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SEASON OF THE WITCH is Natasha Mostert's award-winning novel in which the art of memory, alchemy, mysticism and murder have been blended to create a nail-biting thriller. Gabriel Blackstone is a cool, hip, thoroughly twenty-first century Londoner with an unusual talent. A computer hacker by trade, he is also a remote viewer: able to 'slam a ride' through the minds of otherSEASON OF THE WITCH is Natasha Mostert's award-winning novel in which the art of memory, alchemy, mysticism and murder have been blended to create a nail-biting thriller. Gabriel Blackstone is a cool, hip, thoroughly twenty-first century Londoner with an unusual talent. A computer hacker by trade, he is also a remote viewer: able to 'slam a ride' through the minds of others. But he uses his gift only reluctantly -- until he is contacted by an ex-lover who begs him to find her step-son, last seen months earlier in the company of two sisters. And so Gabriel visits Monk House, a place where time seems to stand still, and where the rooms are dominated by the coded symbol of a cross and circle. As winter closes in, Gabriel becomes increasingly bewitched by the house, and by its owners, the beautiful and mysterious Monk sisters. But even as he falls in love, he knows that one of them is a killer. But which one? And what is the secret they are so determined to protect?...

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season of the witch Reviews

  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    2019-04-27 07:02

    ►► BR with my MacHalo Freaks starting January 1, 2016.☠ DNF at 13% ← do you think this is some kind of DNF record for me? Naaah, I've done much worse than that.Do you know how I keep promising you short reviews but inevitably end rambling on and on and on forever? (view spoiler)[Say I don't keep my promises, why don't you? (hide spoiler)] Well this time I'm really going to do it. Cross my heart, hope to die and all that crap. I mean, I only read 13% of the book, how long could this take? I see a few doubtful looks here and there, I think I'm starting to take offense. Oh, COME ON on people, have a little faith, will you?!The first 13% of this book in a nutshell: The pace is slllloooooooowwwww (which seems to be a prerequisite for 90% of the books I've read so far this year *headdesk*), the writing is I-don't-like-you, the characters are I-don't-like-you-and-I-don't-care-if-you-die-a-horrible-painful-death and the plot is who-the-hell-knows (so little happens in the first 50 pages of this book I still have no idea what this might be about).AND THAT IS IT. HA. See, o ye of little faith? Told you I could do short and uninteresting as efficiently as I do long and uninteresting! But you just don't listen, do you? No, it's not that you don’t listen, it's just that you don't trust me. That's it. I'm clearly offended now. PS: no I did not rate this book. Because yes, I can be fair sometimes (view spoiler)[no laughing please (hide spoiler)]. And who knows, this might be a literary masterpiece in disguise, so who am I to judge?✉ A very private, confidential message to Casey: yes, you completely lacked judgement when you picked this book for us poor MacHalos to read. BUT, in a glorious display of previously unheard of beginning-of-the-year magnanimity, I have very leniently decided not to punish you for your awful sin. Thou shalt not have to suffer through a penance read, my dear beer snob! You can resume breathing now. • • • •۰° •ิ•۰° •ิ•۰° •ิ•۰° •ิ•۰° •ิ°۰۰° •ิ•۰° •ิ•۰° •ิ•۰° •ิ•۰° •ิ°۰• • • •۰This one is Casey's pick. Damn. This MacHalo thing is getting a bit too democratic, if you ask me. I mean, since when do lowly group members get to choose group reads? Gah. I'm afraid the good old days when mods were ruthless tyrants who ruled mercilessly over their plebeian subjects are long gone. Life sucks.✉ Private message to Casey: yes, you will definitely get a penance read if I we don't like this one. Now feel free to shudder, my dear. Blah Blah blah thread.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Sh3lly ☽ Guardian of Beautiful Squids and Lonely Moons ☽
    2019-05-03 04:16

    Oh dear. I'm going to seem like quite the bitch today with all my DNF reviews and low ratings. Oh well.It's a holiday and time to spring clean my currently reading shelf.I really wanted to like this. The premise sounded so interesting. The MC is a male who is a remote viewer. I find that fascinating. He reluctantly decides to investigate the missing son of a wealthy man whose new wife is one of his ex-girlfriends. Two mysterious sisters, who happen to be witches, are prime suspects. However, I only got to 16% and trust me, it took a lot of effort just to get to that point. Sigh. I'm just going to call this one early and move on. No rating. :(Original post:$2.51 on Amazon: 31 December 2015. Strange price with the penny and all, but still pretty cheap.Buddy read with the MacHalo group starting January 1, 2016. Casey's pick.

  • Gabrielle
    2019-05-08 02:13

    This book is just a delicious read on so many levels. Purely recreational and effortless, but not simple by any means. It's a feast for the senses - I wanted to step inside and live in it, rub the pages all over my SKIN! Mostert really knows how to seduce the imagination without needing to resort to the obvious. It's like being captivated by wondering what's underneath the soft blouse instead of having bare breasts thrust in your face. Sensual, yes, AND cerebral! And haunting, ethereally erotic, with mysticism and suspense and alchemy and gnostic elements. Definitely my kind of combination. Reminded me a little of William Gibson's "Pattern Recognition", but what "Pattern Recognition" lacks in 'yin' and femininity, "Season of the Witch" more than makes up for without sentimentality, emotionality, or affectation.

