5, 4 and 3 Stars for Graveyard Sparrow by Kayla Bashe #FF #Historical #paranormal #mystery


Title: Graveyard Sparrow
Author Name & Publisher: Kayla Bashe (Torquere Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 22, 2015 – 110 pgs


Katriona Sparrow, dubbed the Mad Heiress by London’s upper class, is the deceptively fragile ward of a foreign nobleman. She can’t stand making small talk with strangers, but she’s unparalleled when it comes to deciphering the dead.

On a routine investigation, something goes horribly wrong, leaving Katriona catatonic in an upscale hospital and a serial killer with an artistic bent stalking London’s most vulnerable.

Enter Anthea Garlant, a young witch and academic ostracized from polite society for traveling the world without a chaperone. She devises magical treatments to protect Katriona from the side effects of her abilities, but as she grows more and more attached to Katriona, her professional façade begins to slip.

Will they be able to stop the man who turns beautiful dead women into works of art before he turns his attention much closer to home?

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A beautifully written period novel. The use of language transports you back into Regency London. A delightfully written tale about a blossoming love affair between a witch and an empath.
What made this such an enjoyable book was the insights it gave to life and society in this period. The rigid class society, dubious moral values, lack of women’s rights all gave the novel a credible air of believability. The author has obviously researched her novel well.
The only problem I had was the editing.


This book had a great theme and a wonderful cast of characters that seemed real and had their share of flaws. While the plot line and the twists it involved were deep and kept me intrigued, it managed to keep from being too involved and losing the reader to a bunch of useless detail.
However, some structure and grammatical issues as well as the authors tendency to leap from one characters’ mindset to the next mid-chapter, sometimes even mid-paragraph, made it difficult and confusing to follow at times. While I had to set it down a couple times to allow a break and absorb what had happened to whom, since sometimes that wasn’t clear, it was still a rather good book.
FiveStarsI really enjoyed this suspenseful, intriguing story. It’s incredibly well-written, and I couldn’t put it down.

I thought the way the clues were presented was great. I was able to piece together who the killer was fairly easily, but I didn’t get the impression the author was trying to string us along to draw out the mystery. There was still a lot of suspense after the reveal.

Both Katriona and Anthea are likable characters. There were things I could relate to in both of them, even though I don’t have their magical abilities. Their relationship was a tender part of the story, but it was by no means the main focus. I really enjoyed their interactions.

I’m glad I picked this up, and I would definitely read more of the author’s work.

~Amy M


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