From School Library Journal
Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJ
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
The entertaining adventure set in 16th-century Italy blends fantasy and facts about the world at that time ... The characters' flaws and strengths are built on in a believable story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. (Saleena L. Davidson School Library Journal 2002-08-01)
The novel is set in the 1600's and brings to life the spirit of the Renaissance and the quest for knowledge. The character of Marco, Leo's father, is the epitome of the questioner as he searches for any and all references to man and how he is created. Leo, although just 14, is mature, and he has taken it upon himself to find out the truth about his family and the witch in the lake, a formidable task for someone so young. Leo is a character with whom the reader grows as he struggles through the challenges the truth thrusts upon him. The fantasy nature of the novel is believable because of the time in which it is set and the characters that are created. The Witch in the Lake is a refreshing novel which presents a glimpse into a period read about previously only in history books. Recommended. (Christina Pike Canadian Materials 2002-05-10)