Sister Witch: The Life of Moll Dyer by David W. Thompson.
Legends of the Family Dyer Book 1.
Moll Dyer prays she can leave her troubles behind when she immigrates to the new world, but a paranormal threat grows, and soon follows her across the ocean to Maryland. Colonial life in the Old-Line state was tough on both man and woman.
Hunger, disease, Indian attacks, and drought tested the resolve of the settlers daily, but troubles for the Dyers included the threat of a succubus on a mission!
Will the demonic call initiated by her family prove too much to resist as she labors to rebuild her life in a distant land?
The legend of Moll Dyer originated in earliest colonial Maryland. Despite 300 years of civilization, and scientific reason, Moll’s name is still often heard there, especially around campfires late at night, or as a warning to misbehaving little people.
Her spirit is often seen as a wisp of unnatural fog in the swampy woodlands near her homestead, with her half wolf companion at her side. This is her story.
Review from Red Headed Book Lover Blog: “Sister Witch has an outlandish, brave plot, enthralling characters and an incredibly well thought out backstory that will keep the reader wanting to read for hours on end. The plot of this novel is something I never read or heard of before, it reads like a movie, piecing together myth with historical accounts of the time and seamlessly integrates into one book of intrigue… If you are looking for a historical fiction read that is unlike anything you have read… a read that will keep you entertained for hours on end – then this sensational book is for you! 5 stars from me!
Review by TCK Pub: “a knack for crafting clear, yet engaging prose with a suitably historical feel, and we immediately want to know Moll’s story.”
Review by Michelle Randall for Readers’ Favorite: “This is definitely a story everyone should read.”
Review by Romuald Dzemo for Reader’s Favorite: 5 Stars! “Sister Witch: The Life of Moll Dyer (Legends of the Family Dyer) by David Thompson is a paranormal tale with a dark edge, a story that powerfully demonstrates the irresistible pull of evil and allows the reader to follow one woman’s journey as she struggles to find a suitable response to her family’s evil and mysterious legacy.
There is a darkness that whispers through the narrative, a sense of the tragic that is both unsettling and attractive…gripping and pulsating.”
From The Author: Sister Witch is my first full length novel. It is inspired by a historical figure’s life- a sordid tale that’s been near and dear to my heart since the campfires of my youth. Some of the greatest tales I’ve known, I first heard there.
Moll Dyer led a tragic life and was cast as a pariah for her non-conformance. After 300 years, perhaps we are finally able to shine the light of reason on the horrors done to her. Stare them in the eye and plead for forgiveness. This seems to be the case, and I thank my loyal readers for making Sister Witch the winner of the Golden Quill award for fantasy and the winner of the Ed/Pred poll for Magical Realism. I’m confident that Moll would be pleased.
Book 1 of 3: Legends of the Family Dyer
Paperback: 263 Pages
Fantasy (Paranormal and Urban)
His Father’s Blood by David W. Thompson.
Legends of the Family Dyer Book 2.
The demonic force that’s cursed the Dyer family for generations has returned even stronger! Defeated by Moll Dyer a century earlier, the demon Laris lays claim to another Dyer child. Homesteading on Devil’s Peak, skin-walking shaman John Dyer must fight to save his bloodline. Can the Dyers stand against the horrific desires of a centuries old demon?
Can their faith in each other overcome the evil pitted against them?
This historically accurate epic follows John- scion of the Dyer family, and the great-great grandson of the venerable Moll Dyer– in his quest for a new life, and a place to settle down and call home. The fates conspire against the Dyers, and only their sorely tested faith in each other can overcome the evil set-in place against them.
Review by Literary Titan: 5 STARS! “Ada is not a normal woman of her time. She has been on the road with her father Reverend Hartman, after her mother was killed by savages in the west, since she was just a young girl. She has never met a man or found a place that made her want to have a homestead. That is until she meets John a mysterious half breed with the shamanic lineage. John has also spent most of his childhood on the road with his father learning the shamanic path, forever he thought he would live and die alone. When they meet each other, their world would be forever changed!
