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Midwinter of the Spirit By Phil Rickman,

  • Title: Midwinter of the Spirit
  • Author: Phil Rickman
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • When offered the post once styled Church of England Deliverance Minister, the Reverend Merrily Watkins parish priest and single parent cannot easily refuse But the retiring exorcist, strongly objecting to women priests, not only refuses to help Merrily but ensures that she s soon exposed to the job at its most terrifying And things get no easier as an early winterWhen offered the post once styled Church of England Deliverance Minister, the Reverend Merrily Watkins parish priest and single parent cannot easily refuse But the retiring exorcist, strongly objecting to women priests, not only refuses to help Merrily but ensures that she s soon exposed to the job at its most terrifying And things get no easier as an early winter slices through the old city of Hereford, a body is found in the River Wye, an ancient church is desecrated and there are signs of dark ritual on a hill overlooking the city.
    Midwinter of the Spirit When offered the post once styled Church of England Deliverance Minister the Reverend Merrily Watkins parish priest and single parent cannot easily refuse But the retiring exorcist strongly objectin

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    1. Re visit via miniseries.Description This series follows country vicar Merrily Watkins, who is one of the few women priests working as an exorcist in the UK When a grisly murder takes place in her local area, the police come calling for her assistance Ledwardine

    2. A creepy yet cozy paranormal British mystery that takes place in a sleepy English village The writing is excellent, and I love all of the main characters Plus, I m loving some of the quirky minor characters This one, the second in the series, lost a star due to the Moon storyline, which never really captivated me, although being crucial to the plot, it was necessary The audio version, read by Emma Powell, is also very well done I couldn t ask for anything from this series so far One other note [...]

    3. Listened to in audio format Midwinter of the Spirit is the second book in the Merrily Watkins series.Reverend Merrily Watkins is a mum of one who joined the clergy after her husband died The book starts with Merrily on a course to become a deliverance minister The diocese already has a deliverance minister called Cannon Dobbs who is due to retire shortly A new bishop has joined the diocese who no longer wants to use the word exorcism and prefers the sexed up phrase deliverance minister When the [...]

    4. Well, nothing but spoilerrific and superficial thoughts from me view spoiler Iiii was really sort of not expecting the ALL HAIL SATAN plot, and I hope the baddies don t show up in sequels I liked Lol OMG that is one highly unfortunate TLA in the modern world a lot better in this book, but Merrily how did she get her name, anyway altho I like that her daughter has, in reaction, the plain name Jane seemed weaker and feebly entrapped I could smell the Bishop for the rat he was ten miles off, and I [...]

    5. This is the second book in the Merrily Watkins series by Phil Rickman and I enjoyed is a great deal I had previously written a review of the book but it seems to have disappeared from my shelf and I could not leave one of my favourite reads without a review.Merrily Watkins is the new vicar of Ledwardine in Herefordshire she is also the Diocesan Exorcist or Deliverance Minister Merrily is a single mother widowed with a teenage daughter There is some sexism in the Church of England regarding her a [...]

    6. Whereas the first book about the new female parish priest of Ledwardine eased its way slowly into paranormal territory, this second book jumps in with both feet It opens with Merrily taking classes on how to be a Deliverance minister , which is the hip new way to say exorcist This seems to be a real Church of England thing.I am surprised at how much I liked this, since ghosts and demonic possession and satanism are not the kind of fantasy I usually prefer Rickman s writing and his pacing are rea [...]

    7. Wow I loved this book especially as it was based in Herefordshire where I have made my home Such a beautiful county.I have read several books by Phil Rickman previously but not this one, I came to this book when I saw that it was going to be turned into a TV program Unfortunately work has been manic and I missed the first installment on TV so I cracked on with the book It drew me in from the first pages Merrily is unlike any vicar I could have imagined, she drinks, smokes and swears Then again s [...]

    8. While I really enjoyed this book, I would rate it a low 4 stars due to the fact that it felt quite disjointed I would have preferred a better flow The chapters were short, and within the chapters were POV shifts Perhaps the book was written this way to create that feeling of confusion But, it will in no way prevent me from reading books in the series I m quite invested with the main characters Merrily, Jane, Lol This book dove much into the realm of the supernatural that the first book as Merr [...]

    9. I enjoyed this than I liked The Wine of Angels I appreciated Merrily s vacillating state of mind as she struggled to resolve her calling with the reality of life in the modern era.

    10. Do you believe in the Devil Reverend Merrily Watkins, Hereford s, and possibly the country s, first female Deliverance Minister is told that a healthy amount of scepticism is needed as well as a low profile and plenty of fuse wire However Deliverance is basically a softer way of saying exorcism and the Merrily sees of the supernatural forces, the s she is drawn into a web of Satanic influences that could include her own daughter Like all Rickman s books, Midwinter of the Spirit effortlessly com [...]

    11. Midwinter of the Spirit by Phil Rickman Book 2 in the Merrily Watkins series Really enjoying these mashups of crime and supernatural blended with the Church and English folklore Atmospheric and creepy as hell, with a brilliantly complex protagonist in Merrily, who questions her faith and sanity while juggling her calling and her responsibilities as a parent against increasing evidence of satanic practices and possession It s a bit like Midsomer Murders meets The Exorcist.

    12. This features a woman Anglican priest In this book, she becomes an exorcist, though reluctantly The novel convinces you that evil spirits are real, and kept me engaged throughout.

    13. What a strong sequel Rickman offers one of those rare sequels in Midwinter of the Spirit one that surpasses the series opener The entire novel is creepier and spookier, providing genuine spine tingling chills as the story progresses Though lengthwise it is no shorter than the first book, the pacing does not suffer the same sort of inconsistencies although the ending still came a bit too quickly for me.The characters that Rickman so carefully constructed continue to develop, and their relationshi [...]

