COLLEEN’S 2020 #BOOK #REVIEWS – “The Breaking – Northern Witch Book 3,” BY AUTHOR, K.S. Marsden, @KSMarsden

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About this Book

Mark thought being a witch would be easy, but it has ruined everything.

Now, he has to fight for his friends and the guy that he loves.

Which would be challenging enough, without school being a living nightmare; more demons than he can handle; and witches that have strayed from the light.

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MY RECOMMENDATION

My review of book one, “Winter Trials” is HERE. My review of book two, “Awaken” is HERE.

As the story advances, “The Breaking,” is the third book in the Northern Witch series, and it enters a darker, more sinister phase.

Not only does Mark have to deal with the demon inside of Damien, he also has to deal with an additional peril. After his friends want nothing more to do with him, Mark’s befriended by a demon named Eadric, he somehow summoned from the past; as if he didn’t have enough problems!

Inside of Eadric lives the demon Silvaticus, who would like to exact his revenge on the demon named Robert who is living inside of Damien. The next thing Mark knows, he’s in the middle of a blood feud between the demons.

Hoping to protect Mark, Damien believes he’s caused Mark’s pain, so he runs away to London. Bereft without his partner, Mark follows Damien and runs into more than he expected when he collides with the London Witches Coven who embraces the darkest kind of magic. Obviously, Mark is over his head in the magical department. He’s just too weak to handle these unknown threats.

Nana and the coven have failed to prepare Mark for these additional hazards. It’s almost as if they are hiding certain knowledge from him he could really use now when he needs it most.

I love all the obstacles K.S. Marsden throws at these characters. I have a feeling Mark will come into his magical powers in the next book. I wonder if Nana and the coven are prepared?

Many thanks to the author for the gift of this book. I chose to write a review because I love the writing and the characters. I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

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About the Author

Kelly Marsden grew up in Yorkshire, and there were two constants in her life – books and horses.

Graduating with an equine degree from Aberystwyth University, she has spent most of her life since trying to experience everything the horse world has to offer. She is currently settled into a Nutritionist role for a horse feed company in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

Her first book, The Shadow Rises, was published in January 2013, and she now has several successful series under her belt.

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How to Connect with the Author

Blog: ksmarsden.com

Twitter: @KSMarsden

FB Author Page: K.S. Marsden

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COLLEEN’S 2020 #BOOK #REVIEWS – “Awaken: Northern Witch 2,” BY AUTHOR, K.S. Marsden, @KSMarsden

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Mark has everything he ever wanted. He is training to be a fully-fledged witch; and he is dating the hottest guy at school.
But events from last winter have set things into motion that he is not prepared for.

Witches, demons, and danger come together to prove that this… this is only the beginning.

MY RECOMMENDATION

“Awaken” immediately picks up where book one, “Winter Trials” left off. You can read that review HERE.

Mark is officially a witch in training. Nana has been working with him and teaching him some basic protection and healing spells. He even learns how to invoke his spirit guide, which was one of my favorite scenes. I was thrilled to find that Nana remains a powerful character in the series.

Damian and Mark’s friendship continues to grow while Harry and Sarah seem to distance themselves from the boys even more. To make matters worse, a misunderstand splits up Mark and his two old friends. Additional difficulties surface when the demon inside of Damien grows more powerful, as he now can influence his decisions.

Mark struggles with all these challenges. There’re disagreements at home. And even when he uses all the magic he knows to help Damien fight against the demon, it’s not enough. Eventually, he’s forced to consult with Nana and her coven because he’s reached the limits of his abilities.

When the end of the year Winter Solstice party doesn’t go off as planned, Mark’s friends from school, and the residents of the town turn against him. Could Mark have tapped into an evil source of black magic?

Kelly Marsden’s writing is filled with magical descriptions and realistic dialogue. Her gift is in describing magic in all its wondrous forms. If she’s not a practitioner in the craft, she should be! Many thanks to the author for the gift of a complimentary copy of this book, which I chose to review.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this coming of age tale and can’t wait to read the third book. There’s superb storytelling, characters that could be your neighbors (especially in my neighborhood), and suspense! Be prepared for the cliff hanger ending!

MY RATING

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About the Author

Kelly Marsden grew up in Yorkshire, and there were two constants in her life – books and horses.

Graduating with an equine degree from Aberystwyth University, she has spent most of her life since trying to experience everything the horse world has to offer. She is currently settled into a Nutritionist role for a horse feed company in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

Her first book, The Shadow Rises, was published in January 2013, and she now has several successful series under her belt.

How to Connect with the Author

Blog: ksmarsden.com

Twitter: @KSMarsden

FB Author Page: K.S. Marsden

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COLLEEN’S 2020 #BOOK #REVIEWS – “Winter Trials, Northern Witch Book One,” BY AUTHOR, K. S. Marsden, @KSMarsden

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With Midwinter just around the corner, Mark’s Nanna decides that it is time he learnt more about his family heritage. Learning witchcraft shouldn’t be too difficult, right?

Balancing school, magic, and the distractions of the gorgeous new guy, should make this a very interesting winter. ~~~~~Northern Witch Series

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MY RECOMMENDATION

I’ve got a treat for you today! This first book in the Northern Witch series is free! If you love YA fantasy like I do, this is an entertaining and different read. “Winter Trials” is a short read. I finished the book in one weekend.

We’re introduced to Mark, a sixteen-year-old student who lives in a small village in the Yorkshire countryside. In his final year of school, Mark learns that his Nana wants to introduce him to the family legacy. Nana’s a powerful witch and the head of a coven, and she encourages Mark to take up this part of his heritage. Mark’s father didn’t embrace the magical life, and that sets up some tension in this household.

At school, we meet Mark’s best friends, Harry and Sarah. When the new boy, Damien, arrives Mark falls for him in a big way. Mark’s a strong character in this coming of age tale. There are many tender and romantic moments between Mark and Damien, which I found endearing.

Amazon lists this book as ranking number five, in the FREE Teen & Young Adult LGBT Fiction category.

As the boys’ connection grows, the story picks up speed. After Mark becomes a witch in training, he notices that Damian’s surrounded by an unexplained aura. With the Winter Solstice arriving soon, it’s revealed that a demon wants to possess Damien! Mark asks Harry and Sarah, Nana, and Nana’s coven for help in saving him. Can they save him before it’s too late?

I enjoyed this magical read! The story is compelling and filled with enough romance and excitement to keep you reading into the night. Be prepared for the cliff-hanger ending. Book two, “Aware,” can be found HERE.

MY RATING

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About the Author

Kelly Marsden grew up in Yorkshire, and there were two constants in her life – books and horses.

Graduating with an equine degree from Aberystwyth University, she has spent most of her life since trying to experience everything the horse world has to offer. She is currently settled into a Nutritionist role for a horse feed company in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

Her first book, The Shadow Rises, was published in January 2013, and she now has several successful series under her belt.

Amazon Author Page

How to Connect with the Author

Blog: ksmarsden.com

Twitter: @KSMarsden

FB Author Page: K.S. Marsden

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