I’m so pleased to be part of the blog tour for the dark fantasy crossed mystery Equinox by David Townsend.
Source: Publishers Head of Zeus for a free and unbiased opinion
Everyone is not as they seem in this fantasy novel, replete with war, witchcraft and secrets.
Christophor Morden lives by night. His day-brother, Alexsander, knows only the sun. They are two souls in a single body, in a world where identities change with the rising and setting of the sun. Night-brother or day-sister, one never sees the light, the other knows nothing of the night.Early one evening, Christophor is roused by a call to the city prison. A prisoner has torn his eyes out and cannot say why. Yet worse: in the sockets that once held his eyes, teeth are growing. The police suspect the supernatural, so Christophor, a member of the king’s special inspectorate, is charged with finding the witch responsible.Night-by-night, Christophor’s investigation leads him ever further from home, toward a backwards village on the far edge of the kingdom. But the closer he gets to the truth, the more his day-brother’s actions frustrate him. Who is Alexsander protecting? What does he not want Christophor to discover?
And all the while, an ancient and apocalyptic ritual creeps closer to completion
I was so excited to be part of this blog tour for Equinox by David Towsey- especially when I saw the cover.
I was given a free copy of the book for a free and unbiased opinion.
This dark fantasy has an interesting concept of a world where two souls share a body- each soul has a different personality, persona, values and loves. The two souls change day and night and take over the body they co-inhabit but unlike most other books the people who live at night seem to be the important ones.
The book is told from Christophor/ Alexsander points of view ( I love how the author does this) the two completely different day and night brothers. Christopher who lives by night is the uptight, moral King’s special Inspector charged to find and execute witches while Alexsander who comes at night is a laidback, bohemian musician. Despite them sharing a body, they really don’t like each other!
The characters are well written and it is clear how the two are different from each other. When we meet them a lifetime of petty irritations has built up between them, but they realise they need to work together to solve the mystery of the weird, little village of Drekenford in a country on the verge of war. To make matters worse, Alexsander is falling in love with Rebecca, the day-sister of the mayor’s wife whose household is at the centre of the mystery.
The story unfolds at a good pace with each additional twist subtlety revealed and another layer of mystery added. I couldn’t put the book down till I found out who was responsible for the weirdness and why.
I would have liked to more about this world- why do two souls inhabit one body, why are the people who live at night considered more respectable and why is this a nocturnal society. But this did not impact open my enjoyment of this dark fantasy.
I would recommend this to anyone who would love to read a well written, standalone dark fantasy.
Description of death of children and animals.
Perfect for fans of
I had strong vibes of The City and The City by China Meville and the TV programme Counterpoint.
About the author
David Towsey is a graduate of the Creative Writing programmes at Bath Spa University and Aberystwyth University. Born in Dorset, he now lives in Cardiff with his girlfriend and their growing board game collection. Together, they write under the pseudonym of D.K. Fields whose Tales of Fenest trilogy is also published by Head of Zeus. David’s first novel, Your Brother’s Blood, was published by Quercus, and was the first in the Walkin’ Trilogy. He is also one half of the indie games company, Pill Bug Interactive, who have released three titles across PC and Nintendo Switch™.