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…
Happy Halloween! In the spirit of the season I have a fabulous tale of witchcraft and treachery for you.
I have previously read and reviewed Jay’s other books, Game of Crones and Crimson Siege. Both were brilliant and Jay has knocked it out the park again.
Jay’s writing style is very gothic, it fits the theme of the book perfectly. Taking us back to the 1600’s and the hysteria of the witch trials. He sets the scene perfectly and his descriptions of the time and place instantly draw you in to the story.
We meet Thomas and Matthew, two witch hunters, moving from town to town preying on the fears of the townspeople. Finding ‘witches’ and collecting a handsome reward. They get drawn into some dirty dealings with a local crocked Earl, Sir Henry Cuttendon. A vile character who’s only interest is getting one Elizabeth Fiennes in his bed.
I would class this as a novella, I read it in an hour and it was an extremely satisfying read. Jay is a fantastic short story author. He packs an awful lot in and leaves a lot to the imagination which makes the tale all the more creepy.
This is a perfect read for the season and I can’t wait to see what Jay writes next. Personally, I’m hoping for the second installment in the Blood Riders series.
Many thanks to Rachel for my invite onto the blog tour and to Jay for a copy of his book. My review, as always, is completely honest.
If this sounds like your kind of book – you can purchase it through the following links (not affiliated). UK and USA respectively.
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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