She looked at me in the mirror without really seeing me, her eyes still glazed in thought.
‘Don’t you? Don’t you just want to know everything?’
We both observed the fire’s light flicker over Wilkie’s soft, vivid colors, trying not to fixate on the robed man behind the woman looking down at his book and writing in it.
‘Sometimes I fear I know too much,’ I said.” – Spellcaster by George Bachman
(I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.)
Christine Daniel is juggling two worlds. In one hand, she’s making her début in Victorian England with her sister and in the other, she’s suffering high fevers that no one can cure but herself. Her fevers are caused by visions of a man trying to get her attention all while trying to escape another man aiming to do him harm. Christine strongly feels that the only way she can cure herself of these pains is to find this man and save him. What if doing whatever means necessary to save him means betraying someone dear? Is saving her own life worth the pain she might need to cause someone else?
I love historical fantasy and the idea behind this one was really interesting. I really wanted to know who the people were that she was seeing in her visions and why there was a connection between them all. When I found out the reason behind it, I thought it was such a neat concept and very well-thought! It was fun seeing her juggle everything; it was like she was living two separate worlds though I will admit I couldn’t wait to get to the more fantastical parts of the book. I’m usually one for the historical fiction side of books but in this case, it felt a bit slow and I wanted it to speed up to see more of the visions and the magic. I would say that the only part I had a difficult time fully grasping was the ending. It felt a bit unresolved for me in a sense where, in my personal opinion, there were some unanswered questions.
I’m giving this intriguing novel a 3 out of 5 feathers!