- Paperback: 258 pages
- Publisher: Divertir Publishing LLC (May 12, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1938888111
- ISBN-13: 978-1938888113
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,752,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Season of Mists Paperback – May 12, 2015
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But first, Justine must finish her voyage to England, during which she soon learns, that she is being pursued by something or someone who has a mysterious hold over her…could it be one of those creatures of the Vale? Or perhaps the intriguing Mr. Amum Farouk, who holds her transfixed with his intense presence and steady stare? You will have to see for yourself. I did and I am so glad I did.
A good read? Absolutely! A sequel? I can’t wait!
Ms. Corkill took me by the hand and guided me through the crowds of well-to-do upper class as I met the young heroine Justine Holloway, and her curious but improper infatuation with the Egyptian ambassador Amun Farouk.
What I really enjoyed about this book----apart from the fantastic elements of skin walkers, vampires and other dark threats from another dimension---was the little mundane scenes that were sprinkled throughout. The sheer hell of putting on a corset, the intimidating expectations of a young woman being presented before the wealthy upper class for the first time, the blunt realities of the limited choices women had in their lives back in 1888.....these are world-building techniques that made the past come alive for me as I read.
These same colorful layers can also be a weakness. I can see how some readers, expecting action and adventure and intrigue galore, might be put off by the occasional slow pacing of some of the chapters. But if you're ready to take a colorful tour of living in Victorian-era England along with a good dose of dark magic, shape-changing heroes and what lies on the other side of that portal in the basement of the museum.....SEASON OF MISTS is an experience you'll want to indulge in.
Young Justine Holloway, who has been recently orphaned, is on her way from school in France to live in London with her godparents, Harold and Frances Mendenhall. But it's on the voyage from England to France that her life truly begins to change. She meets the handsome, mysterious Amun Farouk, the new Egyptian ambassador, who is en route to London to meet with her godfather about a prospective archaeological expedition in Egypt...and there is much more to him that meets the eye. But something far more dangerous haunts Justine's footsteps as she makes her debut in London society, something dark, shadowy, and full of evil intent.
Soon Justine discovers that her godfather is part of a secret society charged with protecting humanity from the Varius, a people from a parallel universe who possess magical abilities and who have begun to make their homes in London after a dark force has overtaken their world. When the exsanguinated body of a woman is found in Whitechapel, it becomes clear that that dark force has come to London, and may be responsible for the Whitechapel murders. As Justine makes her debut in London society, she finds that she has become the obsession of a vampire who would do anything to possess her. She and Amun must find a way to thwart whatever evil has visited itself upon London...and save herself from the sinister fate the vampire has in store for her.
Corkill has borrowed from several familiar tales of the Victorian era to create her own story. The heroine is not just a damsel in distress, but grows from a frightened young girl to a young woman determined to take her fate into her own hands. Amun's motivations are unclear at first, but as the story progresses, we see that he is on the side of good and that he's willing to do whatever he can to keep whatever evil he is fighting from consuming Justine. Corkill is able to build the action to an unexpected climax that will leave the reader breathless.
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.