Unfortunately, John and Ada`s relationship attracts a lot of attention. Ada`s father is unsupportive, life constantly has other plans, friends make terrible choices and John and Ada`s relationship pay the price, oh and a few demons decide to throw in some obstacles.
When I first started reading His Father`s Blood, I had no idea that I was going to be so thoroughly sucked in. What really pulled the character and the story together was how accurate the history used in the book was. The style in which the fantasy and historical fiction come together was well written.
This book was attention grabbing, and thrilling. My Fathers Blood Book 2 Legends of the Family Dyer has definitely made it to my top 10 best books of this year, and I read a lot! It is a good book if you want something a little shorter, fantasy like, and is written for a young adult crowd. I would recommend this book to any one of my friends. “
Review by H.M. Gooden: 5 Stars. It was amazing! “Once again, the author has done a masterful job combining history and the supernatural. At every turn you feel inspired and betrayed by the nature of humans and their ability to ruin things for true love. A family legend and the ultimate fight of good versus evil, I cannot wait for the next book in this series!”
Reviewed By Melinda Hills for Readers’ Favorite: “The present is not kind to Indian half-breed John Dyer when demons from his past catch up to him in His Father’s Blood which is Book 2 in the Legends of the Family Dyer series by David W. Thompson. Trying to make a living and keep out of everyone’s way doesn’t work when John hears the cries of a young slave woman who is being attacked by white men. He is duty bound to step in and rescue her, but that leaves him prey for the men who don’t appreciate being interrupted. John manages to escape when he calls his animal familiar, a giant black bear. Finally settling on Devil’s Peak across the Maryland boarder in Virginia, John seems to have made peace with his past and present and is happy to lead a simple life.
Things end up out of control again as Sally Ann, an unusual young woman from the local town, sees what John can do and asks to learn his ways. Against his better judgement, John teaches Sally Ann basic healing remedies but after she finds his secret book, she demands to learn more. In the meantime, John meets Ada, the daughter of the traveling minister, and falls in love. Knowing that he is unacceptable to her father because of his heritage and abilities, he tries to stay away, but Ada’s love for him will not allow that. John’s life is not going to be easy, though, and things spiral out of control again. Will he ever be able to have a normal life?
Engaging, wonderfully written and full of interesting contrasts, His Father’s Blood by David W. Thompson gains your attention on the first page and doesn’t let go until the end. With a poignant comparison between good and bad on multiple levels, including the contrast of Christian practices and shamanism that can be used for good or evil, you experience plenty of thought-provoking ideas. The paranormal mystery is offset by a love story, but the pasts of all the characters also play a significant role in how they behave today, setting the stage for the action. His Father’s Blood is an excellent story and can be read alone, but since it is Book 2 in the Legends of the Family Dyer series, you might enjoy it more starting at the beginning with Sister Witch: The Life of Moll Dyer, the story of John’s great-great-grandmother.”
Series Review by Cyn Ley: Sister Witch and His Father’s Blood (Legends of the Family Dyer). “David Thompson’s two volumes of the Legends of the Family Dyer are both intriguing and poignant. The Old Ways and the New clash in surprising ways, as wild and unpredictable as the new country in which they occur. For the Family Dyer, loyalty brings great love and great tragedy at a time when the rawness and fragility of life clung to those who had long lived on the land, and those who were pushing them back. SISTER WITCH and HIS FATHER’S BLOOD bring a past time to life, and we feel it as naturally as if we were walking in the character’s very shoes. Spells, demons, and ghosts adorn these pages, and we come to know their natures as well as we come to know Nature itself. Whatever their motives, they are true to themselves, and the same cannot be said of the world of men.”
GoodReads Reviewer: It was amazing! A wonderful story! “I am so happy that this Author wrote this story. It is one of the books I will always remember.”
From The Author: As the reader may know from “Sister Witch” (1st in the series), the legend of Moll Dyer has always intrigued me. I found myself unable (or unwilling) to let go of the characters from book one. Thus, “His Father’s Blood” follows one of Moll’s descendants a century later.
