Review: Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb

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 this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Publication date: September 24, 2013.

I’ll be honest: the main reason I requested this book was because the cover is so pretty. I just love those colors. And the castle! Luckily, the book is good too. I love books about witches and I’ve read a lot of historical romances in my time.

Witchstruck is a story of witchcraft, betrayal, political intrigue, and history. I don’t remember much British history — you tend to forget things once you’ve finished school and don’t need to remember it anymore — but many of the names of royalty are familiar and I spent some time reading up on Wikipedia. I know Wikipedia isn’t the best resource, but it was handy and it actually inspired me to want to read more once I find a better source. I also plan to watch The Tudors, a show I only had a passing interest in before this. (Also not a great source for real history, I’m sure, but I have friends who recommend it as entertainment.)

I like the main charcter Meg a lot, but I get frustrated with her a lot too. She’s foolish, she knows her life is in danger and that other people’s lives are in danger too, and she still takes unnecessary risks and makes bad choices at times. There’s one moment early on when she has to rush to hide her athame, knows it’s not in a good hiding spot, and then is shocked when it’s discovered. She really needs to be more careful about hiding the fact that she’s a witch, both for her sake and for Elizabeth’s. I can’t imagine it will go well for Elizabeth if it’s discovered she knows she’s been hiding a witch.

“There, there,” Blanche murmured in surprise and drew me against her comforting chest. “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.”

Meg doesn’t like Blanche much and that colors her narration, but I know there must be more to Blanche’s personality than Meg sees regularly. I hope that we’ll get to know Blanche a little better in the next two books, and that she lives up to my expectations.

There isn’t much besides longing looks to Meg’s romance with Alejandro — yet — but that’s fine. Despite the book description he’s NOT a priest, but a priest-in-training. I’m expecting that he won’t make that leap to priest. I think it’s a great touch that he’s from Spain, something a little different than the norm.

This book delivers almost everything I could have hoped for. The story moves quickly and, knowing that it’s the first in a trilogy, I’m surprised that some things weren’t drawn out a little longer.

four-stars

Comments

  1. Witchcraft and betrayals, sounds good to me. Great review.
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  2. I actually really like the fact that the romance isn’t the main focus of the book, it’s much better than the alternative! Great review.
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  3. I definitely agree- that cover is rather pretty. The colours are so nice!
    Hmmm…that main character does sound a bit annoying. I find that sometimes I can overlook an annoying protagonist, but most of the time if the MC is annoying, that really affects my opinion of the book. Since you’ve given this book such a high rating, I might still give it a try though!
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