by David Towsey

Fantasy Crime and Mystery

LoveReading Expert Review of Equinox

Equinox is a historical murder mystery with a seventeenth century feel and a fantasy twist. As a standalone, it's certainly unique and imaginative.

Equinox is a historical mystery with a sixteenth century feel and a fantasy twist. The writing is highly descriptive, and the graphic world-building drew me into the setting straight away, with its gloomy backdrop of war and witchcraft. This is a tale of two halves, literally. Two brothers inhabit the same body, one by day and one by night, with echoes of Jekyll and Hyde. They have distinct personalities and careers - the cynical witch hunter versus the musician - and know very little about how they each spend their time, yet they end up having to work together somehow. Tension rises between the two siblings as the book gathers pace from a steady but slowburning beginning to a dramatic ending. This dark read is more witchcraft thriller than crime thriller, and it contains some gruesome scenes so it's not for the fainthearted. As a standalone, it's certainly unique and imaginative.

Victoria Goldman

Equinox Synopsis

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...

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781801101646
Publication date: 12th May 2022
Author: David Towsey
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 336 pages
Primary Genre Fantasy
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David Towsey Press Reviews

'Spellbinding fantasy... This innovative work is sure to please' - Publishers Weekly

PRAISE FOR THE WALKIN' TRILOGY: 'The deft world-building and focus on small-scale human tragedy make for an absorbing alternative to World War Z-style epics' SFX.

'Towsey - with rich characterization, starkly beautiful language, and a philosophical depth - is just getting warmed up' NPR.

'Towsey's writing is a joy' British Fantasy Society.

'A fascinating, emotionally enrapturing narrative... A tremendously memorable debut' Tor.com.

'DT really does know how to set fire to a plot and keep it burning!' - BookGeek

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About David Towsey

David Towsey is a graduate of the Bath Spa Creative Writing Masters programme. He is continuing his studies as a Ph.D. student at Aberystwyth University, where he lives with his girlfriend and their four cats.   Author photo © Keith Morris  

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