  • J-J lover of books
    2019-05-04 07:10

    This is one of those books that will stay with you long after you've read it. I came across this book at my local community centre & i think the cover drew me in. The cover i've got has a crow beak open as if in a cry & a woman mainly her eye & in her eye is a symbol which looks to me like a woman (very hard to explain).I was drawn in by the prologue it was captivating. The story centre's around Gabriel & he lives in London he steals information for a living, a computer hacker, with the help of his friend Isidore, mainly from big companies. He is contacted by a guy called William Whittington as his son had disappeared & he'd been given Gabriel's name as he was able to visit other people's minds. Gabriel wasn't interested in taking the job & told William. Then William mentioned the name Cecily Frankz, known as Frankie to everyone. The mere mention of her name stopped Gabriel in his tracks sending his memories for long ago & changed everything. He meets the Monk sisters, Morrighan & Minnaloushe, realizes straight away there's more to them than meets the eye but by then he's too drawn to them & intrigued by them that he seems to lose himself around them.That did make me a little mad as to me its saying that men can't help themselves around beautiful women but if they'd been ugly or less beautiful he wouldn't of been captivated by them.Yet Gabriel didn't know what he was getting into & it was going to change his life & everything stands for. Once he's boarded the ride he's on it till the end no matter what. I really enjoyed this book & found it very hard to put down. There was maybe one or two chapters that was a little slow but they was needed to explain the rest of the story. In between most of the chapters there was an extract from a diary which i liked even when they didn't make any sense to me till i'd finished the whole book.Its a book that will stay with you long after you've read it. I would recommend it i enjoyed it a lot. I really could go on & on but i'd end up spoiling it for everyone.

  • Tammy
    2019-05-15 08:05

    Prepare to be seduced by a gothic novel of intrigue, murder, love, the art of memory and remote viewing...Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert (Bantam Books)It's very easy to mistake this book for just another unoriginal gothic sci-fi novel. After all, the synopsis on the book jacket seems to mention concepts that have been explored way too many times before. That, coupled with the pretty, but rather romanc-y book cover makes this one of those gems that people will pass by simply because this book, at first glance, doesn't necessarily scream "read me".The basic premise behind the story revolves around Gabriel Blackstone.A hacker by trade, he makes a living (a very well-paid one) by stealing information and corporate company secrets for the competition. What makes him unusual is that he's a very skilled remote viewer, meaning that he is able to scan people's thoughts and enter the minds of others (A process referred to in the book as slamming the ride).When an ex-lover of his approaches Gabriel to help locate her missing stepson, last seen in the company of two beautiful sisters, he is forced to use his gift (albeit very reluctantly) in search of any clues that will help him solve the mystery of the missing stepson.Soon he finds himself entangled in the lives of Morrighan and Minnaloushe Monk, the beautiful sisters of Monk house, who as it turns out, are direct descendents of John Dee, a well-known mathematician, astrologer and occultist.Against his better judgement Gabriel is soon swept into a world beneath a world, seduced by a house of a million doors, troubled but intrigued by the symbols in the Monk house and caught in the spell of two hypnotic sisters, one of them, who he is sure, is a ruthless murderer. But which one is it? And how to stop himself from falling losing his objectivity when he is already falling in love with one of them?Season of the witch is a story about memory and magic. It unfurls worlds where the occult meets reality, where mysticism and symbolism is more than just a passing fancy and where alchemy of the soul becomes more than just a passing obsession.What I loved about this book is that the author's writing seduces and pulls the reader into a world impossible to escape from. The blend of erotic imagery and the vivid descriptions of the mystical spins a web that one just can't escape from. The twists and turns in this book will also leave you reeling.Author, Natasha Mostert truly manages to lend a timeless feel to the scenes at Monk House. Added to that is the fact that she effortlessly weaves historical references to alchemy, the art of memory, practitioners of magic and the concept of remote viewing, thereby making this book more than just another average novel exploring clichéd concepts of the occult.

  • Pam
    2019-05-03 07:47

    Wow, this book is really good amazing! Of course, I rated it a 5 star. Hmm...I would definitely recommend this book to...:Age(s):-13/14-Older...or for those who are genre-picky...!Genres:-Thriller-Romance-Magic -Alchemy-MysteryThere are some "sexual" things in it, but seriously guys, don't laugh about it. It takes place in modern England, where Gabriel Blackstone (the main character)is a remote viewer (RV) that can see through people's mind psychically, that needs to solve the murder case of Robert Whittington, his friend Frankie's step-son. The mystery of it all leads to the two Monk sisters: Minnaloushe and Morrighan, where Rob used to hang out with them. Throughout the book, one of the sisters keeps a diary and when she writes about people, she uses the first letter of their name. Since both of the sisters have the letter 'M' as the beginning of their first names, it's hard to figure it out, especially for Gabriel, since he falls in love with the writer. But who? Could he be falling in love with Robert's murder?, that was as general as I could get. *sorry* But I do love this book, and you guys HAVE TO READ IT!!!! OhMyGod, it's ♥AMAZING♥. And I dislike hate telling spoilers, so yeah. You won't hear it from me! >:D yeah, I need to finish my book map essay ~♥ciao!

  • rachelle
    2019-05-16 06:54

    I really liked this book when I first started reading it. The first few chapters were fast-paced and engaging. After I was hooked, it fell on its face. The character development was lazy if not altogether lacking. (spoiler coming) I found it irritating that the author made the redhead seductive and sexy and lovable and her dark-haired sister the "bad guy". I'm SO over that. There were also a couple typos which always annoys me. It pulls me right out of the story every time.I will say that while I was reading and thinking, "I can't believe I'm still reading this", it occurred to me that this would make a great movie. A film version of this story could be visually amazing.

  • Erica Ravenclaw
    2019-05-06 06:05

    Hmpf. DNF at 23%. I don't love doing this, especially when the premise itself is really interesting. The truth is the characters haven't really resonated with me, I put this down ages ago and have not once since considered picking it up. Moving on.

