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Torc of Moonlight (Torc of Moonlight: Book 1) by [Acaster, Linda]
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About the Author

Linda Acaster is the award-winning writer of six novels, over 70 short stories, a plethora of non-fiction articles and a writers’ resource. Her first love is the English myths-bound landscape of her birth, of standing stones and sacred springs, out of which the ‘Torc of Moonlight’ trilogy grows.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4345 KB
  • Print Length: 367 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FEFCKK
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #216,422 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Torc of Moonlight is not the kind of book I normally read. That being said I still found it to be a fairly enjoyable read with detailed descriptions of the English countryside and an appreciation for the local history. The story centers around two college kids that fall in love, but are both touched by a magic from long long ago. Alice has an obsession with finding a special site that contained a water goddess. Nick is obsessed with Alice. They are both haunted by a man trapped between the realm of the living and the dead who just wants to use them to cross back to the land of the living.

This book kept me interested right up to the end trying to figure out what was going to happen. There were some parts that I found confusing, but that could very well be because a lot of British terminology is used and I am not familiar with it. I was actually a little surprised that I enjoyed the book at all seeing as it differs greatly from my normal fantasy read, but the passion of the author for the story was obvious and that is always a good thing.
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Is it reincarnation, possession, or insanity? Those are the choices for 19-year-old Nicholas Blaketon when he meets the ethereal, virginal red-haired Alice Linwood. An American Studies major at an English university, Nick is injured in a rugby practice, and can't remember anything of the previous 24-hours except History major Alice and he's in for a drubbing by his mates because of that. It's not the only injury he'll receive in a very short time, either, but to Nick, nothing matters, except that he get to know Alice better. He can't explain it but when he's with her odd, almost magical, things happen; he's literally transported and transformed, in this Time but another as well and though at first it frightens him, he welcomes and savors it as part of her allure. So, though she wants nothing to do with him, Nick persists. Alice believes she's cursed, that anyone she really loves will die a violent death, but Nick's infatuation only makes him desire her more, and soon the two are a couple, happily wandering the English countryside searching for the shrine of an ancient Celtic water goddess which Alice is determined to find and re-store to the public eye. Then another figure enters the picture--Leonard Harkin, art teacher and Lothario, with a reputation for seducing his more attractive students. Len has had some type of relationship with Alice but now fears her almost as much as he fears the coming of nightfall in a way that's little short of psychotic. Taking refuge with Clare, an old student/girlfriend, Len begins a descent into madness as he's beset by hallucinations and apparitions he believes Alice has sent.Read more ›
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This book has a credible extemporising story line which is supported by Linda's obvious familiarity with Celtic Yorkshire and Romano-British myth and legend. Her research on this has clearly been extensive as she writes with both command and authority throughout a well crafted plot. The tension is maintained through the relationship of Nick and Alice. Other characters and movements in time and space combine to make this exciting and at times gripping. Elements of magic, romance (dare I say?) and time shifting keep the suspense until the finale which is clearly leading us to the next book in the series.
Rugby playing - and at times loutish - Nick is the archetypal Celtic warrior without a battle to fight so plays the game as a form of proxy warfare. Alice is the unobtainable and mystically alluring repository of much desire and need even familiar in Celtic-Norse mythology, sort of Deirdre of the Sorrows and Norn weaving the fates of another but in the process weaving her own fortune.
Set in the University of Hull (second only to Cambridge!) the two meet as students who have polarities regarding their attitudes to learning but a mysterious link from their past reunites them in this very well crafted story.
Highly recommended.
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The contemporary story is of students Nick Blaketon and Alice Linwood who meet as undergraduates at Hull University. Very different but drawn together. It's what is behind the reason they're drawn together that gives this book its amazing twist. The predatory lecturer and his past have a role to play and also a story from a whole lot further back. Linda Acaster gets inside the head of her characters in a way that not many authors manage, so that as a reader you revel in their triumphs, and are crushed by their despair. A compelling tale where the interwoven stories pick you up at the start and rush you along to the end.
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