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Damned

(A Magnus Blackwell Novel #1)

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Over a hundred years after the death of Magnus Blackwell, Altmover Manor sits abandoned.

Lexie Arden and her fiancé, Will Bennett, 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
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Paperback, 425 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Vesuvian Books
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Janet Robel
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hold on to your seats because you're in for one helluva ride! Pulls you in with a phenomenal plot and a great cast. This is paranormal at its finest. The haunted house theme and Lexi's abilities really keep the pages turning. Lexie and her fiancée Will purchase an old house with lots of history, and things get going from there. The spirit of Magnus Blackwell has unfinished business and refuses to leave Lexie alone. The adventure continues in New Orleans own French Quarter where Lexie is drawn to ...more
Jonas Saul
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read one of the Advanced Reader copies and absolutely loved this second novel in the Blackwell story. Well done, Alexandrea, another hit. The author drew me in easily with her characterization and fabulous style. Loved the New Orleans locations and the historical knowledge. This author is one to look out for. Enjoy!
Sandy S
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date October 3, 2017

Over a hundred years after the death of Magnus Blackwell, Altmover Manor sits abandoned.

Lexie Arden and her fiancé, Will Bennett, 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
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Cheryl Whitty
Reviewed on Behalf of Book Addict live,
I knew when I started reading I was in for a supernatural journey, but all I can say at the moment is Wow. I had to read it in one go which meant I had read through the night. I will do my best to give a spoiler free review.
Things get interesting when they arrive at Altmover Manor in Maine and things start to get strange, First meeting Remi and we then get an inkling that Lexie has some supernatural juju. Will is an architect and wants to take the house ba
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Marissa
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Damned starts out as a ghost story that evolves into a voodoo story, taking us from an old house in Maine to the streets of New Orleans. Lexie, the main female character, moves to Altmover Manor with her fiance, Will. The two being cleaning up and fixing the old manor house and stir up some spirit activity. The spirit activity leads to strange events, to include Lexie being inexplicably connected
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Alexandra Mack
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel drew me in and would not let me go. I absolutely loved reading about Lexie's adventures as she tries to find out what really happened in her house, and why the ghost Magnus is attached to her. When she does research and finds out about the horrible things that happened in her house, she isn't even sure if she wants to live there anymore. However, her husband doesn't believe her and is determined to continue to live in his very own dream house. 

The plot of this novel was fast-paced, an
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Dee
4.5 ghostly stars

Well I’ll be Damned, see what I did there? Okay not funny and nor is this story. But it is powerful, gripping, exceptionally well written, and one hell of a page turner.

This story truly is a ghost story. It’s told from three point-of-views, Lexie’s, her husband’s Will, and the ghost of Magnus Blackwell. Now as strange as that sounds, it totally worked.

If you don’t believe in the gift of seeing, and even if you do, in the words of our heroine, keep an open mind. Those familiar w
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Cheryl Whitty
Reviewed by Book Addict Live,
I knew when I started reading I was in for a supernatural journey, but all I can say at the moment is Wow. I had to read it in one go which meant I had read through the night. I will do my best to give a spoiler free review.
Things get interesting when they arrive at Altmover Manor in Maine and things start to get strange, First meeting Remi and we then get an inkling that Lexie has some supernatural juju. Will is an architect and wants to take the house back to its o
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Acanthea Grimscythe | The Ghastly Grimoire
As seen on The Ghastly Grimoire.

Damned: A Magnus Blackwell Novel sits among titles on NetGalley under the horror genre, but after force-feeding myself more than half of the book, I finally give up. I really, really wanted to like this book and I was excited to start reading it. Old houses, malignant spirits, all of that is most definitely my cup of tea. Pointless sex scenes, wish-washy spirits, and overly repeated points on the other hand are not.