  • Kristen
    2019-04-28 07:53

    This was an usual, but very engrossing book. It is cerebral, esoteric and very intelligently thoughtful. It's also full of suspense, mystery, drama and gothic atmosphere.Gabriel Blackstone is a hacker and information thief extraordinaire. He lives for the thrill of finding a way past the obstacles standing between him and whatever data he has a buyer willing to pay for. He's also a "remote viewer" meaning he can drop into other people's minds and wander around to see what's going on inside their heads. He doesn't really care about anything or anyone but himself. Or so he thinks.Then, Frankie, his first love and the one who got away reappears in his life and begs for his help. Her new, older and wealthy husband - who is dying - is desperately searching for his son, Robert, from whom he has been estranged, but wants to reconcile with before he dies. Frankie wants Gabriel to try to find out what happened to Robert, if he's dead or alive and where he is now.After agreeing reluctantly to help, Gabriel discovers that Robert was deeply involved with a pair of stunningly gorgeous, but very mysterious sisters - who may be involved in Robert's disappearance.As Gabriel delves deeper into the secretive, intoxicating Monk sisters' lives, he thinks he's in control of the situation and investigating them. But he quickly becomes involved with them himself and the more he learns about them and the strange world they live in, the more he begins to lose the threads of reality, and the ability to tell good from evil or to extricate himself from their seductive embrace.The author is a very skilled writer, who creates fascinating characters with multiple layers, conflicted motivations, and inscrutable actions. The descriptions in the book that support the plot are heavy with symbolism, magical references, and philosophical undertones, but they are so beautifully written that they roll across your mind with the smoothness of a piece of silk, and add wonderful texture and colour to the plot. Naming the main character Gabriel alone is crazy-symbolic, since he's the avenging angel trying to discover the secrets of the Monk sisters and bring them to justice - or at least, that's how he starts out. Things quickly turn complicated and who's doing what to whom become murky. There are lots of little touches like Gabriel's name sprinkled through the book, which will be interesting to those interested in magic, the occult, or philosopy.There is definitely excitement and suspense in the story, but it is more quiet and intellectual than rough-and-tumble. The best way I can think of to describe this is that it's a thinking person's suspense novel. I really enjoyed it.

  • rebellyell666
    2019-05-07 05:55

    Inhalt:Gabriel Blackstone hat die Fähigkeit, ein Fernwahrnehmer zu sein. Heute ist er Computerhacker und hat seine Gabe weites gehend von sich gedrängt. Als eine Person aus seiner Vergangenheit ihn um Hilfe bittet, ahnt er nicht, in welchen Strudel aus Geschehnissen er sich begibt…Schreib-/Erzählstil:Wahnsinn! Mostert schreibt ganz zu Anfang von dem siedend heißen England im Sommer und ich war direkt gefesselt von ihrer Art, den Leser an selbstverständliche als auch absonderliche Dinge heranzuführen. Ihre Charaktere verschmelzen mit dem Hintergrund der Welt um Gedanken und Psyche. Langsam kriecht der Horror in den Nacken des Lesers und ließ mich kurzzeitig aufschreien oder vor Verzweiflung japsen.Meine Meinung:Lange Zeit fesselte mich eine Erzählung so gut wie die von Mostert. Lange Zeit lag diese Lektüre bei mir ungelesen und ich bin froh, diese an einem Wochenende gelesen zu haben, an dem man richtig Zeit hat, diese auszukosten.Die Schwestern Minnaloushe und Morrighain wirken wirklich unheimlich auf den Leser und stets fragte ich mich, was die beiden als nächstes tun würden. Immer versuchte ich, Gabriel davor zu warnen, noch mehr in die Welt der Schwestern einzutauchen, da ich um sein Leben fürchtete. Zwar steht im Vordergrund der Geschichte, den Erben eines reichen Geschäftsmannes zu finden, doch Gabriel lässt sich sosehr einlullen, dass er über die Schönheit und die Unternehmungen mit den Schwestern, sein Ziel vergisst. Dieses packende Element wies dem Leser den Weg in einen Sog von Geschehnissen. Fortwährend fragte ich mich, wer denn die Tagebuchschreiberin der beiden ist und wie man als Thrillerfan weiß, ist nie alles so, wie es der Autor einem zu verkaufen versucht.Auch das Ende ist so gut und plastisch dargestellt, dass ich wirklich behaupten kann, es vom Grund her verstanden zu haben ohne Abstrusem oder irreführende Ausschweifungen.Fazit:Wer sich wirklich fallen lassen möchte, aber den Thrill eines unheimlichen Kartenhauses, das kurz vorm Zusammenbruch steht, liebt, sollte Mostert von vorne bis hinten genießen und lesen!

  • Sandra Foy
    2019-04-28 04:08

    Towards the end of last year I came across this author on Netgalley with her most recent book Dark Prayer (reviewed on my blog and I loved it. It was definitely one of my books of the year. Wanting to read some more I picked Season of the Witch which I didn’t know until after I had read it has won The Book To Talk About: World Book Day Award. I have to say that it more than deserves its award.It is a long time since I read it but this book reminded me of The Magus by John Fowles but with none of the confusion of that book.The story is about Gabriel Blackstone a computer hacker, or as he says himself, a thief. He steals secrets and sells them to the competition. An extremely lucrative business. But Gabriel has another talent; he is a remote viewer, he can see into other people’s minds.After a visit from his ex-girlfriend, Gabriel is reluctantly drawn into the search for her missing stepson Robert Whittington. This leads him to Monk House and the mysterious Monk sisters, Morrighan and Minnaloushe. They are very different sisters; one is full of physicality the other cerebral, one has black hair the other a redhead, one writes a diary the other is a murderer.Gabriel is drawn further and further into the world of Monk House just as Robert Whittington was before him, he believes he is strong enough to keep his own mind but then makes a discovery about the sisters and realises that he may end up losing it..and more.Natasha Mostert is a wonderful, intelligent writer. She takes what could easily come across as a dense complex story and turns it into an immensely readable thriller which includes; murder, mystery, magic, alchemy, memory and romance and what’s more every page of it works.I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys intelligent writing with a brilliant storyline and beautiful prose. You will sink into this book and not want to come up.Natasha Mostert is fast becoming one of my favourite authors and I am really looking forward to reading more.*****

