Thursday, October 24, 2013

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

WitchstruckTitle: Witchstruck
Author: Victoria Lamb
Series: 1st
Pages: 320
Published: September 24th 2013 by Harlequin Teen
ISBN:  9780373210978
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Description: 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 practice 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 Give This ...

 You know how you have certain topics are must reads?  One of mine is Tudor England, with a particular soft spot for Queen Elizabeth.  Add in witchcraft and I was sold.

Meg was a different sort of character.  I enjoyed learning about her gift and how witchcraft may have been viewed during the sixteenth century.  She may have been afraid of being discovered at any given moment, but it never stopped her from practicing her art.  It also never stopped her from trying to learn more.  But, I never felt that she threw caution to the wind.  Sometimes, it was her emotion that got the best of her and not her magic.

I also really liked how the Princess seemed very true to character.  She was willing to dabble with magic to better position herself to become Queen.  She has an end goal in sight and she will not let anyone or anything stand in her way.  Even when Meg finds herself associated publicly with witchcraft, Elizabeth distances herself from the situation.

The only thing I felt really stood in the way of the story was the romance.  At first I found the intrigue between meg and Alejandro to be interesting.  What could cause more tension that an attraction between a  would be priest and a witch?  But Meg misread every situation to the point she was often rude and short tempered to him.  It drove me crazy because they have quite a big of interaction in the story.  I'm amazed he stuck around and helped her out.

The romance evened out a little in the end, and I'm interested to see how it might work out between these two polar opposites.  Plus, I'm still stuck on Tudor England.  I'm sure I will pick up the next book in the series!


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