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The Magus of Hay (Merrily Watkins Mysteries) by Phil Rickman
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Town Noir, 15 Nov 2013
The Magus of Hay is number twelve in the Merrily Watkins series and here we find the quality and power of its predecessors returning stronger than ever. The 'town of books', Hay-on-Wye, is presented as an eerie place, its characterful old streets full of shadows and uncertainties. Rickman, as ever, evokes a wonderful sense of place.

A chain of events is set in motion by a seemingly ordinary death and a desperate whim to open a bookshop. What follows is the gripping story of unaborted seeds of resentment, how they grow within certain individuals, making them, through their delusions, into portals that allow the entry of evil. Benign spiritual intentions are subverted with sly and… Read more
Comes the Storm: Viene la Tormenta by S C Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Misty Mountain Hop, 17 Nov 2012
This is the story of two misfit climbers who wandered off the map in the vast, lonely reaches of the Canyonlands of Utah when adventure and the Unknown still held sway.

It is also the story of a long and deep friendship. It's 1988 and Terry Lockton and his pal, Henry `Hacksaw' Montgomery, are in the final stages of a climbing expedition that could be their swan-song as a team.

Throughout their journey, both friends know that it's Terry's crunch-time for making life-changing decisions, weighing personal responsibilities against personal dreams and the meaning of freedom. Both men know sacrifices are inevitable. Hacksaw wants to help Terry make the right decision but how… Read more
The Heresy of Dr Dee by Phil Rickman
The Heresy of Dr Dee by Phil Rickman
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
In this second historical novel from Phil Rickman, `young' Dr John Dee and his friend Robert Dudley set out on another adventure, this time to Wales. The premise of this story is adequately described in other reviews so I won't repeat it here. You need have no worries about the quality of this novel, it's brilliant! It has a strange beauty, despite the urge, during reading, to don a pair of wellies (that happened with its outstanding predecessor, The Bones of Avalon too). In The Heresy of Dr Dee you can feel the slow build of inexorable doom as the devious cogs of the plot ratchet into place, unstoppable gears in ancient malevolent machinery. It's full of unexpected twists and turns and the… Read more