  • Puddlyduck
    2019-04-21 07:14

    Disclaimer: Netgalley supplied me with this book.Season of the Witch is a book of many contrasts. The sisters are quite different in looks and personality are presented as opposites, united under a common interest. Gabriel himself is presented as a quite modern man (especially at the beginning of the tale), quite honestly motivated by greed. This was effectively and jarringly juxtaposed against the diary extracts of a mysteriously flowery writer who is more concerned with a higher calling.These contrasts are dulled slightly as the story progresses, but by then you are drawn well into the story. The sisters growing modernity, and Gabriel's movement away from the technical and more towards the mystical may just illustrate their growing seduction of him.So what genre is Season of the Witch? Well, it is simply too multifaceted to be pigeon-hole into any one genre.It is a story of crime. Who has drowned Robert Whittington? What will Gabriel discover when he hacks the sisters' computers?Season of the Witch is a fantasy wrapped in science. Is alchemy a science or a magical practice?It is a tale liberally peppered with mysteries. Which of the sisters is the writer of the diary? Are they the murderer? What shameful secret of Gabriel's past ruined his career? Who is the architect of the mysterious palace and what do they hope to achieve?As you can see, with every chapter the story is layered in more and more questions.Unfortunately, I quickly cottoned on to one of the largest mysteries very early on. (view spoiler)[ Barring the possibility of it being a huge red herring anyone with a basic knowledge of witchcraft mythology would soon realise the link between Morrighan and the murderer's crow.(hide spoiler)]This disappointment only diminished my enjoyment of the story a little as it is just far too compelling! I felt the ending was incredibly fitting and that epilogue was a stroke of genius! I'll be looking into this author's other works.

  • Stephanie
    2019-05-07 06:09

    This is an amazing book. I reread it after I finished it. It is a suspense novel, revolving around alchemy, magic, remote viewing, mystery and romance. It tells the story of Gabriel Blackstone, an information thief who steals data by hacking the computers of big companies. He is also a remote viewer and is able to enter the minds of others. He is asked by a former girlfriend, Cecily Frank, to find her missing stepson, last seen in the company of Morrighan and Minnaloushe Monk. Gabriel starts investigating after he "slams a ride" involuntarily. But this grows to be much more than a favour to a friend. He becomes intrigued by Monk house and its owners- the Monk sisters, alchemists, beautiful and mysterious women interested in transformation of the soul. They have exremely strong minds and roughly trained brains. The women are not only smart, but breathtakingly beautiful. Morrighan is an athelete and an environmentalist with raven hair and startling blue eyes. Minnaloushe is a mask seller and a nude model with red hair and ocean green eyes. Both sisters run a business from home selling cosmetics made according to spagyric principles- to separate and reassemble- a golden alchemical rule. But that is just what is seen on the surface. Gabriel becomes more and more bewitched by the sisters. They are very mysteroius and he realizes that they are always going to be an enigma for him. However, he manages to get to know them better and even digs out the big secret- who killed his ex-lover's stepson. Even as he falls in love, he knows that one of the two sisters is a ruthless killer. I'm not going to reveal all the twists and unexpected answers, for I don't want to spoil your reading pleasure. But this book is definitely going to surprise you in a positive way.

  • Sanda
    2019-04-24 01:16

    Prepare to be seduced by the mixture of sensuality, mystery and supernatural that this book offers. Gabriel Blackstone, a self proclaimed "information thief", also possesses ability to mentally pay visits to other people's minds (or to "slam a ride" as it is referred to in the book). Such "gifts" often come at a price and while he believes "remote viewing" days are behind him, an unexpected visit from an ex-girlfriend may change all that. She asks him to look into the disappearance of her stepson, and though reluctant to get involved at first, very soon Gabriel finds himself drawn into the mysterious, wildly sensual and potentially dangerous world of the enigmatic Monk sisters. Mostert does a fantastic job not only of describing in great detail this magical world she created but also of putting her own original twist on all aspects of it. At first glance I expected this to be a light, easy read but this story not only entertains but also stimulates the reader on many different levels. Though on the surface none of the characters seemed easy to relate to, the way the story unfolded required a certain level of emotional and significant level of mental involvement on the part of the reader. The magnetic pull of the spider web Gabriel finds himself entangled in seemed to be impossible to resist. This book is perfect for those mystery lovers who like their suspense wrapped in a layer of supernatural or occult, as well as those who truly appreciate discovering a book that does not fit all the predictable elements of its genre.

