The Haunting of Hecate Cavendish
by Paula Brackston
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Pub Date 23 Jul 2024 | Archive Date 06 Aug 2024
New York Times bestselling author Paula Brackston returns with a new, magic-infused series about Hecate Cavendish, an eccentric and feisty young woman who can see ghosts
England, 1881. Hereford cathedral stands sentinel over the city, keeping its secrets, holding long forgotten souls in its stony embrace. Hecate Cavendish speeds through the cobbled streets on her bicycle, skirts hitched daringly high, heading for her new life as Assistant Librarian. But this is no ordinary collection of books. The cathedral houses an ancient chained library, wisdom guarded for centuries, mysteries and stories locked onto its worn, humble shelves. The most prized artifact, however, is the medieval world map which hangs next to Hecate’s desk. Little does she know how much the curious people and mythical creatures depicted on it will come to mean to her. Nor does she suspect that there are lost souls waiting for her in the haunted cathedral. Some will become her dearest friends. Some will seek her help in finding peace. Others will put her in great peril, and, as she quickly learns, threaten the lives of everyone she loves.
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I had enjoyed the Witch’s Daughter a lot and was excited that Paula Brackston was writing another book. It had everything that I was hoping for and had the same great writing style that I enjoyed. The characters felt like they belonged in this world and I wanted to continue reading throughout the book.
I continue to be amazed by Paula Brackston’s imagination. She has written so many excellent books, including this one. She has the ability to create characters that are unique and places them in settings then builds a story that pulls the reader into their world. Even with all of her books and characters there is no formula to her writing, each new series offers adventures and creativity with the only similarities being the inclusion of a strong female protagonist. Hecate Cavendish definitely fits this model as she faces unbelievable revelations and danger but stands up to face everything thrown at her. As I was reading I could clearly see how this would make an excellent movie, especially the epic battle between good and evil. Other reviewers commented that this book ending abruptly but I respectfully disagree. Having read all of the Little Shop of Lost Things series it has a similar ending, not a real cliffhanger but definitely leaving the door open for the next phase of the story. I am grateful to the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, for offering me an ARC of this excellent book - however, this did not impact my opinion.
I have always loved reading Paula Brackston's novels and her newest release, The Haunting of Hecate Cavendish, is no different. I greatly enjoyed this story and highly recommend it. Five stars.
I try to read everything that Paula Brackston writes. I have loved her books about witches and the historical period pieces she’s written. This book captured my attention because it was a historically set book but not one about witches per se. I found Hecate’s character very intriguing as her gifts were revealed throughout the book, and loved how she was portrayed as the strong young woman who often defied behavior expected of her time.. The other characters in the book were equally compelling especially the souls and the Romantic interest. The mystery and other dramatic events in the story unfolded at a good pace. I didn’t realize that the book was the beginning of a series, so I was caught off guard at the end. Now I’ll be impatiently waiting for the next in the series!
Spellbinding and Unputdownable!
A fantastic new series like no other!
The Haunting of Hecate Cavendish is a wonderful start to this new series by Paula Brackston! I recommend this book to readers of historical fantasy fiction who loved her previous books! The author has a true gift for these stories filled with magic.
I found this first new novel spellbinding! It is particularly fascinating to follow the heroine Hecate in 1881 England. Hecate Cavendish is Hereford Cathedral's new library assistant, in charge of cataloging ancient books. Some volumes are full of secrets, especially the Mappa Mundi, an old medieval map which Hecate will find very captivating and fascinating. But when the cathedral becomes overrun by evil, Hecate will have to find a solution and give her curiosity a rest! Throughout her journey filled of twists and turns when certain mythical creatures and lost souls suddenly start to fascinate her too much. Will Hecate’s curiosity put her in danger? Will her family and friends be threaten by what’s happening at the cathedral?
It’s so captivating and exciting that I didn't want to put it down That’s what happen when you read a novel written by a talented and descriptive writer. Hecate’s journey is a must read for anyone who loves magic worlds!
The last chapter might leave you on a cliffhanger, but it also leaves you wondering what will happen next! I can’t wait to read the next story in this amazing new series. Thank you, Ms. Brackston, for writing such spellbinding novels.
Thank you, St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley for sending me a copy of this book! I also won a copy in a Goodreads giveaway!
I (quite literally) spent the entire day entranced reading this book, and I regret nothing! Paula Brackston, I Am Obsessed with Hecate!
Obsessed - That is how I feel about this fast-paced story.
This historical bibliophile dream of a tale was full of goddesses and demons and the fight for the light of goodness versus the darkness of evil, which just happened to be taking place in the library of a religious cathedral. Our assistant librarian protagonist was familiar to me for her tenacity and self-assuredness. I recognized myself in her character and immediately was immersed in her story. I laughed, cried, and felt swept away with the charm as her journey progressed. I researched locations, legends, and histories. At the climax, I could not stop reading - I needed to know the ending, even as I did not wish for the story to end. The good news…I sense a sequel!
I will need to own and reread this story. I am beyond grateful to NetGalley and the publisher St. Martin’s Press, for allowing me the opportunity to read this A.R.C. Five stars from me, as I have already preordered the tangible copy for my collection. I cannot wait to read more stories from Ms. Brackston.