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The story tells of a family curse that kills the males of the household when they come of age. It dates back centuries when a gypsy girl was defiled and murdered. She returns as a Banshee to have her revenge and it is up to the latest male members of the bloodline to seek her out and remove the curse before it claims their lives. Sacrifices are made and loved ones lost as the action comes to a thrilling climax.
There are lots of great attention to detail regarding Gaelic names and places and some good Irish slang dialogue to create the sense of place and mood. Sometimes there was too much telling and not enough action for me, but on the whole, it is a good atmospheric tale that is easy to read. Recommended to anyone who likes mythology, thrillers, and horror.
I hate when people give the SL away in reviews so I refuse to do that but what I will say is fir this to be the authors first novel (and a self published one at that) it is well thought out.
From the beginning you connect with the characters, the words so well crafted that it pulls you in to look at the world through their eyes. The first few chapters had me on a crazy rollercoaster of emotions from sadness and happiness to horror and back to sadness once more. At one stage I wished I could leap into the book and land a wallop on one of the characters.
The chapters that followed brought you on the journey and it was one full of myth and legend of Ireland. The characters in the book are great and range from the Grandad Brendan (typical Irish Grandad - very funny, he was my favourite character) to a "Traveller" whose stories will have you cringing and laughing out loud.
The plot is well laid out and the twist at the end? Well... you'll have to read it to see for yourself.
Overall this was an amazing first book by what appears to be an exceptionally talented author. I look forward to reading more from them.
The storyline spans two time lines. The first, in the 17th century, showed the reason behind the witches curse and what happened to the living character who would become the Banshee. I found her story moving and the characters involved truly despicable. The second, in present day,
shows the impact of the Banshee’s curse on a family. The members of this family are suitably flawed, making them instantly recognisable.
One of the strengths of this novel is the storytelling, both the authors and within the storyline- reminiscent of times gone by – retelling of old myths and legends to future generations, keeping them alive.
I loved all the details of places, particularly those in Ireland. These seemed well researched. There are some editing issues, but the storyline is solid and well structured.
The twists and turns kept me guessing and rooting for the main MC. I would recommend The Celtic Curse: Banshee to anyone who likes a well told and gripping horror story.
For 2017 I promised myself I must start reviewing the work of independent authors.
I received this book as an ARC direct from the writer, I do this review on my own volition and this is my unbiased opinion.
I enjoyed this story it’s different from some of the historical fantasy I read.
Part 1 - circa 1650
Cleanly written with some absorbing description, you will feel Irish!
A story told with a genuine Eilean feel, descriptive with native Irish names. Have fun getting your tongue around pronouncing some of them, without referencing one of the web guides. I laughed as the vowels never make the same sound as in Norse, Anglo Saxon, English or Occitan (Old French when it was a country with 100 difference languages)
You can picture the circumstances pertinent to that time, a tall tale being related to a small audience around a roasting fire. The tension oozing due to the menacing descriptions.
Part 2 - Modern reality
You find yourself in current times with an old man talking about the Banshee, a gruesome phantom. The effects it has upon his family. The tale has elements of Edgar Allan Poe. Enjoyable, provoking, if you are superstitious I suggest you avoid being nasty to gypsies!
Bodies shudder as the curse has re-emerged to wreak vengeance on a modern family. Dublin now has more ghouls, more mysterious deaths with no trace of their perpetrators.
The Celtic Curse: Banshee was an interesting, fun, and nail biting adventure. Although I enjoyed the entire book, including the historic references, locations, and stories; I found the descriptive language and scenes the most engaging. For someone who does not read the genre, I was fascinated by the horror, spine chilling events, and rich description.
For me, the details about the deaths and the background of the characters added to the enjoyment of the novel. I like to feel connected, at least to some small degree, and the author does not disappoint. Twists and turns throughout the book, including an epic ending, left me wanting more. There was plenty of detail and description about Irish heritage which I found fascinating. Just when I thought I knew how the story was progressing, the story would take a different turn. It kept me guessing, which I also liked.
All in all, a fantastic story and I'm keen to read more from this author. A solid 5/5 stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book starts with explaining the Banshee curse in with fantastically gruesome detail, just as a horror should. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Kirsty W.
A good start for a good author. I found the story well written and the characters felt real. I can sympathize with Sean, being a dad myself and wanting to keep your family safe no... Read morePublished 1 month ago by amazon customer
A great read full of twists and turns and full of Irish Myth and Legend. A fantastic debut to what I am sure will be a great writing career.Published 1 month ago by Simon Simon
What an amazingly written horror story! I loved every bit of the story, right from where it starts. It delves into romance, betrayal, suspense and fear with just a touch of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Forest's Daughter
I was surprised and pleased at what a rich reading experience this book turned out to be. It begins hundreds of years in the past and then settles into a story that takes place in... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jim Marquis
When a Young gypsy girl is murdered it sparks a curse on a family, killing the men when they come of age. Read morePublished 8 months ago by S. Gregory
I highly recommend this book to all fans of the horror / thriller genres. I look forward to her next book with anticipation.Published 8 months ago by Thomas Reid