by George Bachman

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BN ID: 2940154097526
Publisher: George Bachman
Publication date: 03/29/2017
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 486 KB

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Spellcaster 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A literary fantasy about Christine, a Provencal socialite trying to find a remedy for psychic visions that seem to be killing her while her adopted sisters, wealthy and ambitious American debutantes, try to land titled but poor Englishmen in 1890s England. When the only occultist who can provide a cure will only do so if Christine gets the oldest sister to marry the occultist's paramour, one of those poor aristocrats, so the two can share the sister's part of the wealth, Christine has to decide between betraying her family and saving her life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Gilded Age socialite who is also a secret practitioner of the occult in a time when the occult is outlawed thinks her mysterious illness comes from her otherworldly, atavistic visions. She cannot get rid of these visions on her own, and the only one who can insists that she pay a terrible price to do so.
Liliyana More than 1 year ago
A beautiful blend of the fantasy and historical genres, Spellcaster is an amazing adventure leading you through a new version of Victorian England. With magic and aristocratic sensibilities at odds, Christine must skillfully navigate her way through drawing rooms and seedy fortune tellers alike. Don't miss this excellently written adventure!
PaperbackDarling More than 1 year ago
“‘You really want to know, don’t you?’ 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 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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A steampunk and urban fantasy set both in an alternate Victorian era and an even stranger 14th century France. Preparing for her official debut into London society, a young girl suffers an illness threatening to kill her and seemingly caused by psychic headaches triggered by otherworldly visions too vivid to be merely a nightmare. Discovering the cure forces her to confront possessing spirits from the medieval era, forbidden spells, and a horrible choice to help save one world by betraying someone close to her.
Joshua Porter More than 1 year ago
For fans of fantasy, steampunk and historical novels, with lots of beautiful language and subtle descriptions of magic. An adventure in two time periods as a Victorian socialite and a medieval knight psychically linked to her battle evil in two very different forms.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Part regency romance with an occult streak, though partly set near the turn of the century, part de-romanticized medieval quest fantasy, this book tells two stories in parallel: a debutante searches the occult underground for a cure to visions which seem to be destroying her body, while the objects of some of the visions, a medieval knight, fights his away across a 14th century France that has already mostly succumbed to Reimar Hane, master of the Livonian Order, who holds the duchess Marie of Hainaut, and with her the fate of all France, captive. Uses alternate history in an interesting way with two protagonists faced with making evil choices for the greater good.
RickScott More than 1 year ago
Appealing steampunk paranormal novel about a young woman forced to choose between getting her sister to marry an aristocratic cad and succumbing to an illness that only the cad's partner-in-crime and lover, Victorian England's most skilled occult practitioner, can cure.
MichaemMac2 More than 1 year ago
Christine, a Victorian debutante, suffers from visions that connect her to a man endangered in another time and afflict her with a deep psychic sickness slowly killing her unless she finds a way to save the man and thus stop the visions. When the only person who can help her demands a devil's bargain, Christine must decide between betraying family and saving her own life.
E-Willy More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars, really. A very enjoyable historical/paranormal/steampunk fantasy with a suspenseful story on two fronts: will Victorian-era debutante Christine be able to end the visions that seem to be destroying her body and will a medieval knight linked to her across space and time be able to prevent a coup of the French throne. The last third of the book takes off in an unexpected direction in answering that question and I won't spoil it.
HowardG2 More than 1 year ago
Submitting this review again because I lost access to my previous BN account and could not submit my reviews under my name. A Gilded Age socialite who is also a secret practitioner of the occult in a time when the occult is outlawed thinks her mysterious illness comes from her otherworldly, atavistic visions. She cannot get rid of these visions on her own, and the only one who can insists that she pay a terrible price to do so.
Lovz-Books More than 1 year ago
16-year old Christine has something that nothing can cure with its excruciating pain and high fevers. But what’s causing this are visions of a mysterious person on the run from a strange man. Instantly, I was allured by this paranormal ramification. Unfortunately, this plot line fell flat. Set in Victorian England, the story sets off to an ambiguous start with its dreary characters and trite setting. At first, I didn’t really know who was telling the story, and, as I dove deeper, I felt deterred by the plot, getting more and more confused. I actually had to go back re-read a couple of parts just to clarify certain things. At one point, I even had to go back to the summary just to see what the heck this story was supposed to be about. Perhaps it was the writing style or the story itself that set me off, I’m not sure. The author created a worthy premise that incited me enough to want to read this, however, the execution was meager and subpar. As the title indicates, the book should’ve casted me under its spell, but I wasn’t. I just expected more from it.