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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: New Generation Publishing (September 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906558752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906558758
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,325,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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".. full of vivid imagery and rich descriptions painting either a beautiful image of the various landscapes or of the chilling moments filled with tension..." --'HullFire', University of Hull's Student Union Magazine

About the Author

Linda Acaster is an award-winning author of two historical novels available for Kindle, 'Beneath The Shining Mountains' and 'Hostage of the Heart', and 70+ short stories, some collected into 'Contribution to Mankind and other stories of the Dark'. She lives in the UK, a stone's throw from an ancient spring.

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Welcome to my Amazon page! I'm an English novelist and short-story writer, living on the Yorkshire coast on a Saxon settlement site a stone's throw from an ancient spring. The locales of "Torc of Moonlight" are on my doorstep.

History has always fascinated me, especially the day-to-day lives of those who never feature in history's grand recollections. Undertaking the research necessary to breathe life into these long-ago people regularly throws up direct connections to 21st century living that I exploit in my fiction.

"Torc of Moonlight" is the first of a trilogy of thrillers set in university cities around the eerie North York Moors, and the ebook contains research articles, an author interview, and opening excerpt from Book 2 "The Bull At The Gate".

Some of my previous print novels have been relaunched as ebooks. "Hostage of the Heart" explores the role of mediaeval battle hostages and is set on the English-Welsh borders on the cusp of the country's last invasion (1066). "Beneath The Shining Mountains" (originally paperbacked as "A Wife For Winterman") is a story of love and misplaced honour among a First Nation people on the plains of America in the 1830s. Much of the insight for this latter novel came from my years as a re-enactor of the period - yes, in northern England - the Brits are renowned for being eccentric.

My short fiction covers a variety of genres, from the expected historical and women's fiction, to horror, literary, crime, SF and fantasy. Kindle ebook "Contribution to Mankind and other stories of the Dark" holds five speculative fiction tales.

For many years I've been teaching fiction-writing in various forms, and from this developed the non-fiction "Reading A Writer's Mind: Exploring Short Fiction - First Thought To Finished Story". If you'll forgive the chuckle, it rather does what it says in the title. If you are finding your way into writing, as a hobby or a new career, it can help iron out technical questions.

If you wish to be kept up to date, drop by my blog http://lindaacaster.blogspot.com to read opening excerpts of all my available fiction, or join my mailing list for an emailed newsletter. I can also be found at www.lindaacaster.co.uk and on Facebook and Twitter - all the usual places.

Thanks for reading this. I hope you'll consider reading some of my work, and enjoy the books as much as others have.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ali Cooper on April 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was attracted to this book because of its basis in English prehistory and I will start by stating that I'm both an author and a postgraduate in archaeology as both of these things affect my interpretation of the book.

The story is set in Hull and East Yorkshire, around the Vale of Pickering. From an archaeological perspective, this area is rich in sites, from high status chariot burials, dating to the Iron Age, back to wetland Mesolithic (6000 BC) occupation.

Nick is at university, superficially studying English but more importantly playing Rugby. He is transfixed by a very studious girl called Alice, who is studying history. At the same time he suffers strange blackouts and memory losses during which he apparently commits violent acts. Meanwhile, lustful lecture, Leonard, is suffering from paranoia and there are hints that he has been involved in some sort of witchcraft. Then there are haunting flashes from Romano-British times, in which a violent and lustful warrior seems to be seeking escape from his place in the past.

The writing is exceptionally elegant and well-crafted. The story is compelling, gradually gaining momentum and building suspense. It is clear that the characters from different times and places are connected in some way and that those in the present are being used by forces from the past. Yet the reader cannot be sure exactly whose intentions are good or bad, nor of exactly what the links are and certainly not of how the story will be resolved.

I particularly like the interweaving of archaeological evidence of votive offerings of swords deposited in watery sites in the Late Bronze Age and Iron Age. Also the concept of water - or indeed any reflective medium - as a portal between the Earthly world and that of the gods or ancestors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. P. Grubb on January 21, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Irish Horse lover on January 31, 2010
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Nick Blaketon is a regular rugby playing, beer drinking, university student happy to hang out with his mate Murray until he becomes embroiled with Alice. Intoxicated with new found emotions, his life starts spiralling away in a direction he cannot control the consequences of which are far reaching. Alonside, darker elements are lurking portrayed by rich symbolism and breathtaking imagery as Acaster's stark prose and elegant style takes the reader to a new dimension. I simply cannot wait for the sequel.
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Torc of Moonlight is the story of student Nicholas Blaketon and his obsession with pale and introverted Alice Linwood.

Nick returns to Hull University after the summer break and things are pretty downbeat. His girlfriend has left him. His housemates have nothing in common with him and if his grades don't improve he'll be out of university on his ear. A rugby injury leaves him angry and aggressive and he alienates his few remaining friends. Add to this his increasingly erratic behaviour and it's clear Nick has a problem.
When he spots Alice in a lecture he is immediately drawn to her. Strange other worldly events soon begin to unfold.

Torc of Moonlight is no light snack it's a gourmet meal. Acaster weaves rich descriptive language into the plot. She seasons with diverse and interesting historical detail.
Spice is added with an arrogant and ancient spirit hell bent on revenge.

I've always been fascinated with sacred places and the author compelled me to want to explore these in more depth. It's clear that she knows her subject. She weaves in several plot strands and the characters are interesting and well developed. However, this is no light read. The plot nuances are subtle and you have to give this book your full attention. If all you want is action, violence and explosions then this one is probably not for you.

An intelligent, interesting and well researched novel that was a pleasure to read.
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'Torc of Moonlight'' is fascinating in the way it explores the impact of landscape and custom on people's lives. It's an original story, strongly written and intriguing, with a steady build of tension and incident. I also liked the way the author deals with modern characters trapped in an ancient evil.
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