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The Morrow Secrets Trilogy Box Set

November 9th, 2015

Morrow-secrets-2The Morrow Secrets Trilogy has now been produced in a beautiful box set for Christmas. Get all three of Tallitha’s adventures in a new dark, spooky binding.

Box set available on Groupon for £9.98 for a limited time only

https://www.groupon.co.uk/deals/gg-groupon-goods-global-gmb-h-331639-23

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The Dark Spell is upon us! Book 3 in The Morrow Secrets Trilogy

June 27th, 2015

NEW DARK SPELL COVER reduced is upon us…and The Morrow Secrets Trilogy is complete

In a sinister world where darkness prevails, Tallitha Mouldson is determined to unravel the secrets behind her family’s mysterious past. Swept up in a breathtaking adventure into the evil depths of Hellstone Tors, Tallitha embarks on her final quest to destroy the Dark Spell and vanquish the sinister Morrow Swarm.
Surrender your imagination to this whirlwind of magic and the macabre. A Gothic fairy tale of witchcraft and the paranormal, The Dark Spell is the final chapter in Susan McNally’s epic trilogy, The Morrow Secrets.


Step into this eerie fairy tale, steeped in magic and the supernatural and surrender your imagination to a whirlwind of fantastical intrigue and dangerous betrayal. A Gothic fairy tale of epic proportions, The Morrow Secrets trilogy will bewitch, entrance and inspire.

  The final instalment in the trilogy is here:

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Fantasy Trilogy, The Morrow Secrets, like Tolkien’s Middle Earth: Dark and Supernatural

May 16th, 2015

     

 Bone Room 1-0015 Stars! A Great Story!

Tallitha Mouldson dreams of escaping her domineering Great Aunt and the confines of the east wing of Winderling Spires, a huge sprawling house in a land called Wycham Elva. She longs to explore the rest of the weird old house and uncover its secrets.

Then circumstances give her the chance, not only explore the house, but to go on a quest through dark mysterious places that will test her resolve to its limits.

I loved reading this story, loved Winderling Spires and its cast of dark characters.I also enjoyed the journey to the even darker Hellstone Tors. The plot is good, the characters are great. The world that Susan McNally has created is comparable to Tolkien’s Middle Earth in its depth and imagination. In fact this could well be Susan McNally’s ‘Hobbit’ that I can see leading on to much larger works. Five stars for this book. You will not want to put this book down and you will not want it to end.

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Magic, Witches and the Supernatural

May 10th, 2015

The castle at Hellstone Tors5* Imaginative and Exciting Gothic Tale 

Wow, what a surprise! I found this little gothic gem via Twitter and didn’t know what to expect when I started reading.

First off, I love when fantasy books have maps and illustrations to give you a sense of the surroundings, a feel for a strange new world. And strange, but wonderful it is!

CaveThe author of THE MORROW SECRETS created a wicked and creepy mystery with well-developed and bizarre characters and a fantastic, richly detailed world. The novel takes you on an adventurous journey starting at the protagonists’ eerie home of Winderling Spires and continuing across the fantastic lands of Wicham Elva all the way beyond the borders of dark and looming Breedoor. Susan McNally kept me in suspense throughout the book all the way to the very last sentence. I’m anxious to find out how the journey continues!

 

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More 5* for Fantasy Trilogy, The Morrow Secrets

January 5th, 2015

5* for The Shadow of the Swarm, book 2 in The Morrow Secrets Trilogy

The Shadow of the Swarm CoverWith more twists and turns than the River Ganges, 4 Jan 2015

I read this with a degree of cynicism. Could Susan McNally really do it again? My scepticism was misplaced because YES, absolutely, this work represents a seamless transition from the first fantastic installment in this riveting tale !!!!

 

Aside from Susan’s wonderful imagination and the strange lands and characters she has somehow made accessible to the reader, she has also (in Tallitha) created a protagonist adept in viewing the malignancy of the ‘swarm’ with childlike innocence.

Tallitha personifies all that we strove to be as children; driven, caring, resolute and with lodestars to ensure that justice prevails. It is her capacity to take the reader back to their own childhood and idealistic principles which is in my opinion Susan’s greatest success.

Roll on the concluding chapter of this fantastic trilogy!

 

Caedryl, Lapis & Muprid5.0 out of 5 stars

The Shadow of the Swarm – Brilliant!

The Shadow of the Swarm begins just where The Morrow Secrets ends and Tallitha learns what her fate will be. There are more character introductions in this book, some nice some not so nice but all play an important part in the story. We discover many more Morrow Secrets and throughout this book things start slotting into place. I think Tallitha is a very brave girl and she is an amazing character.

 

Susan McNally has penned a fantastic read, I enjoyed it even more than the first book in the series.

 

There are still loose ends to tie up and I really want to know what happens next. I am looking forward to returning to this series when book three is released.

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The Morrow Secrets is Compared to Tolkien’s Middle Earth

July 14th, 2014

 

Winderling Spires       5 Stars! A Great Story!13 July 2014 on Amazon UK

Tallitha Mouldson dreams of escaping her domineering Great Aunt and the confines of the east wing of Winderling Spires, a huge sprawling house in a land called Wycham Elva. She longs to explore the rest of the weird old house and uncover its secrets.

