Oct 14, 2015

Book Review: Witchstuck

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.

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I had high hopes for this book.  I tend to really enjoy alternative historical books and anything with witches.  Unfortunately, I just wasn't entranced by  WITCHSTRUCK.

My main issue is with Meg herself.  I found her to be a rather idiotic girl with no sense of self preservation.  Witchcraft is a crime with an automatic death sentence so one would think that she would be much more careful with its use.  Instead she is using it for frivolous ventures such as playing tricks on the other servants. 

And when she get caught, she finds herself trusting Alejandro de Castillo despite the fact that he is a member of the church,  and from Spain which doesn't get along all that well with the English.  Oh and let's not forget that Meg was warned to beware of a stranger from across the waters.  

I probably would have enjoyed this book immensely if it wasn't for Meg.  The other characters were well written with some great dialogue.  The reader is immediately drawn back to the days of the Tudors and the book is filled with action.  It's a shame about Meg though.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.


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