by Victoria Lamb
Genre: Fantasy, Historical, YA
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Reviewed by: Kate | Source: NetGalley
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. The Secret Circle meets The Other Boleyn Girl in Witchstruck ,the first book of the magical Tudor Witch trilogy.
WITCHSTRUCK’s description references THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL as well as THE SECRET CIRCLE, and right there it is spot on. WITCHSTRUCK is a fun read, if you like the historical paranormal genre. It was very believable in terms of setting, and how the characters would have acted. Except for the magic of course!
Altogether though, this review is very hard to write. WITCHSTRUCK is good, but it isn’t amazing. Meg tended toward a little stupid- not veering into too stupid to live heroine territory, but sometimes doing things that made me worry about her intelligence. However, there are a few other characters who make up for Meg’s deficiencies, most notably being Elizabeth, as in, the future queen of England. Elizabeth was wonderful to read about, and the scenes with her were my favorite. The characterization of a young woman, stuck in the middle of nowhere, yet trying to be brave and put on a certain face, was excellent. The priest’s assistant, Alejandro, who Meg strikes up a bit of a flirtation with, was also one of my favorites. He was a bit more enigmatic, his intentions and motivations hidden from the reader, and sometimes confusing, but it was interesting seeing what his next move was.
My biggest problem with WITCHSTRUCK is one of the most climactic scenes- Lamb writes Meg into a situation that is nearly impossible to get out of, yet Meg manages to (of course, she is our main character, and the book wasn’t finished yet). The problem is that to get out of the unfortunate situation, Meg has to perform magic that is completely out of character of what she has done the entire book, and what she does after that. I guess if I had the inkling ahead of time that Meg was super powerful, it would have made more sense, but it really felt forced and explained away way too easily.
So, while WITCHSTRUCK had issues, it was still an enjoyable read. Well written with good pacing, it definitely left me wanting more. I am certainly curious to see where The Tudor Witch Trilogy is going, and I will be picking up WITCHFALL next.
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