One local mythology about Moll indicates she had a son (or at least a younger family member). This son is purported to have followed the Potomac to the north, as did many native tribes in the area. From there, “His Father’s Blood” incorporates many of the myths and histories from that region. I hope you enjoy it!
Book 2 of 3: Legends of the Family Dyer
Paperback: 251 Pages
Fantasy (Paranormal and Urban)
Sons and Brothers by David W. Thompson.
Legends of the Family Dyer Book 3.
Sons and Brothers continues the tradition of its award-winning predecessors in the “Legends of the Family Dyer” trilogy.
This third installment, although stand-alone, follows the descendants of the accused 17th century witch, Moll Dyer. Another century has passed and divergent family lines are reunited. Two cousins from different backgrounds, Garren and Brodie, meet at a camp in the Potomac highlands. One hails from the flatlands of Southern Maryland; the other calls the mountains of West Virginia home.
The Dyer family’s ancestral foe, the dark entity Laris, doesn’t care where they came from because he knows who they came from. Disguising his intentions, he has one last chance to complete Lilith’s demonic hit. Three friends oppose the ancient evil: Anna—a hesitant Native American spiritualist, Lenore—a teenager discovering shape-shifting abilities, and Garren—a regular teenage guy with too much to lose…and plenty to gain.
The terrors of the past are revisited and the corruption of the past seeps into the present. The friends embark on a life and death challenge with help from Anna’s spirit guide. All three, a “hero triumvirate,” embrace their newfound talents in an attempt to save their loved ones from the encroaching darkness. In this often bloody and heart wrenching tale, dark family secrets are revealed, temptation is embraced and the circle of life is renewed.
Does love conquer hate? Should some truths remain untold? Can some sins not be forgiven? What would you do?
Review From Prairies Book Reviews: A gratifying read… “The third installment in Legends of the Family Dyer follows the descendants of accused 17th century witch, Moll Dyer and see cousins, Garren and Brodie, fall prey to Laris’s sinister darkness. Their only chance is Garren’s spiritual friend Anna, the shape-shifter Lenore, and Bridget. But will the trio succeed before the demon completes Lilith’s demonic hit? Thompson writes with passion, and he is as adept at depicting profound emotions of loss, grief, and love as he is at conceiving a dark world infused with evil. The characterization shines as Thompson’s characters fight their inner dilemmas and tragedies from past. Thompson’s exploration of the darker side of supernatural along with the positive will inspire readers to look at his other works as well. A taut, gripping tale!”
Customer Review: 5 Stars. A Mystic Thriller! There are so many different aspects to this book, from family sagas to magical realms and science fiction to modern fantasy. If you are looking for a book that gives you more than one genre, then you are absolutely going to fall in love with this book. I could give this book to most of my friends who like different types of books, and they all could find something they enjoy in this story.
Well, I really enjoyed this book. The author writes at a lovely leisurely pace and yet the story builds and builds until you’re on the end of your seat towards the end. Great read!”
Book 3 of 3: Legends of the Family Dyer
Paperback: 290 Pages
Fantasy (Paranormal and Urban)
About David W. Thompson: David W. Thompson is an award-winning author, a native of Southern Maryland, and a graduate of University of Maryland, University College. David’s love of the written word began early in life. He claims his first writing effort was “Dick and Jane” fan fiction when he was six years old- no doubt with a dark twist!
After his family and cheesecake, reading was his first love. It exposed him to people, cultures and ideas he’d never experience otherwise. Writing was a natural extension of this “out of body” experience as characters act as tour guides to their worlds, and their possibilities. He hopes to honestly convey the stories that they whisper in his ears.
When he isn’t writing, Dave enjoys time with his family and grandchildren, kayaking (mostly flat water please), fishing, hiking, archery, wine-making, and pursuing his other “creative passion”- woodcarving.
Often bloody, habitually dark, always original!
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