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The Dagger
by Marieke Lexmond View author's profile page

Overview


"The Dagger" is the first in a mystical, magical series featuring three generations of powerful, headstrong witches from the Madigan family. The family struggles to work together to keep a centuries-old promise. One leg in the real world, one in the magical, Bridget Madigan is a young detective working in Boston. Even though she has sworn never to use magic again, she caves to watch a flashback from the murder. She never dreamed her findings would implicate her own blood.


Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite

5 Stars

The Dagger (The Madigan Chronicles Book 1) by Marieke Lexmond is a sensational urban fantasy. With thrilling scenes, a dramatic story arc, and an astounding conclusion, the book is riveting from the first page until the last. A captivating novel with an engaging plot and exciting action-filled scenes that include witches, spells,
and a trip through the fairy world, it is an enthralling tale that is the perfect book to curl up with during inclement weather. Entertaining and superbly written, it is an enchanting novel that will captivate fans of urban fantasy who enjoy stories with magic related to witches in our modern era. As the first episode in what promises to be a spectacular series, fans of paranormal urban fantasy will not want to miss this thrilling new series.


Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

5 Stars

The Dagger by Marieke Lexmond is an exceptional story filled with excitement and non-stop action. I loved all of the characters in the story; they were unique, well-developed, and definitely memorable. The author's amazing ability for storytelling and descriptive narrative brought everything to life. Lucy was an amazing character, so vengeful and calculating, and because she had no thought for others, this always gave her the upper hand. Tara's loyalty to her sister was unquestionable and she was fearlessly protective of those close to her. There are so many obstacles the Madigan women have to maneuver through as Lucy unleashes her powers against them. I thought the plots twists were brilliant; the story never once lost its intrigue or magic. There are so many different relationships that are developed brilliantly throughout.
Family feuds are resolved as past betrayals and deceptions are confronted. The storyline really highlights the rivalry within families and reminds us to treasure loved ones and not take them for granted. I will never look at a deck of tarot cards in the same way again.


Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

5 Stars

Witches in the modern world is a beloved story concept and Marieke Lexmond gives it a fresh, exciting premise through the first book of The Madigan Chronicles. The Dagger takes readers to a number of places such as Boston, New Orleans, Utah, and most fascinatingly, the fairy realm. The world-building is a solid combination of the real world and an otherworldly kingdom ruled by a powerful being. I was immediately invested in the depth of the plot and the complex characters. It’s not just about the conflict between witches but also about mending one’s familial relationships. Bridget Madigan has to balance her role as a detective, as a family member of powerful witches, and as a woman who wants to live her own way of life. It's a complicated matter especially when she is handed a responsibility that she's not quite ready to handle. Some unwise decisions were made, causing hurtful consequences to the Madigan family but their bond kept them together to confront any obstacles. Lexmond's clear narrative keeps the plot engaging and tense, and one of my favorite scenes is when Luna - Bridget’s mother - releases a significant number of souls trapped in a witch’s table. Simply put, The Dagger is an enjoyable read with an intriguing ending that promises another thrilling adventure of the witches in the sequel to The Madigan Chronicles.


Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

5 Stars

The members of the Madigan family are well-developed as individuals and you are even provided with a family tree to trace the lineage of the family’s earliest witches and warlocks. The family’s legacy as custodians of a powerful artifact is explored at
the start of the novel, and how it causes a domestic turmoil that leads to ostracism. Some readers may find the concept of a protagonist who resolves never to use her powers, yet uses it at the end as circumstances push her to do so, as clichéd. That said, The Dagger does have a unique charm and an original take on the main character, as she is progressive, headstrong, and positively determined. The plot does have its own appeal with the importance of family in its theme. Lexmond’s first installment has plenty to offer with its ability to build tension and characters that you will be willing to invest in.

