Author: Zathyn Priest
Publisher: Scarlet Tie
Cover Artist: Zathyn Priest
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/10/2012
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Drama, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, Historical, Horror, M/M Romance, Mystery, Other Holiday, Paranormal, Romance
Lillyport House was one of Britain’s most haunted residences. Originally home to Viscount Eldon Davenport, one of history’s most controversial poets, the house was sold by Davenport’s parents after he was found dead of a gunshot to the head, the pistol that killed him in his hand.
Reclusive painter Cameron McKenzie is the latest owner of Lillyport, and he doesn’t believe in ghosts, at least not until he accidentally raises Eldon from the dead.
Enter parapsychologist Malcolm and psychic Trudy, each with their own agendas. Malcolm wishes to sever the link between Cameron and Eldon, while Trudy is attempting to keep them together. Will she be able to unravel Lillyport’s secrets or does the answer to Eldon’s survival depend on Cameron, a painting, and a guilt-ridden 19th century stable boy?
I love when an author takes their time in setting up a story when it fits that story to do so. Zathyn Priest does that here with Liquid Glass, allowing for my connections to be made with characters in an organic way.
However, I knew one thing for sure early on: I really like Eldon.
Just because Eldon rated as an eligible bachelor didn’t mean he rated as highly in society circles as a person. Many found his outspoken opinions, and his friendliness toward the lesser class, as offensive as his garish attire.
Yup, sounds like my kinda guy: brash, bold, honest, and caring, with just the right level of bite to his word. He does what he wants, trying to break the rules for the right reasons, all while living in a time and with people that really couldn’t care less about him.
It also didn’t take me long to get that feeling. You know the one. I wanted to curl up with this book, cuddle it, protect it even, and I certainly wasn’t going to let anyone take it away from me. Yes, yes, I know, tis illogical but still true.
This story is a wonderful mix of paranormal, historical, contemporary, creep-tastic, mystery, and poetry. Yup, it’s poetic. Priest’s ability to make the right word choice is evident all over the place, creating a rhythm that fits characters and what they’re all experiencing. That’s not easy, folks, to create a world where the rules work for every character, no matter their role.
Priest also excels in bringing emotion right to the surface, no matter the… state of affairs, especially in regards to Eldon. Listen, it’s just plain cool! This book is so cool because all of the ingredients are expertly used and result in a most delicious reading experience.
Eldon’s other half, so to speak, is Cameron. He’s not as brash as Eldon but he’s definitely got attitude, some of it not exactly endearing, except when it is. Yup, we’re talking complex character development here, folks. Step right up, step right up, get your fantastically drawn characters right here.
Cameron lurched into the centre of the room, swaying on unsteady legs and suppressing the sickening nausea eddying inside his stomach. Despite the horror of what he saw, Cameron knew Eldon’s terror-stricken soul endured far worse.
It’s getting creepy up in this joint! Are ya curious? Ya should be.
Just at the time I thought I had a handle on where this was all heading, it took a turn and I held on, ready for the ride. All kinds of questions arose, possible conflicts presented themselves, and opportunities for understanding landed front and center. Which way would it all go?
Trudy is one of my favorite supporting characters I’ve come across. She’s caring, humorous, strong, intelligent, a bit of a mother hen, and she fits perfectly into this story. It wouldn’t have worked without her. She is a major point of connection between all of those ingredients I listed up there. I enjoyed every moment she was on page. How often can we say that?
There is some superb imagery in this book. It’s yet one more thing that pulled me into this story, never letting go the entire way.
Pelting rain fell in sheets and pounded against the glass windows of a two-room stone cottage on the outskirts of Dorset. Lightning flashed in threatening forks across a blackened sky and thunder cracked in deafening blasts. A colossal English Elm slammed its branches into the cottage with each powerful gust of wind, scraping its twiggy fingers against the window and groaning under the strain of the storm.
I mean, c’mon! That’s fantastic stuff right there.
This story works its way towards and exciting, nail-biting crescendo, gaining speed as it grows. I felt like I was ricocheting back and forth between the main stages at a concert, feeling drawn to them simultaneously, unable to choose, and even more thankful I didn’t have to do just that. Connections were being woven together, heightening the energy, propelling everything forward, and I loved it. Whew!
Amidst it all there’s also a message here, meaningful, and gently portrayed. It’s definitely the emotional icing on the rollercoaster ride of a reading experience.
You think you might know what you’re going to get with story. You might be partially correct but, trust me, you will be surprised, and you will enjoy it. Zathyn Priest deftly manages all of the moving parts, manipulating them like those on a chess board, timing everything just right.
Bravo! I recommend this book. Without any hesitation. I enjoyed every freakin’ minute.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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