    14. This is the second book in the Merrily Watkins series and has recently 2015 been dramatized for ITV I think it has to be one of my favourite books in this series with its spectacular finale Merrily is appointed diocesan exorcist or deliverance consultant as the Bishop prefers to call her She has mixed feelings about the role and doesn t know whether she is capable of carrying it out.As well as problems of deliverance, Merrily s teenage daughter, Jane, has a new friend, Rowenna, who seems to be t [...]

    15. I was a tad disappointed in this second novel in the Merrily Watkins series, primarily for the ungraceful denouement The beginning and middle parts of the novel unfolded as a real page turner, as the reader follows Merrily through some scary situations possibly being chased by demons not her own The story revolves around an unusual situation the appointment of a woman priest to the position of diocesan exorcist But don t assume that this a Gothic horror story a la Peter Blatty or Stephen King On [...]

    16. This is book two in the Merrily Watkins series Merrily Watkins, Vicar in old city of Hereford and her daughter, Jane get involved with exorcism in this book Merrily is promoted to exorcist and is finding it diffcult to stamp out evil in the community She is the Bishop s number one gal, and I mean that in the way it sounds He, the bishop, asked the former priest Dobbs to resign so he could bring Merrily in, but he has a reason which comes out in the book Merrily is trying to find someone she trus [...]

    17. A brilliant mix of mystery, magic, crime, evil goings on, human relatiomships and complex characters Add in some good descriptions, a compelling pace and a real sense of place and you get an excellent book An absolute pleasure to read.The central character, Merrily, is embarking on a career as an exorcist, which brings her into contact with all kinds of strange people and activities A very nasty plot links some of her strange encounters, and the story builds very effectively to a dramatic climax [...]

    18. so disappointed I liked the first book in the series, but this one really jumped into giving the characters no growth from the last story, and summing a spiritual leap without supporting the origin.I will not get to the following books anytime soond PS and just how many times do these people have to go to the cathedral alone at night with fog and early snow to know that it is a really bad idea

    19. A woman becomes the new Hereford Diocesis deliverance Minister exorcist.Is it a job for a woman Generally low key spooky events with some nicely drawn if steriotypical characters specifically the know all teenage daughter and a horrendously trendy Bishop.

    20. Again really liked it Lots of different story lines made it seem a bit confusing mirroring Merrily and Jane s experience of it I suppose but it all came together beautifully I didn t see the ending coming These books seem especially good now the nights are closing in

    21. Interesting, a novel about exorcisim in the anglican church, a good read with lots of twists and turns, even if you re not sure about the religious side of it, it s a good read Some great description of Hereford and the surrounding areas.

    22. So far, I really do like these, but the endings are so abrupt Know everything is done, but it feels like he skips something Realize nothing is missing, just an impression.

    23. My god, it has been some time since I have given the give a book a review thing a go outside of a few tweets, but I ve been feeling a tad void in my life without it, so here we go Let s toss myself back into the mix And why not dial this up to eleven, eh This is a good book Good In the way that, say, Jon Pertwee s first season as Doctor Who was good Or the way that Top Oriental ramen is good Or the way that a walk on an early September day in Alabama is good, before Autumn saps the heat in the a [...]

    24. Wow Phil Rickman knows how to write a thriller The Merrily Watkins series so far read 2 out of 15 are brilliant, well plotted, brilliant characters, atmospheric places and complicated plots all wonderfully linked.The second book in the series follows on about six months after the action of the first novel The book sees Merrily be asked to take on the role of Deliverance Consultant asked by the young and trendy new Bishop As things in Deliverance get and difficult it appears that someone is pul [...]

    25. I felt that this was several shades darker than the first book There was threat, angst and all in all it felt dangerous I detected development of all the main characters though they were very recognisable from the first book As before I was impressed by the research that has obviously gone into the writing The story itself did put me in mind of some Dennis Wheatley books I read way back in the dim and distant past but in this case the outcomes were handled in a different way I can t really di [...]

    26. Lancashire born Phil Rickman began his writing career producing thick books, deep with character and intertwined events, revolving around ancient religion and practices, mysticism, New Age matters and old British customs and traditions An open minded and dark streak, offered up with titles like Crybbe later renamed Curfew , December, The Man In The Moss and Candlenight soon placed him within the wide expanses of the horror genre, a label that Rickman was never keen on I see his point these books [...]

    27. Reading this right after the Wine of Angels, because I was curious where Rickman would go with the series Making Merrily an exorcist makes sense, as a mystery series laid entirely in her small parish and village would depopulate both rather quickly The plot was also tightly woven, and I hope that Athena continues as a character, making up for the loss of Lucy.I still find Jane s monumental teenage sulks rather over the top, but the main characters have grown on me I suspect I will find my way b [...]

    28. Really enjoying this series so far.I think the characters are both appealing and well written, Merrily and Lol in particular I like the way that both their doubts about themselves are handled The mysteries are good too, and whereas writing about Satanism and evil spirits could come across as being a bit over the top, he makes it quite believable I also like the way that real places, books and historical figures are incorporated.

    29. I enjoyed this book The second in the Merrily Watkins series, the characters were well developed and the story was very good The first book made me want to listen to Nick Drake, this time I wanted to listen to Tori Amos and Radiohead I also really need to track down a copy of The Folklore of Hereford too.

    30. A bit of a slog, I had to force myself to get to the end Merrily was not quite so annoying as in the first book, but her daughter was However, the main problem is with the plot which just get and absurd If you can accept that there is a satanist plot to infiltrate the Church of England by planting long term moles then ok, but I didn t manage that leap of imagination.

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