Deep in a deserted forest, a coven of witches is taken by surprise as they attempt to summon the Dark Lord, Anubin, from the spirit world.
At his Easter camp, young Gilbert Hawkins has an amazing divine encounter. However, as the subsequent years pass, he and his girlfriend find themselves increasingly the subject of demonic visitations. What is the connection between these seemingly isolated events, over 300 years apart? As the angelic forces of good and evil clash, the disturbing nature of the mystery gradually emerges. Can the dark servants of Anubin be prevented from obtaining for him the power he so desperately seeks - the power that comes from the black talisman?
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A suspenseful/religious/supernatural horror
The Black Talisman is a book I've had on my audible list for a while. I started it about 8 months ago, and for whatever reason, lost the thread. Not one to give up (as I know it can sometimes depend on my own mood rather than anything else) I started this again.
Now THIS time, I got into it straight away and found it much more engaging.
The story is based around a supernatural/religious storyline, with a bit of romance for good measure.
What I also like ( in fact what I really enjoy) is the tale is told over two time periods, 300 years apart.
Firstly, we're in the late 1600's. A coven of witches is disrupted deep in the woods whilst performing a ritual to summon a demonic energy. One of the witches is caught and taken to the local Squire. Out of her pocket falls a black talisman. This object is split into three and it's decided it should never be put together again. The three pieces are given to different people to dispose of secretly, so there's no chance of it ever being put together and used in the dark arts again.
So what has this got to do with a young couple in the 1980's?
We meet Monica & Gilbert, friends since childhood and drawn together throughout their lives. Whilst taking part in her interest of genealogy, Monica comes across some interesting and disturbing facts about her family. How though is this all connected?
As the story unfolds, the author intertwines a well thought out and well written storyline. It's just about the right length to keep the listener interested, and not complicated enough that you lose the thread of what's happening. It's an atmospheric read, with a small group of characters. I will just say, the ending did give me a little jolt of: "Well, wasn't quite expecting that".
As ever, the fantastic voice of Jake Urry as narrator helps somewhat in giving this story it's creepy, eerie feeling. It's definitely worth a listen, especially in the dark, cold, murky depths of winter.