- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 5221 KB
- Print Length: 300 pages
- Publisher: Vesuvian Books (17 Jan. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M7T4NQT
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #290,963 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story starts in 1886 and a young Jacob O’Connor starting his architectural course at Harvard. Born an orphan (his description) he only got to Harvard thanks to a generous benefactor. It’s here he meets Magnus Blackwell, his opposite in every way but they become firm friends.
As they enjoy uni life their differences become apparent. Jacob is studious and polite whilst Magnus gets others to do his studying whilst he spends his time with many women. This all changes when Frances comes along. Magnus can't stay faithful and when she ends things he goes to new Orleans. Here he meets a young Irish writer named Oscar Wilde and they are soon enjoying the darker side of the city and discovering voodoo.
Magnus eventually reunites with Jacob but not under the best of circumstances. He hates that Jacob got the girl and plots his revenge.
I found this to be an intriguing tale and the relationship between Magnus and Jacob was extremely well written. Frances is a strong female character which I really appreciated as I really hate reading about simpering women!
The spooky atmosphere of New Orleans really comes through and you definitely get the odd chill. An excellent tale really well told.
This is the first book in a new paranormal series, based on jealousy, revenge, betrayal and dark voodoo magic.
The two main characters are Magnus Blackwell a rich spoiled son of a powerful man. Money means nothing to Magnus. And Jacob O’Connor an orphan who was accepted into Harvard on a full scholarship organised by his mentor Mr Fogle who has taken care of him since he was a child.
Both these men become the best of friends at Harvard together until Jacob falls in love with a woman that Magnus has cast aside in his usual manner with women.
Through the years that follow Magnus holds a grudge and feels betrayed by Jacob and tries to avenge the loss of the only woman he had ever loved in his own particular way.
He exacts his revenge and retribution by destroying his former best friend Jacob and his happiness by using unusual methods.
Though at his lowest, full of pain and grief and with nothing left to lose Jacob too exacts revenge on Magnus for his actions.
This was a very dark supernatural thriller which shows just how far men will go to act out their revenge.
Blackwell is a book full of passion, betrayal, love and of course voodoo magic.
I did enjoy this book and will continue to read the other books in the series as they are released.
The start was a little slow but it soon picks up speed so stick with it and enjoy the ride.
Overall a really good read which I would recommend.
Magnus is almost a stereotypical aristocrat, arrogant, self serving and selfish, he is dark and malevolent. O’Connor is naive and at first is grateful for his friendship with Magnus and what he can help him achieve. This turns to distrust and hatred as the story progresses to its climactic end.
This is the first novel I have read from this author and it won't be the last, I am really interested to see how the next Magnus Blackwell novel unravels.
First of all, let me express how torn I am by the fact that I loved and loathed Magnus from beginning to end, and as much as I despised some of his choices, there was a part of me that secretly prayed he'd turn over a new leaf. But in old Blackwell style, he allowed the ugliness of his deep rooted hatred come to the surface. And then there was Jacob O'Connor. How I rooted for the young man who came from nothing. He was everything that Magnus wasn't, which added to my dilemma of being stuck between the two.
This book was cleverly written. Set in Boston and New Orleans, I was spellbound by the narrative. It reminded me of one of those old classics and I kept telling myself that Magnus reminded me of Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray, and then WHAM, Oscar Wilde was introduced to us in New Orleans and it was like falling in love all over again.
The dark gothic themes of repression, fear, psychology & theology, intertwined with intelligent prose, drama and moments of beauty, made for not only an enjoyable read but a reading experience that has left me thirsty for more. With Voodoo, dark sexual desires, anger, vengeance, despair and an ending that left me in a total book hangover, Weis and Astor delivered a book that is worth more than 5 stars.
I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who appreciates the classics and a take on literature that is rarely seen today.
*I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.*
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