Saturday 24 June 2023

Book Review: The Lighthouse Keeper by Liv Rancourt (MM Gothic Fantasy)

Title: The Lighthouse Keeper
Author: Liv Rancourt
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: 8 June 2023
Pages: 393
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: MM Gothic Fantasy
Source: ARC via NetGalley

Twenty years ago, a thief stole the Ferox Cor, and now he’s dead.

Vincent Fairchild, a witch with little power beyond his charm, is tasked with finding that dangerous magical object. He’s already been pruned from the family tree because “nice” people don’t possess even the lowest of magic. If he fails to return with the Ferox Cor, he’ll lose his place with the Witches’ Council.

Determined not to be cast aside again, Vincent travels to the West Point lighthouse, where he learns that the Witches’ Council was mistaken. Martin Gallagher, the thief, didn’t use the Ferox Cor to enrich himself, and his son is not a child. In fact, Rafe Gallagher might be the most powerful witch Vincent has ever met. Powerful, adult, and incredibly handsome.

Martin will return on Samhain when the veil between the worlds is the thinnest. He’s promised to reclaim the Ferox Cor, but doing so risks unleashing a great evil on the world. Rafe has sworn to destroy that powerful object, but if he succeeds, Vincent’s future is at risk. There's a way forward, but to find it, Vincent must look to his heart.


Overall The Lighthouse Keeper was an enjoyable read. The premise was interesting and Vincent was an engaging character. I was less keen on Rafe at first, but he grew on me as the story progressed. The romance perhaps felt a little bit sudden, but the rest of the story worked well, with plenty of action and tension along the way and a twist or two near the end. This is perhaps not a book I could see myself wanting to reread, but it was one I was happy to read once, as it was a light and entertaining tale, and I would pick up other works by this author in the future. Recommended for fans of MM fantasy with a Gothic tinge. I am giving this book four stars.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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