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Hello my lovely readers! I have the massive pleasure to be todays stop on the blog tour for the amazing; The Sorcerer’s Witch by Samantha Grosser, I cannot wait to share my review with you all, plus I have an amazing giveaway for you all to win a copy of this very book. As always sit back, grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy.

The Sorcerer’s Whore by Samantha Grosser

Publication Date: July 16, 2019
eBook: 330 Pages

Series: Pages of Darkness, #2
Genre: Historical Fiction/Historical Fantasy

 

 

A cursed child, a dangerous path, and a price to pay…

Six-fingered Mary Sparrow dreams of escape from the brothel that is the only world she knows. But when a mysterious old man drives her friend to madness, she begins to fear for her life.

Toby Chyrche also hopes for a better future, away from the confines of the tailor’s shop where it seems his fate is set in stone. So when a chance meeting with an old man at the brothel offers him a different path, he is only too eager to accept. Then the discovery of an ancient book of magic throws a new and shocking light onto the past – his mother had a brother, and that brother was a witch.

As the old man’s shadow over Bankside lengthens, Mary is drawn into the growing web of darkness. Unable to escape its reach, she turns to Toby for help. But Toby has daemons of his own to face. Will possession of the book be enough to protect them from the old man’s power? And what price will they have to pay for victory?

For the Sorcerer’s Whore, nothing is as it seems …

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Well this is fabulous, in my humble opinion, this is the best of the series so far – Yes, I know that we are only on book two, but still this is stunningly dark and intriguing, I love how connected this is to the previous book, we are not only introduced to all new characters but we re-visit will old well loved characters, like Sarah and Nick.

Set twenty-five years on from where the previous book finished, it is twenty-five years since that ill fated debut performance of Shakespeare’s; Macbeth, the play that woke up so much evil and now, the forces of evil have re-awoken once more to cause more trouble.

Mary Sparrow, was born cursed, people say that she was born from the devil himself because she was born with six fingers, she is wanting nothing more then to escape her life as a Bankside whore, she dreams of being whisked away by a handsome wealthy stranger who can take away from her current life. But don’t think for a moment that our Mary is naïve enough to believe in happily ever afters, she has been in this way of life too long, she has become jaded by what she had to do and what she has witnessed, she knows that real love isn’t for her. That is until she meets a handsome, kind stranger, who not only turns her head but turns her life upside down.

Toby Chyrche is also a bit stuck in a rut, after the death of his father Toby soon has far more questions about his life then ever before, he has always wanted more then just to be stuck in the tailors shop he works in, but never knew how or even if it was possible for a different life. Until he meets two people in a brothel, one who makes his heart lighter and who unknowingly makes him love and the other who – well I won’t say much, but this man offers so much yet what is the price for all he offers young Toby? That is a major part of the plot and one I won’t go into, as it would give too much away, but its a thrilling ride of discovery for sure, not just for the reader, but for Toby and Mary too.

With secrets, lies and a scandal of witchcraft immerging from the lengthening shadows, plus a book that belonged to his uncle Tom, Toby and Mary soon find themselves facing some of the most difficult and terrifying moments of their lives – but it makes for engrossing reading.

One thing I will say about this book is that yes it can be read as a stand-a-lone, Toby and Mary’s path to love is one of suspense, intrigue and danger, but if you are new to the Pages of Darkness series and want to read both, then do read the previous book; Shakespeare’s Witch first, as there are quite a few spoilers about the previous book in this, especially regarding to Toby’s mother Sarah and her brother Tom.

I am so looking forward to seeing where this series is going to go, I have my own hopes as to which direction I would like to see it turn, and judging by how this one followed on from the previous book, you never know I may get my wish, but one thing is certain and that no matter where this series is going to go, Ms Grosser always takes you on a spell-binding, chilling and evocative adventure, an enticing journey through time and fantasy that will have you begging for more.

This is just so good, I was instantly hooked by the sense of danger and darkness that seems to leap from the pages. It’s infused with darkly entwined mystery and drama, evocative sexiness, rich and atmospheric historic detail and brilliantly entertaining twists and turns that will keep up way past your bed time, but I can’t forget about the human aspect of the story; Toby and Mary are such a wonderful couple, and there are real emotional and tender moments that broke my heart. Samantha Grosser’s writing is brilliantly compelling and enticing, she has a gift at swirling the words around the reader as though she has cast her own spell.

If you love your darker reads, then this is the book you need to read, I cannot recommend it more, roll on the next instalment of the series.

This was a Arc copy via the author in exchange for an honest review as apart of this blog tour, thank you Samantha and Amy. x

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About the Author

Historical fiction author Samantha Grosser originally hails from England, but now lives on the sunny Northern Beaches of Sydney with her husband, son and a very small dog called Livvy.

Combining a lifelong love of history with a compulsion to write that dates from childhood, Samantha is now bringing her passion for telling compelling stories to the world.

