Damned (A Magnus Blackwell Novel, #1)

Damned (A Magnus Blackwell Novel, #1)

by Alexandrea Weis, Lucas Astor

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Damned (A Magnus Blackwell Novel, #1) by Alexandrea Weis, Lucas Astor


Over a hundred years after the death of Magnus Blackwell, Altmover Manor sits abandoned.

Lexie Arden and her fiancé, Will Bennet, are determined to rescue the neglected Mount Desert Island landmark. They want to make Altmover Manor their home. But Magnus has other plans.

A spirit bound to his former residence, Magnus finds himself inexplicably drawn to the young woman. She has a supernatural gift; a gift Magnus wants to exploit.

As Lexie and Will settle in, secrets from Magnus’s past begin to surface. Compelled to learn all she can about the former owner, Lexie becomes immersed in a world of voodoo, curses, and the whereabouts of a mysterious dragon cane.

Magnus’s crimes won’t be so easily forgotten, and what Lexie unearths is going to change the future … for everyone.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940154676813
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Series: A Magnus Blackwell Novel , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Alexandrea Weis, RN-CS, CRRN, ONC, PhD, is an award-winning author of twenty novels, a screenwriter, ICU Nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable.

A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured animals. She resides with her husband and pets in New Orleans. Weis writes paranormal, suspense, thrillers, horror, crime fiction, and romance.

Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight.

He is an author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face.

Photography, making wine, and helping endangered species are just some of his interests. Lucas is an expert archer and enjoys jazz, blues, and classical music.

