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Savage Magic (Charles Horton 3) Hardcover – 28 Aug 2014

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; UK ed. edition (28 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147113606X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471136061
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 3.3 x 16.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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'Shepherd produces a satisfyingly rich and readable brew' --The Sunday Times

About the Author

Lloyd Shepherd is a former journalist and digital producer who has worked for the Guardian, Channel 4, the BBC and Yahoo. He lives in South London with his family. He is the author of The English Monster and The Poisoned Island.


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Another typically engaging story which did not disappoint. An intriguing story line, building on but in no way dependent upon the previous Horton books, that also gives a real insight into life at the time and offers some very human portraits to boot. As usual with Lloyd Shepherd, a little bit of the dark arts is thrown in too, mixed in to the tale within the very real setting of the early 1800s. Great stuff.
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By Liz Barnsley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Sept. 2014
Format: Hardcover
I have to say that I do love Mr Shepherd’s writing – it has a dark, atmospheric brooding quality to it that I have not found elsewhere and it never fails to leave me affected, usually jumping at shadows for a while. This, like his previous novels, is part of an ongoing mythology involving Constable Charles Horton, but all are standalone novels in their own right so you can pick up any of them and have a terrific reading experience.

In this story, our hero is drawn into a world of suspected magic and mayhem, as he investigates a house in the country where rumours of witchcraft abound – whilst back in London, a series of baffling murders is taking place. The answers may well lie within an insane asylum where Horton’s wife currently resides, battling her inner demons.

This is an excellent multi stranded story – definitely my favourite so far – it is creepy, unsettling and often horrifying whilst at the same time being strangely fascinating. I was enthralled by the thread of the tale that dealt with the treatment of mental illness, especially as the author has pulled off a difficult feat here by managing to mix the scientific with the mysterious yet still making it all seem perfectly possible. Very intriguing indeed.

I love the characters, was very fond of Abigail Horton especially and the story ebbs and flows between practical and magic with a deft hand that will have you changing your mind page by page as to what exactly is going on. Some extremely intelligent plotting and a lovely lilt to the flow of the prose will keep you immersed in the tale and overall this really is a most enthralling read.

If you like a novel that makes you look at the world around you in a different way for a while then this is definitely for you.

Happy Reading Folks!

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Mr Shepherd is a very good teller of tales and has a great understanding of character and plot. Whilst adhering to a narrative formula his tales are not cliched or formulaic but are great historical tales with a spiritual twist. I enjoy the evocative descriptions of a London long gone (thank heavens) and the fact that even his 'hero' is aware of human failings as he begins the first steps of police procedural investigation. Often I stop and google topics, people and places referred to in the story. I look forward to the next novel, my only gripe is the kindle doesn't do what looks like a beautiful cover justice.
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Format: Hardcover
Of all the books Lloyd Shepherd has written to date, this is my favourite. From the earliest pages the scenes have real atmosphere and richness, and not just because of the obvious wealth of many of the murder victims and their appalling lifestyles. It helps that the author uses plenty of language which is (I think) specific to the period and unexplained to the modern reader - but the meaning is inferred from the context. It adds to the historical feel and seems as if the author is confident in respecting the reader's intelligence.

The characters feel as though they have lives beyond the pages, too. I was particularly pleased to find Abigail so well-drawn, as she has appeared less in the previous novels. It's almost as if she was auditioning for this one.

And the story has many strands at different levels. Beyond the murders there is a theme around the role of women in 19th century English society, and of course much fun with witchcraft, especially with many of the characters insisting that witchcraft doesn't exist because "we passed an Act of Parliament that says so". It runs along at a good pace, with continuous intriguing revelations keeping it all going. Much enjoyment, and a satisfying conclusion.
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Format: Paperback
This is a historical fiction novel set in Georgian era Britain. Savage Magic is told from several viewpoints but mainly that of Constable Charles Horton. The book gripped me early on with a brutal and bizarre multiple murder investigation in an aristocratic area of London. Several of London’s elite are found together dead with bizarre masks covering the face, only the room is locked from the inside with no way for an intruder to escape. With plenty of questions but few clues and answers the police are left stumped.
We follow Constable Charles Horton who has travelled to a small village that is surrounded by fear and folklore. Charles has the difficult job of unravelling the truth from the tall tales told at Thorpe Lee House and are the events connected to the brutal killings of aristocracy in London?
Savage magic also follows the story of Abigail (Horton’s wife) who has checked herself into a Hackney Madhouse with the hope of stopping the lady in her head. Instead of escaping the torture Abigail finds herself in the cell next to a woman that seemingly can control the minds of those around her.
In a tale of sweeping madness, can Charles and Abigail believe what is really happening before them and connect the pieces together in this large magical historical puzzle?
Shepherd’s characters really help drive this puzzling story forward. He weaves a lot of themes into this story including madness, murder, remote villages, prostitution, and witchcraft, using his skills to keep the reader guessing.
This is such an unusual novel, I have noticed that it is actually the third from Shepherd with the others featuring some of the same characters but I read it purely as a standalone and it didn’t detract from the story or need background filling in.
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