Published September 2013 by HarlequinTeen|237 pages
Where I Got It: Nook Store
Series: The Tudor Witch Trilogy #1
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy/Historical Fiction
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.
The Secret Circle meets The Other Boleyn Girl in Witchstruck, the first book of the magical Tudor Witch trilogy.
What I Thought:
If there’s something I love, it’s Tudor history, and when I saw Witchstruck, I knew I had to read it! I love the element of witches and magic in this book, and given that Mary is still Queen…I just love that Elizabeth has a lady-in-waiting who is a witch. I actually found it all really believable!
Lamb definitely had some elements that I wasn’t expecting- one being Meg being a witch, which worked really well with the book. Also interesting was her love interest- a priest-in-training from Spain, so there’s an element of a very-forbidden romance. And yet, it didn’t feel overdone and was actually believable. Especially because his order does allow priests to get married. Which sounds like it wouldn’t work or be believable, but I really thought it was something that worked really well.
Alejandro is a great character, and I loved that he was so willing to help Meg, even though he knew what she was capable of and even knowing of her magical abilities. They have their differences (obviously) but I liked that there was such differences between them.
Even though Meg is a lady-in-waiting to Elizabeth I, it’s much more about Meg and her journey. Still, Elizabeth is interesting in this book, and I liked her relationship with Meg. I do like that Lamb doesn’t seem to take sides in Witchstruck. The book felt pretty neutral towards both Elizabeth and Mary, and you don’t really get a lot of the conflict between them that you’d see in other historical fiction about them. I’m not sure if it’s because they’re not in the same place for most of the book, or if there’s another reason for it, but I liked that the conflict between them was minimized.
Let’s Rate It:
I found Witchstruck to be really believable, even with the paranormal/magical elements of the book. They really did work well with the book and everything going on during this time period. I love all of the historical details in the book, and I really feel like Lamb knows her stuff in regards to the history. Witchstruck gets 4 stars.