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Damned (A Magnus Blackwell Novel, #1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Maura-Harper More than 1 year ago
Damned is the first book I’ve ever read by Alexandrea Weis with Lucas Astor. It’s not a typical “go to” genre for me and I am oh so glad I read this story. It is a romance, mystery, ghost story and travel journal all rolled up into one magical story. I found that all of the characters were developed quickly yet left an air of mystery about them. As new characters were brought in, others dropped off so I didn’t have to keep track of 100 different players. The blending of old and new was a great way to tell this story and I really enjoyed the way current events like Hurricane Katrina played an integral role in moving the story along in a specific direction. Honestly, I wasn’t sure I would like it when I started Page 1. The relationship between Lexie and Will bothered me. It was so one sided and he just rubbed me the wrong way. I warmed up to him as I settled into the story. One of my favorite quotes in the story is: “if spirits can’t change, then what hope do we have for the living?” This is the first book in the Magnus Blackwell series and I’m excited to watch all the future adventures in this series unfold. I will be adding these authors to my “follow” list on Amazon & Bookbub.
mathphilosopher More than 1 year ago
Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor's "Damned" is the first tale of the Magnus Blackwell series. I don't want to give too much away, but the authors have weaved together a wonderful web of characters. The writing is very compelling. I love the way Magnus is portrayed in this. If you haven't read "Blackwell," you should read it before reading this to truly understand who Magnus is. The voodoo bits are interesting.
debbiereadsbook More than 1 year ago
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. There is a book before this one, Blackwell, which sort of lays the history out of what happened at the manor 100 years ago. Personally, I would recommend you read it, although this is billed as a stand alone. I just think you'll have a better picture of Mr Magnus Blackwell, and what he did, than is recapped here. However, I wasn't too impressed with it, myself! BUT!!! This one was a much MUCH better read! It grabs you, and pulls you kicking and screaming through every vision Lexie has. Through every event at the manor. Through the trip back to Boston and her mother. And back to New Orleans. It recaps much of what happened to Magnus, O'Connor, Francis and Katie, but you don't get how the two men felt at the time, that doesn't come across time so well. You get sort of hints spat at you, about what's really going on. About Remi, and what he is up to. About Magnus and what he begins to feel for Lexie, about his sorrow at what he did all those years ago. You get hints about what Ms Mann (Magnus' secretary) did, after the death of the Blackwells. And then when Lexie goes to New Orleans, you get hints and clues and you aren't ever really sure just who is the bad guy and who isn't!! You really don't know until all the cards are laid out, just who is playing who! Oh and I loved being kept on my toes!! Told mostly from Lexie, Magnus and Remi's point of view, I would like to have heard from Will, Lexie's fiancee too, but that's a minor niggle, and just a comment more than a criticism. Its a long book, some 360 odd pages, but I read it in one sitting. Did not move, not once!! It grabs hold of you that well!! I am left with only two questions: 1. When is the next book out?? Because I sooooo wanna read it!!! It's clear Lexie has power, its just what she is going to do with it. and 2. Just WHO the hell is the grey Maine Coon cat?!?!?!?!?! Because I read it in one sitting, because it grabbed and didn't let go, because of that Damned cat... 5 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite Altmore Manor has sat empty and crumbling for over sixty years, but as an architect, it is a dream come true for Will to be able to restore it to its former glory, and Lexie is willing go to along with her fiancé, until she walks into the house and realizes that something isn't right. Of course being the practical man he is, Will doesn't believe in her feelings or ghosts, but as Lexie starts learning about the house, she learns of the tragedies that occurred there. Lexie also meets the ghost of the former owner, Magnus Blackwell, and from there things get complicated. Damned is the story of Lexie, learning to deal with her gift and helping the ghosts of the house, and Magnus finding redemption for his previous sins during his lifetime. It is a complex story with lots of twists and turns and, just when you think it is over, you find you are only halfway through. Authors Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor have created a multilayered story that is complex and compelling. As a reader, you find yourself drawn in and wanting to know more and keep reading until, before you know it, the book is finished and you are begging for another installment in the story. Damned: A Magnus Blackwell Novel is the first book in a series. Given the title, one would assume that the series revolves around Magnus Blackwell and his exploits, but as he is already dead in book one, I am not exactly sure what book two would be about unless it goes back and revisits his life before his death. This is a complex story with two very dynamic characters taking the lead in Magnus and Lexie. Will plays a supporting role. The whole story speaks of life and death, atoning for your actions, and the actions you take having consequences. Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor make an amazing team in that they have created a multilayered story that is complex and compelling, that feels like real life, and that draws you in and makes you want to keep reading. There are some adult themes in the story because it does talk about the death of Magnus and a few other people, and there is some talk of sex, so I recommend it for adults, although in reality it is probably nothing more than most high school students have already read.
Bobbi Wagner More than 1 year ago
Damned: A Magnus Blackwell Novel (Book 1) by Alexandrea Weis is the second book in her Magnus Blackwell series. I highly suggest you read the first book so you get the full understanding of the character Magnus. You will also get to know this author's writing style and her attention to details that keep the story flowing until the end. This story will pull you in from the first word until the very last. It will take you on a roller coaster ride of mystery, suspense and ghosts. It will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat just waiting to see what will happen next. One thing I enjoy about this series is that there seems to be something lurking in the shadows in every book. In this installment you have Will and his finance Lexi. They have purchased Magnus's Manor and are determined to make it their home. But there is more to this Manor then meets the eye. What is lurking in the corners? Lexi has a gift that is made known but is she the only one that can reveal what is really going on? What will happen when they have to leave back to Boston? When they try to figure out how to get rid of Megnus (an unwanted guest) is where the story starts taking a twist that you won't want to miss. Will they finally be rid of Magnus? These are strong characters that will just plain take you on a journey through twists and turns. Magnus is my favorite character even though he is a little evil. I enjoyed him in the first book and I enjoyed him just as much if not more in this one. Wait to you see him when he realizes the world has changed from when he was in it last. I enjoyed that Lexi had these powers and what she could do with them. I think that there is a little more to her then we get to see. These character really are just well developed and you will fall in love with them. All of the characters including the ghosts make this story what it is. It is a free flowing story with a twist of paranormal that you won't be able to put down. I highly recommend this story, I know you will want to see what Magnus has for you this time! Is this really the house of their dreams?
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
DAMNED by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor is the continuing story of Magnus Blackwell, a Victorian era gentleman whose spirit has been cursed to his beloved Altmover Manor in Maine. The new owners, Lexie Arden and her fiancé Will Bennett are determined to renovate Altmover Manor to its’ original glory but the building’s fabled history of hauntings and ghosts becomes the focus of our heroine when two spirits from the past battle for Lexie’s attention and help. Enter Magnus Blackwell, the former owner of Altmover Manor, and the ghost who will mentor our heroine through a world of the supernatural, voodoo priestesses and curses, magic, murder, power and revenge. NOTE: Although listed as book one in the series, DAMNED is technically book two. For background and history about Magnus Blackwell pick up a copy of BLACKWELL (Magnus Blackwell .5) before venturing into the territory of the DAMNED. DAMNED is a story of the paranormal; an intriguing thriller where the ghost of Magnus Blackwell is caught between the past and present; cursed to serve time for the sins of the past. Lexie Arden has the ability to see and speak with the spirits but there is more to our heroine than a reluctant medium-she’s a woman whose growing powers are seen as a threat to those in charge. From Boston to New Orleans Lexie, along with her ghostly companion, will go in search of a mysterious dragon cane that will change our heroine’s life forever. Fans of Alexandrea Weis will recognize the author’s love of New Orleans, ghosts and the power of voodoo from many of her previous story lines including the Corde Noire Series, The Ghosts of Rue Domaine, and The Satyr’s Curse Series. DAMNED will explore the cult religion of voodoo-the power, the magic, the belief system and the rituals-all meant to pull the reader into a fantasy tale of ghosts caught in the ether between the ’then and now’, and the one woman whose gift of talking to the spirits is only the beginning of a magical journey. The world building is phenomenal; the sights and sounds of New Orleans are palpable; the mystery of the restless spirits continues to unfold. Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor’s DAMNED is a fantastic journey; a well –written, dark and spirited story that will captivate the imagination with its’ passionate characters and vivid imagery.