I browsed past this title many times on NetGalley
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Amber
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Damned by Alexandra Weis and Lucas Astor is the first book in the Magnus Bane Blackwell series. There is a prequel as well that is great and I highly recommend. Lexie Arden and her fiancé buy Altmover Manor. Will has dreams of renovating it and turning it into their dream home. There are spirits and voodoo, curses and supernatural elements to this book. I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed the prequel and look forward to reading others in the series. I am excited to see where Lexie ends up and what ...more
Angela
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

Edited 5th Dec 2019- Just finished reading this series- and I have read this book several times now, and is definitely still a 5 Star read. Riveting!!

“Who you were is of no consequence. It’s who you will become that matters.”

Damned is the second instalment (Book #1) in the Magnus Blackwell series by Alexandrea Weis with Lucas Astor- and comes after the prequel Blackwell (Book #0.5). I was riveted by the prequel, I couldn’t wait to continue the story, so I had a lot of anticipation for thi
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Kathy Rouchelle
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 throug ...more
Bobbi Wagner
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Damned: A Magnus Blackwell Novel (Book 1) by Alexandrea Weis is the second book in her Magnus Blackwell series. I highly suggest you read the first book so you get the full understanding of the character Magnus. You will also get to know this author's writing style and her attention to details that keep the story flowing until the end. This story will pull you in from the first word until the very last. It will take you on a roller coaster ride of mystery, suspense and ghosts. It will leave you ...more
Laura Furuta
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Damned: A Magnus Blackwell Novel (Book 1)
By: Alexandrea Weis/Lucas Astor
5 out of 5 stars

The story Damned: A Magnus Blackwell Novel (Book 1) by Alexandrea Weis/Lucas Astor is a suspense/mystery romance book. This is the kind of story that I love reading. It includes ghosts, voodoo, and the search for a dragon cane. This story had me hooked from the first chapter and I didn’t want to put it down until I had read the last page. It is a story about a young woman who while searching for a dragon cane
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Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Lexie Arden and her fiancé Will Bennett buy an old estate manor Altmover Manor. Will wants to restore the house to the way it was when it was first built over a hundred years ago and has Lexie looking in the attic for anything that may help them like old pictures and documents. During her search Lexie meets up with two ghosts who live at the manor, the owner and the original architect.

The original owner, Magnus Blackwell and ghost of Altmover Manor realize that Lexie has a gift. She can see and
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Barbara
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This book had a lot of buzz words for me which is probably why I wanted so desperately to be part of the tour. We have a neglected historical haunted house, curses, spirits, voodoo and lot of dragon references. Also, there were hints about Lexie having a supernatural gift and I pretty much had to find out what that gift was.

First I have to say that my copy of this book was beautiful. I don't normally like people on the cover, but I think the model's eyes, coupled with the dragon cane and mansio
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Lynn  2 Girls & A Book
Damned is the follow up to Blackwell, the prequel in the Magnus Blackwell Series. Blackwell was good but it was a slow build for me. Damned; however, roped me right on in. It being quite the page turner, I was immediately enthralled. I could have spent a day devouring the pages but alas life called and I had to stretch it out to a few night. I dreamed about this book. I woke up at 4am wanted to slide out of bed and slink off to read more. True story!

Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor did a fantasti
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Cassandra
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lexie and Will move into Altmover Manor and immediately strange things start to happen to Lexie. Dragon head decorations, which are all over the home, start to move. The chandelier swings when there is no breeze. There is a cat that only Lexie seems to ever see, roaming the house. They are met by the caretaker, Remi, who immediately give Lexie a bad feeling. While Lexie starts to go through the items left in the attic, Remi and Wil begin working on the other areas of the house. While alone in th ...more
Jean Martin
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At first, I thought this was going to be a typical vampire novel. You know the one, The Vamp meets the girl, seduces her into his lifestyle, the girl seduces him into her life style etc, etc, etc.
But, No, Damned is SOOO much better than that!!! Dark, creepy, attics? Yep. Just in time for Halloween?? Yep. Really, Really fabulous book? Oh Yeah!!! This story should not be read alone, at night, with the trees making skritching noises at your window . . . No, this is a bright, sunny day read with
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Jan
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review.
Lexie and Will know that they have taken on a big job when they bought the old mansion. But as soon as Lexie arrives she know that there are going to be more challenges that just fixing the plumbing. She knows the house is haunted. Magnus Blackwell died over 100 years ago but he is tied to the house and can't move on. Can Lexie find a way to help him?
This book was really good. It reads
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Petula
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Architect Will Bennett has just bought the house of his dreams. Altmover Manor has not been lived in for decades, the locals swear it's haunted. Can our hero really live with all that comes with the woman he loves ?
Lexie Arden is happy to take on the work she and her fiancé have to do in the house if it makes him happy. Her problem is the ghosts that share it with them. Our heroine has seen the dead since she was a child, but never as vividly as now.
The caretaker that comes with the house also w
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Joyffree
I found this to be an entertaining and engaging read -
Adored Lexi - She is the perfect lead character - witty, strong, yet has some serious flaws that I can relate to
Will leaves a somewhat nasty taste in my mouth - yeah I get he doesn't believe but IDK for being an architect he isn't that creative and I found his personality a bit dull - but that is obviously a reflection of my preferences - you may love him
Now Magnus - I don't blame Lexi for not saying anything (can't tell you what she is mum
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Moriah Venable
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Damned is the first full length novel in the Magnus Blackwell series by Alexandrea Weis. This is my first novel by this author.

Lexie moves into a haunted house with her fiance Will. At first seeing the house, she is unsure since the house needs some work but Will convinces her is that it will be worth it in the end.

But there is a ghost who use to live in the Manor by the name of Magnus Blackwell only Lexie can see him but he refuses to leave. She needs her help to set him free.

Soon she becomes i
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Stephanie Norton
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Damned is a page-turner book. I couldn't put it down. Alexandrea Weis brought her readers into magical mysterious worlds. This is the second book in the Blackwell series. I would highly recommend reading the first book first. You can do it without it but there are details you will miss. Weis brings you on a journey that is captivating. An engaged couple Lexi and Will. Will is an architect and wants to restore the manor back to its original stage. While they are fixing up the Manor they start dig ...more
Jenny Prose
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
First I have to say that, for me, this cover is a turn off. I don't like it and was tempted not to read this book, but having been a huge fan of Alexandrea Weis's previous books wanted to give it a fair shot, and I'm glad I did. The author has a way of spinning a tail with ghosts, and voodoo, and supernatural ability like no one else can. This book touches on all things supernatural and I loved that. The story was a little dry for me. Id din't keep my interest as other books had and I felt a lot ...more
H.B. Jasick
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was immediately drawn in and held prisoner by this story. The characters were fantastic, and everything else was just as addictive. This was a new to me author, and that will never happen again. I loved this book! It was everything and nothing I expected all at the same time. I highly recommend this book to the true paranormal fans.

Reviewed by #TheUnratedBookshelf & Sweet Spot Sisterhood
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Kim Shofner
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This right here is why you should buy new or just build your own home. No baggage comes with it. Even though this is a pretty epic adventure. I just don't want a ghost bossing me around. No matter how charming he is. Especially for a cane... I mean i get it... The cane is really important and you'll see why. I enjoyed this story. I haven't read a ghost story quite like this. I was sucked in and couldn't put it down. ...more
Michele(mluker) Luker
This read held more than I expected...I thought it was just going to be about a ghost causing problems with new people doing renovations on his mansion, but it turned a totally different angle leading to voodoo and high priestess.

Magnus Blackwell was a horrible person while he was alive, and I think now he is trying to make amends. He is attached to Lexie, and helps guide her through her journey in New Orleans to learn something huge about herself that she would have never dreamed for herself.

I
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Tess Burnside
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was absolutely outstanding! The story was rich in French Quarter culture and all its charm. It picks up years later from the prequel book, Blackwell (a must read). I was pulled into the story immediately, and it was difficult, turning to impossible to put down.
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