  • Sibil
    2019-05-14 02:14

    Un parola sola basta a descrivere il libro, anzi due: di troppo. Ci sono troppe cose che sono di troppo:1) il passato tormentato del personaggio. E' messo lì solo per creare l'aria da "bello e dannato", ma è di troppo ed è inutile. Gabriel è bello e dannato anche senza "l'incidente" che gli è capitato. Al posto di aiutare la caratterizzazione del protagonista appesantisce la narrazione.2) Le descrizioni. A volte sono un po' troppe, o troppo lunghe. A volte sono inutili.3) le vittime. C'era il caso di fare sta strage? A mio parere una delle morti è inutili, ma non posso dirvi quale perché farei spoiler. 4) L'epilogo. Sarà anche carino, ma è di troppo. Come sono di troppe le ultime pagine. Per me il libro sarebbe stato perfetto se fosse finito con il risveglio di Gabriel in ospedale. Tutto quello che viene dopo, in realtà, lo trovo di troppo.Queste sono state le grandi pecche del romanzo, anche se poi ha alcuni lati positivi: Gabriel è un protagonista interessante, non il migliore ma neanche malaccio, le due sorelle hanno dei nomi splendidi e sono dei personaggi veramente ben fatti e intriganti (e anche casa loro!). E' stata molto carina anche tutta la parte incentrata sul palazzo della memoria, mi ha ricordato il personaggio d Hannibal Lecter e l'ho trovato interessate. Come thriller psicologico è veramente ben costruito e originale, anche se la lettura è stata appesantita da tutti questi "di troppo".Voto: 3 su 5.

  • Claire
    2019-05-11 04:16

    Intriguing characters, in particular the enigmatic Monk sisters who entice lead character Gabriel into their lives whilst he tries to discover what has happened to a missing man. Mystery and magic combine to make this a really interesting book that proved engrossing after a slightly slow start. Part based in fact, this book definitely gives food for thought and arose my interested in reading the author's three previous books. Thanks to Transworld Publishing for the copy I received via netgalley.

  • Jenn Kurrie
    2019-05-16 02:17

    #13/2016 ... Calling this a kaleidoscope view of San Francisco is exactly how it reads. A rich and personal history of the place I call home with a slew of unforgettable people, events and moments that shaped our city and the world.

  • Nancynarcolepsy
    2019-04-22 08:16

    Amazing to say the least. A book so mystical you get lost in it. Even if you are not intersested in wichcraft and things like that you will have absolutly no problem understading the book. Very well writhen, this book as a great plot and is hard to put down!

  • Kalina Bahchevanova
    2019-04-27 07:04

    Това... е една от най-ужасните книги, които някога съм чела. Всъщност в началото не беше толкова зле. Историята изглеждаше като сравнително интересна паранормална мистерия, въпреки доста неприятния главен герой. Проблемът се появи със самата тъй наречена "мистерия". Нашият главен герой трябва да разбере кой е убил сина на богатия съпруг на бившата му приятелка. (Да. Сериозно.) За тази цел той използва способностите си за "отдалечено виждане". Заподозрените са сестрите Монк, които са, ъм, "слънчеви вещици" и се занимават със силно фантастична версия на древногръцката Ars Memoriae. Затова една част от действието всъщност се развива буквално в умовете на героите - доста интересна идея, но тотално похабена в тази книга. И сега ще ви кажа защо. Следват сериозни спойлъри, включително за края на книгата.(view spoiler)[Цялата мистерия се крепи на въпроса коя от двете сестри Монк е убила сина. В началото на книгата главният ни герой използва способностите си за отдалечено виждане и всъщност вижда убийцата (или по-скоро някаква нейна ментална проекция) в ума на жертвата. Тя е с качулка, така че не може да види лицето й, но забелязва един отличителен белег - на рамото й има гарван. Повтарям - на рамото й има гарван.Имената на сестрите са Миналуш и Мориган.Предполагам, че вече виждате проблема. В секундата, в която прочетох тези имена, просто си казах "Еми, гарван - Мориган, очевидно е тя." Тогава обаче направих една голяма грешка. Продължих да чета. Малко по малко Гейбриъл (така се казва героят) започва да разплита мистерията, и в крайна сметка стига до заключението, че убийцата е Миналуш. През цялото това време - почти до края на книгата - не се споменава нищо за името на Мориган и връзката с гарвана. Тук аз решавам, че съм сбъркала, че имената са подбрани само по звучене и нямат значение за сюжета. И тогава...И тогава на нашия герой, който впрочем е компютърен специалист и си изкарва прехраната като краде фирмени тайни през интернет, му хрумва гениална идея. Хрумва му гениалната идея... да отвори Гугъл!И какво мислите, че прави той, когато след цяла книга се сеща да отвори Гугъл?Той... написва... в Гугъл... името на Мориган!!!И в ТОЗИ МОМЕНТ Гейбриъл научава ПОТРЕСАВАЩАТА ВЕСТ, че Мориган е името на келтската богиня на войната и смъртта, чийто символ е гарванът! Така той прави ШОКИРАЩОТО РАЗКРИТИЕ, че жената, която е видял в началото, е именно Мориган - заради гарвана на рамото й!Беше убийствено. Седях и зяпах страницата в нямо неверие. Трябва да е било преди пет или шест години, но не съм го забравила. Никога няма да го забравя. През всичкото време, в което четох тази книга, нито за момент не ми бе хрумнала идеята, че този тулуп Гейбриъл може просто да не знае какво значи "Мориган". Да не говорим за още по-невероятната идея, че човек, който работи с компютри, не се е сетил да провери в Гугъл имената на заподозрените си.Беше толкова неописуемо малоумно.В момента, между другото, съм доста объркана, защото нито едно от ревютата на английски, дори от еднозвездните, не споменава това безумие. А определено не съм сбъркала книгата. Това ме принуждава да стигна до някои доста неприятни заключения за мнозинството от читателите й.Все пак и от тази книга имаше някаква полза - научих няколко важни урока:1. Никога не подценявай вероятността героят в книгата да е кретен.2. Никога не подценявай вероятността авторът на книгата да мисли теб за кретен.3. Недей да надценяваш знанията и общата култура на останалите читатели, особено ако един от жанровете на книгата е "романс".4. Ако изглежда като патка и кряка като патка, най-вероятно е патка. Ако героят смята, че не е патка, а розов летящ еднорог, виж точка 1.5. Не се предоверявай на ревютата и оценките в Гудрийдс - виж точка 3.Не мога да кажа нищо за стила на авторката, понеже съм чела само превод. Що се отнася до стила на превода - нищо особено, по-скоро лош.В заключение мога само да призова останалите читатели да не си губят времето с тази глупост. (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Makenna
    2019-04-27 06:13

