Sunday, March 2, 2014

Review: Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: The Tudor Witch Trilogy #1
Pages: 320
Received: Received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley

Release Date: September 24, 2013
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Goodreads Synopsis:

If she sink, she be no witch and shall be drowned.

If she float, she be a witch and must be hanged.

Meg Lytton has always known she is different—that she bears a dark and powerful gift. But in 1554 England, in service at Woodstock Palace to the banished Tudor princess Elizabeth, it has never been more dangerous to practise witchcraft. Meg knows she must guard her secret carefully from the many suspicious eyes watching over the princess and her companions. One wrong move could mean her life, and the life of Elizabeth, rightful heir to the English throne.

With witchfinder Marcus Dent determined to have Meg's hand in marriage, and Meg's own family conspiring against the English queen, there isn't a single person Meg can trust. Certainly not the enigmatic young Spanish priest Alejandro de Castillo, despite her undeniable feelings. But when all the world turns against her, Meg must open her heart to a dangerous choice.

The Secret Circle meets The Other Boleyn Girl in Witchstruck, the first book of the magical Tudor Witch trilogy.

My Review:

Historical fiction with some fantasy thrown in for good measure, definitely a book I want to check out. I'm still a little on the fence about a few things, but all in all this book really caught my attention. I did enjoy the story and how Victoria Lamb weaved the tale of princess Elizabeth, along with the idea of real witches running around, especially so close to the banished princess.

This story is about Meg Lytton, she is a maid to the princess Elizabeth, her main problem is hiding her powers from those around her. Especially with the fact that the one person who is interested in marrying her is the best witchfinder in town, making her life even more difficult. Meg is in the most dangerous situation of her life and throughout she has many difficult choices to make that the outcomes could kill her.

A lot of events were really heart-racing in this book, that kept you going, wondering what things Meg could get herself into next. This book takes place in the height of political fight, where the kingdom is turning to Catholicism, and Meg has no one around to trust, every her own family begins to make things difficult, and completely takes readers by surprise. I really enjoyed Meg's character, she has an innocence to her and yet at the same time her power gives her strength (though she is still learning). The one thing that means everything to Meg is her family, and you can really see her love for those around her and how she will do anything for them.

Then there is Alejandro, the priest that has come to the castle to spy on Elizabeth and make sure that she is becoming a devout Catholic. His character was so mysterious and interesting. I could never figure out what he would do next, and I liked that he always surprised me with what he did.

I think at some points I felt that things were slowing down and the story didn't seem as interesting for me, but this is a fun good start to a new trilogy. I do realize that the Tudor time period seems overdone in stories sometimes but the added fantasy made this a fun story to read. It wasn't a perfect story but it was fun to read and I'm interested to see what kind of things will happen next for Meg. 

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