Sixteen year old Kate Mansfield and her blind brother Neil live in a manor on the edge of the Brent Prior moors It is a dreary place populated by the dispirited and the disillusioned, where the young nurture desperate dreams of escape And Kate is no different But her plans to run away to the city are crushed one very ordinary morning when the quiet in Brent Prior is shaSixteen year old Kate Mansfield and her blind brother Neil live in a manor on the edge of the Brent Prior moors It is a dreary place populated by the dispirited and the disillusioned, where the young nurture desperate dreams of escape And Kate is no different But her plans to run away to the city are crushed one very ordinary morning when the quiet in Brent Prior is shattered by an inexplicable act of violence.In the wake of the tragedy, Kate s beloved father is stricken by a strange illness, and she and her brother fall under the care of the manor s caretaker and maid.Then, as if attuned to the melancholy that has stricken Mansfield House, a fog rolls in Villagers begin to vanish Lithe fleeting shadows are glimpsed in the mist, and a disfigured man arrives in Brent Prior.A man who has come back to settle an old score.A man who calls himself the Master of the Moors.
I have to disclose that I absolutely love werewolf film and fiction, I rarely get to read or watch it and I can count on my hand how many times it has met my demands but that doesn't mean that I will stop trying, here's another one, this time on a light side for the newbies but also something new for old fans, so happy Sunday night, my beloved Sunday night Game of Thrones annihilation isn't here so this will have to do Imagine a village surrounded by tall firs enshrouded in murky fog, it happens [...]
Master of the Moors is a chilling blend of old school with a contemporary edge. Burke brings the moors to life; you can literally feel the tendrils of fog envelop you in this authentically atmospheric werewolf tale.
This is an old school, gothic type horror story, complete with terrified villagers running around with torches in the foggy, craggy terrain. It's fast paced, it's fun and the characters are believable. The enemy is hard to define and that's one of the best parts of the ride.The ending snuck up on me; I wanted the story to continue and was a bit disappointed that it didn't.All in all,though, it was a very good time.
I tend to be a completist by nature, if I like the author I'm interesting in reading his books. The other side of being a completist is finishing a book once started. And this is pretty much the only reason I finished this one. Burke is unquestionably a talented author, but this book just didn't work for me at all. Actually I should mention that I'm not a huge fan of classic horror, for the most part I find the writing to be torpid and soporific. This book is a pastiche to old school (way old, t [...]
When I purchased Mark Hansom's BEAST OF BRAHM, I thought I was going to be getting the story that I got in MASTER OF THE MOORS. Granted, I thoroughly enjoyed Hansom's story, but that was not the "beast" story I was looking for MoM is most definitely that story.One of my favorite stories and settings for any horror novel is one in which the beast stalks the foggy countryside, terrorizing the villagers as it wreaks its undying vengeance on the world.Major kudos to Kealan Patrick Burke for being ab [...]
There is really nothing new about the idea behind this one, rumors of a beast on the moors, terrified villagers with torches, stories people will not mention in public etc. Very atmospheric, great characters, great old fashioned classic Hammer Horror style English gothica at it’s best and above all else easily the best new horror novel I have had the pleasure of reading in ages. The only complaint I have is that the ending is on you out of nowhere (which is in keeping with the style of story t [...]
This book is definitely a departure from other books that I have read by Burke, which are modern in style as well as theme. This is an homage to the great Hammer Horror films (or Universal Films if you see it that way) that I watched as a kid where werewolves prowl the moors. Atmospheric. Gothic. Violent. Visual. It is easy to see it playing as a film in your mind as you read. Well plotted, with great characters, I really enjoyed it.
Master of the Moors is a supernatural thriller.There is something unnatural living in the Brent Prior Moors. Rumours and legends state that huge, hairy creatures live in the moors and will stalk unwitting victims until their death. Many of the townsfolk know a secret, a secret about the moors and many aren't willing to share their story.A group of men, many years ago, went in search of the Huntmaster, Edgar Callow's wife, Slyvia. She went missing and this group of men were persuaded to enter the [...]
Master of the Moors is yet another masterpiece from Kealan Patrick Burke. I really enjoyed this book and liked the ending twist.
I haven't read the final version I read the version he posted to a Yahoo! group as he was writing it. It was a real page turner! I plan to read the final version someday it was that good.
Review to come soon.
I really enjoyed this quick read. The moors as a setting in fiction is one of my favorites. This story is very atmospheric and is reminiscent of The Hound of the Baskervilles in that a lot of the suspense plays off of the unknown. Something, a creature, stalks the moors. With Romanian myth and legend as a centerpiece within the fast paced story, I had a hard time putting this one down. Fans of The Strain and The Baskervilles will enjoy this one, I think.
Holy MolyWhat an intense ride. Kealan Patrick Burke knows his stuff. Tells an amazing story from start to finish. And with a shocking twist at the very end. Brilliantly written.
Kealan Patrick Burke is one of my favorite authors, he is so good at evoking a mood, especially in a more gothic horror setting such as this. Great book!
For me, this is a case where I felt the writing far surpassed actual creativity. A 2.5 for effort in what comes down to a very well written but utterly trite story line with characters whose actions are jaw-droppingly inane. It honestly feels like Mr. Burke just gave the hell up on this one, and did so immediately upon starting. I would be interested in reading a continuation - which possibility was definitely left open - if only to see if the author actually tries a little bit on the next go 'r [...]
I was hoping for a bit more from this story; more tension and suspense than drama and weirdness. Not a bad story but I'd recommend other stuff from KPB more than this one.