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Witcheskin

(Lunar Shadows #1)

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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Following the disappearance of his father, Owen returns to the Welsh village where he was raised to live with his mother and her boyfriend. While pursuing the mystery of cattle mutilations in the area, he meets Maredudd, an old friend of his mother's, and learns something about his parents that they've never told him…


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Paperback, 1 edition, 444 pages
Published February 25th 2018 by Less Than Three Press
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Helen Kord
Mar 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
I’ll be honest, I had to DNF after around 5%. The editing (or the lack of?) was simply atrocious, but that wasn’t my main issue. It was the racism. The first time the white protagonist called his Middle Eastern future love interest ‘donkey lashes’, I jerked in my seat. I was confused and hurt. Comparing Middle Eastern people to cattle is horrible in any context, even if you’re trying to give a compliment (I think it was supposed to be a complimentary nickname? It’s not actually used in a positiv ...more
Joyfully Jay
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kris
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.5 stars


So first off, I will say that this is an incredibly creative world. The mythos that the author chose to weave into the tale was amazing and well chosen. There are a lot of elements that piqued my interest, and the magic is complex and interesting. I have to give Rowan credit for the elements they chose, and there was a certain whimsical nature, even when the story got dark, that were really clever. However, there was something lacking in the execution here that fa
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Linn
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First of all, the reasons why you should read this book in my opinion:
Trans-rep, adorable, healthy and sexy m/m romance, witches, mystery, horror-elements, magic and a gorgeous Welsh village 😍 And Im gonna try to keep this review short, even though I could write a long story about my thoughts ^^ This book has stayed with me since I finished it and I just want more...
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This book was honestly so much more than I expected! I thought I would like it, because it sounded so interesting, but I didnt ex
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Witcheskin had such a vivid and creative world. I really loved the magic and the unique perspective of it. I am not used to this kind of folklore and myths and I enjoyed reading about them. It had some dark elements and gore-y parts that gave the story a darker shade that went so well with the wind that was blowing out my apartment.

I liked all the characters for different reasons and my favorite one has to be Maredudd. He was very interesting from the beginning to the end and had a great voice
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Isabella ~Mikku-chan~
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*

This book picked my interest when I saw it on my Twitter timeline, when the author was searching for more reader and made pre-release advertisement. I read the blurb - and honestly I wasn't sure what to think about the book. Sure, the blurb is interesting but very vague. When I also got the information that this book is pretty dark, has supernatural elements, the use of magic and witches appear, I was capured. But I
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Tenny
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
DNFed at 31%.
This book was kinda a baffling read for me. Based on the summary, I should love it, but it was hard for me to get into it.

There were two big problems I had with this book:

First, the... racism? Listen, I am white as mayonaise but I don't think its appropriate to call your love interests "donkey" or any variation thereof. That was a big WTF moment when I got to it and I almost put the book down.

The second was the disprepancy between the showing and telling. I am not sure if the was b
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iam
3.5 stars
Witcheskin is an intense, atmospheric book that starts out very slow. It took me several weeks to get through the first 40%, but after that it got intense and I flew through the rest.

Content warnings include: transphobia, animal mutilation and gore, injury through falling, body horror in a witchy context, various horror elements, racism.

The format of the book is familiar: tiny village where everyone knows everyone, a mysterious beast roaming the woods, killing and gruesomly mutilatin
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Anna (RattleTheShelves)
It's one if these hidden gems that deserve way more attention. Wales, witches, and a mysterious beast. Add own-voices trans-rep and a cute, healthy m/m romance. What more can one possibly want?

I'm probably the only person who's read "The Rough Sleepers" before "Witcheskin" and I thought I knew to expect from Nem Rowan. I was wrong. It's a very different sort of a story, and while they are both urban fantasy, they manage to escape the restraints of the schematics of the genre and, at the same tim
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Shera Lynn Ramsey
I received this novel from the author as a giveaway on Twitter. I entered because the description caught my attention, and I couldn't wait to read it. Witcheskin went far beyond my expectations. It grabbed me from the beginning, and I couldn't put it down. The main character comes to life as you watch him struggle with his personal demons, low self-esteem and self-worth, and a close-minded community that doesn't understand him or his motivations. All he wants is to help those around him, and as ...more
Tristan
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Magic, romance, and a relatable main character... the last of which is super uncommon for me to find, so thank you! My trans masc heart needed this.
Luce
I was contacted by the author and offered an eARC of this book in exchange for a review. This has in no way influenced my opinion.

This book is a queer romance, featuring a trans main character (with ownvoices trans rep), a POC love interest, witches, Welsh accents and spooky, mysterious ongoing murders. 10000% my jam. No idea why it took me two months to get through the first half, or why I waited so long to get back to it, because I've barely stopped reading the second half since I finally open
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Daniel Mitton
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
(Originally reviewed for Love Bytes Reviews.)

This story was quite a surprise. From the blurb I really had no idea what the book was about. The title led me to believe it involved magic but I wasn’t sure.

What I didn’t expect was the main character being a transgender young man named Owen. Owen is portrayed as a very insecure young man who has been tormented since he and his mother moved back to Wales after the disappearance of his father. His mother has moved in with a man who treats Owen badly,
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Lucille
3,5/5
Though I'm not used to Horror Fantasy, I liked this book, especially thanks to the great main character!

review to come very soon, it's basically written but it's very late and I don't trust what I write at night!
Mai
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!

Suspenseful and well-written horror fantasy with an engaging romance (m/m) on top of it- I really enjoyed it!
Jamie Rose
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
3.5 stars
Isa Boog
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I first found out about Witcheskin by Nem Rowan through instagram, and was intrigued by the snippets I learned about the book there. A supernatural mystery including an m/m romance with a trans lead? And it’s ownvoices? The title has ‘witch’ in it? Set in Wales? When the author approached me with an eARC, I couldn’t say no! I’m glad to say I wasn’t disappointed.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Full review: https://puttingwingsonwords.wordpress...
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Nem Rowan lives in Sweden with his wife and their girlfriend. He loves reading non-fiction and is fascinated by True Crime and unsolved mysteries, especially missing persons cases and serial killers. Nem is also well-read in mythology and folk tales, particularly British and European folklore. He is a huge fan of Horror movies and Retrowave music.

Nem started writing when he was 11 years old and si
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