The Lost Child of Lychford
A finalist for the 2017 Locus Award for Best Novella!
It’s December in the English village of Lychford – the first Christmas since an evil conglomerate tried to force open the borders between our world and… another.
Which means it’s Lizzie’s first Christmas as Reverend of St. Martin’s. Which means more stress, more expectation, more scrutiny by the congregation. Which means…...more
As Lizzie is busy with preparations at the church for the festivities, two strange things happen. One, a boy appears in a ghostly form and two, a young couple comes to church insisting on getting married in the church on Christmas Eve.
The couple seemed suspect to me from the beginning, as they have all their plans laid out on how exactly they want the ceremony to ...more
This series continues well with a strongly Christian influence and slant, which is interesting given the occult and mythic angles. It will be interesting to see where Paul takes this.
I was a little worried I wouldn’t remember enough about the first novella to follow all of this, but I quickly cottoned on again. The characters were fairly memorable, after all, particularly Judith — her cantankerous practicality was as fun and refreshing this time round as last. I felt like that character had a little less screen time, so to speak, while the Reverend Lizzie had more, but it did make sense in the context of the story — Lizzie is really the key fi ...more
Lizzie, reverend of Lychford and also a witch of sorts, see the ghost of a child one morning in her church. The ghost has a plea, and Lizzie, Autumn and Judith, the three Lychford witches must solve a Christmas ...more
I won this from a goodreads giveaway. It in no way impacted this review.
I liked this book, but, felt all along that I was missing the back story. It can stand alone as a book, but, I would have prefered to read the first in the series beforehand.
The book flowed nicely and it had enough intrigue to keep you reading and turning the pages. Which was a big plus for me. I sometimes can not get through a book because it is just, blah. But, this one is full of turns. I won't say twist cause ...more
The Lost Child of Lychford arrived in my mailbox a few months back, and since I had already planned on reading Witches of Lychford anyway, I figured this was worth reading and reviewing. With all the setup done in Witches, I ended up loving The Lost Child of Lychford more than I did its predecessor. Not only does it fix some of the complaints I had about the previous book, but it also turned into something genuinely creepy.
My biggest disappointment with Witches has ...more
The trio of witches built up a great chemistry through the first installment and it carries well here.
Imaginative in many ways , although a few steps in the plot seemed a little easy.
It had the feel of a good Christmas special on TV
I really love this series; there's a very English cosiness to the rural village setting, which blends surprisingly well with supernatural forces of evil - rather like the way the local reverend Lizzie is able to be ...more
This novella includes the three women from the first in the series - Judith, Autumn, and Lizzie, with Lizzie having more focus here The three pull together to try and stop evil from breaking the barrier to our world. I didn't like this one quite as much as the first one, but I'll still definitely be reading the next. The fact that it's set at Ch ...more
I am NOT Paul Cornell. Like him, however, I am married to a Church of England priest and live in a small community in Southern England. So I am loving this series (see here for review of The Witches of Lychford) as much for its depiction of the joys and frustrations of life in such a community, as for the supernatural spooky stuff.
The supernatural, spooky stuff is, is though, magnificently done, truly eerie and frightening. Lychford ...more
Previously in Lychford, three women discovered that Bad Things were going down in both a spiritual and literal sense in their village. Together, they managed.
Now, it's some time later... in fact, it's Christmas. So you just know something bad is going to happen. Lizzie is the pastor and she's relatively settled; Autumn is still running her magic shop and she's taken on Judith, ostensibly as her shop assistant but actua ...more
(I received this from NetGalley for an honest review.)
Some favorite lines: "She waited for the other shoe to drop, but as always with Finn, it failed to. It was like he only wore one shoe."
" 'And you don’t get proper Christmas Number Ones these days,' she said. 'Just whoever’s won the bloody X Factor.' Judith looked at her and blinked like a tortoise. 'What does that h ...more
3.5 stars, rounded up because I really liked the middle bits.
As it was established in the first book, Lychford is an important town located at the crossroads of many worlds. The boundaries of the town create ...more