Then circumstances give her the chance to not only explore the house, but to go on a quest through dark mysterious places that will test her resolve to its limits.
Cave I loved reading this story, loved Winderling Spires and its cast of dark characters.I also enjoyed the journey to the even darker Hellstone Tors. The plot is good, the characters are great. The world that Susan Mcnally has created is comparable to Tolkiens Middle Earth in its depth and imagination. In fact this could well be Susan Mcnally’s ‘Hobbit’ that I can see leading on to much larger works. Five stars for this book, I do feel the story could have been longer, but that may be because I enjoyed it so much. Also I am not sure about the title, When thinking back to this story I think of Winderling Spires and If I had written it that would have been the title.

You will not want to put this book down and you will not want it to end.

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Another Great 5 Star Review for The Morrow Secrets Trilogy

July 5th, 2014
Winderling Spires5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and imaginative YA Gothic adventure!
Tallitha Mouldson is a girl that lives in the very strange and secretive Morrow household. She finds
that she is the heir to this menagerie of creatures, rooms, and relatives, and she wants nothing to do with it. This leads her on a search for a more deserving heir in which she finds out about her Great Aunt. Thus the adventure begins. Over, under, and through the most fascinating places Tallitha and her comrades experience intense, gripping and highly nerve racking situations. Put these together with some imaginatively evil creatures and you have a great YA fantasy adventure that you can’t put down.

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The Morrow Secrets: More 5 Star Reviews for Gothic Fantasy

June 4th, 2014

The Black Hound5.0 out of 5 stars

Haunting gothic tale, 1 Jun 2014

This review is from: The Morrow Secrets (Book One: The Morrow Secrets Trilogy) (Paperback)

This haunting gothic tale about the Morrow family and the secret hidden within the family history is a book worth while reading. The main character Tallitha Morrow is a fearless, head strong girl that will not take no for an answer. Together with her little brother Tyaas she decides to unravel the family secret. In order to do this they embark on a magical, dark and dangerous journey through an underworld kingdom with strange and terrifying creatures.

Although the book is mainly written for young adults, anyone who likes a well written, imaginative and adventurous gothic tale will enjoy this book.

Caedryl, Lapis & Muprid5.0 out of 5 stars

A brilliant sequel! 2 May 2014

Shadow of the Swarm (Book 2: The Morrow Secrets Trilogy) (Hardcover)

This is the second of Susan McNally’s Morrow Secrets books – the first one came out last year – and it’s just as good as the first one. It’s centred around the same main character and she’s joined not only by lots of the other characters from the first book but by new ones too. They’re all brought brilliantly to life and have more fantastic adventures. I don’t want to give anything anyway but there are some new locations that are unlike anything I’ve encountered before – spooky gothic indeed. Read it!

5.0 out of 5 stars

The Entrance to Startling CavesA Fun Read for Everybody, May 31, 2014

This review is from: The Morrow Secrets Trilogy – Book 1 (ebook edition) (Kindle Edition)

There are many things to admire about Susan McNally’s book, “The Morrow Secrets,” which I picked up last week. First, I love that the protagonist is a strong female character with many dimensions to her personality. That’s something sorely lacking in speculative literature and I’m glad to see it addressed in McNally’s writing, which addresses this without coming across as heavy-handed. Second, I like that while this book seems especially geared towards YA readers, it has a “certain something” that makes it a good, fun read for everybody. In that sense, it reminds me of the Harry Potter books, though McNally’s story and writing style feel unique. I enjoyed the illustrations, as well, and I’m anxious to read more of McNally’s work!

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Supernatural Influences on The Morrow Secrets

May 11th, 2014

The Graveyard at Winderling SpiresGhoulish things that go bump in the night and all things weird have influenced my writing from an early age. Ghost stories, Hammer House of Horror, Supernatural Tales and curiosities associated with death and dying have influenced my sense of the macabre.

One amazing place for inspiration is Highgate Cemetery in North London where the Victorians celebrated the cult around mourning, death and dying. The cemetery, one of seven that ring London, is a Gothic paradise with huge Gothic Mausolea, fantastic headstones and grotesque  catacombs to the dead. Satanists and Dracula fans have used the cemetery in the past for midnight services. It is extremely overgrown with only certain pathways open to walking tours where the ‘friends’ of Highgate cemetery, well versed in death rituals and the Victorian period talk the visitor through the history of some of the famous and infamous inhabitants of the graveyard.

http://www.highgate-cemetery.org/

Three out of every twenty babies died before their first birthday in the Victorian era. Given this high mortality rate in the mid to late 19th century, many middle class women spent much of their adulthood in mourning. The death of close family members required a Victorian woman to spend a year and a day in deep mourning, wearing rough dresses and bonnets that chaffed their skin, known as ‘widow’s weeds’ – and upwards of two years in black.

http://www.victorianflair.net/VictorianMourning.html

http://www.msu.edu/user/beltranm/mourning/mourning.htm

 The often grotesque Gothic architecture, inscriptions on the tombs and haunting atmosphere is perfect for any horror or fantasy lover.

 

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5* Review for The Shadow of the Swarm (Book 2 The Morrow Secrets Trilogy)

May 2nd, 2014

5* Review for The Shadow of the Swarm on Amazon Caedryl, Lapis & Muprid

   5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant sequel!, 2 May 2014
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This review is from: The Shadow of the Swarm (Book 2: The Morrow Secrets  Trilogy) (Hardcover)
This is the second of Susan McNally’s Morrow Secrets books – the first one came out last year – and it’s just as good as the first one. It’s centred around the same main character and she’s joined not only by lots of the other characters from the first book but by new ones too. They’re all brought brilliantly to life and have more fantastic adventures. I don’t want to give anything anyway but there are some new locations which are unlike anything I’ve encountered before – spooky gothic indeed. Read it!The Shadow of the Swarm CoverThe Shadow and the Swarm Jacket

 

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