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Torc of Moonlight (Torc of Moonlight: Book 1) by [Acaster, Linda]
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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', Student Union Magazine, University of Hull (main setting of Torc of Moonlight)

About the Author

Linda Acaster is the award-winning writer of six novels, over 70 short stories, a plethora of non-fiction articles and a writers’ resource. Her first love is the English 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: 887 KB
  • Print Length: 367 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 5, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,674,062 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I guess I can say to begin with, I have read other books on the subject of the paranormal. I would say that my interest is growing and I'll continue to read more books like that after reading Torc of Moonlight.
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.
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Torc of Moonlight is not the kind of book I normally read. That being said I still found it to be a fairly enjoyable read with detailed descriptions of the English countryside and an appreciation for the local history. The story centers around two college kids that fall in love, but are both touched by a magic from long long ago. Alice has an obsession with finding a special site that contained a water goddess. Nick is obsessed with Alice. They are both haunted by a man trapped between the realm of the living and the dead who just wants to use them to cross back to the land of the living.

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.
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4.5 stars out of 5

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.
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Is it reincarnation, possession, or insanity? Those are the choices for 19-year-old Nicholas Blaketon when he meets the ethereal, virginal red-haired Alice Linwood. An American Studies major at an English university, Nick is injured in a rugby practice, and can't remember anything of the previous 24-hours except History major Alice and he's in for a drubbing by his mates because of that. It's not the only injury he'll receive in a very short time, either, but to Nick, nothing matters, except that he get to know Alice better. He can't explain it but when he's with her odd, almost magical, things happen; he's literally transported and transformed, in this Time but another as well and though at first it frightens him, he welcomes and savors it as part of her allure. So, though she wants nothing to do with him, Nick persists. Alice believes she's cursed, that anyone she really loves will die a violent death, but Nick's infatuation only makes him desire her more, and soon the two are a couple, happily wandering the English countryside searching for the shrine of an ancient Celtic water goddess which Alice is determined to find and re-store to the public eye. Then another figure enters the picture--Leonard Harkin, art teacher and Lothario, with a reputation for seducing his more attractive students. Len has had some type of relationship with Alice but now fears her almost as much as he fears the coming of nightfall in a way that's little short of psychotic. Taking refuge with Clare, an old student/girlfriend, Len begins a descent into madness as he's beset by hallucinations and apparitions he believes Alice has sent.Read more ›
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