ARC Book Review: Witchfall

Witchfall CoverBook: Witchfall by Victoria Lamb

Expected publication is March 25, 2014 by Harlequin Teen|Expected Number Of Pages: 328

Where I Got It: From netgalley.com, which hasn’t influenced my review in any way.  Promise!

Series: The Tudor Witch Trilogy #2

Genre: YA Historical Fiction With A Bit Of Fantasy

You can find Witchfall on goodreads & Victoria Lamb on Twitter and her website

Goodreads Summary: 

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.

What I Thought:

I’m really enjoying this series!  It’s such a refreshing take on the time period, and I love reading about Meg and Alejandro. Witchfall is such a good continuation of the series, and it’s such a good middle book!

Everything I loved about Witchstruck is why I loved Witchfall.  I thought Meg’s abilities in Witchfall were even more interesting in Witchfall, especially given some of the things that happen in the book.  Like, Meg’s been having some problems with her powers because of things that happened in Witchstruck.  And I like Meg’s relationship with Alejandro and how different they are (but also how much I want things to work out for them).

There’s a lot of mystery and intrigue as Meg deals with Marcus Dent and John Dee and his apprentice, Richard.  Meg and Richard working together seems to make Alejandro uncomfortable- and I don’t blame him at all- but it did make me wonder if a love triangle is going to pop up at all, because Meg and Richard do have things in common.  It doesn’t seem headed in a love triangle sort of direction, so I think I’d be slightly surprised if it did happen…things are still very much the same between Meg and Alejandro, but I’m hoping that the events of Witchfall will change things between them.

I’m really looking forward to seeing if Meg really does marry Alejandro and how she’ll defeat Marcus Dent.  I have quite a few questions I’m hoping are answered in the last book besides the two things I just mentioned.  Like, whether Elizabeth will be queen by the end of the series and what her relationship with Meg will be like, and if Meg keeps her magic or gives it up. And if she’ll be caught using her magic, resulting in something really bad for her.

I really like how everything comes together, and Meg being a witch in service to Elizabeth, while Mary is queen, works so well for this time period, and really makes the Inquisition come alive because it’s like you’re seeing what could happen first hand.

Let’s Rate It: 

I really liked Witchfall!  I love how well the magical elements blend with the historical elements, and the magical elements work really well with what’s going on during this time.  Witchfall gets 4 stars.

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