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Savage Magic
Savage Magic | Lloyd Shepherd
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From the author of The English Monster comes Savage Magic, a brilliant new historical thriller, a riveting tale of villainy, madness and murder. Covent Garden, 1814: the winding city streets are a centre of vice, to which rich and poor alike are drawn by the promise of gin, ale and other carnal diversions. In opulent private rooms, several fashionable young men have been found murdered, each wearing a satyr's mask, each behind a locked door. Constable Charles Horton of the River Police Office is called in to investigate, using his startling new detection methods, and soon finds himself at Thorpe Lee House in Surrey, where accusations of witchcraft have swept through the village. What connects these London aristocrats, turned savage in the pursuit of pleasure, and a country backwater suddenly awash with folklore and talk of burning witches? In this strange and captivating world, it is a savage magic indeed that holds its victims in its thrall. 'Wonderful clever, lyrical, atmospheric and tells a damn fine story' Joanne Harris 'A superbly creepy supernatural thriller. Shepherd has a talent for creating atmospheres that chill the spine. Perfect reading for a cold night' The Times 'Splendid entertainment, delivered, despite the echoes of Dickens and Wilkie Collins, with a crisp, modern flourish' Independent on Sunday
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BeckyWrightAuthor
Savage Magic | Lloyd Shepherd
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Mehso-so

Quickly captivated by Shepherd's poetic prose. He has a clear ability of painting the surrounding, characters, dark seedy atmosphere of early nineteenth century London. A strong supernatural element carries the otherwise gritty detective mystery through; as it cleverly unfolds. However, I found the concluding final chapters slightly dissapointing and felt a little robbed of a great ending. All lose ends tied up but a little lacklustre.

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callunakeep
Savage Magic | Lloyd Shepherd
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Birthday books from my mama! Darker Shade of Magic is from my LItsy TBR...Forest House is because although I have read Mists about fifteen times I just found out about the rest of the series (my copy of Mists is insanely old), the other two are random shelf picks--they both just sounded darn good!