Samantha has an Honours Degree in English Literature and taught English for many years in Asia and Australia. She is the author of wartime dramas Another Time and Place and The Officer’s Affair, and The King James Men, set during the turbulent early years of 17th Century.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, August 12
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Wednesday, August 14
Review at Passages to the Past

Sunday, August 18
Feature at Diana_bibliophile

Monday, August 19
Review at Pencils & Pages

Tuesday, August 20
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Thursday, August 22
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

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Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away one eBook and one paperback copy of The Sorcerer’s Whore! To enter, please use the Gleam form here – Sorcerer’s Whore

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on August 22nd. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to the US & UK only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

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Good morning everyone! I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on the mammoth blog tour for Shakespeare’s Witch by Samantha Grosser. I am not only sharing my review of this fascinating yet darkly eerie story, I also have a giveaway to win a copy for yourself. So, grab yourself a cuppa and let me tell you a wee bit about this book.

Shakespeare’s Witch by Samantha Grosser

Publication Date: March 20, 2019
Sam Grosser Books
Format: eBook & Paperback; 358 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

Love, Witchcraft, Sorcery, Madness.

A fortune told …
When Sarah Stone foresees Will Shakespeare’s latest play has opened doors to evil, she begs the playwright to abandon it. But Will refuses, aware the play is one of his best. And so rehearsals for Macbeth begin.

Forbidden desires …
After her vision, Sarah fears for her life – she has never known the shewstone to lie, and she turns to her brother Tom for comfort. A strange darkness seems to haunt the playhouse, and when Tom sets out to seduce John Upton, the boy actor who plays Lady Macbeth, the boy sees the hand of witchcraft in his own forbidden desires for men. Then Sarah weaves a spell to win the love of the new lead actor, and John, terrified for the safety of his soul, begins to make his accusations.

The Spirits have spoken …
As rehearsals continue, Sarah and Tom must struggle to convince John he is mistaken and that his sins are his own – their lives and the fortune of the play are at stake. But the Spirits have spoken – will the fate that Sarah foresaw come to pass or is their destiny their own to decide?

Set against the first production of Macbeth in 1606, Shakespeare’s Witch is a seductive tale of the origins of the curse of the Scottish Play.

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Well this is certainly different to anything I have previously read! I was intrigued by the sound of this, the moment I saw it, and it definitely grabbed my attention – at times not exactly for the good, but it is a page-tuner. I am a big fan of darker historical fiction, it really grabs my attention and Shakespeare’s Witch is certainly no different. It is darkly unique and spell-binding. It is one of those unforgettable books which will stay with you long after turning the last page.

What I found fascinating about this was that even now I have mixed feelings about it and that started while reading it. On one hand I found it to be captivating and very original and on the other I was mildly confused, a little taken back especially with one aspect – which I can’t go into due to spoilers as this is a major part of the story – I was a little uncomfortable reading those scenes, but once finished it struck me that even though I didn’t like this certain aspect of the plot it was needed and it made the ending all the more moving.

Set in 1606, William Shakespeare has just written Macbeth and the story is set around that very first showing. Will goes to Sarah to consult the spirits whether this play will be a success or not. But, what she sees terrifies her she sees nothing but evil circulating around this play, she pleads to Will not to go ahead with Macbeth that this play is pure evil and has opened the door to the bad spirits which haunt his dreams. Will is rebuffs her pleas and goes ahead with rehearsals for what we all know will become one of his greatest pieces.

Sarah and her brother Tom dabble in the occult after their mother taught them a bit of witchcraft, which was illegal and as we know from history it was an era full of fear and superstition and any sniff of witchcraft lead to a horrific outcome for those who had the finger pointed at them, they had to endure awful treatment during the witch trials and then were sentenced to death. So, for both Tom and Sarah to be more or less openly dealing with such things can and does place them not just in trouble but in danger. At the same time they are working in the theatre as Macbeth is being rehearsed.

Sarah is living in fear of what she saw and at the same time she is also inexplicably drawn to Nick; one of the actor’s who is to star in Macbeth, but being the confused young women she is she does go about things all wrong to gain his love, which is connected to the part of the story that I found very uncomfortable to read. Without giving too much about the story away, this is certainly eye-opening and it does take the reader off the beaten track of what you think is going to happen, and takes them to another much darker place completely.

Overall it does engage the reader and with the twists to the plot it does keep you guessing and turning the pages. It’s is steeped in swirling, eerie darkness, there is romance, magic and sex, plus a touch of dark, grisly history. Ms Grosser has a real gift at story-telling, her writing is strong and articulate she really draws the reader into her mysterious world. I’ve not read any of Ms Grosser’s work before, so this is a great introduction to her books and I will definitely be reading more from her.

This is one of those books that I would class at Marmite; it is you will either love it or hate it. For readers like myself who do love the darker more unique historicals which has a hint of romance, then you will love it. It may not be for the more puritan historical romance lover’s, but if your willing to give it a go then I do recommend it.

