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So, where do we start? The book is set in Cornwall. A lot around Tintagel, and i’ve never been to either. However, it didn’t take much to imagine the beautiful beaches, lush grass and sparkling seas by the time this author had finished. Excellent descriptions transport you there.
We start off approx 20 years before the main story takes place, where we meet Jack and Kitto. The last of the Gwithiaz. A race that died out centuries before when their services were no longer needed. And their service i hear you ask? The Gwithiaz were protectors of the Witches. Specifically a coven known as The Daughters of the Earth. The last true coven. They were to protect their wards from the Kasadow, the only thing known to be able to kill them and the most horrific of ways. So if the Witches, Kasadow & Gwithiaz died out, why are they here now? Why have they been brought back? This is where, 20 years later, we meet Keira.
Keira is a twenty something year old woman. Recently moved to Cornwall to fulfil her last promise to her beloved Dad before his death. Taking a walk around Tintagel castle on her birthday, she has a strange and bizarre experience. Little does she know the real reason for it, and boy, is she in for a shock when she finds out what it all means. Meet Mags, a little old lady who comes to her door and, after a brief visit, they both end up leaving together as thanks to Keira, neither she nor her neighbours have anywhere to live. There will be more mistakes and mishaps along the way, but this is a real doozey!
The story revolves around these four main characters. Keira learning to control her new powers, whilst coming to terms with what she’s discovered about herself. As well as dealing with her fathers death and contemplating her life in a then and now way.
After a while Keira is introduced to Jack, her own Gwithiaz. It’s fair to say it’s not love at first sight. But they each are resolved to get along for the sake of their mentors. Their relationship is explored and developed as the story goes on. And as their fates become more intertwined so do their complications and feelings. Jack is a strong character, steady and sure and definitely someone whom i would want looking after me. Kitto is lovely! I really did like the image portrayed by Helen here. A slightly eccentric elderly uncle who loves life. Keira is a lonely figure. Orphaned, alone, no friends since her move. She appears quite reserved when we first meet her. Fixated on the past and more importantly, her father. She finds the transition into her new life a welcome distraction, but it doesn’t quell her desires altogether.
I thought the book had a great pace. An extremely interesting storyline, and a unique take on the whole witch story. something different. I don’t know how many of you have seen or watched a tv show called Once upon a time… but if you have, this is without a doubt THE book for you! It just reminded me of that whilst i was reading. It’s fun, quirky, good story. well paced and has characters that come alive. I particularly love the idea of tree sprites. I so want them to be real…. I’d recommend this book to anyone who loves a bit of fantasy fiction, witches, guardians & magic. A great story that has been well executed and i cannot wait for the sequel.
I loved how the story was set, around the breath-taking North Cornish coast. The author does a fabulous job of weaving a supernatural tale from normal people. The story jumps backwards and forward, never confusing the reader. With each page, you are sucked into their world. I loved how a young woman can suddenly embrace who she is, becoming something that she'd never dreamed existed.
There are twists a-plenty, especially at the end, where I was thrown from pillar to post, wondering just who was good and who was evil.
The ending looked like there will be more to come from Kiera and Jack. I cannot wait.
Fabulous book, written in a way that you can't help but admire.
And then the real story began in 1994, from the perspective of Jack, who learns he is a member of the Gwithiaz in a rather alarming manner.
Crazy old mentor? Check! Discovering he’s a member of a supernatural group of immortals? Check! Deciding he’s crazier than the old man for believing him? You betcha!
With both Jack and Kiera, Norwood kept their skepticism drawn out for as long as she possibly could, until they were presented with undeniable proof of who they really were.
In Jack’s case, it took twenty-odd years, but I really appreciated the fact that he didn’t suddenly become a magical warrior with instant downloads of warrior skills. He was found by his mentor twenty years before Kiera came into her abilities, and he spent that time training every day with Kitto.
As for Kiera, by the end of the book, she still hadn’t mastered all her powers, which again, was actually a pleasant change from the usual “instant perfection” normally encountered in tales like this.
I was mildly irritated by Kiera’s attitude at points through the story; she sometimes struck me as a spoilt brat, who really needed a wake-up call that the world didn’t revolve around her and her “woe is me, my daddy died and my life sucks” moments.
At least, it irritated me until I realised it was because I saw myself in her, and recognised the process of grief she was going through and how much it literally does suck and make it so hard to function.
Another win for Norwood: things weren’t suddenly made right when Kiera came into her abilities. If anything, it complicated them and there were times during the story when I was actually talking out loud to Kiera. Okay, so I was yelling at her for being an idiot.
There were little things that bothered me throughout, but I’m an extremely nitpicky reader, so I’m not even going to bring them up as relevant to anyone except me.
The ending! There’s an epilogue. It’s awesome. I want more.
Basically, for a fantasy novel that deals with witches and Kasadow and Gwithiaz in the modern world, <i>Nature of the Witch</i> blew my mind. I am so looking forward to the rest of the series!
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