Spellcaster by George Bachman

Posted: May 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

Spellcaster by [Bachman, George]

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 début 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?

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Review: I enjoyed this book even more than I was expecting to. The plot is gripping and leaves your heart pounding in certain places, as Christine tries to figure out the best way to deal with her visions. Christine is a fantastically written character, with relatable emotions (if not issues!) Set in Victorian times, it seems like the author has researched the time period well, I didn’t notice anything to drag me away from the past. Highly recommended!

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