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The reeds stood tall and dead I had the oddest feeling they wanted me gone The light was failing I caught a swampy smell of decay Behind me something rustles and I saw the reeds part for some unseen creature I thought No wonder Maud s mad Hold this beautiful book in your hands Let your eyes feast on the haunting magpie and the blood red stains Concentrate on the images that will no doubt start flooding your mind ach and every thought that visits you becomes real once you startThe reeds stood tall and dead I had the oddest feeling they wanted me gone The light was failing I caught a swampy smell of decay Behind me something rustles and I saw the reeds part for some unseen creature I thought No wonder Maud s mad Hold this beautiful book in your hands Let your eyes feast on the haunting magpie and the blood red stains Concentrate on the images that will no doubt start flooding your mind ach and every thought that visits you becomes real once you start reading this novel It is haunting and ruthless and its cover speakseloquently than any blurb Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver might be the best book of 2019 But be aware it is not for the faint of heart but for the readers who embrace darknessThose who make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities VoltaireOur story begins with a stranger 1967 A young art historian visits the daughter of Edmund Stearne, a scholar and painter, who has left a strange body of work behind him Maud takes us back in time, in 1913 Through letters, articles, pages of diaries and our heroine s own thoughts, we find ourselves wandering in the fens,the forbidden realms of magical creatures , in the darkness A darkness that suffocates the members of the Stearne household, so thick and muddy and twisted that no moonlight can light our way Enigmatic and terrifying like the woman in a long, black dress that appears on Edmund s paintings, secretive like Wakenhyrst and its residents Suffocating like the sets of rules set by Edmund, a cruel and sadistic man Or is heI know what you did It is only a picture It won t do me any harma high thin cry on the fen The sins of the past is a recurring motif in Gothic Fiction and here it is used to absolute perfection The fullness of time has come and the house itself has become a character, the fens have paved the way for retribution Maud becomes the hand, the one who wants to break free Paver creates atmosphere in such a powerful way, creating a novel that would find its proper depiction as a Bosch masterpiece Strange findings, dark omens Traces of witchcraft, owls, moonlit nights that hide terrible secrets Children are playing in the cemetery, knocking off the wings of angels Will o the wisps and dark fairies Ghosts Foreboding thoughts that seem to call for Death And Death is everywhereOne for the rook, one for the crow, one to rot and one to grow In Edmund s mind, the Devil seems to have taken control over his life Paver uses a perfect combination of literary and raw language to depict the havoc in the man s life Jesus said that there are those who think they are righteous because they say yes to God Edmund embodies the hypocrisy of the ones who pretend to be devoted when in fact they are worse than the very thing they fear Art is also used as a symbol of knowledge and a constant reminder of the pagan past that Edmund hates A depiction of the Doom brings disarray in the community and the discovery of a Green Man haunts Edmund The hidden messages, the symbolisms, the soul of the artists form a menacing danse macabre and taunt him mercilessly Paver uses the magpie as a symbol of obsession and temptation along with a multitude of the customs of the countryside that make the novel such a rich read.The winter is bitter, frosty Arctic winds are blowing The haunting sound of the ice, breathing through another winter In an atmosphere of mysticism, superstition and tradition, you will feel your heart pounding and breaking You will experience the fear of looking at yourself in the mirror, the dread of looking out of the window in a stormy night This reminded me of Sarah Perry s masterpiece Melmoth The house seems to have acquired a life and a will of its own, becoming a nest for troubled spirits and confused human And at the centre of everything that takes place we find MaudThe woman at the heart of each one is a witch The creatures swarming around her are her evil familiars And the witch is Maud Maud is a woman who isn t interested in saints but in the demons and monsters that have been defeated Who will narrate their stories She twists every prejudice against women and throws them back at those who deem themselves superior She is an outstanding character Resilient, firm, wise and realistically shady She is not afraid to punish those who think they are entitled to diminish her and is ruthless enough to fight for what is right Her views on religion reflect certain thoughts that have crossed my mind over the years Maud is one of those characters that are so vivid you can even hear their voice in your mind