Tuesday, 29 October 2019

To Snare A Witch by Jay Raven

Title: Bell, Book and Candle
Series: To Snare A Witch Book One
Author: Jay Raven
Genre: Dark fantasy/ Historical horror
Publication Date: 15th May 2019

A Chilling historical tale of lust, sorcery and devastating revenge

No female dares spurn the lecherous advances of Sir Henry Cruttendon, 17th Century England’s most reviled nobleman. To do so risks a retribution that would terrify the Devil himself.

But Elizabeth Fiennes is no ordinary woman, blessed with stunning beauty, intelligence and guile. Coming from an influential family, she believes she is safe.

What she doesn’t understand is that the Earl is determined to satisfy his lust and plans to use the wave of witch trials, fear and superstition sweeping the countryside to force her into his clutches.

And as he springs his malicious trap it triggers a chain of unholy events plunging hunter and prey into a maelstrom of deceit, terror and depravity – leaving them both staring into the face of true evil...

My Review:

I enjoyed this quick and captivating read.

Sir Henry Cruttendon doesn't want Elizabeth Feinnes to marry Jack Tyler, he wants her for himself. He hires the actors turned witchfinders, Thomas Gaunt and Matthew Stiles, to prove Jack is a witch and force Elizabeth to be his lover.

The characters were well-fleshed out for a short story. Set in 17th Century England at a time when witch hunts were commonplace, the storyline was convincing, interesting, well-paced, and filled with suspense and intrigue, with a surprising twist at the end.

( I received a complimentary copy of the book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.)

Author Bio:

Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men. He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.

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