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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  2,340 ratings  ·  432 reviews
In her award-winning novel*, Natasha Mostert blends alchemy, the art of memory, high magic and murder to create a highly original psychological thriller. Gabriel Blackstone is a cool, hip, thoroughly twenty-first century Londoner with an unusual talent. A computer hacker by trade, he is also a remote viewer: able to 'slam a ride' through the minds of others. But he uses hi ...more
Paperback, 446 pages
Published January 15th 2014 by Portable Magic Ltd (first published 2007)
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
►► BR with my MacHalo Freaks starting January 1, 2016.



DNF at 13%do you think this is some kind of DNF record for me? Naaah, I've done much worse than that.

Do you know how I keep promising you short reviews but inevitably end rambling on and on and on forever? (view spoiler) Well this time I'm really going to do it. Cross my heart, hope to die and all that crap. I mean, I only read 13% of the book, how long could this take? I see a
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Sh3lly (grumpybookgrrrl.com)
Oh dear. I'm going to seem like quite the bitch today with all my DNF reviews and low ratings. Oh well.



It's a holiday and time to spring clean my currently reading shelf.

I really wanted to like this. The premise sounded so interesting. The MC is a male who is a remote viewer. I find that fascinating. He reluctantly decides to investigate the missing son of a wealthy man whose new wife is one of his ex-girlfriends. Two mysterious sisters, who happen to be witches, are prime suspects. However, I o
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Gabrielle
Oct 21, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is just a delicious read on so many levels. Purely recreational and effortless, but not simple by any means. It's a feast for the senses - I wanted to step inside and live in it, rub the pages all over my SKIN! Mostert really knows how to seduce the imagination without needing to resort to the obvious. It's like being captivated by wondering what's underneath the soft blouse instead of having bare breasts thrust in your face.

Sensual, yes, AND cerebral! And haunting, ethereally erotic,
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J-J lover of books

This is one of those books that will stay with you long after you've read it.

I came across this book at my local community centre & i think the cover drew me in. The cover i've got has a crow beak open as if in a cry & a woman mainly her eye & in her eye is a symbol which looks to me like a woman (very hard to explain).
I was drawn in by the prologue it was captivating. The story centre's around Gabriel & he lives in London he steals information for a living, a computer hacker, w
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Tammy
Prepare to be seduced by a gothic novel of intrigue, murder, love, the art of memory and remote viewing...

Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert (Bantam Books)
It's very easy to mistake this book for just another unoriginal gothic sci-fi novel. After all, the synopsis on the book jacket seems to mention concepts that have been explored way too many times before.

That, coupled with the pretty, but rather romanc-y book cover makes this one of those gems that people will pass by simply because this
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Pam
Jan 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this book is really good amazing! Of course, I rated it a 5 star. Hmm...I would definitely recommend this book to...:

Age(s):
-13/14
-Older

...or for those who are genre-picky...!

Genres:
-Thriller
-Romance
-Magic
-Alchemy
-Mystery

There are some "sexual" things in it, but seriously guys, don't laugh about it. It takes place in modern England, where Gabriel Blackstone (the main character)is a remote viewer (RV) that can see through people's mind psychically, that needs to solve the murder case of R
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rachelle
Aug 19, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a filmmaker
I really liked this book when I first started reading it. The first few chapters were fast-paced and engaging. After I was hooked, it fell on its face. The character development was lazy if not altogether lacking. (spoiler coming) I found it irritating that the author made the redhead seductive and sexy and lovable and her dark-haired sister the "bad guy". I'm SO over that. There were also a couple typos which always annoys me. It pulls me right out of the story every time.

I will say that while
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Erica Ravenclaw
Hmpf. DNF at 23%.

I don't love doing this, especially when the premise itself is really interesting. The truth is the characters haven't really resonated with me, I put this down ages ago and have not once since considered picking it up. Moving on.

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Kristen
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an usual, but very engrossing book. It is cerebral, esoteric and very intelligently thoughtful. It's also full of suspense, mystery, drama and gothic atmosphere.

