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Accursed (Ghosts of Albion #1)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  289 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
Even death could not stop Britain’s greatest defenders.

In 1838, William and Tamara Swift inherit a startling legacy from their dying grandfather, transforming them into the Protectors of Albion, mystical defenders of the soul of England. But the shocked, neophyte sorcerers also inherit unique allies in their battle against the dark forces. Fighting alongside them are the f
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Del Rey
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lynne naranek
Jun 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009
This story could have been so much more.

Perhaps it was because there were so many instances of just "saying" instead of "showing" what was going on. Perhaps it was because despite it being the first real book, there's a lot of backstory that can be found online - if you have the patience to watch the poor graphics and irritating voices.

The premise is a relatively common one: brother and sister find themselves entrusted with the Protectorship of Albion (or England,,, or was it the United Kingdo
May 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
You know those books that are pretty flawed but there's something about them that keeps you turning the pages? This is one of those. Has moments, though and I like things about the storyline (England's colonization of India comes home to roost in the form of weird demons and evil magic). I'd give it a 2.5 stars if it were an option.
Sep 11, 2011 rated it liked it
I like the characters and the story is really gripping most of the time. But some sections seemed poorly constructed -- a lot of repetitive description. Although that was helpful at the beginning when recounting things that happened during the BBCi web series.
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]This is the first novel, though not the first joint production, from the team of Amber Benson, who played Tara in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Christopher Golden, author of (I am told) several of the better Buffy novels and much else besides. In this, the first of a promised series of novels picking up the characters and settings from the BBC webcast stories by the same authors, siblings William and Tamara (not, ...more
Nov 04, 2008 rated it liked it
This book was loaned to me by a dear friend, and I'll admit I was skeptical of it at first. It was co-written by an actress who portrayed the character Tara in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (You Buffy fans out there probably know what this means; I haven't a clue if that's good or bad), which, I suspect, is how my friend found out about it in the first place.

It was quite entertaining. The premise is that there are wizard-ish types out there who are the protectors of the land in which they live, and h
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-book, usa, fiction
Retro review*

I recall feeling ambivalent towards this book when I read it some years ago. Finding it at the library after watching all of the fun little BBC flash animations online (remember those?), I thought that it might be interesting. On the one hand, I felt that the main characters introduced in the web series, such as siblings Tamora and Will and even the ghosts, were very well portrayed in the novel, with their personalities and motivations very distinct and believable, and more or less
Jul 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
3.5 stars

So apparently there was an online BBC series that began the story of these characters; however I did not find that you needed to have read it to understand and enjoy what goes on here. Two siblings find that on their grandfather’s death they have been appointed the “Protectors of Albion,” mystical defenders of England. 19th century London, feels very Dickensian in its descriptions, but set in Jane Austen’s society world. Ghosts of some of England’s historical heroes (Lord Admiral Nelson
Feb 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
This sounded like my kind of thing - ghosts of famous people, protectors with magical powers, world at risk, demons, drama, excitement - but it didn't work for me.

There were good things about this story. The characters were interesting, and the story was well-written. The pacing was also very well-designed to keep the reader reading. The problem for me was that the underlying tone was extremely dark, with violence that was - for me - just too much. There was also sex that was ugly and disconcert
Bryant Sanz
Sep 20, 2016 rated it liked it

Accursed by Christopher Golden and Amber Benson is a fantasy novel that is quite an adventure. It was in a 1800s London vibe so reading it made me feel like I was seeing a Sherlock Holmes movie. One thing that I enjoyed about the book was that they didn't spend that much time or very little time on explaining the characters. Also the book wasn't really as long as I thought because once I got really into it I just flew by it. One thing I didn't really like about this book that even though the cha
Aug 13, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
This was a good novel but I didn't really enjoy it. The characters are pretty good, except William, I didn't like his character, too milktoast. It's a continuing story of a brother and sister who become the Protectors of Albion (England) when their grandfather dies. They're kinda thrown into the whole thing and have to learn magic and talk to ghosts and save the world.

