- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 631,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Savage Magic (Charles Horton 3) Hardcover – 28 Aug 2014
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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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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!
**Source: Publisher Review Copy
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Why do they do it? Why do authors write novels in the present tense? It removes any trace of emotion or tension in the writing and gives no chance of proper back story or... Read morePublished 14 months ago by DBCam
A riveting read from beginning to end - his best yet! Highly recommended as are the previous two novels in this series.Published 15 months ago by Paul Colnaghi
This will be the last of Shepard's books that I'll bother reading. With exception of some very forced and unnecessary metaphors, and a few very peculiar and equally unnecessary... Read morePublished 19 months ago by CaSundara
This is the third outing of Constable Charles Horton of the river police and like the two previous books the hint of paranormal shenanigans lend an extra layer of dread to a dark,... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ruby
Engrossing, disturbing, atmospheric, and I like that women feature so prominently, not always in a favourable light, but powerfully.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
Another great book, following The English Monster and The Poisened Island. It is tempting to say that if you like C J Sansom's Shardlake books then you will also enjoy these: both... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mr V
An excellent addition to this series. Each successive novel has a different twist and is excellently woven into factual history. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Eurenia
I love this series of books. This 3rd one is no less spellbinding than the last 2. Mixing real lives with magic and intrigue, culminating into a rich tale of murder most foul. Read morePublished 23 months ago by R. M. Burrage