by Alexandrea Weis


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Hell has a new master

In the late 1800s, handsome, wealthy New Englander, Magnus Blackwell, is the envy of all.

When Magnus meets Jacob O'Conner—a Harvard student from the working class—an unlikely friendship is forged. But their close bond is soon challenged by a captivating woman; a woman Magnus wants, but Jacob gets.

Devastated, Magnus seeks solace in a trip to New Orleans. After a chance meeting with Oscar Wilde, he becomes immersed in a world of depravity and brutality, inevitably becoming the inspiration for Dorian Gray. Armed with the forbidden magic of voodoo, he sets his sights on winning back the woman Jacob stole from him.

Amid the trappings of Victorian society, two men, bent on revenge, will lay the foundation for a curse that will forever alter their destinies.

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ISBN-13: 9781944109240
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: 01/17/2017
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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Blackwell 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
lauralovesreviewingLT 7 months ago
I knew I had to read this after my eyes settled on the magnificent cover art and I read the blurb. I’ve also read other books by this writing team and enjoyed them. How would I classify this? Historical thriller with a twist of naughty. It goes beyond the bedroom door a bit and I read those parts really fast. LOL They were necessary to really get to know Magnus. Magnus? I wanted to like him in the beginning. Didn’t take long for that to change. He wouldn’t let me. Wouldn’t let anyone care for him. His own worst enemy. While in New Orleans, he meets the wild and somewhat depraved Oscar Wilde and thus begins his undoing. A warning to change his ways from a woman who practices voodoo doesn’t slow him down and his path is set. Who I did like? Jacob. He was from the other side of the tracks. Not wealthy or privileged. His friendship with Magnus was a challenge. They couldn’t be more different and I hoped some of the goodness of Jacob would rub off on him. But, something came between their friendship and it was not to be. As I drew closer to the end of the story, the tension grew, my dread of what might happen built. I wanted to slow things down, urge the two men to think first. They teetered on the brink of no return. An explosive ending to a highly entertaining reading experience. Will I be continuing with this series? Surely.
ericapharmd 8 months ago
Complete with purposeful plot development and strategic character placement, Weiss and Castor stoked a flame within my mind. Darkly atmospheric, Blackwell contains the best elements of a noir mystery - black magic, dark romance, innocent love, and murderous revenge. Blackwell is sure to ignite flames in the minds of those who enjoy dark stories from bygone eras, whether romance or mystery
BTHM 11 months ago
This is the prequel to the Blackwell series, Book 1, Damned came out this month (it takes place 100 years after this one, FYI)! Everything you love from a book from Alex is here- NOLA, the deadly sins, a supernatural twist and a very good plot line! The co-authorship has produced a book that takes the story to the next level. This is a story your want to see a movie made of, but at the same time, you don't, as it would take away SO much of the nuance that the author brings into the books, that hinges on your past experience to flesh out in your mind, to provide the touch and smell, as if you were there in the past. Love for the same woman may be one of the oldest plot themes, but as Alex and Lucas show, it's one that still pleases, and will keep you reading late into the night! But be warned, Alex has a few tricks up her sleeve, and there's a twist you won't see coming! Thanks its delicious gothic mood, it's perfect for late night reading too.
Neesie315 More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading this book, I really didn't know what to expect. But, the more I read, the faster I read in order to see what would happen! Magnus Blackwell is a spoiled rich Harvard student who befriends an orphaned Jacob O'Connor, much to Jacob's surprise. Jacob is only able to attend the prestigious Architecture school because of a kind benefactor. The two develop a keen friendship, but of course, a lovely young woman comes between them. Magnus is obsessed with Frances, but he wants more from her than she is willing to give. Instead, she falls for the less flamboyant and poorer O'Connor. Magnus is livid, but tries to hide his feelings from his (former) friends. He travels to New Orleans, where he meets the English author, Oscar Wilde. Wilde introduces him to the debauchery of brothels and to the religion of voodoo. Magnus' sexual appetites become depraved after his rejection by Frances and the brothel of Madam Simone seems to be just the thing for his desires. There were many things to love about this book. Having lived in Louisiana, I am always fascinated by books involving voodoo. The author does a wonderful job in the descriptions of the area and in the lore of voodoo. Throughout the book, the descriptions of the fashions, the décor, the architecture and the parties are wonderful. The characters are well-developed and the story kept me reading long into the night. The addition of Oscar Wilde and his story, "The Picture of Dorian Gray" was woven into the fabric of "Blackwell" in a way that actually could have happened. This book has many, many layers to it: Love, lust, revenge, hate, depravity, terror, and so much more are hidden within. I was reminded of the Gothic romances I read in my younger days. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, especially those with horror or gothic undertones, and those who want to know more about voodoo and the New Orleans of this time period
mathphilosopher More than 1 year ago
Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor's "Blackwell" is the start of the Magnus Blackwell series. Love "The Picture of Dorian Gray" connections. A truly haunting tale - Magnus is a terrible person. A narcissistic sociopath for sure. A lot of interesting mythology with Madam Simone. I can't wait to see where the series goes from here.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
BLACKWELL book 1 is the first installment in Alexandrea Weis/ Lucas Astor’s slightly dark, Victorian, paranormal series focusing on jealousy, revenge, betrayal and magic. Told from dual third person perspectives (Magnus Blackwell and Jacob O’Connor) covering a timeline of several years, BLACKWELL focuses on the friendship and betrayal between college friends Blackwell and O’Connor. Magnus Blackwell comes from money; a spoiled, rich young man who takes what he wants, one way or another. A man with a dark side, and a darker need for violating the woman in his care Magnus Blackwell will lose the one woman he cannot have to the man he believes owes him his career and his life. Jacob O’Connor was orphaned at an early age, and through his mentor was accepted into Harvard and graduated with a degree in Architecture only to discover that his friendship with Magnus Blackwell proved to be more dangerous than not. Jacob will fall in love with the woman Magnus tossed aside, and in the ensuing years Magnus would devise a plan to destroy the man he once called a friend. BLACKWELL is a slow building story line; set in New Orleans, Louisiana; steeped in magic, spirits and the practice of voodoo; betrayal, murder, discovery and revenge. Two friends, one woman and years to plan his retribution, Magnus Blackwell is a man possessed by anger, evil and a dark, foreboding malevolence that is focused on avenging the loss of the only woman that called to his heart. Jacob O’Connor will get his retribution by destroying everyone that gets in his way including the man who has been the focus of his anger and grief. Alexandrea Weis pulls the reader into a dark and fated tale of catastrophic jealousy; of one man’s overwhelming anger and need to destroy and break the only friend that he has ever known. The premise is intriguing, thrilling and suspenseful; the characters are passionate in their desires and pathways to revenge. BLACKWELL is a tragic tale of jealousy and love; of betrayal and revenge; of dramatic and questionable journey of vengeance.
MDJones More than 1 year ago
Never fight over a woman. That is one of the main lessons learned in this stunning gothic tale of romance and revenge. And if your adversary is the charismatic, enigmatic Magnus Blackwell, well, think twice and perhaps choose another woman! At the heart of this page-turning thrill ride is a man of mystery, Magnus Blackwell, born into wealth and power. Magnus is gorgeous and magnetic, well-versed in the ways of charming both men and women to do his bidding. And he always gets what he wants...well, almost always, because it is his best friend, Jacob O'Connor who wins the prize of a lifetime, the woman both Magnus and Jacob love. Jacob is a working class boy with little money to call his own, the total opposite of Magnus, and when he meets Magnus at Harvard, a bizarre friendship is struck that has major repercussions for everyone they come in contact with throughout the story. Enter one lovely woman named Frances, who proceeds to capture both their hearts, and you have the ingredients for a story of love, lust, greed, power and vengeance. With amazingly rich characters and lushly descriptive locations, "Blackwell" is both chilling and atmospheric as we follow the three intertwined lives into some very treacherous places, including the backwoods of New Orleans where a voodoo priestess unwittingly gives Magnus more power than he ever thought imaginable. Without giving too much away, suffice it to say that this book will hook the reader from the moment Magnus appears on the page, and it doesn't let up all the way through to an utterly shocking ending that pulled a twist even this jaded reader wasn't expecting. The characters are unforgettable, the writing is top-notch, and the story is hauntingly original. This is a book you will want to make last and last, but end up devouring in two or three sittings. And it will definitely leave you wanting more.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite When their lives collide, an unlikely friendship blooms between Magnus Blackwell and Jacob O’Connor, architecture students at Harvard in the late 19th century. The wealthy womanizer, Magnus, is the complete opposite of the righteous and diligent Jacob, whose poor background is often despised by others. It seems Magnus finds his dream woman when he met the sharp-witted Frances McGee. However, his philandering habit becomes the catalyst of romance and eventually marriage between Frances and Jacob instead. Blackwell (A Magnus Blackwell Novel) by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor is a story about one man’s unbound desire. Frances wants a faithful partner, and Magnus has a twisted view of being faithful. His heart is set on revenge against Jacob. Magnus’ desire to get Frances back to his side leads him to dark paths, and his journey to New Orleans has made this possible. Despite the Victorian settings, the narrative is crisp and has a contemporary ease to it for a flawless reading. The vivid characters are one of the main strengths of this story, other than the fascinating premise and well-paced plot. As for its supernatural element, New Orleans is always a good choice and I’m glad that it’s one of the settings in Blackwell. It is a provoking yet absorbing read about the dark, twisted and dangerous part of the human psyche. Blackwell is definitely for mature readers only. Overall, this is a solid debut for the series from Weis and Astor. I’m curious to see how the story continues.
mting More than 1 year ago
Blackwell has captivated me from the very first page. He's a character I loved to hate. Friendships will be tested, revenge will drive the souls, and the ending will wow you beyond your imagination. You'll be lost in this well crafted story.