    This is the kind of a book that, although it has its faults, you will catch yourself thinking about it a long while after you've read it. If I were to suggest it to other people though, my target group would be named "WOMEN ONLY", as it has a very very strong feminine touch that might not go very well with a male reader. If you are the kind of person who is intrigued by witchcraft, the occult and all kinds of mind powers, then this is the book for you! Every supernatural aspect is explained in such a way, that even if you are not that type of person, you will soon get the idea and won't feel left out. Still remaining on the positive side, Season of the Witch has a tad of a gothic feel, a tinge of a sexual feel here and there and with those two in combine, I soon was seduced and couldn't stop reading it. Other things that made me insta-like it were the flawless language the writer used and the names of the characters(1), which will be discussed in the "Spoilers" part of this review. Let's talk about flaws now. Some characters where finely developed (for example Frankie and the two witch-sisters) when some others like Gabriel and Isidore were carpet-flat(2). Also, there where some cliche parts in the plotline (which will be pinpointed in the "Spoilers" part) that made me almost know what will happen next. Overall, if it wasn't for Mostert's wonderful spiritual world, this book would crumble down to 3 rating stars maximum.Let's get Spoiled:(view spoiler)[(1) Gabriel for the avenging angel, and Morrigan for the celtic godess of war, whose forms could either be a human, a wolf or a crow. Fitting, right? And then we have Minnaloushe, from the poem "The Cat and the Moon" by W.B.Yeats. From the German "minna" and the latin "lux" you get a possible meaning for this name, which is "protective light" and it also fits our Minnaloushe. (2) I am not going to talk at all about Isidore, to me he felt like some kind of a plot tool that adopted some character traits just for the sake of the story. Gabriel was decent, but then again, I was never convinced that he was a man - what man watches a naked woman and doesn't even look at the direction of her gender? That scene was exactly like a woman describing another woman. Also, what man would fall in love through a diary without even knowing how "his love" looks like? Ok, I get it, both were beautiful, but at first he thought it was Morrigan and then suddenly his love was Minnaloushe. Which brings me to the "Cliche" part. (3) Cliche number one: Seductive Redhead, the good guy and also the lover. Aggresive Raven-haired, the bad guy and also the power-hungry. Almost-beautiful brunnete, the cute girl with the puppy eyes. The subject of Gabriel's adoration dies, but they have time to make love, just once, before that happens. He ends up with the love of his life, which although I thought it was cute... I found it cliche too.(hide spoiler)]

  • Kim
    2019-05-14 03:17

    I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was told the Season of the Witch was much better than the last Mostert I read which was The Midnight Side, but I don't think I liked this one as much. We start with Gabriel who, since losing his one actual love, has become a loner hacker who uses up and tosses women without thought. After pride tragically ends his former career, he turns to stealing information as his day job. When his love returns to his life she has a huge request for him, one that changes the lives of everyone he knows.At first, I was a little put off. The descriptions are very superfluous. A few words required some old fashioned dictionary searching. It seemed to just be a rocky start because after the beginning I didn't have to pull out Mr. Webster. I could see the world that Gabriel comes from and I could envision the characters. I have to admit though, I didn't care for them. Maybe it made them more realistic, but their flaws just overpowered any redeeming qualities or connections I made for them. I couldn't stand Gabriel. I like a flawed character now and then, that you either hate the entire way through, or that makes some strides toward becoming a decent human being. Gabriel did neither. He drove me nuts, letting his pride and lust control every action he made. The one character I truly enjoyed was killed off, so by the end I didn't really have any feelings about what happened to who, no emotional attachment. This was a unique read for me. I haven't yet read anything like this one before. There were scenes that really pulled me through to not put the book down, but then I had sections I could've skipped over, but I can't really put my finger on why. I definitely wouldn't consider this a romance, it was a supernatural mystery. Remote viewing really takes the front seat and then there's some magic also thrown in. There is the mystery of which seductress is actually a murderer, and I didn't know for sure until it was revealed. There's a lot of sex, seduction and addiction. The end fell somewhat flat for me and at the end I had the "that was it?" feeling. Don't get me wrong, it was a decent read, but I don't think one that made a lasting impression. I have one more Mostert I intend to read, and I'm eager to see how I feel about that one.Happy Reading.

  • Thomas Edmund
    2019-05-17 08:08

    Season of The Witch stars our main squeeze Gabriel Blackstone, a computer hacking 'remote viewer' trained by the secret organisation Eyestorm. Gabriel is accompained by a collection of other ridiculously cheesey named characters as he investigates the disapearance of his ex-girlfriend's son-in-law.Sound covoluted? It is, but don't worry. The plodding plot of this novel is almost too easy to follow, and the complications, rather than titilating, tend to be pointless drag.The main plot point of Season of the Witch, is that Gabriel is investigating two sisters as the key suspects in the aforementioned disapearance. Gabriel hacks into a laptop diary, and discovers that one of the sisters has a die-hard crush on him, the other is the killer. The majority of the story describes Gabriel double dating the sisters while agonizing over which sister is the killer and which is the lover (and briefly panics that they may both be both.)The books reads as a somewhat enjoyable romp clumsily thrusting together, sci-fi remote viewing concepts, with fantasy witchcraft. But the desperate attempts to give Gabriel a dark past, and the pointless forays into his hacking day-job slow the pace of this novel to snail.And while a bored reader may look past the needless length, perhaps a more damaging aspect of Season of the Witch, is the absolute unbelievability of the character relationships: Given that our disbelief is already suspended by the witchcraft and psychic stuff, maybe the author thought they could get away with interactions verging on fantasy - Gabriel ponces around with the witch sisters as if playing the lead in a bad porno, rather than investigating them for murder. Despite being a hairs-breath from being a widow, Gabriel's ex practically melts into his arms at every opportunity. Minor characters don't seem to care about the debachery going around them, and are content just to say what is needed to keep the plot slowly trickling forwards.(Ok breath scathing reviewer)To give this book its due, the action is solid, and the mytical research is interesting, the ending, despite the above, does have a poetic twist. So if you're just looking to kill a few hours, and you're a fan of True Blood and X-files - this is the book for you.

