Blog Tour: ‘Rise of the Rays’ by Wes Markin

I was so excited to get the chance to read this book!!

I was part of the first blog tour, for the first volume in the series (and the author’s debut) and I was immediately hooked! I couldn’t believe how good it was. Like.. where was this author before?? He should’ve been already around, writing bestsellers.

I’m so happy to have figured out that this was a series, and there’s more to come!

If you’re interested in reading my reviews of the first two books in the series, here they are:

Blog Tour: ‘One Last Prayer for the Rays’ by Wes Markin

Blog Tour: ‘The Repenting Serpent’ by Wes Markin

(There’s a third volume as well, but unfortunately, because of my way too long hiatus and personal issues I couldn’t participate in the tour…hence I didn’t have a review.)

About the Book

Rise of the Rays book cover(Goodreads/Amazon)

Wes Markin’s most heart-pounding and dark thriller yet

They say that lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice. How the people of Wiltshire wished that were true.

When Paul Ray decides to burn down his evil family’s legacy, he falls into the clutches of those he thought gone.

And now Detective Yorke and his team face a race against time to find Paul before Wiltshire again falls under the dark spell of a ruthless family.

Unfortunately for Yorke, the answers lie in the most sinister of places. The beating heart of a long-dead killer.

Can Yorke find the truth before it’s too late? Or will the curse of the Ray family prove too strong?

The DCI Yorke Series:


#1 One Last Prayer for the Rays:
#2 The Repenting Serpent:
#3 The Silence of Severance:
#4 Rise of the Rays:
#5 Dance with the Reaper*:
*Out July 31st, now available for pre-order

I recieved a digital copy of this book for the purpose of this blog tour, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion about it.

About the Author

Wes Markin Author Image

Wes Markin is a hyperactive English teacher, who loves writing crime fiction with a twist of the macabre.

Having finished the fourth instalment in the DCI Yorke series, Rise of the Rays, Wes is now working on the fifth instalment of DCI Yorke’s wild ride. He is also the author of Defined, a prequel to his DCI Yorke novels, which takes the reader back to his blood-soaked university days.

Born in 1978, Wes grew up in Manchester, UK. After graduating from Leeds University, he spent fifteen years as a teacher of English, and has taught in Thailand, Malaysia and China. Now as a teacher, writer, husband and father, he is currently living in Harrogate, UK.

Wes Markin on Social Media

Facebook Author Page
Goodreads Author Page
Amazon Author Page

My Thoughts/Review


As I’ve written above, now I was already familiar with the series, what’s more I was a fan since the first book out! You could say I was already booked. My only regret is that I haven’t read the third book in the series.


There’s no way to go around it: I LOVED it! Again.

I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to enjoy this book as much as I should’ve because I hadn’t read the previous volume, but I shouldn’t have, really. Everything was clear, and I was almost immediately sucked in. (I’m actually a bit sad that I didn’t read that one, though… After reading the first two books I was hopeful to see a more private side of DCI Yorke in the upcoming volumes, and after reading this one I have the feeling that it happened in the third. Well, I must read it sometime!)

The story is exciting and gruesome and heart-wrenching and twisty, the psychological background is right on spot, the characters seem real, the wording is simple but not too vague. Actually, the author has the ability of drawing full and lifelike characters with only a couple of words – without being too much, too cheesy, or compromising the story’s fast-running dynamic. That’s the essence of this genre, yet, sadly, too few authors can manage.

Also, I love Yorke, but may I note how awesome a villain Lacey Ray is?? Seriously, I’m a fan.

Let’s Give It A Grade!

  1. Story: 5/5
  2. Charachters: 5/5
  3. Style: 5/5
  4. The Subjective Factor: 5/5
  • GPA: 5


It’s pretty hard to choose the one thing I like the most about the book. I should go with something I haven’t yet talked about. For example that though it’s all about the concept that the Ray family is and was a bloodline of psychos and terrible people…yet somehow tha author manages to make the reader feel that it’s also the circumstances, the psychological (and physical) traumas they go through by the hands of other Rays that causes them all to go totally crazy. It’s something never said – it’s fantastically shown. It’s like there’s a clear chain of their personalities and crimes… one crime (and criminal) leads to the other.

Recommend to:

Seriously, if you like thrillers even a little bit, you have to read this series!

Drink tip:

I go with whiskey for this one.

Music room:



I am going to read all the books in the series, that is already a sure thing. I’m also up to any books written by Wes Markin at this point.

Have you read any books in this series?

What makes a good thriller in your opinion? Let’s talk!

And please, visit the other stops in this blog tour! 😉 (I’m at the end, so all must be published by now.)

Rise of the Rays final Blog Tour Poster

Hugs 🙂

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