Author: Vitoria Lamb
Series: 2nd (Witchstruck)
Published: March 25th 2014 by Harlequin Teen
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Description: Her darkest dreams are coming true. In Tudor England, 1555, Meg Lytton has learned how powerful her magick gift can be. But danger surrounds her and her mistress, the outcast Princess Elizabeth. Nowhere is safe in the court of Elizabeth's fanatical sister, Queen Mary. And as the Spanish Inquisition's merciless priests slowly tighten their grip on the court, Meg's very dreams are disturbed by the ever-vengeful witchfinder Marcus Dent. Even as Meg tries to use her powers to find guidance, something evil arises, impervious to Meg's spells and hungry to control England's fate. As Meg desperately tries to keep her secret betrothed, the Spanish priest Alejandro de Castillo, out of harm's way, caution wars with their forbidden desire. And with her most powerful enemy poised to strike, Meg's only chance is a heartbreaking sacrifice.
I Give This ...
I really enjoy paranormal book set within historical fiction. I think it's a blend of both genre's that I enjoy. Add in Tudor England, and I'm sold. I've particularly enjoyed this other side of Princess Elizabeth.
Meg has every right to be walking on eggshells. Princess Elizabeth enjoys her company as well as what she can do. But, she's made it perfectly clear that if Meg is caught, Elizabeth will deny any acknowledgement of her actions. Her life and throne are on the line, so I don't really blame her. Add in the priests questioning her every move, and it's no wonder she doesn't swear off magic forever. But, magic is a part of Meg and she can't deny it.
Fate is coming full circle now and you can anticipate how this story might play out. Meg is more powerful than she can imagine, but she might be playing with fire. It might not be possible for her to have her cake and eat it too. Especially when it come to Alejandro. I often wondered if the priest would be able to look past the magic the more it comes into play. It goes against everything he's been taught.
I really enjoyed this installment even though it could be a little slow at times. But, it's setting up for our finale and I'm looking forward to that book very much.