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The Bull At The Gate (Torc of Moonlight: Book 2) by [Acaster, Linda]
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About the Author

Linda Acaster is the award-winning author of six novels, over 70 short stories, a plethora of non-fiction articles and a writers’ resource 'Reading A Writer's Mind: Exploring Short Fiction...'. Her first love is the British 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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  • File Size: 3832 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 5, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IU0P2VE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,469,197 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Bull at the Gate, by Linda Acaster, is the second in the Torc of Moonlight trilogy of occult romantic thrillers. I read the first and have been waiting for this second with some impatience. It was worth the wait.

Linda Acaster is a writer with talent. That she’s done research in depth for this book is clear. The detail, especially of the archaeology and history of York, is superb. I thought I knew the city, but I’ve learned things I never even suspected. York is, in fact, another character in the book.

The story is complex; an intertwining of present day events with those occurring in Roman York. And, ever-present, the raison d’être of hero Nick’s every move, is the enigmatic and mysterious entity that may or may not be Alice. The past returns to haunt Nick, literally, as he struggles to recover from the devastation of loss that occurred earlier in his life. To complicate matters, a new woman emerges uninvited into his life. Sophie is clearly a girl intent on a good time and, when she goes missing, her association with Nick places him in the field as a prime suspect with the local police.

Are Nick’s experiences real, imaginary, glimpses of another world and time, or the product of a damaged mind struggling with a past event too difficult to face? In weaving the tale, Linda Acaster keeps the reader guessing, providing clues but muddying the waters with an unreliable narrator.

Is this book crime, romance, historical, occult, or is it both a combination of these and something else entirely? And does it matter that it crosses genres? As a reader, such classification isn’t important to me. What matters is a gripping tale populated by characters I can empathise with and others I can thoroughly dislike. And this book provides exactly that.
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'Bull at the Gate' is the second novel in a trilogy - and what a trilogy! This is a dark thriller of a story with many themes and a blending of ancient and modern beliefs. Nick, the hero, is an engaging character, surrounded by immense problems and struggling to understand dark forces. All the way through, Linda Acaster cleverly weaves it so the reader is not sure of Nick, an unsettled, beleaguered young man of only twenty-two, trying to make his way in a modern setting that ignores all non-material aspects of the world. He is grieving and yearning for the loss of his lover Alice, but is Alice truly dead? If she is, who or what killed her? What part did Nick play in that tragedy? When another young woman Sophie vanishes, what part has Nick played there?

Nick feels responsible but is he? Is he deluded? Is he psychic? Are the horrifying visions the sensual visions that he experiences from within himself or from lethal, ancient forces outside? The author cleverly shows how 'modern' man reacts to these strange events by revealing how the police view Sophie's disappearance and Nick's odd history. Who is to say they are mistaken? That is the beguiling tightrope walk we are sent on throughout 'Bull at the Gate'. The final third of the novel, with Nick desperately seeking to find Sophie and Alice, is a exciting historical chase, full of twists and turns, fascinating clues and high stakes. Linda Acaster makes the reader care for her characters: they are not pawns being shifted about in a heartless chess game of 'find the historical fact'. This is superior story-telling of the highest order.

The novel has a long reach, with flashbacks to Roman times and a parallel storyline that reveals the beliefs of that period. Is there a time portal that opens?
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Having got to "know" Nick from Torc of Moonlight, reading "The Bull At The Gate" was like settling down with a good friend. I don't know how Linda Acaster manages to go from the present to the past - or is it? - so very seamlessly, but the transitions are brilliantly handled. The story is gripping and I wanted to protect and shake Nick as he stumbled through from one crisis to the next. Can't wait for the third installment.
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