Troubador The Sorceress and the Postgraduate

Released: 28/01/2018

ISBN: 9781788039703

eISBN: 9781788034142

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Sorceress and the Postgraduate


When an Oxford University student decides to steal an intriguing object from the Pitt Rivers Museum to further his studies, he gets more than he bargained for.

It’s 1497 and Albrecht Durer produces the four witches engraving. But there were really five women, not four, and they were sorceresses. All five were condemned to death, but it was decided that the youngest English girl, Constance, should be saved and the four sorceresses cast a spell to suspend her in time.

What ensues is a captivating story as the student with the help of his new assistant embark on an adventure of magic and mystery, in search for secrets locked in the history of time.

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JD DeHart

5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. It was the perfect blend of history and present. It didn't get overwhelming with facts and kept you wondering what will happen next. This book it far from predictable but in a Very good way. I highly recommend this book!

by Mindy Hopkins

5 stars

With literary notes, author Clive Heritage-Tilley delivers an inviting fantasy story that flies by as you read it. I greatly enjoyed this clever and easy-to-follow book.

by JD DeHart

The overall premise for this book is good -- a sorceress is locked in a bottle, and for various reasons, the bottle is not opened until a few hundred years later in our present day society. The sorceress is unlocked by a graduate student.

There is romance because the sorceress and the graduate student are relatively close in age. There is some adventure.

The book is well written, but some portions of the book require a leap of the imagination. In addition, some of the reasons behind actions are not explained early on and the reasons are slowly explained as you read on.

This is escapist fiction. If you can put the logical part of your mind on hold, you will enjoy this book. Despite this, the book is written in such a way that I wanted to know what happened and I wanted to read on.

by Carol Grinage

It took me a while to start reading this book as I wasn't wholly keen on the first chapter, however, once I got past that it was a really good book, very strange but magical nonetheless!

by Charlotte Render

5 stars

I really liked the book. An amazing story, a lot of fun to read. For ages 12-99.

by Beate Lingenfelder

The blurb intrigued me. A sorceress suspended in time and then released in the 21st century. What a brilliant time slide premise. How would a 14th century gal thrown into the 21st century cope? The obvious conclusion is that she would be nonplussed initially. But, for how long and could she overcome her initial amazement and fit into the 21st century? One might even argue why she should not. Many of the modern inventions were figments in the imagination of our forebears. Electricity and other discoveries have simplified our life and modern conveniences are easy enough to grasp when one is not in awe of them. Nevertheless Tilley adroitly resolves this and other dilemmas in his novel with insight, ingenuity and a huge dollop of writers licence merging history, fantasy and sci fi to weave an irresistible yarn. For Tilley's sorceress Constance is no ordinary gal. This becomes more evident when one realises the era Constance lived in and Albrecht's friend Leo’s identity. Her antics will not fail to amuse one. Tilley's sorceress is clever, quick on the uptake but could do with a few scruples. Unsurprisingly, the protagonist Darcy is quite taken with her. One can see how Albrecht Durer was enamoured with Constance all those centuries ago. The gal has natural charm. No sorcery here. Oh, by the way, there is actually a difference between a sorceress and a witch. Really! One did not know that. Cool I'll buy that. A charming tale told in an equally charming manner with nail biting moments interspersed throughout the book. Tilley has certainly nailed it, down to his candid and simplistic style. Unfortunately it is too simplistic for an adult not least an Oxford postgrad hence the problem of genre. It would however suit a YA audience and a change of genre is well advised. Shame since the plot would delight an adult audience. Despite this obvious drawback, the book is a compelling read. For a debut effort, Tilley displays extraordinary imagination, acuity and craftsmanship. With natural flair, he elegantly sets his readers up painting a tale that leaves one gasping in astonishment at the depth of his effort. His characters are well developed and the plot well thought in every detail making it credible. Who thought that sci fi and witchcraft oops sorcery went hand in hand? In Tilley's world of course! Certainly an author to watch out for in the future.

by Beatrice Viegas

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