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The Cracked Altar (Ebook)

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A Missing Princess.
A City under Siege.
A Compendium of the Blackest Sorcery.

The Grand Mage of Caragol is the most dangerous man in the realm, so when Kerstin steals his spellbook right out of his tower she lights up a firestorm of trouble.

His fury rages through the city of Klomm. Houses burn. Innocents lie slaughtered in the streets. Yet countless lives are a petty sum for such a great deal of power. With the spellbook, Kerstin can contend with the unspeakable horrors conjured by the Grand Mage.

But she is dancing on a spider's thread.

Meanwhile on the other side of the kingdom, fifteen-year-old Hinkle walks a tightrope of her own, spinning a web of dangerous lies around her new master, Sir Gilkrist of Lothellae.

When Sir Gilkrist’s quest brings them to Klomm, she discovers the secrets she’s been hiding are darker than she ever imagined. A diabolical scheme threatens to engulf the world in shadow and blood - and it has everything to do with her Aunt Kerstin.

But can Sir Gilkrist help her ... or will he devise a dark purpose of his own?

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Customer Reviews

Nicholas Metiver

1 year ago

A masterfully woven narrative.

The Cracked Altar takes the reader into a masterfully woven narrative. The characters are nuanced. The writing style is unique. The plot is winding. There is somehow the right mix of dark and humour. Timothy Rains demonstrates true power of creation in his work. Can't wait for the next in the series.
(Originally posted on Goodreads).

Tracie Poling

1 year ago

Excitement and intrigue abounds

I received this audiobook at my request for an unbiased review.

From the beginning to the end I was entertained and enthralled. The heroine is pathetically likable. Her trials will have gritting you teeth in anger and suspense. Overall I thought this was an original storyline and wonderful start to the series.

The narrator was great! Her accents and tones were spot on. Her character voices were distinctive and recognizable.

Thanks for the opportunity to review your book!!
(Originally posted on Audible)

Jon Kieller

1 year ago

Thoroughly Enthralling

Loved it! It sucks you in and doesn’t let you go! Enthralling is a good word to describe it! I can’t wait for the next book!
(Originally posted on Amazon)


1 year ago

Great imagery!

I loved the darkness of some of the characters. The writing was very descriptive and immersive. A fantastic start to the series!
(Originally posted on Amazon)

Peter Stam

1 year ago

granddaughter or a witch and daughter of a nun.

A good read!
This book is different than the fantasy I have read of late. I must say it held my attention from the first page.
I am looking forwards to read what Mr.Rains writes next.
(Originally posted on Amazon)

Thomas Fligg

1 year ago

Very imaginative!

Little over half way through, and though I don't read much, this book keeps me on my toes, even when I'm not reading it! So many twists and turns already, I really don't know what to expect. Not for the faint of heart, but the imagery is spot on and realistic for the supposed time period.

Already wanting a sequel or prequel perhaps?
(Originally posted on Amazon)


1 year ago

Beautifully crafted book

What a beautifully written book! The language is so well-crafted that I was inside the story right away, and it was magical. I loved the way the main characters were depicted in their time and setting, always somewhere between a rock and a hard place, not black, not white, but various shades of everything in between. The action and battle/siege scenes were vivid, and the cliffhanger at the end left me wanting more. I can recommend this book to anyone who loves a good medieval fantasy story with some dark magic and remarkable female characters. Am looking forward to book 2!
(Originally posted on Amazon)


1 year ago

Great Summer Read

It was a nice, quick read with a lightning-bolt plot. I liked the incorporation of old words (like seneschal, baronet, etc.) and there was quite a bit of depth to the magic system (rituals, components etc.). I can tell that Rains did his research. The book also touched on religious/philosophical questions in an honest, genuine way. The end left me wanting a sequel.
(Originally posted on Amazon)


1 year ago

Very good read

I absolutely hate Cliff Hanger's and I don't know why I do it to myself but I absolutely can't wait to find out what happens next time will only tell if Hinkle gets a back bone here's hoping
(Originally posted on Amazon)

Chris Frenette

1 year ago

A fresh take on witches, knights and magic

Well written. While the novel stays true to its genre, the author brings a fresh look at magic, the dark arts, and everything in between. Characters are relatable and I really enjoyed the horror elements as well. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series!
(Originally posted on Amazon)