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Haven: A Lowtown novel Paperback – May 8 2018
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Not only are Pryor's characters and fathomlessly dark love stories fabulous, but her continual world building of Blackthorn blows me away. ―Gravetells
Lindsay is a wonderful writer. She's crafted one heck of a world...―Vice President of Creative Affairs for Relativity Media Film Studios, California
Lindsay is a wonderful writer. She's crafted one heck of a world.―Vice President of Creative Affairs for Relativity Media Film Studios
Lindsay Pryor has crafted a world that's intricate, gritty and genuinely fascinating...―Big Little Sister Blog
Lindsay J. Pryor is an author with a great potential. She writes paranormal romance mixed with urban fantasy the way I like it - clever world-building, intense characters and no easy options for them to take.―Nocturnal Book Reviews
Lindsay J. Pryor easily earns a place alongside Paranormal Romance's best writers.―Michele Hauf, USA Today Bestseller
I don't think I have read such a finely executed dark PNR world before... The world-building is spectacular.―Gaga Over Books
I cannot say how much I love this author. She is creating a world which sucks you in, which makes you want to know more about Blackthorn and its inhabitants.―I Heart Books
This is a paranormal universe like none you have encountered before... There are stories that are so powerful, so intense that I do not believe anyone should warn you about what is to come... I truly do feel that if you love the Paranormal genre and have not yet discovered Lindsay J. Pryor or these novels then you need to read them, experience them first hand.―Keeper Bookshelf
This concept is creative and different from other paranormal books I've read lately.―My Paranormal Book Review
About the Author
Lindsay J. Pryor is the author of the Amazon bestselling BLACKTHORN series, her dark, complex and gritty urban PNR having achieved numerous Gothic and PNR number ones in both the UK and the US.
Quickly deciding that fantasy was more interesting than reality, Lindsay has been creating stories since she was nine years old. She holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology and Communication and is a qualified Psychology lecturer and English teacher. She taught for eighteen years before becoming a full-time author.
Lindsay was born and grew up in Wales and now lives in South West England with her husband, their rescue bunny and a plethora of wild woodland creatures.
To find out more about Lindsay or her books, please visit www.lindsayjpryor.com or visit her Facebook page where she regularly chats to her readers.
BLACKTHORN is Lindsay's debut series. Due to the overarching plot, the books are best read in order. The series concludes with Book 8.
Book 1 - BLOOD SHADOWS
Book 2 - BLOOD ROSES
Book 3 - BLOOD TORN
Book 4 - BLOOD DEEP
Book 5 - BLOOD DARK
Book 6 - BLOOD INSTINCT
Book 7 - BLOOD BOUND
Book 8 - BLOOD BROKEN (Release date TBC)
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Once again, the fabulous Miss Pryor has done it again with her stand alone spin-off. Ember struggles to do her very best to be a citizen of Midtown. She pass all the necessary tests that define the harsh reality the people in Lowtown are dealing in the district and has earned enough payment from her job as a waitress. When tragedy hits at her workplace and cost one of her love ones, Ember decides to fight back and she needs Nathan's help to accomplish her vendetta. our heroine is the definition of badass street girl. She's a feisty stubborn fighter who willing to risk her everything she has for justice and she doesn't back down. Nathan is a hardened vampire collector who lives in Lowtown and frequent in the bar where Ember works. He works alone doing all the dirty businesses for his personal reasons. I love all the twists and turns happening in the story and how they connect to the protagonists in unexpected way. Good to see a returning character in this installment!
I loved Lindsay J. Pryor’s Blackthorn series and this Lowtown spinoff is another winner. I was not expecting that ending.. cannot wait for the next book in the series!!!
I’ve been a fan of Lindsay J Pryor for some time, but I’ll admit I did have a little nervous anxiety going on in the pit of my stomach as I opened this book. I love her Blackthorn series, and I’m highly anticipating the finale, Blood Broken. But to sit down with something completely new… well, would it meet my expectations?
So for those reading this review, I’m going to put you out of your misery really quickly… it did. It most definitely did.
As with all of Lindsay’s novels, you are transported to the world she has created. She takes you into the heart of the action. You can smell the desperation of what it’s like to live in Lowtown, you can feel the terror, the hopelessness of being one of the unlucky folks who happened to be born into the wrong family, the wrong area.
