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Magda: A Darkly Disturbing Occult Horror Trilogy - Book 3 Kindle Edition
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Magda is the concluding part of a Trilogy which is essentially about very old, and unresolved Evil, with a deliberate capital E. It centres around a village and events that have occurred there, and their echoes down the centuries. Yet you have very real and believable people dealing with this. Central to this is a Psychiatric Unit where a patient named Ruby is cared for. Ruby has a Psychiatric condition called DIS which involves having multiple personalities. Her doctors, nurses and care staff are central to the plot. Her name is Ruby, but no one knows where she came from as she was hospitalized as a heroin overdose and has no memory? Is this multiple personalities, or is this possession is asked at one point as events take a sinister turn?
In this final book, we meet Magda and discover the events which were the catalyst for the creation of the monstrous evil that caused the events in the first 2 books.
The characters is the books are incredibly crafted and so real to the reader. I'm reminded so much of Stephen King in the detailed description of them, and the way the author can convey how they feel to the reader so eloquently that you feel it too. I could actually see the places, see the characters, start to predict how a character would feel or react to something another character did. I felt completely inside the story, another thing that Stephen King also is so good at being able to do. Sarah England has a very special talent as a writer, and I very much look forward to reading more of her work in the future
Tanners Dell (book 2), I thought was better than Father of lies. It had way more action and just all around horror goodness in it. Now that I have finished Magda, I still think Tanners Dell is the better book of the trilogy but that is not to take away anything from the other two. They are both great, I just found Tanners Dell more exciting.
Following on from the events of the first two books, we focus on the aftermath of all the excitement that made Tanners Dell so interesting. I'm really struggling to say anything without spoiling, but I will do my best.
Much in the same vein as the previous books, shadowy people are working for the greater purpose of furthering the machinations of the ancient evil that dwells with in Tanners Dell/the village of Bridesmoore. In 'Magda' we are treated to a separate story alongside the main narrative. Every few chapters the author reverts back a few centuries to tell the tale of a young girl (named Magda in case you hadn't guessed) and how her life/actions shape the present day.
Admittedly, I did not really see the point of the Magda chapters until the very end. Up until then it doesn't really feel like it has anything to do with the main storyline and, with the tag line 'Are you ready to meet Magda', I simply expected more out of her than I felt I got. But, pushing through to the very end I can see how her chapters were important. It all ties up very nicely.
Although it doesn't boast as much action as Tanners Dell; Magda does offer a wide range of occult goings on from satanic orgies to other people looking back at you in the mirror. The theme of the unseen demonic presence being all powerful is very strong throughout. Whenever you think the main characters have something sorted or a solid bit of help coming their way, tragedy strikes as quick as a hiccup. At times I honestly couldn't figure out how they would get out of the situation they were in with their sanity in tact. That's not to say that they did. Win, lose or draw, you don't tangle with the ultimate mind warp that is the demonic and come out as sane as you entered.
The 'horrory' bits are written with just enough fright to make those noises in my house seem ominous when reading this in the dark on my kindle. The writing itself is very strong and the research done into the medical side of things is top notch, as with the last two books.
I would have liked an epilogue, sort of detailing how the characters get on in the future. I really wanted certain ones to have their happily ever after and would have liked to know if they got them, but I suppose I can't have everything. What I did get, however, was three very enjoyable books. Three books that have made it so I want to jump into Sarah England's next work 'The Soprano' when it comes out in August.
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