Monday, May 22, 2017

Spellcaster by George Bachman

by George Bachman

My rating: 3 stars

Publisher: Sublime Ltd. (April 3, 2017)
Publication Date: April 3, 2017
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Print Length: 262 pages
Available from: Amazon

Christine Daniel suffers in ways no sixteen year-old should and that no doctor has been able to cure. That's because the excruciating pains and high fevers slowly debilitating her aren't triggered by a physical cause but by visions of a youth calling to her while fleeing a mysterious man who means him harm. This could hardly be happening at a worse time, when she and her beautiful older sister Allison are making their d├ębut in high society, like other wealthy socialites seeking matches with titled but impoverished gentlemen in Victorian England.

Because of his pleas, Christine is convinced that to stop the visions she must somehow save this youth. But first she has to find him, and since she's seen him only in visions, she needs someone who'd know how to locate someone through means outside the known senses, the paranormal. Unfortunately the authorities have driven underground all but one of the country's occultists, and the reason she isn't hiding is the only reason she might help Christine, something she wants in return. Christine must convince Allison to marry the occultist's lover, one of those impoverished gentlemen, so that the illicit pair can share her part of the family fortune while continuing their affair.

If Christine doesn't stop the visions by saving the youth, the pains and fevers will eventually kill her. But if she does what the occultist wants, she will betray Allison to a lifetime of misery. Can she lead her sister into a marriage with a very bad man if doing so is the only way to save her own skin - literally?

 Spellcaster by George Bachman

SpellcasterShe wasn’t like other young ladies in Victorian England. Christine has visions of someone being chased by a mysterious man meaning him harm. These visions are accompanied by excruciating pain and wretchedly high fevers, all with no physical cause, of course. Do the visions and the pleas or help meant for Christine or is there something more at play? If she puzzles out how to save him, will the visions stop? She must find him to save him and only the premiere occultists of the time can guide her through the otherworldly, but there will be a catch and that catch involves the marriage of her sister Allison to an impoverished gentleman, lover of the occultist. Sounds a little off, wouldn’t you think? What price is worth ridding herself of this mental intruder who is slowly killing her vision by vision? Is there more to these visions than Christine could dream of? Does it involve past lives and souls, perhaps a piece of herself from a previous life?

Lots of atmosphere and attitude, a feeling of close family relations, kind benefactors and mystery, lots of mystery as Christine struggles with both her reality and her dreams until they blur together into a quest to survive. Often chaotic, rich with details and certainly intriguing, George Bachman’s SPELLCASTER is a journey down twisted lane that, should one lose focus, getting back on track can be a bit of a challenge. I absolutely loved Christine’s character, she had a quirky strength and headstrong feel that seems to put her head of her time. A constant barrage of scenes, characters and situations will flash past, so pay attention!

For me, I could see more tales with Christine, but with less rolling scenic details, more concentration on pivotal scenes and a little less of a chaotic feel. George Bachman has something here that seems to hint at steampunk as well as the paranormal and I look forward to seeing where George Bachman takes his pen.

I received this copy from George Bachman in exchange for my honest and voluntary review.

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