Gabriel Blackstone is a hacker and information thief extraordinaire. He lives for the thrill of finding a way past the obstacles standing between him and whatever data he has a buyer willing to pay for. He's also a "remote viewer" meaning he can drop into other people's minds and wander around to see what's going on inside their
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rebellyell666
Mar 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inhalt:

Gabriel Blackstone hat die Fähigkeit, ein Fernwahrnehmer zu sein. Heute ist er Computerhacker und hat seine Gabe weites gehend von sich gedrängt. Als eine Person aus seiner Vergangenheit ihn um Hilfe bittet, ahnt er nicht, in welchen Strudel aus Geschehnissen er sich begibt…

Schreib-/Erzählstil:

Wahnsinn! Mostert schreibt ganz zu Anfang von dem siedend heißen England im Sommer und ich war direkt gefesselt von ihrer Art, den Leser an selbstverständliche als auch absonderliche Dinge heranzufü
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Sandra Foy
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fav-books-2015
Towards the end of last year I came across this author on Netgalley with her most recent book Dark Prayer (reviewed on my blog http://readingwrites.wordpress.com) and I loved it. It was definitely one of my books of the year. Wanting to read some more I picked Season of the Witch which I didn’t know until after I had read it has won The Book To Talk About: World Book Day Award. I have to say that it more than deserves its award.

It is a long time since I read it but this book reminded me of The M
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Puddlyduck
Disclaimer: Netgalley supplied me with this book.

Season of the Witch is a book of many contrasts. The sisters are quite different in looks and personality are presented as opposites, united under a common interest.

Gabriel himself is presented as a quite modern man (especially at the beginning of the tale), quite honestly motivated by greed. This was effectively and jarringly juxtaposed against the diary extracts of a mysteriously flowery writer who is more concerned with a higher calling.

These
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Stephanie
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing book. I reread it after I finished it. It is a suspense novel, revolving around alchemy, magic, remote viewing, mystery and romance. It tells the story of Gabriel Blackstone, an information thief who steals data by hacking the computers of big companies. He is also a remote viewer and is able to enter the minds of others. He is asked by a former girlfriend, Cecily Frank, to find her missing stepson, last seen in the company of Morrighan and Minnaloushe Monk. Gabriel starts inv ...more
Sanda
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Prepare to be seduced by the mixture of sensuality, mystery and supernatural that this book offers. Gabriel Blackstone, a self proclaimed "information thief", also possesses ability to mentally pay visits to other people's minds (or to "slam a ride" as it is referred to in the book). Such "gifts" often come at a price and while he believes "remote viewing" days are behind him, an unexpected visit from an ex-girlfriend may change all that. She asks him to look into the disappearance of her stepso ...more
Sibil
Feb 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Un parola sola basta a descrivere il libro, anzi due: di troppo. Ci sono troppe cose che sono di troppo:

1) il passato tormentato del personaggio. E' messo lì solo per creare l'aria da "bello e dannato", ma è di troppo ed è inutile. Gabriel è bello e dannato anche senza "l'incidente" che gli è capitato. Al posto di aiutare la caratterizzazione del protagonista appesantisce la narrazione.

2) Le descrizioni. A volte sono un po' troppe, o troppo lunghe. A volte sono inutili.

3) le vittime. C'era il ca
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Claire
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Intriguing characters, in particular the enigmatic Monk sisters who entice lead character Gabriel into their lives whilst he tries to discover what has happened to a missing man.

 

Mystery and magic combine to make this a really interesting book that proved engrossing after a slightly slow start. Part based in fact, this book definitely gives food for thought and arose my interested in reading the author's three previous books.

 

Thanks to Transworld Publishing for the copy I received via netgalley.
Jenn Kurrie
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
#13/2016 ... Calling this a kaleidoscope view of San Francisco is exactly how it reads. A rich and personal history of the place I call home with a slew of unforgettable people, events and moments that shaped our city and the world.
Nancynarcolepsy
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing to say the least. A book so mystical you get lost in it. Even if you are not intersested in wichcraft and things like that you will have absolutly no problem understading the book. Very well writhen, this book as a great plot and is hard to put down!
Belinda M
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two sisters with remarkable abilities who se almost other worldly ensnare the man tasked to investigate them. He falls so hard under their spell that he almost forgets what he was sent to do. This was an unusual story that captivated me the further along I got.
Kalina Bahchevanova
Това... е една от най-ужасните книги, които някога съм чела.

Всъщност в началото не беше толкова зле. Историята изглеждаше като сравнително интересна паранормална мистерия, въпреки доста неприятния главен герой. Проблемът се появи със самата тъй наречена "мистерия".