You know how they speak, how they walk and behave, what they look like She is the heart of this superb novel.Read it, friends That s all I can tell youIt is God who made me order the Doom to be torn down, thereby setting the demon loose And now it is God who commands me to go into battle Many thanks to Head of Zeus and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.My reviews can also be found on (((Read Book))) ⇹ Wakenhyrst ⇵ A large manor house, Wake s End, sits on the edge of a bleak Fen, just outside the town of Wakenhyrst It is the home of Edmund Stearn and his family a historian, scholar and land owner, he s an upstanding member of the local community But all is not well at Wake s End Edmund dominates his family tyrannically, in particular daughter Maud When Maud s mother dies in childbirth and she s left alone with her strict, disciplinarian father, Maud s isolation drives her to her father s study, where she happens upon his diaryDuring a walk through the local church yard, Edmund spots an eye in the undergrowth His terror is only briefly abated when he discovers its actually a painting, a doom , taken from the church It s horrifying in its depiction of hell, and Edmund wants nothing to do with it despite his historical significance But the doom keeps returning to his mind The stench of the Fen permeates the house, even with the windows closed And when he lies awake at night, he hears a scratching sound like claws on the wooden floorWakenhyrst is a terrifying ghost story, an atmospheric slice of gothic, a brilliant exploration of the boundaries between the real and the supernatural, and a descent into the mind of a psychopath The Kenneth Anderson Omnibus Wake s End Chinas New Dawn sits on the edge of a bleak Fen روز هزار ساعت دارد just outside the town of Wakenhyrst It is the home of Edmund Stearn and his family a historian Judge Dredd scholar and land owner Lo Zingarelli he s an upstanding member of the local community But all is not well at Wake s End Edmund dominates his family tyrannically Bordeaux Legends in particular daughter Maud When Maud s mother dies in childbirth and she s left alone with her strict Human Trial II disciplinarian father World Directory Business Information Web Sites Maud s isolation drives her to her father s study Swimming with Sharks where she happens upon his diaryDuring a walk through the local church yard Im Fine and Neither Are You Edmund spots an eye in the undergrowth His terror is only briefly abated when he discovers its actually a painting The Rampa Story a doom BENAAMI taken from the church It s horrifying in its depiction of hell The Civilized Tribes and Edmund wants nothing to do with it despite his historical significance But the doom keeps returning to his mind The stench of the Fen permeates the house Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim even with the windows closed And when he lies awake at night Eternal he hears a scratching sound like claws on the wooden floorWakenhyrst is a terrifying ghost story Dream Nights with the CEO (Secret Desires, an atmospheric slice of gothic Sharks Have Feelings Too a brilliant exploration of the boundaries between the real and the supernatural Vastu Shastra and a descent into the mind of a psychopath This Victorian Edwardian gothic novel was a compulsive read that kept me awake till small hours It has everything I love about the genre dramatic location, mystery, folklore and beautiful writing style I was captivated by the way the story unravels, from the very first pages you feel the evil that in somewhere there, in the Fens at Wake s End In Edmund Stearn s mind Maud Stearn, Edmund s daughter, now an elderly lady who still lives at Wake s End, agrees to come back to the terrible eve This Victorian Edwardian gothic novel was a compulsive read that kept me awake till small hours It has everything I love about the genre dramatic location, mystery, folklore and beautiful writing style I was captivated by the way the story unravels, from the very first pages you feel the evil that in somewhere there, in the Fens at Wake s End In Edmund Stearn s mind Maud Stearn, Edmund s daughter, now an elderly lady who still lives at Wake s End, agrees to come back to the terrible events which took place over five decades earlier And by doing so, she manages to save her family home.It is very difficult to write about this novel without adding any spoilers, let me just add that WAKENHYRST for me is a most fine example of the gothic novel and a delight for the genre lovers What a brilliant gothic novel Edmund Stearne, master of Wakenhyrst, becomes obsessed with a painting The Doom and sees himself haunted by demons Stearne has a dark secret from his childhood when his younger sister Lilly drowned The story is told by his daughter Maud, who secretely read his journals great perspectives here loved that diary driven prose You ll find out many things about Maud her first love, her love to animals the chatterpie , her rivals Ivy and her fears when the obs What a brilliant gothic novel Edmund Stearne, master of Wakenhyrst, becomes obsessed with a painting