Sunday, 5 October 2014

Review: Witchstruck (The Tudor Witch Trilogy #1) by Victoria Lamb 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.

***I received the eBook free as a review copy from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review***

Meg is not just a serving girl; with powers not yet at their full potential she’s faced with the constant threat of discovery and its dire consequences. Set with a rich historical background she faces problem after problem just to survive, never mind to help those she loves to survive as well.

Meg was a very easy character to like and understand, but I did have a problem with how she found the wrong people to trust. It wasn’t all her fault I’ll admit and at times you’re just as surprised as she is but it shows depth to a character when they can look past their relationship to someone and see what they’re hiding which Meg lacked.

However she did definitely knew who she was, and wouldn’t change for anyone that’s for sure. It got her in many impossible situations and I can imagine there’s plenty more to come, but she stuck to her beliefs and what she believed of herself as well. This led to a lot of collision with other characters, but not Alejandro. This was perhaps the biggest surprise, and while romance is not the focus of the story is was still present and great to see.

The plot moved at quite a slow pace, there were some scenes here and there that had me at the edge of my seat but more where not much was happening. Even the magical aspect was absent a lot of the time; so much so that I often found my thoughts wandering away from the story and which is part of my reason for the lower rating.

So if you like more of a relaxed read and you love historical fiction I’d definitely recommend Witchstruck.
Favourite Quotes:
“I could never forget that the punishment for witchcraft was the most painful of deaths. Yet it seemed like death to me to own a gift and never use it out of fear.”

“Some gifts are a test, and others are a curse.” He met my eyes seriously. “Which is yours?”

“That young man will come back for you one day, you’ll see. And if he doesn’t, there are plenty more fish in the sea.”
“Don’t…want…a…fish,” I choked.
“Of course you don’t,” she agreed soothingly. “Nasty smelly things. Now, don’t cry too hard. You’ll only make your nose red, and then if he does come to see you, he’ll think you as ugly as can be.”

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