Read more

Description


"The Dagger" is the first in a mystical, magical series featuring three generations of powerful, headstrong witches from the Madigan family. The family struggles to work together to keep a centuries-old promise. One leg in the real world, one in the magical, Bridget Madigan is a young detective working in Boston. Even though she has sworn never to use magic again, she caves to watch a flashback from the murder. She never dreamed her findings would implicate her own blood. This unstoppable magical rollercoaster unearths long-kept family secrets. The Madigan family bond is pushed to the limit. Will they be strong enough to keep that century-old promise and protect the elemental power objects from a dark witch?
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About the author


Marieke Lexmond reads tarot cards and loves food, photography, and travel. She has two sassy little dogs that she likes to take everywhere and they even have their own Instagram account @urbandogsquad. Her background in filmmaking enabled her to travel and live around the globe. Storytelling is in her blood, from saving her allowance as a very young age to buy books to her master's degree from the Dutch Film Academy. Fantasy and science fiction are her favorite genres. She prefers to write fun and mystical stories. Her attraction to nature and places with a magical history brought her to New Orleans and the West Coast of Ireland. As a pagan, she felt an instant connection to the land; it feeds her imagination and has become the inspiration for the Madigan Chronicles. The Dagger (Madigan Chronicles #1) releases in Fall 2020, followed by The Magical Tarot Deck (Madigan Chronicles #2) in Late Spring 2021. You can follow the witches on IG and FB @underthewitcheshat and Marieke on her IG account @Mariekelex
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Book details

Genre:FICTION

Subgenre:Fantasy / Contemporary

Language:English

Series title:The Madigan Chronicles

Series Number:1

Pages:264

Format:Paperback

eBook ISBN:9781098336790

Paperback ISBN:9781098336783


Overview


"The Dagger" is the first in a mystical, magical series featuring three generations of powerful, headstrong witches from the Madigan family. The family struggles to work together to keep a centuries-old promise. One leg in the real world, one in the magical, Bridget Madigan is a young detective working in Boston. Even though she has sworn never to use magic again, she caves to watch a flashback from the murder. She never dreamed her findings would implicate her own blood.


Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite

5 Stars

The Dagger (The Madigan Chronicles Book 1) by Marieke Lexmond is a sensational urban fantasy. With thrilling scenes, a dramatic story arc, and an astounding conclusion, the book is riveting from the first page until the last. A captivating novel with an engaging plot and exciting action-filled scenes that include witches, spells,
and a trip through the fairy world, it is an enthralling tale that is the perfect book to curl up with during inclement weather. Entertaining and superbly written, it is an enchanting novel that will captivate fans of urban fantasy who enjoy stories with magic related to witches in our modern era. As the first episode in what promises to be a spectacular series, fans of paranormal urban fantasy will not want to miss this thrilling new series.


Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

5 Stars

The Dagger by Marieke Lexmond is an exceptional story filled with excitement and non-stop action. I loved all of the characters in the story; they were unique, well-developed, and definitely memorable. The author's amazing ability for storytelling and descriptive narrative brought everything to life. Lucy was an amazing character, so vengeful and calculating, and because she had no thought for others, this always gave her the upper hand. Tara's loyalty to her sister was unquestionable and she was fearlessly protective of those close to her. There are so many obstacles the Madigan women have to maneuver through as Lucy unleashes her powers against them. I thought the plots twists were brilliant; the story never once lost its intrigue or magic. There are so many different relationships that are developed brilliantly throughout.
Family feuds are resolved as past betrayals and deceptions are confronted. The storyline really highlights the rivalry within families and reminds us to treasure loved ones and not take them for granted. I will never look at a deck of tarot cards in the same way again.


Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

5 Stars

Witches in the modern world is a beloved story concept and Marieke Lexmond gives it a fresh, exciting premise through the first book of The Madigan Chronicles. The Dagger takes readers to a number of places such as Boston, New Orleans, Utah, and most fascinatingly, the fairy realm. The world-building is a solid combination of the real world and an otherworldly kingdom ruled by a powerful being. I was immediately invested in the depth of the plot and the complex characters. It’s not just about the conflict between witches but also about mending one’s familial relationships. Bridget Madigan has to balance her role as a detective, as a family member of powerful witches, and as a woman who wants to live her own way of life. It's a complicated matter especially when she is handed a responsibility that she's not quite ready to handle. Some unwise decisions were made, causing hurtful consequences to the Madigan family but their bond kept them together to confront any obstacles. Lexmond's clear narrative keeps the plot engaging and tense, and one of my favorite scenes is when Luna - Bridget’s mother - releases a significant number of souls trapped in a witch’s table. Simply put, The Dagger is an enjoyable read with an intriguing ending that promises another thrilling adventure of the witches in the sequel to The Madigan Chronicles.


Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

5 Stars

The members of the Madigan family are well-developed as individuals and you are even provided with a family tree to trace the lineage of the family’s earliest witches and warlocks. The family’s legacy as custodians of a powerful artifact is explored at
the start of the novel, and how it causes a domestic turmoil that leads to ostracism. Some readers may find the concept of a protagonist who resolves never to use her powers, yet uses it at the end as circumstances push her to do so, as clichéd. That said, The Dagger does have a unique charm and an original take on the main character, as she is progressive, headstrong, and positively determined. The plot does have its own appeal with the importance of family in its theme. Lexmond’s first installment has plenty to offer with its ability to build tension and characters that you will be willing to invest in.

Read more

Description


"The Dagger" is the first in a mystical, magical series featuring three generations of powerful, headstrong witches from the Madigan family. The family struggles to work together to keep a centuries-old promise. One leg in the real world, one in the magical, Bridget Madigan is a young detective working in Boston. Even though she has sworn never to use magic again, she caves to watch a flashback from the murder. She never dreamed her findings would implicate her own blood. This unstoppable magical rollercoaster unearths long-kept family secrets. The Madigan family bond is pushed to the limit. Will they be strong enough to keep that century-old promise and protect the elemental power objects from a dark witch?

Read more

About the author


Marieke Lexmond reads tarot cards and loves food, photography, and travel. She has two sassy little dogs that she likes to take everywhere and they even have their own Instagram account @urbandogsquad. Her background in filmmaking enabled her to travel and live around the globe. Storytelling is in her blood, from saving her allowance as a very young age to buy books to her master's degree from the Dutch Film Academy. Fantasy and science fiction are her favorite genres. She prefers to write fun and mystical stories. Her attraction to nature and places with a magical history brought her to New Orleans and the West Coast of Ireland. As a pagan, she felt an instant connection to the land; it feeds her imagination and has become the inspiration for the Madigan Chronicles. The Dagger (Madigan Chronicles #1) releases in Fall 2020, followed by The Magical Tarot Deck (Madigan Chronicles #2) in Late Spring 2021. You can follow the witches on IG and FB @underthewitcheshat and Marieke on her IG account @Mariekelex
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Catherine
An Enticing Read I loved delving into the lives of the Madigans in this debut novel which I enjoyed from beginning to end. I liked the pace of the book and the different settings and how these all came together to create a fascinating read which expertly brought together the past, the present and a magical world, that left me wondering whether a Madigan witch could be living right around the corner. Looking forward to reading the next adventure in this chronicle. Read more
Wilma
wich is witch I live in the Netherlands so Marieke send me her first book . My english was a bit rusty, last time a red an englisch book was at highschool. Page by page i got dragged into the world of magic, witches and family matters. Wow, i just could'nt stop reading, and first thing i woke up i crabbed the book, setlle myself comfortly and continue to follow the Madigan's Very good are the "who is related to who" pages and the end. The illustrations are wonderfull, very well captured by the story. The last page is still in my head, ready to wait for Marieke's next Madigan book. So the magic worked ... Read more
YVONNE
A Magical Read This was such a wonderful, magical read. I wanted to be part of the Madigan's family and hang out with them and experience their magic first hand. If you need to escape for a bit and love witches, tarot cards, fairies, and so much more, then this book is for you. 5*****! I loved it. Read more
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