The Doom and sees himself haunted by demons Stearne has a dark secret from his childhood when his younger sister Lilly drowned The story is told by his daughter Maud, who secretely read his journals great perspectives here loved that diary driven prose You ll find out many things about Maud her first love, her love to animals the chatterpie , her rivals Ivy and her fears when the obsessions of her father get life threatening Wakenhyrst is set near a fen and you get much insight on how life went on such a manor in the early 20th century You ll also learn much about the role of women back then and that society was strictly divided into classes Absolutely compelling pageturner The tension is rising chapter by chapter and the idea with the painting is brilliantly described by the author A gothic masterpiece Also the ending is fine and convincing Loved reading that book and can imagine like stated in the book that it could easily be turned into a major movie One of the first highlights of the new year Highly recommended Something has been let looseQuite a creepy, entertaining read, well told Reads easily Intriguing Mix of history, fantasy, horror, as the cover rightly says a masterfully creepy gothic thriller The Bookseller Yes, liked it, like many here I believe Blessed is the man who endureth manifold troubles, for whereas he is tried, then shall he receive everlasting reward This is the book description In Edwardian Suffolk, a manor house stands alone in a lost corner of the Fens a glinting w Something has been let looseQuite a creepy, entertaining read, well told Reads easily Intriguing Mix of history, fantasy, horror, as the cover rightly says a masterfully creepy gothic thriller The Bookseller Yes, liked it, like many here I believe Blessed is the man who endureth manifold troubles, for whereas he is tried, then shall he receive everlasting reward This is the book description In Edwardian Suffolk, a manor house stands alone in a lost corner of the Fens a glinting wilderness of water whose whispering reeds guard ancient secrets Maud is a lonely child growing up witout a mother, ruled by her repressive father When he finds a painted medieval devil in a graveyard, unhallowed forces are awakened Spanning five centuries, Wakenhyrst is a darkly gothic thriller about murderous obsession and one girl s longing to fly free 2.5 StarsAn ok read but certainly not one I remember a year from now.I have been reading quite a lot of Gothic Fiction novels of late and finding my joy in most of them but Wakenhyrst just didn t create the suspense or tension I was expectingSomething has been let loose In Edwardian Suffolk, a manor house stands alone in a lost corner of the Fens a glinting wilderness of water whose whispering reeds guard ancient secrets Maud is a lonely child growing up without a mother, ruled by her2.5 StarsAn ok read but certainly not one I remember a year from now.I have been reading quite a lot of Gothic Fiction novels of late and finding my joy in most of them but Wakenhyrst just didn t create the suspense or tension I was expectingSomething has been let loose In Edwardian Suffolk, a manor house stands alone in a lost corner of the Fens a glinting wilderness of water whose whispering reeds guard ancient secrets Maud is a lonely child growing up without a mother, ruled by her repressive father.When he finds a painted medieval devil in a graveyard, unhallowed forces are awakened The opening chapter of this novel really does draw the reader in, I enjoyed the atmosphere and descriptions of the the Manor House and fens But unfortunately the Plot was slow and uneventful I felt the story dragged and the mystery and suspense created at the beginning, seemed to wane the further along the book I read I wasn t a fan of the constant switching between narratives as a lot of the story became repetitive and quite confusing I listened to this one on audible and while the narrator was excellent I did struggle to keep track of the story and may have enjoyed this oneif I d had a hard copy I did like the writing style and I will defiantly read something else by this author but hold out for a hard copy next time.An ok read but unfortunately not one for my favourites shelf Actual rating 4.5 5 stars.This is the perfect atmospheric read to accompany these gloomy winter evenings.The Gothic wildness of the fens is almost untouched by the heft of man that seems to be overtaking the rest of the world It is a place undisturbed, expect by undefinable shrieks at night, the ghosts of superstition and folklore, and one lone mansion that borders the wilderness Inside this house, the occupants largely attempt to exist in total disconnection with the fens but something about Actual rating 4.5 5 stars.This is the perfect atmospheric read to accompany these gloomy winter evenings.The Gothic wildness of the fens is almost untouched by the heft of man that seems to be overtaking the rest of the world It is a place undisturbed, expect by undefinable shrieks at night, the ghosts of superstition and folklore, and one lone mansion that borders the wilderness Inside this house, the