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Serpent in the Heather ➫ Serpent in the Heather Read ➳ Author Kay Kenyon – Thomashillier.co.uk Now officially working for the Secret Intelligence Service, Kim Tavistock is back to solve another mystery this time a serial killer with deep Nazi ties in the sequel to At the Table of WolvesSummer, Now officially working for the Secret Intelligence Service, Kim Tavistock is back to solve another mystery this time a serial killer with deep Nazi ties Serpent in Epub / in the sequel to At the Table of WolvesSummer,In England, an assassin is loose Someone is killing young people who possess Talents As terror overtakes Britain, Kim Tavistock, now officially employed by England s Secret Intelligence Service, is sent on her first mission to the remote Sulcliffe Castle in Wales, to use her cover as a journalist to infiltrate a spiritualist cult that may have ties to the murders Meanwhile, Kim s father, trained spy Julian Tavistock runs his own parallel investigation and discovers the terrifying Nazi plot behind the serial killingsCut off from civilization, Sulcliffe Castle is perched on a forbidding headland above a circle of standing stones only visible at low tide There, Kim shadows a ruthless baroness and her enigmatic son, plying her skills of deception and hearing the truths people most wish to hide But as her cover disguise unravels, Kim learns that the serial killer is closing in on a person she has grown to love Now, Kim must race against the clock not just to prevent the final ritual killing but to turn the tide of the looming war.


10 thoughts on “Serpent in the Heather

  1. Tara (Spinatale Reviews) Tara (Spinatale Reviews) says:

    Serpent in the Heather is the second book in the Dark Talents series This series essentially combines all of my favorite genres since it s fantasy mixed with speculative historical fiction After the events of the first book, Kim Tavistocks is officially working for the Secret Intelligence Service Her first official case case a serial killer with deep Nazi ties.I absolutely loved the magic system set up in the first book This installment selves deeper into the mysteries surrounding the Blo Serpent in the Heather is the second book in the Dark Talents series This series essentially combines all of my favorite genres since it s fantasy mixed with speculative historical fiction After the events of the first book, Kim Tavistocks is officially working for the Secret Intelligence Service Her first official case case a serial killer with deep Nazi ties.I absolutely loved the magic system set up in the first book This installment selves deeper into the mysteries surrounding the Bloom and the abilities that arose after it Additionally, some interesting new talents are introduced Kenyon also explores the lengths individuals will go to try to get magic of their own Plus, there s some excellent spying Kenyon makes it feel believable, including just enough bad timing and blunders The plot was dark and twisty it had the suspense of a spy thriller, the heart of a cozy mystery, and the magic of a fantasy book.As for the characters, Kim was my favorite She s flawed, she makes mistakes, and she s incredibly brave However, I loved the secondary characters almost as much, particularly her father All of the characters felt so lifelike and vibrant I thought that the relationships between characters were well done, I loved how nuanced and realistic they were.Serpent in the Heather was a wonderful read This series is so much fun, I can t wait for the next installment Definitely recommend if you re looking for some historical fantasy Disclaimer I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review


