#BookReview by Lou – The Abdication by Justin Newland #JustinNewland @MatadorBooks @Zooloo2008 #ZooloosBookTours

The Abdication
By Justin Newland

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Abdication takes readers on quite a fantastical and in many ways, a biblical and spiritual quest, which is full of trepidation as two lands that had come together, are now less than harmonious. I would say that Dan Brown fans, especially, would enjoy this, as well as fans of Justin Newland’s other books. You can find out more about his other books, in order, and links of where to follow and buy, after my review.
Thanks to Zooloo Book Tours for inviting me to review and to Justin Newland for sigining my book and to Matador for gifting me the book. My review remains unbiased.

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About the Author

Author Justin NewlandJustin Newland is an author of historical fantasy and secret history thrillers – that’s history with a supernatural twist. His stories feature known events and real peoplefrom history which are re-told and examined through the lens of the supernatural. He gives author talks and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio Bristol’s Thought for the Day. He lives with his partner in plain sight of the Mendip Hills in Somerset, England.


The Abdication Book CoverThe town of Unity sits perched on the edge of a yawning ravine where, long ago, a charisma of angels provided spiritual succour to a fledgeling human race. Then mankind was granted the gift of free will and had to find its own way, albeit with the guidance of the angels. The people’s first conscious act was to make an exodus from Unity. They built a rope bridge across the ravine and founded the town of Topeth. For a time, the union between the people of Topeth and the angels of Unity was one of mutual benefit. After that early spring advance, there had been a torrid decline in which mankind’s development resembled a crumpled, fading autumnal leaf.

Following the promptings of an inner voice, Tula, a young woman from the city, trudges into Topeth. Her quest is to abide with the angels and thereby discover the right and proper exercise of free will. To do that, she has to cross the bridge – and overcome her vertigo. Topeth is in upheaval; the townsfolk blame the death of a child on dust from the nearby copper mines. The priests have convinced them that a horde of devils have thrown the angels out of Unity and now occupy the bridge, possessing anyone who trespasses on it. Then there’s the heinous Temple of Moloch!

The Abdication is the story of Tula’s endeavour to step upon the path of a destiny far greater than she could ever have imagined.


The Abdication (the title all becomes clear as you read the book), blends fantasy, biblical, and spiritual references well. Firstly, Tula is met and she takes readers into Topeth, a highly regarded town, now in decline due to how mankind are developing. The writing is elegant and edges along between the complete fanatastical and parts of reality that all humans can recognise.

Tula ends up on a quest to meet the angels, but it isn’t as easy to cross the bridges between Topeth and Unity, which were once united and working harmoniously together and now that relationship is in perilous danger of disappearing as evil is abound.  There are also people, such as Sarah’s daughter, Opal, mysteriously going missing.

It’s a quest that has so much trepidation as there is evil around. There’s a strong supporting cast, whose lives are also in danger at times and times of desperation for their Creator to help them out.

Readers will also, amongst so many characters, such as Ruth and Abel, which are biblical, but also Taurus, fom horoscopes. It’s an interesting mix of characters who readers are introduced to, to see if they can move passed the ‘Old Guard’ and move their nations into better and more peaceful times.

Further Books by Justin Newland

The Genes of Isis

The Genes of Isis is a tale of love, destruction and ephemeral power set under the

skies of Ancient Egypt. A re-telling of the Biblical story of the flood, it reveals the

mystery of the genes of Isis – or genesis – of mankind.


The Old Dragon’s HeadThe Old Dragon’s Head is a historical fantasy and supernatural thriller set

during the Ming Dynasty and played out in the shadows the Great Wall of

China. It explores the secret history of the influences that shaped the

beginnings of modern times.


The Coronation

Set during the Great Enlightenment, The Coronation reveals the secret history of

the Industrial Revolution.



The Abdication Book CoverHis latest, The Abdication (July, 2021), is a suspense thriller, a journey of destiny, wisdom and self-discovery.



Follow him at:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justin.newland.author/
Website : http://www.justinnewland.com/

Amazon UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Abdication-Justin-Newland/dp/1800463952

Amazon UShttps://www.amazon.com/Abdication-Justin-Newland-ebook/dp/B098PHD84Y

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#Bookreview by Lou of Red/Black by Rachel Atherton Charvat #RachelAthertonCharvat @MatadorBooks #RandomTTours #RedBlack

Red Black
By Rachel Atherton Charvat 
Rated: 4 stars ****

I am delighted to be closing the Red/Black blog tour with Random Things Tours, with a review of this twisty book as the roulette table spins as Sarah’s life plays out to an unexpected end.

Follow through the blurb to my review and then discover a bit more about the author and a buy link.

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Sarah Hughes. Wife, mother, secret gambler. 

Her life is one of stability and security. Settled in Cheltenham, married for over twenty years, lovely children but her inner trauma of losing a child in a car accident in which she was driving is reopened when her husband accepts a full-time posting to a military camp in Germany. Upon arriving in Germany, her underlying depression returns and she starts gambling online. The isolated posting and pressures of army life exacerbates her struggle and exposes the frailties of her marriage.

The stakes rise as her gambling escalates and she starts to realise her husband is not all she believed…

Red/ Black is a debut novel that is a carefully constructed story that deals with very modern themes of mental health and gambling.

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Red/Black in the title cleverly resembles a roulette table. The promise of a sort of glamour of the roulette tables of the casinos that often isn’t a reality, with people who gambling who aren’t the of the film star depiction. Red/ Black shows the unravelling of Sarah Hughes life and red/black becomes symbolic of the gambles Sarah makes in life. She’s just an average wife and mother in Cheltenham and life in a new place should have been wonderful, except her husband takes a full-time job in the military in Germany. There is the tragic loss of her son and her marriage can best be described as fragile and deception is at play, which are big themes. The book shows the fagilities of life and mental health as her life spirals and as she is in a strange place, there is no one instant to help. The mental toll is written, sometimes taking readers into some of the more minute detail. It’s an emotional read and by no means light, it tackles heavy-weight subjects that everyone has heard of so often in people’s lives or perhaps experienced something of it themselves. The book is however very well-written and takes readers on a great story of a darker side of life.

Overall this is a thought-provoking, well-written  book with modern themes that are hard-hitting, with the seemingly great life of security and family, shown in the back-story and the unravelling as life events happen, with twists and turns. That black/red of the roulette table of life keeps spinning to an ending I did not see coming!


Rachel Atherton-Charvat is originally from Norfolk and later moved to Gloucestershire.

She is married to a serving Army Officer and is currently accompanying him on an overseas posting in Turkey. She has previously worked as a history teacher and a photographer, exhibiting her work in the UK, USA and Cyprus.

Red/Black is her debut novel.

Buy Link

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Red-Black-Rachel-Atherton-Charvat/dp/1838594981