Нашият главен герой трябва да разбере кой е убил сина на богатия съпруг на бившата му приятелка. (Да. Сериозно.) За тази цел той използва способностите си за "отдалечено виждане". Заподозрените са сестрите Монк, които са, ъм, "слънче
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Makenna
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This is the kind of a book that, although it has its faults, you will catch yourself thinking about it a long while after you've read it. If I were to suggest it to other people though, my target group would be named "WOMEN ONLY", as it has a very very strong feminine touch that might not go very well with a male reader. If you are the kind of person who is intrigued by witchcraft, the occult and all kinds of mind powers, then this is the book for you! Every supernatural aspect is explained in s ...more
Kim
I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was told the Season of the Witch was much better than the last Mostert I read which was The Midnight Side, but I don't think I liked this one as much. We start with Gabriel who, since losing his one actual love, has become a loner hacker who uses up and tosses women without thought. After pride tragically ends his former career, he turns to stealing information as his day job. When his love returns to his life she has a h
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Thomas Edmund
Season of The Witch stars our main squeeze Gabriel Blackstone, a computer hacking 'remote viewer' trained by the secret organisation Eyestorm. Gabriel is accompained by a collection of other ridiculously cheesey named characters as he investigates the disapearance of his ex-girlfriend's son-in-law.

Sound covoluted? It is, but don't worry. The plodding plot of this novel is almost too easy to follow, and the complications, rather than titilating, tend to be pointless drag.

The main plot point of Se
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Laura Morrigan
This book cleverly combines fact with fiction to create an enthralling adventure of the heart and mind.

Gabriel Blackstone once worked for Eyestorm, (a fictional British version of the real secret STARGATE project in America) where people with psychic talents were used to track down missing persons until he made a terrible mistake. All that is behind him now and he works as a hacker, a lucrative and exciting job that gives him the lifestyle he longed for as a child.

When a former lover from his Ey
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Leslie
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: If you are looking for something different and entertaining
Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert definitely weaved its spell, making for a very intriguing and fascinating read. Contrary to its title, this book is not your typical story of witches and witchcraft. The book is a mixture of the mystical/arcane with technology, science fiction and history. This unique blend creates its own brand of magic that’s different yet compelling.

One of the things that stood out for me about this book was the writing. I thought Mostert did a great job of mixing histo
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Dianne
Be prepared to be seduced into leaving reality for Natasha Mostert’s Season of the Witch. When a high end information thief (hacker) is asked to use his “remote viewing” abilities to find the missing son of a dying millionaire, no one knew what Gabriel would discover, or “see” or the darkness that would threaten to surround them all.
Natasha Mostert tells a bewitching tale where science, memory and magic entwine and entangle with other mystical practices and obsessions. Is it possible one of the
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Mailis Viiand
This book was a gift from ex-boyfriend who now is also a good friend, who gave it to me after coming back from a trip to USA, where he found it in a bookstore,and bought it for me, because he thought this was the stuff i usually read. Well, about that time i had finished Twilight series and had good words to say about those books, so he thought that i was probably entering puberty again and wishing to relive all the girly fantasies or something, reading romances about witches and vampires. So he ...more
Aurora Dimitre
I'm still not completely sure how I feel about this book.

On one hand, it was interesting. The worldbuilding was unique and the witchy stuff was sufficiently weird - and that was cool. There was one character that I really, really loved - every part with them would probably be given a five stars, and, honestly, if they wouldn't have died I probably would have given this book a four stars. Not because I'm mad that they died, but because the book just got a lot worse once they died. I didn't care a
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Chris
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I guess I have been in a bit of a stuck book spell, because I dove into this book about modern witches like falling right back into a comfortable place. Gabriel is a remote viewer (telepath) and in the past worked with a group who trained their ability to help out the police. But he's arrogant, and over confident and fell out of favor with the group and his partner. Years later, his ex comes to him to try to get him to help locate her missing stepson. And so we meet the Monk sisters, powerful al ...more
Jayne
Dec 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book in my Community centre & I was drawn in by the prologue & the cover they're both captivating . The story centre's around Gabriel & he lives in London he steals information for a living, a computer hacker, with the help of his friend Isidore, mainly from big companies. He is contacted by a guy called William Whittington as his son had disappeared & he'd been given Gabriel's name as he was able to visit other people's minds. Gabriel wasn't interested in taking the ...more
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