I liked the whole part about how the ghosts of famous people helped the duo. But I don't really enjoy the Victorian Age very muc
Oct 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
I don't normally analyze books, preferring to just experience the story, but I couldn't help myself with this one. I slogged through the prologue where the characters all had names like "the young woman" and "the old man" and their blase acceptance of bizarre events completely outside the book's milieu exceeded my suspension of disbelief. The book proper then served up belabored descriptions and blunt shallow characterizations until I realized that I wasn't reading but counting how often the wor ...more
Baal Of
Feb 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
Some people can make a transition from one career to another. From my reaction to this book, I would have thought this particular transition was doomed, however I see from the ratings on her other books that I was wrong. I am baffled. I thought this book was wretched. This bundle of shit contains overwrought prose, cardboard characters, a weak and unengaging plot, and absurd attempts at writing oh-so-witty dialog, as if the author were striving to be Jane Austen, but ending up being even crappie ...more
Mar 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
I like a lot of the worldbuilding and the characters here. I just wish they'd had better writing to show them off. The narrative is just bursting with cliches. There's far, far too much exposition, even for a sequel. And I wasn't terribly convinced by the ghosts. Lord Byron wasn't really very Byronesque, though there were hints that he might have been, if the authors had only dared. Admiral Lord Nelson is far too casual about letting people use his given name. And Queen Bodicea? A stereotype bar ...more
May 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
I felt like not enough actually happened in the book, and feel sorry for the ladies stuck in the basement shelter who never really get any resolution. I felt like this is a book that's laying the groundwork for a series, but there just wasn't enough meat in it to get really into it.
In summary, this book was just okay.
Sep 10, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
This was an interesting story from the girl formerly known as Tara. Apparently, Amber Benson and Christopher Golden started this series as a radio show on the BBC and then it grew into a book. I think there is at least one more in the series, but I haven't had a chance to read it.
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, rich english language, very detailed descriptions of places, plants, weather etc. in 19th century London. Highly recommended.
The persons, ghosts and other supernatural beings each have their own past and nature and are very believably written.
I love the ideas behind this series, that the ghosts of Britain remain its guardians. Nice to know Lord Byron has a life after death! The action is bit horrific for me -- if frogs eating people doesn't bother you, and you like bloody Victorian melodrama, this is good summer read.
Ade Couper
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
God, this was dull.....

The premise- the great figures of Britain come back as ghosts when the land is in need- is a good one, but frankly this is a very badly-told story.I really didn't care about what plot there was, & the characters were made of tissue paper....

Best avoided.
Kaelee Newton
I wanted to like it but I just couldn't get into the characters or the plot.
N.L. Riviezzo
Jul 22, 2009 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book but the first 100 pages were painful. I skipped forward to the last 150 pages and still, I couldn't get into it.
Michael Reid
Jan 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Not my regular genre, I was quietly impressed not wonderful but it entertained me. A strange mix of American and English styles, or is it American trying to be English?
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
It just felt like I was missing stuff, and this was the second book in the series and not the first. As far as fantasy book plots go, it just kind of seemed blah.
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
While the premise of this book was intriguing, I found it to be dull and all over the place with its characters and story line.
Carmina Cobos
Nov 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read Amber Benson and Christopher Golden if you've haven't read the ghost of albion series and love supernatural stories then I would suggest reading this one.
Dec 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Gross... but entertainingly gross.
Karen Stacy
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is good as a stand alone, or as in a part of the series. The writing is refreshing and the characters fun. This is as much fun as the 18th century can be, I believe.
Fun horror story (fun in a gross, Lovecraftian sort of way.) Would like to read more in this series, so I'm going to check out the BBC website that started it all.
Charisa Flaherty
Jun 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this and would like to read more of the Ghosts of Albion -- and watch the "movie"
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