- File Size: 916 KB
- Print Length: 366 pages
- Publisher: Lotus Brand Press (March 31, 2011)
- Publication Date: March 31, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004USP9P4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #987,850 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Witch's Boy Kindle Edition
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Alex is only intermittently present in the real world. She has lead a Saxon shield wall into battle, toiled as a Georgian kitchen maid, and recently taken up an 800 year old form of English folk dance, but she still hasn't learned to operate a mobile phone.
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A secondary plot concerns a young noblewoman named Adele, recently orphaned and promised in marriage to a repulsive man. Raised in a society where women may not speak for themselves or even show their faces to men, Adele is torn from her sheltered upbringing and thrust into a cruel world where everyone she loves is ripped away from her in unimaginably horrible ways. Her sudden awakening to maturity and bravery is believably drawn and complex; her piety and spiritual devotion are unusually vivid and beautiful.
Now, make no bones about it: this is a dark, dark fantasy. Children are tortured, sexually abused, and murdered, though most of the darkest violence is hinted at off-screen.Read more ›
The same is true of the world the story is set in: Based on Norman and Anglo-Saxon culture after the Norman conquest of England (about which the author clearly knows a great deal), it has to offer many original and fascinating details, from the descriptions of society, religion and everyday life over very convincing elves (who aren't the run-of-the-mill sort you might find in any fantasy setting!)right down to eldritch horrors, for make no mistake: This is a dark story that does not shy away from depicting evil, violence and suffering. However, the supernatural aspects aren't the most terrifying by far: While the magical dangers the heroes face feel believable and relevant, it is far more painful to read about the mundane everyday harm human beings do unto others (be it men oppressing women, adults mistreating children, or just superstitious people turning against those who seem "different" and therefore threatening). There is much truth in Beecroft's observations of human behaviour, and so, her story does not only feel authentically medieval, but authentic, full stop.Read more ›
Although the theme is different from Ms. Beecroft's other works, the quality of writing is the same.
The characters and the world they inhabited were described in such a way that I long to read more.
I can only hope that there will be a sequel. I'd love to see Oswy all grown up.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It wasn't exactly a spectacular fantasy piece. I thought the author threw in too many entities . The pagan
gods were replaced by the one true god and his band of angels. Read more
I have purchased the first edition of this book in paperback. I was told that the new version does not have any major changes so I did not buy the ebook. Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by Sirius
Alex Beecroft was a favorite author of mine already, but in the Witch's Boy she blew me away. This is a rich, deep, and rewarding story in the finest tradition of Christian... Read morePublished on November 23, 2012 by MMMakestheWorldGoRound