Wednesday, January 17, 2018

#Book Review: The Lost Child of Lychford by @Paul_Cornell #Paranormal

Title: The Lost Child of Lychford (Novella)
Author: Paul Cornell
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Sci-Fi
Length: 138 pages
Series: Witches of Lychford
Publisher: Tor
Source: Won
Purchase: Amazon, Book Depository

Book Description:
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… well, business as usual, really.
Until the apparition of a small boy finds its way to Lizzie in the church. Is he a ghost? A vision? Something else? Whatever the truth, our trio of witches (they don’t approve of “coven”) are about to face their toughest battle, yet!
The Lost Child of Lychford is the sequel to Paul Cornell's Witches of Lychford.

My Opinion:
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 you know what is coming, but, it's ok. It wasn't as climatic as I would have liked. I felt I knew what was coming all along. Three friends have to figure what is happening in their town right before Christmas and there are supernatural elements to it all. Can they figure it out in enough time? Well, read it and find out! 
I do feel you should read these books in order.That way you have a better understanding of the three ladies/witches in the book. This book is not massively descriptive but holds up. I will most likely read the rest in the series if given the chance. 

I give this one 3.5 of 5 stars!

About the Author:
 I'm a writer of SF and fantasy in prose, comics and television, one of only two people to be Hugo Award-nominated for all three media. I wrote three episodes of Doctor Who for the BBC, Batman & Robin and Superman in Action Comics for DC, and my continuing mature readers series at Vertigo is Saucer Country. My first urban fantasy novel, London Falling, about a modern undercover police unit in London accidentally becoming able to see dark magic and monsters, is out from Tor in the UK in December, and in the US in April 2013. I live near London, and my other interests include cricket, all things Fortean, and my newborn son Thomas. His interests include tummy rubs and poo.

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Disclaimer: I purchased/won this book on my own. No one sponsored or endorsed this post. All opinions are my own. All information on the book or author can be found at the authors website.

Happy Reading!


  1. Aww! It's too bad that you missed out on the backstory before starting this one. I haven't read this series, but I can see how it would have been helpful. I hope that you enjoy your next read. :)

    1. Yes, it just sort of messed everything up because the author keeps putting bits of the backstory into this book. I will try to get the others. It was written very well.
      Thank you! I hope yours as well is good!

  2. This does sound like a good book, and I love to read series so I can't start from the beginning!


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