mentioned, not one to be serenaded by in the... Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2010 by Ms. Philippa Hemstock
5.0 out of 5 stars An Intriguing and Satisfying Read
In Torc of Moonlight, Linda Acaster gives us a book which is more than simply a damn good read. This well crafted paranormal romance leads the reader through mysteries that are... Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2010 by Stuart Aken
5.0 out of 5 stars Torc of moonlight
And now, as they say, for something completely different. Before we start, I'll come clean, and admit I know the author. Read more
Published on 9 Dec 2009 by Mrs. A. Wilkinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Torc of Moonlight
A gripping and unusual story of the aspirations of a dying viking warrior for an afterlife. One of a group of 21st century students is targeted to provide substance for the... Read more
Published on 26 Nov 2009 by Mrs. E. Parker
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