  2. Patrick St-Denis Patrick St-Denis says:

    There was a lot to love about Kay Kenyon s latest alternate history fantasy novel, At the Table of Wolves So much so that I couldn t resist and decided to jump into the sequel sooner rather than later The first installment was an introduction to what appeared to be a vaster andambitious tale, and I was curious to discover where the author would take her story next.And I m glad I did, for Serpent in the Heather is even better than its predecessor Building on the events and storylines fro There was a lot to love about Kay Kenyon s latest alternate history fantasy novel, At the Table of Wolves So much so that I couldn t resist and decided to jump into the sequel sooner rather than later The first installment was an introduction to what appeared to be a vaster andambitious tale, and I was curious to discover where the author would take her story next.And I m glad I did, for Serpent in the Heather is even better than its predecessor Building on the events and storylines from At the Table of Wolves, Kenyon raised the bar higher and elevated this series to another level Time will tell if she can continue to up her game with each new volume And yet, given how special The Entire and the Rose turned out to be, this bodes well for things to come.Here s the blurb Now officially working for the Secret Intelligence Service, Kim Tavistock is back to solve another mystery this time a serial killer with deep Nazi ties in the sequel to At the Table of Wolves.Summer, 1936 In England, an assassin is loose Someone is killing young people who possess Talents As terror overtakes Britain, Kim Tavistock, now officially employed by England s Secret Intelligence Service, is sent on her first mission to the remote Sulcliffe Castle in Wales, to use her cover as a journalist to infiltrate a spiritualist cult that may have ties to the murders Meanwhile, Kim s father, trained spy Julian Tavistock runs his own parallel investigation and discovers the terrifying Nazi plot behind the serial killings.Cut off from civilization, Sulcliffe Castle is perched on a forbidding headland above a circle of standing stones only visible at low tide There, Kim shadows a ruthless baroness and her enigmatic son, plying her skills of deception and hearing the truths people most wish to hide But as her cover disguise unravels, Kim learns that the serial killer is closing in on a person she has grown to love Now, Kim must race against the clock not just to prevent the final ritual killing but to turn the tide of the looming war.In my review of the first installment, I opined that the worldbuilding was very interesting and opened up countless possibilities Nobody was quite sure just how the bloom came about, but it was widely believed that the deaths and the suffering engendered by World War I generated the birth of the Talents, those supernatural abilities, in ordinary men and women, especially in the countries that had dealt with the Great War The action takes place a few months following the events of At the Table of Wolves The Nazis have risen to power and Germany is rearming, preparing for the great conflict to come The British, with their heads still up their asses, refuse to face the fact that war is coming again And although they have begun their own program, they are about a decade behind the Germans in terms of training people with Talents for warfare It felt as though there was so much room for growth concerning the Talents and I was looking forward to see what Kenyon had in store for her readers in that regard What we saw in At the Table of Wolves barely scratched the surface and the potential forwas enormous.We do learnabout Talents in general, but the sad truth is that the British know very little compared to their German counterparts And though I like what we ve seen thus far, I often feel that Kay Kenyon plays her cards too close to her chest Given that we discover things at the same pace as the POV protagonists, learning such secrets by small increments is understandable but could be detrimental to the series in the long run Here s to hoping that the third volume will open up the story in that regard Still, the addition of Dries Verhoeven s Talent to the mix was great We just need to seeTalents unveiled to addlayers to what is becoming acomplex tale with each new book.In At the Table of Wolves, I enjoyed the fact that the military and the secret services had screwed up their only chance to discover what the Germans were preparing and it came down to an ordinary woman with a peculiar Talent to try to save her country A few people with very limited resources had to find a way to obtain proof of the danger by putting their lives on the line Ordinary people who needed to accomplish extraordinary things And although the foiled German invasion was an eye opener for the British, it s still up to those same few individuals to protect Great Britain from her enemies.With both Kim Tavistock and her father Julian working as undercover agents, none of them can reveal their secret identity to the other and this builds up a lot of tension in their relationship Having played a large role in thwarting the German s plan to conquer her country, Kim went through training in the arts of espionage Nevertheless, she remains a somewhat raw recruit At first exciting, it gradually dawns upon her that having a security clearance and a being a spy can be extremely hard on her private life Her conscience is seldom at ease with what she is required to do and what she s becoming But when her peculiar Talent appears to be the only thing that can possibly help shine some light on a series of murders, Kim has no choice but to put herself in danger once .Kim and her father are the main points of view throughout the novel, yet the supporting cast is made up of a number of engaging characters Due to her Talent, Alice plays a bigger role in Serpent in the Heather, which was good Owen Cherwell has been promoted and is not necessarily comfortable with his new functions Dries Verhoeven offered a different, always interesting perspective New faces such as Dorothea Coslett, Powell Coslet, Idelle Coslett, and young Martin were all compelling in disparate ways Elsa is also back from her injuries and makes for an interesting spy All in all, the characterization was well done on every level.Once again, the pace of this book was exactly what it needed to be As the secrets between Kim and her father continue to pile up, the tension builds up toward another endgame that delivers an evensatisfying finale this time around Events force both Kim and Julian to make dire and life changing choices, something that should have important repercussions in future installments.My only complaint thus far would have to be the decidedly episodic format of these two books From now on, Kay Kenyon will have to raise the bar even higher and not just throw Kim into danger in the hope that her Talent will force someone to reveal secrets while she acts as a journalist working on a new story Given the quality of both At the Table of Wolves and Serpent in the Heather, the potential for bigger and better things is definitely there and expectations will understandably be higher in the future We ll have to wait and see if the author can rise to the occasion.I commend this series to your attention If you re looking for something different, look no further and give these two novels a shot Forreviews, check out www.fantasyhotlist.blogspot.com