This was a complimentary copy from the author via Historical Fiction Virtual Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review as apart of this blog tour. Thank you Samantha and Amy!

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About the Author

Historical fiction author Samantha Grosser originally hails from England, but now lives on the sunny Northern Beaches of Sydney with her husband, son and a very small dog called Livvy.

Combining a lifelong love of history with a compulsion to write that dates from childhood, Samantha is now bringing her passion for telling compelling stories to the world.

Samantha has an Honours Degree in English Literature and taught English for many years in Asia and Australia. She is the author of wartime dramas Another Time and Place and The Officer’s Affair, and The King James Men, set during the turbulent early years of 17th Century.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Do check out the other amazing blogs on this blog tour.


Wednesday, March 20
Review at Passages to the Past

Thursday, March 21
Review at Book Reviews from Canada

Friday, March 22
Interview at Jathan & Heather

Saturday, March 23
Feature at Broken Teepee

Monday, March 25
Review at Amy’s Booket List

Tuesday, March 26
Feature at What Is That Book About

Wednesday, March 27
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Friday, March 29
Interview at Passages to the Past

Sunday, March 31
Review & Excerpt at Clarissa Reads it All

Monday, April 1
Review at For the Sake of Good Taste

Tuesday, April 2
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Thursday, April 4
Interview at Hisdoryan

Monday, April 8
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Tuesday, April 9
Review at Bibliophile Reviews

Wednesday, April 10
Review at Macsbooks

Friday, April 12
Review at A Book Geek

Monday, April 15
Review at Donna’s Book Blog
Excerpt at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Tuesday, April 16
Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews

Wednesday, April 17
Review at Bookramblings
Review at Coffee and Ink

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Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we will be giving away one eBook and one paperback copy of Shakespeare’s Witch! To enter, please use Gleam form/Link which can be found below.

Enter Here – Shakespeare’s Witch

Giveaway Rules

*Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on April 17th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
* Giveaway is open to residents in the US & UK only.
* Only one entry per household.
* No sweepstakes accounts please.
* All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
* The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner will be chosen.

#CoverReveal : Shakespeare’s Witch by Samantha Grosser @SamanthaGrosser #ShakespearesWitch #HFVBTBlogTours @hfvtb

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I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on this exclusive cover reveal of the fabulous Shakespeare’s Witch by Samantha Grosser and it is a real doozy!

Shakespeare’s Witch by Samantha Grosser

Publication Date: March 20, 2019
Sam Grosser Books

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

Love, Witchcraft, Sorcery, Madness.

A fortune told …
When Sarah Stone foresees Will Shakespeare’s latest play has opened doors to evil, she begs the playwright to abandon it. But Will refuses, aware the play is one of his best. And so rehearsals for Macbeth begin.

Forbidden desires …
After her vision, Sarah fears for her life – she has never known the shewstone to lie, and she turns to her brother Tom for comfort. A strange darkness seems to haunt the playhouse, and when Tom sets out to seduce John Upton, the boy actor who plays Lady Macbeth, the boy sees the hand of witchcraft in his own forbidden desires for men. Then Sarah weaves a spell to win the love of the new lead actor, and John, terrified for the safety of his soul, begins to make his accusations.

The Spirits have spoken …
As rehearsals continue, Sarah and Tom must struggle to convince John he is mistaken and that his sins are his own – their lives and the fortune of the play are at stake. But the Spirits have spoken – will the fate that Sarah foresaw come to pass or is their destiny their own to decide?

Set against the first production of Macbeth in 1606, Shakespeare’s Witch is a seductive tale of the origins of the curse of the Scottish Play.

Available for Pre-Order on Amazon US and Amazon UK

About the Author

Historical fiction author Samantha Grosser originally hails from England, but now lives on the sunny Northern Beaches of Sydney with her husband, son and a very small dog called Livvy.

Combining a lifelong love of history with a compulsion to write that dates from childhood, Samantha is now bringing her passion for telling compelling stories to the world.

Samantha has an Honours Degree in English Literature and taught English for many years in Asia and Australia. She is the author of wartime dramas Another Time and Place and The Officer’s Affair, and The King James Men, set during the turbulent early years of 17th Century.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | BookBub | Pinterest | Instagram

Cover Reveal Schedule

Do check out the other great blogs which are apart of this cover reveal tour.

Monday, March 4
Passages to the Past
CelticLady’s Reviews

Tuesday, March 5
Amy’s Booket List
Donna’s Book Blog
For the Sake of Good Taste

Wednesday, March 6
A Book Geek
Coffee and Ink
Clarissa Reads it All

Thursday, March 7
Hisdoryan
Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals
So Many Books, So Little Time

Friday, March 8
Pursuing Stacie
Just One More Chapter
To Read, Or Not to Read