  • Laura Morrigan
    2019-04-21 06:56

    This book cleverly combines fact with fiction to create an enthralling adventure of the heart and mind.Gabriel Blackstone once worked for Eyestorm, (a fictional British version of the real secret STARGATE project in America) where people with psychic talents were used to track down missing persons until he made a terrible mistake. All that is behind him now and he works as a hacker, a lucrative and exciting job that gives him the lifestyle he longed for as a child.When a former lover from his Eyestorm days returns, looking for help to find her missing son-in-law, she drags him into a world he could never have imagined. He is introduced to two sisters, Minnaloushe and Morrigahn, modern day witches who create their own modern alchemy, making natural products, and selling terrifying tribal masks. He is drawn to them both.But one of the sisters is a murderer.I fell in love with the sisters the first time I read this book. While they may be wealthy heiresses, they are not clichés. They enjoy operas, open mike poetry, kickgoxing tournaments and graveyard picnics. Minnaloushe loves art, and has a doctorate, Morrigahn is a nature warrior who once broke her back, and an adrenaline junkie who loves bungee jumping. They are highly intelligent, delightfully mysterious, and have that edge of charming oddness that makes you unable to stop falling for them. I really wanted them to be real so I could be a part of their dreamy world.I love the mixture of fact and fiction in this novel. Eyestorm is based on the real top secret STARGATE project in America. In the afterword, the author mentions books you can read to learn more about it. Memory palaces are also real, and I find the concept fascinating. In the last season of Sherlock, it was revealed that he used the memory palace system, which pleased me very much. I also loved all the references to witchcraft and magic in the past. Combine that with some hacking, and the 'remote viewing' psychic powers, and you have a masterful and thrilling story. The characters all have pasts and motivations that make sense, and the rooms in the memory palace are delightfully strange and surreal. I first read this book about four years ago, and it continues to be a favourite of mine.

  • Leslie
    2019-04-22 06:49

    Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert definitely weaved its spell, making for a very intriguing and fascinating read. Contrary to its title, this book is not your typical story of witches and witchcraft. The book is a mixture of the mystical/arcane with technology, science fiction and history. This unique blend creates its own brand of magic that’s different yet compelling. One of the things that stood out for me about this book was the writing. I thought Mostert did a great job of mixing history with the arcane along with elements of science fiction. You got a little bit of everything here, from the remote viewing (RV) abilities of Gabriel, Frankie and Morrighan to the connection between memory, witchcraft and man’s search for true enlightenment. You can tell from the writing that she put in the time and research for the details. While the information being relayed can be confusing (I actually had to re-read certain passages to make sure I understood what was being said), you can’t deny how interesting the information being detailed. Mostert balanced the fact and fiction really well without it becoming a lecture or a lesson. While the leading man of the book, Gabriel, is a great character onto himself, the Monk sisters, Minnaloushe and Morrighan, was another reason that made this book such an enjoyable read. The otherworldly aspect of the story became present with their arrival. Once they came onto the scene, the story took supernatural and seductive tone. The Monk sisters were 2 of the more unique characters that I’ve come upon. They each had their own distinct personality and yet they both had a certain charm that was hard to ignore. They were a big part of what made the book so entertaining and absorbing.If you can get through the book’s first couple of chapters, the story really makes your patience worthwhile. The book takes a different look at the concept of a witch and what constitutes being powerful. Mostert delivered a story that is suspenseful, mysterious, magical, seductive and informative. This was not what I expected if you went by its title, but it certainly gave you a different and very entertaining read.

  • Dianne
    2019-05-11 07:50

    Be prepared to be seduced into leaving reality for Natasha Mostert’s Season of the Witch. When a high end information thief (hacker) is asked to use his “remote viewing” abilities to find the missing son of a dying millionaire, no one knew what Gabriel would discover, or “see” or the darkness that would threaten to surround them all.Natasha Mostert tells a bewitching tale where science, memory and magic entwine and entangle with other mystical practices and obsessions. Is it possible one of the mysterious Monk twins who ooze sensuality and lust knows the fate of the young man?They say the imagination is a powerful aphrodisiac and the mental conjuring through the sensual prose of Natasha Mostert is far more potent through allusion than the often coarse in-your-face descriptions of other tales. Ms. Mostert does not write for those who want a fast and furious read, she writes for those who wish to gently land in the midst of a tale that defies genre.I received a review copy from Portable Magic Ltd in exchange for my honest review.Publication Date: December 16, 2013Publisher: Portable Magic LtdISBN-13: 9781909965096 Genre: Adult Mystery & ThrillerPrint Length: 403 pagesAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