  3. Tim Hicks Tim Hicks says:

    The risk of doing a historical fantasy spy murder mystery is that you will nail none of them I fear this has happened here As a long time reader of F SF, I have to say the fantasy seems like fantasy for people who don t like fantasy Weak tea Many powers are described, only a few are used, and that briefly and mostly offstage I found myself increasingly annoyed by the frequent references to the previous book and the characters thereof If that keeps up volume 4 won t have room for an actua The risk of doing a historical fantasy spy murder mystery is that you will nail none of them I fear this has happened here As a long time reader of F SF, I have to say the fantasy seems like fantasy for people who don t like fantasy Weak tea Many powers are described, only a few are used, and that briefly and mostly offstage I found myself increasingly annoyed by the frequent references to the previous book and the characters thereof If that keeps up volume 4 won t have room for an actual plot The mystical plot was believable, for the era Batty mama and weak son, gullible followers Verhoeven s motivation was believable too, if a small stretch Having the son fall in with him isof a stretch, but to be fair, as we meet him he is already finally growing a spine, and we have to allow that he would have been weaker before I won t read anyof these, but mostly because my interests lie elsewhere


  4. Michael Godesky Michael Godesky says:

    When I read the first book, At the Table of Wolves, my opinion was basically that it s not perfect, but I m not going to nitpick It s popular genre fiction It doesn t have to be Shakespeare It s just fun to read a story about a cool mutant spy lady taking on the Nazis And all of that still largely holds true But two books into this series, I m finding myself increasingly frustrated by what feels like an overprotectiveness on the part of the author toward her character I rarely feel like Ki When I read the first book, At the Table of Wolves, my opinion was basically that it s not perfect, but I m not going to nitpick It s popular genre fiction It doesn t have to be Shakespeare It s just fun to read a story about a cool mutant spy lady taking on the Nazis And all of that still largely holds true But two books into this series, I m finding myself increasingly frustrated by what feels like an overprotectiveness on the part of the author toward her character I rarely feel like Kim is ever in any real danger And on the occasions when she does manage to get into trouble, there are just way too many supporting characters who always happen to be there ready to help her out It was particularly frustrating in this book because the ending felt so anticlimactic Kim didn t stop the bad guys so much as she simply happened to be in the vicinity when the bad guys destroyed themselves through their own ineptitude and hubris In fact, there s a part in the epilogue where Alice is telling Kim that she stopped the bad guys without any help, and I had to ask whether that was Alice talking to Kim or whether that was the author trying to convince the reader It s disappointing because characters only really grow when they re allowed to get into trouble It s still a very well written story It s fun and well paced, and it s still fun to read about a cool mutant spy lady taking on Nazis I ll probably give it another chance if they publish a third book But I really hope that Kenyon lets go of the reins a little and lets Kim really get in over her head


