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This was Jonathan’s story, a monster, taking the skin of a man, but with a heart of gold. Filled with love and pain, he lived his life in the darkness of the Raven Hallow Manor, making it his home along with spirits and other things which go bump in the night. An immortal master, benevolent to his adopted child Holly, he lived his life in relative ignominy. Till the murders started happening in the streets of London, and he was blamed…

My first book by Iona Caldwell, it was written with the patience and depth which such a story deserved. Jonathan was an interesting character who had layers to his nature. His past gave him his present. His love for Anna surpassed her death. His generosity of spirit was seen in the way he took just what was needed, and not a drop more. He was misunderstood, but he stood firm to his beliefs and duty.

I loved the way the story was told in glimpses of his past. His memories gave me a glimpse of the hidden love where two hearts beat as one for a transient time. An old enemy made centuries ago suddenly twisted the story. The book had the paranormal creatures and an ancient fight. It had a secret hidden in the crypts which added a flavor.

Iona Caldwell has written this paranormal story noir, in the ink of the fog, depicting a forgotten London, existing eons ago, where sometimes Church’s warriors lived alongside with the dark heroes, existing in the eternal truth that sometimes monsters are different.

I received a free ARC from the publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

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Iona Caldwell lover of all things arcane. An avid reader, Iona has had a love of books for as long as she is been able to read. She is a very active book reviewer capable of reading up to 4 books in a single month. As an active and outspoken druid, Iona loves to spend time in her garden. She enjoys hiking, foraging, and sitting in the moon when its full. She is currently working on a second novel Hell’s Warden due to be released next year




Jonathan is the immortal master of Raven Hollow Manor – a decrepit mansion riddled with superstition, murder and restless ghosts. Beneath it lies a restless malice.

Its previous owner driven mad, violently kills his guests with a rusted ax, creating the perfect venue for Jonathan to seclude himself in a prison of his own device.

When the streets of London begin to run red with blood; the bodies exhibiting disturbing signs and baffling wounds, the identity of the killer remains elusive to police.

The bodies are just the beginning of Jonathan’s troubles. A mysterious letter accusing Jonathan of committing the murders appear, raising suspicion in the police. Hidden beneath the mangled bodies, Jonathan soon realizes he is being forced to face demons he thought died in a forlorn past he attempted to escape.

One thing Jonathan knows for certain: He must deal with the demons of his past if he is to survive his future. Not only him but those he has come to love as well.

Publication Date: 30th October 2019

Publisher: FyreSyde Publishing



11 Responses

  1. Oh my, this one does indeed sound dark–noirish. Is that a word? and btw, i tried to comment on your cover reveal with the fly–and i noticed that you too are having the comment problem. normally, there is a comment/like option. yours now just has a large LIKE. no where can i find a comment option. my comment for that cover–that’s just eek, skin crawlie, crawly? heebie geebies, Shalini.

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