  • Mailis Viiand
    2019-04-29 02:10

    This book was a gift from ex-boyfriend who now is also a good friend, who gave it to me after coming back from a trip to USA, where he found it in a bookstore,and bought it for me, because he thought this was the stuff i usually read. Well, about that time i had finished Twilight series and had good words to say about those books, so he thought that i was probably entering puberty again and wishing to relive all the girly fantasies or something, reading romances about witches and vampires. So he looked at the cover and thought jackpot! She`ll like this. Well i looked at the back of the cover and postponed reading it for while, because i was afraid this was not going to be my cup of tea. All the mysticism goes right over my head, and cult and witchcraft taken this seriously and put in some scientific context with mind jumping and all the other glorious aspects introduced as the Art of Memory. Building memory houses, mixing computers and old school charms and witchcraft. Yikes, and double yikes. But in other hand, i was hoping to be surprised positively, because reviews about this book were generally good. So now when i have finally finished reading it, in a one big gulp, i have to say, i was right. This book is too serious and too vague, and too full of information that does not move me, but the author has skill, and it wasn't a bad read. It just wasn't for my taste. If you like refined, erudite, complex, trying to explain the unexplainable universe type of book, this is for you. If you like humor, witty text, story that takes you on a journey that starts from one place and leads to another logically and entertaining you in the process, this might tire you out as it did tire me.

  • Aurora Dimitre
    2019-04-24 04:00

    I'm still not completely sure how I feel about this book.On one hand, it was interesting. The worldbuilding was unique and the witchy stuff was sufficiently weird - and that was cool. There was one character that I really, really loved - every part with them would probably be given a five stars, and, honestly, if they wouldn't have died I probably would have given this book a four stars. Not because I'm mad that they died, but because the book just got a lot worse once they died. I didn't care aboutanything. This book follows Gabriel, a man who... finds information. And then sells it. Him and his hacker friend, Isidore, make a decent living off of this, but then he gets contacted the husband of a woman he's been trying to avoid, and it all kind of goes downhill from there for our friend Gabe. I think I put most of my thoughts on the book up there, but I'll expand on some of the reasons why it didn't quite work for me. First of all, there is the fact that I only cared about one of the characters. None of the others did anything for me. Oh, sure, there were some amusing one-liners and some pretty descriptions, but I didn't care. I didn't care about how gorgeous the sisters were, I didn't care about Gabriel's former romance, and I didn't care about the mystery that kicked off the main plot. And I think that was the main problem. I just didn't care about anything except that one character, and they died.

  • Chris
    2019-05-20 05:07

    I guess I have been in a bit of a stuck book spell, because I dove into this book about modern witches like falling right back into a comfortable place. Gabriel is a remote viewer (telepath) and in the past worked with a group who trained their ability to help out the police. But he's arrogant, and over confident and fell out of favor with the group and his partner. Years later, his ex comes to him to try to get him to help locate her missing stepson. And so we meet the Monk sisters, powerful alchemists and solar witches, with remote viewing skills of their own. Gabriel falls into the sisters web just as much as they fall into his, and it turns into a battle fought in the mind. Gabriel is investigating the sisters because he thinks one of them killed the boy due to visions he experienced while entering his psi space. But Gabriel doesn't know which one is the remote viewer or the killer. They both are alluring and powerful in their own right - one a brilliant scientist the other and extreme adventure thrill seeker. Both of them study alchemy and the Art of Memory. As Gabriel gets to know them, he falls in love with one of them but fears the other. The problem is that he doesn't know which is which. I thoroughly enjoyed this. I needed a dose of witches in my life again. This reminded me at times of the "Discovery of Witches".

  • Jayne
    2019-05-04 08:58

    I found this book in my Community centre & I was drawn in by the prologue & the cover they're both captivating . The story centre's around Gabriel & he lives in London he steals information for a living, a computer hacker, with the help of his friend Isidore, mainly from big companies. He is contacted by a guy called William Whittington as his son had disappeared & he'd been given Gabriel's name as he was able to visit other people's minds. Gabriel wasn't interested in taking the job & told William. Then William mentioned the name Cecily Frankz, known as Frankie to everyone. The mere mention of her name stopped Gabriel in his tracks sending his memories for long ago & changed everything. He meets the Monk sisters, Morrighan & Minnaloushe, realizes straight away there's more to them than meets the eye but by then he's too drawn to them & intrigued by them that he seems to lose himself around them.That did make me a little mad as to me its saying that men can't help themselves around beautiful women but if they'd been ugly or less beautiful he wouldn't of been captivated by them.Yet Gabriel didn't know what he was getting into & it was going to change his life & everything stands for. Once he's boarded the ride he's on it till the end no matter what. I'd recommend it as i really enjoyed it & it's one of those books that stays with you long after you've finished it.

  • Iowa City Public Library
    2019-04-29 07:13

    Gabriel Blackstone’s a thief, engaged in high end industrial espianage. When a former lover, now married to an ailing millionaire, asks him to trace her missing step-son, he reluctantly agrees. He has psychic powers, which allow him to tap into the mind of the youth, who’s apparently having a hallucinogenic experience, wandering in a house with millions of rooms, many of which contain disturbing images. This ends with Gabriel experiencing the boy’s death, as he’s drowned by a beautiful woman.Gabriel traces the murder to a house owned by two beautiful sisters, red haired genius Minnaloushe Monk, and fitness freak/adrenaline junkie Morrighan. He plants a tap on their computer, reads a diary written by one of them, and, as his relationship with them grows, falls in love, tho he’s not sure with which one. The one who’s not the killer he hopes. Oh, and they’re witches.Silly? You bet. Why bother? Because there’s a fair amount of arcane knowledge in the book, from alchemy to memory palaces. Because Natasha Mostert‘s prose is lush, gothic, and sensuous, even erotic. Because, if you can get your disbelief suspended, the suspense works. --JohnFrom ICPL Staff Picks Blog