But you can also be uplifted by the spirit of the people who live there, and none more so than our heroine, Ember, who, on the cusp of getting out of Lowtown to the more affluent Midtown is pulled into what I can only describe as a nightmare not of her making. But instead of crumbling, our girl leads from the front, inspires, thrills, digs her heels in, and stands up to those who seek to oppress.
At the beginning, I read slowly, keen to make sure I followed the story, for Lindsay J Pryor’s writing is not only absorbing, but it’s also intelligent. You have to pay attention. And gradually, I was pulled into Ember and Nate’s world, not like a voyeur, but as an active participant. I could have been Ember. I felt everything she did, I fought right alongside her, I urged her to triumph. From about the fifty percent mark, I couldn’t flick the pages fast enough.
I tried to work out how Ember was going to make it all okay when all seemed lost, but once again, as the author has done many times before, Lindsay J Pryor surprised, shocked, and astounded me with her storytelling, her guts, her ability to make the tough calls. Her ability to pull out something amazing... and when the covers are peeled back to reveal the outcome, she definitely provides that 'What the heck' moment!
Make no mistake: Lowtown is dark and gritty, and gives us more than a glimpse into the depths of human depravity. But it’s also uplifting, inspiring, and shows the strength of humanity, of how there are still those with determination to do the right thing, no matter what it costs them.
Lindsay J Pryor – I salute you. Please hurry up with the next in the series. I can’t wait.
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I was eagerly awaiting this story as I totally loved the Blackthorn series and although the final book in that series is not out yet, I very much love the whole world setting the author has created, and this book/series is set in the same world.
If you have not read her Blackthorn series (seriously why not?, go forth and one-click :) ) , no worries, this book starts a new series with new characters. For those that have read the Blackthorn series , well there are slight overlaps which you will recognize, but the events in this book are completely separate to those in Blackthorn. The time-line of this book coincides with the timeline of the first few books of the Blackthorn series.
I have to mention that this is not your ordinary run of the mill PNR. In my opinion, Ms Pryor has cornered a separate niche in the market which I call PNR Suspense. All her books to date keep you on the edge of your seat, reading as fast as you can while still absorbing the story, because OMG no, OMG yes , oooh didn't see that coming, why?, noooo, yesssss, swoon. This pretty much sums of most of the emotions during one of her books (including this one).
So to clarify the world setting for those who haven't read Blackthorn. We have humans, we have the 2nd Species ( which are witches), we have the 3rd Species (which are vampires and werewolves). (there are also the 4th species, but I wont go into that as they don't feature in this book). In the world Ms Pryor has created, in each city the different species have been segregated into districts, starting with with all the paranormal's (ie 3rd species) and human criminals ( convicts -> cons) in the center district (otherwise known as Blackthorn). Around the center (Blackthorn) is the Lowtown district in which the low income/poor humans , the gangs of thugs and some paranormal's live. Medical facilities in this district are poor to non-existent and ordinary people struggle to survive and make a living. Around this district is Midtown, a more affluent district where NO paranormal's or witches may live or even cross its border. Around Midtown and outlying areas lies Summertown where the privileged humans reside.
The setting of this book is Lowtown where we meet Ember who is a late 20's 30 something waitress/assistant manager of a restaurant who has spent her whole life preparing to move to Midtown. The application process requires a complete clean record, no indications of being a feeder ( as in either donating blood via syringe or having a vampire sire who feeds from her) as well as of course a human bloodline. The book starts with Ember going into the final stages of the application process to be allowed to move to Midtown. In the mean time enter Nate, who has been coming to the restaurant where Ember works for a few weeks and who Ember has become interested in (from afar).
So all I can say, is read this book, you wont be dissapointed, you will be hooked.
It isn't just the humans, but the second- and third-species that are trapped, unable to go forward, desperate not to fall back. Pryor has done another brilliant job of sinking her fangs into her readers, making us care about another entire group of people.
We remember it isn't just the power players that matter... we should care about the people left to suffer.
We enter familiar territory connecting with characters who tug at the heartstrings with the wonderful tension of their relationship and their struggle to survive in the brutal world they inhabit. Nate is enthrallingly human despite tendencies to violence.
Combine a great turn of phrase, an excellent pace and a beautiful flow of words and readers find themselves once again captivated by this author in a book that is impossible to put down until the very last page.