  5. Mike CRrow Mike CRrow says:

    A great story The second book in the Dark Talents series Just as exciting and thrilling as the first Set in pre World War II Europe in a parallel world where one in a thousand people is seeing an awakening of para normal talents The heroine is talented and a part of the British secret service In this book she must stop a serial killer with dark talents Other themes I find interesting and compelling in the story are the impacts of secrets and secrecy as a way of life, the very human propen A great story The second book in the Dark Talents series Just as exciting and thrilling as the first Set in pre World War II Europe in a parallel world where one in a thousand people is seeing an awakening of para normal talents The heroine is talented and a part of the British secret service In this book she must stop a serial killer with dark talents Other themes I find interesting and compelling in the story are the impacts of secrets and secrecy as a way of life, the very human propensity to distrust and have prejudice against people we don t understand or who are different than we are and the impact of devastating tragedies in our lives and the effect they can have on our actions and choices I love the book and highly recommend it


  6. Nightwing Nightwing says:

    I loved it eventhan the first one and read it all in one sitting Those who have not read the first book, At the Table of Wolves, can ead this book without reading Book One, but you would be depriving yourself of a fabulous read.Some interesting new information is disclosed in Serpent In the Heather We find out a lotabout the Talents, thanks to excerpts from The Bloom Book, which I especially loved It is a great way to explain the phenomena, and a good way to fill in information wit I loved it eventhan the first one and read it all in one sitting Those who have not read the first book, At the Table of Wolves, can ead this book without reading Book One, but you would be depriving yourself of a fabulous read.Some interesting new information is disclosed in Serpent In the Heather We find out a lotabout the Talents, thanks to excerpts from The Bloom Book, which I especially loved It is a great way to explain the phenomena, and a good way to fill in information without halting the action.I am now patiently waiting for the next book in the series The biggest question I have going forward is, will Kim and her dad ever discover who the other really is


  7. Lauren Meschler Lauren Meschler says:

    4.5 stars After finishing the first book mid 2017 I was so excited to start the next, only to realize I d have to wait until April 2018 Arrgh Which because I stupidly did not pre order, I completely forgot about Thankfully I m only a couple months late getting my grubby little hands on it, and it was worth every moment of wait While I loved the first book, the plot of this one felt tighter and better written And we finally got a deeper dive into the various talents and how they work Suffi 4.5 stars After finishing the first book mid 2017 I was so excited to start the next, only to realize I d have to wait until April 2018 Arrgh Which because I stupidly did not pre order, I completely forgot about Thankfully I m only a couple months late getting my grubby little hands on it, and it was worth every moment of wait While I loved the first book, the plot of this one felt tighter and better written And we finally got a deeper dive into the various talents and how they work Suffice it to say, this book was even better at least for me and I can t wait for the third Dare I ask for this to turn into a multi book series and not a trilogy


  8. Kate Parkinson Kate Parkinson says:

    The second novel in Kenyon s fantasy espionage series, Serpent in the Heather, is a sequel that somehow manages to avoid that second novel slump Somebody is murdering Talents young people with special powers and the protagonist, Kim Tavistock, herself a Talent, must find the killer before it s too late Kenyon is American, but manages to capture the atmosphere of wartime England nicely My only criticism is that I did not find the book s antagonists a castle of dastardly cultish aristocrats qu The second novel in Kenyon s fantasy espionage series, Serpent in the Heather, is a sequel that somehow manages to avoid that second novel slump Somebody is murdering Talents young people with special powers and the protagonist, Kim Tavistock, herself a Talent, must find the killer before it s too late Kenyon is American, but manages to capture the atmosphere of wartime England nicely My only criticism is that I did not find the book s antagonists a castle of dastardly cultish aristocrats quite as compelling as the first book s villain, the seductive Nazi Erich von Ritter There s also a decided lack of both serpents and heather Four stars


  9. Ailsa Ailsa says:

    I just love this series It scratches so many itches for me, and I want hundredsbooks, all set in this world.


  10. Hesione Hesione says:

    Liked this one way better than the previous one, probably because view spoiler daddy and olivia broke up hide spoiler Also, ainteresting set of characters machinations turbulent emotions Liked this one way better than the previous one, probably because view spoiler daddy and olivia broke up hide spoiler Also, ainteresting set of characters machinations turbulent emotions


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