Lisa Morton

Published by JournalStone


282 pages

Reviewed by Laura Hartman

Genre: Historical Thriller

Netherworld by award-winning novelist Lisa Morton is the first book in the Chronicles of Diana Furnaval series. Diana and her husband William are locked in the classic battle of good vs. evil throughout this novel. The story begins in England October 31, 1879. Diana is an extraordinary woman, risking her life to save mankind from demons, evil spirits and specters that are entering the world through gateways from the Netherworld.

It was the Furnavals’ mission in life to close all of the gateways in the world. Using incantations from “The Book of Gateways, Conjurations and Banishments”, as well as various herbs, knives, and human blood, she and William fought evil without regard for themselves. William traveled to Transylvania to close a gateway, but returned to England in a coffin. Distraught, Diana searches for answers but finds herself questioning William’s apparent death.

She travels, in an era where women did not venture out alone, to dangerous parts of the world. Her husband’s fortune and her steely determination take her to Europe, China, the United States and back to England, closing gateways. All the while, she is looking for her husband. If William is indeed caught in an evil place between earth and the Netherworld she is willing to do anything to save him.

Morton is a masterful storyteller. I loved the way she wove history into this novel. Customs and traditions accompany the page-turning, heart-stopping terror Diana finds herself facing at every turn. The story is rich in culture and creatures, a mix that works well to keep you reading well into the night.

The second book in the Chronicles of Diana Furnaval is scheduled for release in 2015, the third in 2017 per her website . It is no surprise to find out Ms. Morton is a Halloween expert. All Hollow’s Eve plays a big part in Netherworld and in her world. I am really looking forward to reading the rest of this series.

Copyright © 2014 Laura Hartman

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