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Like other books and movies on the paranormal, I always liked the ultimate confrontation at the end but there were other reasons that this was a great book as well.
Probably the best reason was the plot. You have two characters, students at a University, Nick Blaketon and Alice Linwood. Nick is very attracted to Alice and you never really know what his going to happen during the relationship. That keeps the pace moving as you're rooting for the relationship to work.
Nick as a character makes the relationship more suspenseful since he is subject to blackouts. Several times in the book you think that something is happening during those blackouts since his behavior turns violent. That reminded me of a Mickey Rourke movie called Angel Heart, one of my all time favorite Rourke movies.
Add to the relationship other characters such as Harkin and Clare. It made me wonder why the are part of the story as well. That kept me going as I read the book. The author met the challenge in the end of blending everything together and creating a very powerful mystery that was full of suspense along with a great ending.
There were other memorable characters in the book as well such as Murray. Even though I never watched a Rugby game, I liked that it was part of this book as well. It made me interested in learning more about the game as a result.
The prose is great. The plot and the relationship keeps the story moving with a tremendous amount of suspense. Great memorable characters. I can't see a reason why I wouldn't give this book five stars. I would read more books by this author.
The story is good and the characters well described. I get a firm grasp of how they act and what they want. The point of view is consistent for the most part and the prose, although heavy, is eloquent in its own right. I love the Celtic history and myth weaved throughout, probably my favorite part. And thank God the formatting was exquisite (when deciding what to review, I saw quite a few examples where that wasn't the case). For all those things, this book was a good read.
Unfortunately the thick prose played a big part in preventing me from becoming lost in the story as I rightfully should have. At times I found myself lost in the descriptions, however thorough, and lost track of some events because of that. I didn't get a proper sense of drama from the thickness when I should and I wasn't ever fully immersed into the world and conflict of the story.
For that reason, this book wasn't my cup of tea, but for the excellent research, pacing, and plot I think it would make an enjoyable read for more literary fantasy fans.
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The more Nick stays with Alice, the more he comes under her enchantment; as they visit the various ancient landsites, he experiences brief moments of displacement; he neglects his studies, his friends, anything distracting him from his obsession. Assaults by an unseen assailent, more lapses of memory, Len's moments of public madness--all head toward a culmination in which some or perhaps none will survive as an ancient force once more weaves its spell upon those living in the present.
MY OPINION: This is the best novel Linda Acaster has written so far! Coached in lyrical, almost poetically descriptive language, it leaps from one character to another with a speed that's dazzling and almost frenetic in its haste to convey their points of view. Though the classifications and terms of the British university system were a bit confusing, this was a minor obstacle to the story and the vivid descriptions made the countryside and the various Celtic sites come alive. Sad, haunting, even poignant, the characters of Nick, his beloved Alice, and Leonard are finely drawn to make us care about them. It's an enchanting story which leaves it up to the reader to decide if it's simply a story of obsession and psychological breakdown or if there are forces outside our present niche in Time which are trying to break through. It would make an eerie, unforgettable film. This is the first in a series of three novels concerning the adventures of student Nicholas Blaketon, and I personally can't wait for the others.
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