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Throughout their childhood, Beth and Luke have been terrorized because of their mother's religious mania. One summer, Beth visits her grandmother and meets the irresistible Morgan, and her descent into darkness begins. The beloved child they conceive foretells a future of evil.
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Finesse by Freda
Most books of this length run out of puff and anything approaching 20 hours often makes me a bit nervous. Not so with Dark Cathedral. I'm about an hour from the end and Freda Warrington has nailed this brilliantly. Though a work of fiction she has taken the time to understand the reality of pagan/wiccan faith and mixed in some darker beliefs as well - all in a credible, believable way. Add in religious mania in the form of radical christian belief and things spin wildly out of control. Freda is undeniably an accomplished wordsmith and has produced a work that starts slow and continues to build. I did have my doubts for about the first hour and a half that I would run out of patience and that the storyline would move too slowly to hold my interest but after that I was hooked. There are a mix of well defined characters and the story moves back and forth from the era of hysterical witch-hunts being common-place, to recent time without ever coming close to confusion. I take my hat off to any author that can encourage you to admire and disapprove of the same character simultaneously - not an easy thing to do. Highly recommended.
Captivating Religious Thriller
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Being a fan of Freda Warrington, I tried to track down all her books after reading the Blood Wine sequence. Sadly enough, the books are out of print and very expensive to buy used, so I couldn't afford to buy them. When I found that all her novels were published as audiobooks on audible, I was overjoyed! Freda Warrington is one of my absolute favorite gothic fantasy writers, and I would recommend her to anyone who likes fantasy.
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The story is already described in the synopsis, so I'll stick with my opinion: "Dark Cathedral" gives a captivating insight into the psychological workings of religious sects and the resulting hatred and prejudice against anyone "other". None of the characters are perfect, and I especially liked the fact that the author at no point criticised Christianity as a belief, but showed empathically that the way some people live their religion is hateful and wrong.
The characters are fleshed out and three dimensional, and I could picture them in front of me while listening to the audiobook.
I think that the empathic reading by Nicholas Camm only added to the layered atmosphere of mystery in the book, and I greaty enjoyed the experience.
All in all, it was a gread "read" and I am already listening to the next book in the series!