occupants largely attempt to exist in total disconnection with the fens but something about the strange beauty of it allures its youngest member and Maud will not settle into her relegated sphere of the world before she can explore all of the wild offerings that exist outside of it.This novel was staged around a series of communications between the fully grown Maud and a journalist attempting to lure her into telling her story Financial needs meant she finally relented and the reader was flung back to Edwardian England as the true story begins to unfurl in the present tense.I adored Maud Her forward thinking and feminist ideologies, her stubborn nature, and her ardent longing for the natural world all spoke to my heart and I was to unable to do anything but align with her cause Her father, however, far less so, just as the story demanded of its readers.Along with the strong willed Maud, my heart also became enamoured with the majestic wilderness that consistently surrounded her I could not fail but to liken this to my favourite read, Wuthering Heights Cathy Earnshaw is as much a product of the moors as she is her upbringing and the same can be said for Maud Also, in both, the mirroring of tempestuous passions between nature and the characters traversing its plains dominate the texts Both were about farthan nature s undisturbed beauty but that is what spoke so clearly to me, through the intricacies of the plot, and ensured both as eternally unforgettable reads I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Thank you to the author, Michelle Paver, and the publisher, Head of Zeus, for this opportunity This was such a treat Gothic suspense, the creepy fens, insanityeverything I could have wished for Maud was a fantastic character, idiosyncratic, feisty, intelligent battling against the history and the superstitions of Wakenhyrst and her father Her deep love of the fens, of Chatterpie, of Clem made her such a sympathetic character and pulled at my heart strings. A creepy gothic whydunnit, set in the fens of Suffolk,Wakenhyrstis gripping from the first page This is a story of obsession, madness, delusion, superstition Wakenhyrst mostly takes place in the early 20th century, just prior to the first World War, and combines creepy medieval church art old religious notions of witchcraft, demonic possession, and saintly miracles lingering pagan superstitions leaving a bowl of bread and milk at the door, for witches a creaky old manor house the e A creepy gothic whydunnit, set in the fens of Suffolk,Wakenhyrstis gripping from the first page This is a story of obsession, madness, delusion, superstition Wakenhyrst mostly takes place in the early 20th century, just prior to the first World War, and combines creepy medieval church art old religious notions of witchcraft, demonic possession, and saintly miracles lingering pagan superstitions leaving a bowl of bread and milk at the door, for witches a creaky old manor house the eerie natural beauty of the watery fens The details of a murder are provided upfront, the rest of the book covers the events leading up to it So you get a great early hook, but it also means the book drags a little towards the end knowing what s coming, I grew impatient to finally get there, and it s a real slow burn Michelle Paver is well known for her chilling ghost stories, but to me this one ishistorical fiction with a crime element There is still some suggestion of the supernatural in Wakenhyrst, but that element of ambiguity, where the rational explanation and the spooky one are equally plausible, just wasn t present here I was Team Rational all the way This did not diminish the story for me at all, but other readers expecting a Paver haunting might be disappointed With a palpable atmosphere, terrific setting and well drawn characters Wakenhyrst is a satisfying read I have a lot of good things to say about this book It has a great atmosphere, going the full gothic feel, stifling Edwardian English culture right before WWI, and it always sticks to its course, landing the ending with a near perfect pitch It is written very well.It fulfills every promise of the standard gothic mystery formula And I also have something bad to say about this novel It fulfills every promise of the standard gothic mystery formula The big surprise is that there is no big surpri I have a lot of good things to say about this book It has a great atmosphere, going the full gothic feel, stifling Edwardian English culture right before WWI, and it always sticks to its course, landing the ending with a near perfect pitch It is written very well.It fulfills every promise of the standard gothic mystery formula And I also have something bad to say about this novel It fulfills every promise of the standard gothic mystery formula The big surprise is that there is no big surprise.Don t get me wrong It s very good for what it is, but I ve been spoiled by really great surprises in mysteries throughout the years and when I don t get wowed, I get a little curmudgeonly While I have nothing bad to say about this, I also have nothing extremely awesome, either