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Obsession, possession, or something else? These are the threads that author Linda Acaster so expertly weaves in Torc of Moonlight, the first book in the Celtic Goddess Trilogy. The story revolves about students, Nicholas Blaketon and Alice Linwood and art professor Leonard Harkin. Nick goes to Hull University to play rugby and get girls, that is, until he meets history major, Alice. Alice is a serious and very shy student and keeps herself apart from anything that might resemble a friendship. All she wants to do is find the ancient shrine of the Celtic water goddess, Yslan. As soon as Nick sees Alice in a lecture hall, he is smitten, but it turns into something more like total obsession in knowing and having Alice.
Leonard Harkin is a man haunted by dreams and is on the verge of descending into madness. He believes the nightmares all stem from paintings that he's done of Alice, paintings that somehow represent so much more. Enter in our last character, that of an ancient Celtic leader, Ogrinius Licinius Vranaun, who is desperate to come back into the land of the living, and he'll do it anyway he can even if means possessing a human like Nick. The problem is though every time Orginius inhabits Nick's body, Nick has no memory of what has transpired and believes that everything relates to the wonderful and magical qualities he sees in Alice except for the memory of the tingles he feels when he's with her.
The author draws you in with her descriptive and lyrical style of writing. You can see, hear and almost feel each scene as it unfolds. They come alive and transport you to the English countryside and the celtic landmarks. I have a minor complaint though--sometimes the descriptions seem to overtake the storylines. I found myself skipping some to get back to the action of the story and for that I have deducted half a star, but that did not take away from the enjoyment of the story.
The riveting climax of the story will keep you on the edge of your seat. Is it real or a nightmare? Can you drown in a hallucination? Both Nick and Alice are careening toward their fate, but who is actually in control?
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.
This book kept me interested right up to the end trying to figure out what was going to happen. There were some parts that I found confusing, but that could very well be because a lot of British terminology is used and I am not familiar with it. I was actually a little surprised that I enjoyed the book at all seeing as it differs greatly from my normal fantasy read, but the passion of the author for the story was obvious and that is always a good thing.