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Queen of Eventide

Written by Matthew Ward

Genre(s): Supernatural Mystery, Fantasy, Thriller



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Maddie Lincoln returns home to Nottingham, struggling to get to grips with a life that's falling apart. However, her workaday problems quickly fall away when she's caught up in a war between the malevolent Dark Lady and her enemies.

As the Dark Lady's influence grows, Maddie is pursued across the city, and the mysterious realm of Eventide, by a sinister Huntsman and his monstrous pack. Aided by her friend Inga, eccentric fortune teller Charles King, and the enigmatic William, she manages to stay one step ahead of her pursuers. Even with their help, neither world is safe for her; Eventide is full of hidden dangers, and vicious riots are breaking out in Nottingham as the Dark Lady's power rises. Worse, none of Maddie's companions are exactly as they appear, and nor, Maddie learns, is she.

Can Maddie discover the truth about the Queen of Eventide before it's too late?

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Fans are saying

A modern slant on a old English Myth

I really do have a fondness for the dark and gothic, and you can't beat being hunted through mist drenched graveyards at midnight by huntsmen on horseback! It is interesting to then see this placed in the modern setting of the city of Nottingham.

I guess I benefit from having visited Nottingham many times, because it gave it even more of a grounding for me. I doubt that matters much really, but I did enjoy treading down it's cobblestoned streets within the fantasy backdrop.

I also loved some of the great characters, Charles King especially, for his flamboyance and old school charm. He read a little like a victorian con-man, but straddling the line between villain and hero - and always keeping you guessing.

Refreshing twists

Twists, yes, you read that correctly, plural of twist. Queen of Eventide was well written, (hint hint, few typing errors) the characters were developed nicely and the plot was engaging. Intrigue and drama kept me guessing, in a nice way. And the ending? no spoilers here: but I think you will enjoy it. Although with so many twists I’m sure I may safely say it was not “normal” per se.

But normal is overdone. Although, when “normal” is done creatively (and is thus not normal) it can be very nice and that is why, my dear reader, you should read this book. Why so mysterious you ask? Because this story is a mystery that deserves proper respect for its ingenuity.

All in all this was a great book that I would recommend to others. I also liked the English aspect (I’m American and proud of it, but what American doesn’t like hearing that gorgeous English accent if only in their imagination).

Queen of Eventide was refreshing, full of plot twists, and character twists, and more twists. The old done new, Queen of Eventide is a sure book to add to your collection. I hope you enjoy it as much as I. Happy Reading everyone!

Author Bio

Matthew Ward

When the young Matthew Ward wasn't reading of strange worlds in the works of C S Lewis, Tolkien and Douglas Hill, he was watching adventure and mystery in Doctor Who, and Richard Carpenter's excellent Robin of Sherwood series.

In 2002, he joined Games Workshop and spent the next decade developing characters, settings and stories for their Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 universes, as well as for a successful series of licensed books set in J.R.R Tolkien's Middle-earth.

In 2014, Matthew embarked on an adventure to tell stories set in worlds of his own design. He firmly believes that there's not enough magic in the world, and writes to entertain anyone who feels the same way. He lives near Nottingham with his extremely patient wife, and three attention-seeking cats.