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About Vanessa Knipe
As a teen, Vanessa learned her loved of canoeing in the alligator infested bayous of the Texas Gulf Coast. Now back in her favourite place in the world, Yorkshire, she watches the River Ouse rise every winter and wonders if she needs to revive an old skill: so far she and her son have been lucky. When not writing, she juggles fighting for a decent education for her Autistic son with wrestling the Creatures of the Night, though that's not a nice thing to call her cat.
Vanessa has concentrated on her writing since becoming widowed in 2001, as being a single mother of a disabled child made it impossible to work the required shifts in NHS Biochemistry laboratories. 2006 saw her beginning her writing career proper with the publication in the US of Witch-Finder, a collection of short paranormal adventures. Since then two further collections of paranormal short stories, Hard Lessons, Shadow and Salvation and a related novel, A Date with Darkness, have also come out.
The dystopian fantasy novel Pill Wars is an exciting new direction.
Tough luck if you want to help the College and you're not male or the right social background: too many who would be allies are driven to seeking magic from the enemies of the College.
Author Vanessa Knipe continues her exploration of the St. Van Helsing universe with exciting fantasy that simultaneously looks deeply into the tortured minds of those who must fight evil... and often themselves.
Teen James Collier doesn’t want to believe in magic, but there’s something off about the whole Luck festival his village seems intent on holding, with his sister as a star attraction. When he spots the man identified as a witch-hunting hero in an occult website, James sets off to get help. He wants to hear that he’s imagining things. If not that, he wants to hand off the responsibility of battling a demon to someone who has trained for the job.
Unfortunately for James, the demon is very real. Even more unfortunately, the ‘hero’ he’s identified has a major flaw. Once, Sir Nathan Trewithick was a leader for the Church of England’s ‘witch-finders.’ Once, he stood for the innocent and battled the witches and demons that threaten to overrun all England. In one of those battles, though, Nathan stepped too near the fire. Now, he is possessed by a Wolf-demon and is gradually losing himself in what he has always fought. What James brings home might be more dangerous to himself and his family than the Luck demon itself.
Author Vanessa Knipe creates an exciting world with her St. Van Helsing series. Here, she looks at the witch-finders from the perspective of an outsider--a teenage boy who’s already grappling with his own problems. For me, this added emotional depth. The damaged figure of Nathan Trewithick gains extra power when seen from James’s perspective.
A KNIGHT OF WOLVES combines sympathetic characters with a fun and intriguing take on the traditional story elements of vampires, demons and witches. I love the back story of the Church of England standing against the forces of darkness… and Nathan’s casual reminder that the definition of evil can depend on the perspective of the viewer.
Because she advertised herself, the Church of England's militant wing, the Theological College of St. Van Helsing, can do nothing--there are rules that govern the behavior of both dark and light. Mike Rider, though, is prepared to break the rules. Sally was his first love and he still cares for her. Unfortunately for him, Sally still hurts from their breakup and wants nothing to do with him.
As the dark forces close in, though, Sally and Mike are forced to work together to save their own lives and those of Timmy, Sally's son.
Author Vanessa Knipe continues her stories out of the St. Van Helsing Theological College with an exciting and emotional tale of a young mother trying to save her son from forces beyond her imagination. Her past history with Mike gives the story added emotional impact and Knipe's fully envisioned world of England and its magical forces grabbed my attention and wouldn't let go.