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The Medium: A Romantic Historical Fantasy Ghost Story (Emily Chambers Spirit Medium Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B008GOATBM
- Language : English
- File size : 3098 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 261 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 106,077 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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But....this is the one that started the universe in which many readers now live in. This introduces the concept of something more than our physical plane by having someone who can talk to ghosts. It is a story of the supernatural but there is a romance thread to it as well that is what captures and sucks you in. paranormal romance is the best way to describe this series. And while it may not compare to something like 50shades for hot scenes it smoulders and simmers and doesn't detract from the story itself. For me a romance has to have substance as well as something intriguing and this first book does not disappoint. I was hooked from the get go. Try it. If you aren't wanting to read beyond this book then maybe it's not for you. But you'll find once you start you may not stop until you read to the very end. For the next book please see Possession. Highly recommend this one book. Start here. It's worth it. Possession (Emily Chambers Spirit Medium Book 2)
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I started out wanting to like it, but the more I read, the more I hated the main character. I'm still not even certain why I read through to the finish, gritting my teeth, apart from the desperate hope it would get better. It didn't.
The flaw is simple - the heroine is completely passive. She watches things happen around her, and frets about it. She does nothing to help, to save her friends. She's weak and pathetic.
Here's a line from the book, where her love is being attacked, and the attacker's companion has taken her hostage: "I struggled against Finch but it was useless. I was so weak by comparison, so _useless_. I couldn't get to the amulet. I couldn't get away. I couldn't _do_ anything." Exactly what I've been thinking for most of the book. If you're so useless and weak and never do anything, why are you the protagonist? First rule of writing fiction is: the protagonist must protag!
What really surprised me and nearly stopped me discovering this author was the fact this is not based in a contemporary setting. I never read period pieces, but due to the crowd pleasing nature of the writing, meaing it is humourous as well as thrilling and very, very compelling, it was easy and nice to find I liked this so much.
Emily Chambers is a medium living in nineteenth century London with her sister Celia, both are spinsters of modest means, but considerable spirit and intelligence. Therefore able to support themselves independently.
One day after returning from a seance where accidently Emily and her sister have released a demon into the world she finds the ghost of Jacob Beaufort lounging outside her house. She is subsequently told by said phantom that there is waiting place for spirits who haven't crossed over properly, and the administrators there have assigned the former man to our supernatural expert so they can track down the servant of satan and stop it killing anyone. So begins an adventure which will have you turning page after page desperate to follow our protagnoists as they struggle against society, as much as the supernatural.
However implausable the plot, the high quality of writing here keeps you hooked with the only criticism being that phrases like 'mad at you' are not common here in London now, and definitley would have been unheard of then. Not that is really matters, as this is so incidental and does not impact at all on the enjoyment of the book. I did wish a bit more was explained like Jacob's death and solidness, but understand that maybe that would wrap up a story arc too quickly, so I will downloading book 2 in this series as soon as possible.
I was really impressed by the originality of this plot and kept wishing I was watching this on screen as I think would work so well visually.
Found this one a surprisingly excellent story which was very cleverly constructed and kept me enthralled from start to finish.
I was pleased to see how well and how easily the main characters became real rather than just characters in a book.
The synopsis gives you an idea of the story and I would not wish to give any accidental spoilers. What I would say is the main character Emily was to easily believable. A seance attended by Emily and her sister really starts the story and then we find a demon let lose, From this point the reader is taken on a journey involving the supernatural and the dark side of London. We are introduced to a range of excellent characters some good and a fair range of bad too. I always find the bad guys the most colourful and this story proved to maintain my view.
Found it very hard to find anywhere to take a rest from reading as the story moves on a pace and as each chapter ended I could not wait to see what would happen in the next.
Thoroughly good read. My thanks to the author.
The story feels a bit rushed and silly at times but I enjoyed the Detective aspect being a novice in that genre. Also some of the characters a quite generic and the plot points obvious.
Archer also slips up on the English/American language decrepencies from time to time. I.e. 'block', but this is more refined then the poorly written Freak House sets. I enjoyed the read and ploughed through the next two books.