Series: A Magnus Blackwell Novel: Book 1
Author: Alexandrea Weis with Lucas Astor
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release: October 3, 2017
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Lexie Arden and her fiancé, Will Bennet, are determined to rescue the neglected Mount Desert Island landmark. They want to make Altmover Manor their home. But Magnus has other plans.
A spirit bound to his former residence, Magnus finds himself inexplicably drawn to the young woman. She has a supernatural gift; a gift Magnus wants to exploit.
As Lexie and Will settle in, secrets from Magnus’s past begin to surface. Compelled to learn all she can about the former owner, Lexie becomes immersed in a world of voodoo, curses, and the whereabouts of a mysterious dragon cane.
Magnus’s crimes won’t be so easily forgotten, and what Lexie unearths is going to change the future … for everyone.
Bound to a spirit with a sinister history, a woman with a dark power will battle to rule the realm of the dead…
A thin layer of mist covered the foyer floor as the lotus sconces glowed with an eerie light. Lexie wore a formal white gown, woven with lace and gold ribbons. The dress harkened back to a long-ago era. She didn’t recall putting on the outfit or where she had gotten it.
She ran her hands ran over the smooth silk and played with the lace on her sleeves.
“This is weird.”
The grand chandelier came to life, filling the foyer with its bright light. Ethereal music wafted through the house. Lexie swore she recognized the piece—a waltz. The music got louder; embedded in the notes was the distant murmur of conversation and glasses tinkling.
Lexie moved toward the sounds, stopping along the way to admire the home. The dull and drab foyer, once ravaged by time, blossomed before her as if magically restored. The golden wallpaper glistened in the candlelight, and the tears in the material came together as the dusty hardwood floors took on a dazzling shine. The chandelier appeared new, its chain covered with red velvet rope.
She made her way to the staircase where the red dragon’s eyes at the base of the banister glowed. Her fingers caressed the colored glass, and she raised her head to the massive chandelier. The light fixture swayed.
Terrified, Lexie took off running down the hallway. Her flight halted as long, flowing, multi-colored gowns, intermingled with black tuxedos with long tails, sprung up around her. Couples caught up in the frenzy of the waltz kept time with the music, but these dancers had no hands and no heads. They were nothing more than costumes inhabited by ghosts.
“They’ve outdone themselves. Quite an event,” a haughty man’s voice came from the flurry of twirling clothes.
“Have you seen Katherine’s dress?” a woman twittered. “He imported it from Paris for their anniversary.”
Lexie carefully maneuvered through the swirling apparel, anxious not to disturb them.
“I never thought they’d last the year,” another man said. “They’re so ill-suited.”
“Well, I’ve discovered the most scandalous things about Magnus Blackwell and the lurid things he likes to do with women,” a woman remarked. “Do you think they’re true?”
Eager to get away from the creepy dancing garments, Lexie ducked into the closest room. She slid inside a set of shiny double oak doors and closed them behind her. Resting her pounding head against the wood, she relaxed.
“This is a bad dream. Nothing more.”
When she turned from the doors, Lexie had somehow arrived in the living room. But unlike before, the room had rich furniture, the polished paneling gleamed, and an oriental carpet with a green dragon graced the center of the parquet floor.
By the entrance, she toed the same spot where she’d found the deep gouge, but it wasn’t there.
The bloom of a roaring fire in the hearth commanded her attention, drawing her gaze to Magnus Blackwell’s portrait. Lexie stared at the painting. Something changed with the colors. They morphed and moved as if taking on a shape.
A voice emanated from inside the painting; a man’s voice.
“I’ve been waiting for you, dear girl.”
Review by Kathy
The first book captivated you, this book puts you in a trance that will not allow you to leave this story until you reach the very end..or is it Magnus that has you within his grasp, maybe it's the power of the infamous cane that has you caught in it's power? This book is amazingly well written, as is always the case with Alexandrea Weis, with a storyline that latches on to you from the very beginning with it's intrigue, mystery, ghosts and cast of characters that will have you enthralled throughout the book.
These characters; well you have Will, the handsome young architect who along with his beautiful interior designer fiance Lexie who have purchased Magnus Blackwell's illustrious Manor. Will is a bright young man with a bright future and the dream to make the manor his and his new bride's home. Lexie has a little gift that trouble's Will, only in that he does not believe, but he loves her so much that he allows her to talk about her gift..to a point. Remi is the man who has been the overseer of the manor until it was purchased and has agreed to help Will with the restoration of the manor. Lexie senses something about Remi but can't put her finger on it. There is more to this man than he is letting on and she finds many things about him strange, especially when he calls her out on her gift. Things really begin to start shaking, rattling and moaning as the ghosts know what Lexie is capable of and one in particular wants her to find something that is supposed to set him free of his bondage to this realm.
The excitement level really picks up once Will and Lexie have to leave the manor and return to Boston, to begin picking up their lives and move forward, but something takes place that makes Lexie decide that the best thing for her to do is to go to New Orleans to see what she can find out about getting rid of their new unwanted roommate, Magnus. Hold on to your seats because things are going to begin to get a little creepy and exciting! Lexie will find out much more about voodoo and even more about her gift, as well as more about her travel partner Magnus. But this trip is not only an education for Lexie, it also is eye opening for Magnus as he sees how the world has changed and finds himself changing himself.
This is an amazing book and a fantastic series and I highly recommend this book! TEN STARS!!!
Review by Barbara
OMG is an absolute understatement with this book / series. Ms.Weis has such a unique gift in her writing skills. Her way with words and her love of New Orleans and it’s macabre history just flows through her works, especially this series. Just like the prequel story Blackwell once you start reading Damned you won’t be able to set the book down. It sucks you into it in more ways than one.
The characters will touch your heart and you’ll just want to hold them close and go on this amazing adventure with them. (Even the ghostly ones will creep into your subconscious and make themselves at home). The characters (human and otherwise) are so well developed and their dialogues will keep you enthralled from the start to the very thrilling ending.
This book takes up years after Magus Blackwell left his mark on Altmover Manor, New Orleans and the world around him (in the prequel Blackwell). When the new owners of Altmover Manor, Will and Lexie, arrive the spirits become excited to say the least. You see, they need Lexie to use her “gift” to find Magus’s cane. Yep the original Baton Juju is once again at the center of things with people wanting to possess its powers. Lexie, Will and the ghost of Magus Blackwell will take you on one very wildly exciting ride and trust me you don’t want to miss it. It’s an amazing plot that will have you falling in love with the characters, the story and the powerful voodoo history in New Orleans. 5 stars doesn’t begin to do this book/series justice. It’s most definitely in my top 5 for 2017 if not my top 2. I highly recommend reading Blackwell then Damned and this reader is anxiously awaiting book 2 in the Blackwell series.
In The Series
Blackwell (A Mangus Blackwell Prequel)
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About The Author
Alexandrea Weis is also a certified/permitted wildlife rehaber with the La. Wildlife and Fisheries. When she is not writing, she rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She is married; they live in New Orleans.