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The Brotherhood secures Luke a position in the stables with the Greenwood family. In dire straits ever since Mr. Greenwood passed away, Rosa’s mother and brother are determined to use Rosa to return to the rich life they once knew. Alexis’ great friend, Sebastian Knyvet, is such a catch. And he seems very taken with Rosa. Not only is he wealthy and handsome, but he has a lot of power in the Ealdwitan, the ruling council of witches in England. Rosa, though, can’t decide if the tingles she’s feeling around Sebastian are love – or fear. Sebastian seems to be hiding something, but what?
Luke has discovered that he is in love with Rosa, and no longer cares that she is a witch or that he has signed his own death warrant. As for Rosa, she learns some horrible things the hard way, and realizes that she can’t allow Luke to forget all about her. But is it too late? And how can she get away from Sebastian and expose him and what he is doing?
The cover of this series is absolutely beautiful. It can be so disappointing when an author or publisher makes zero effort into how it looks on the shelf. The cover should echo the feeling of the story, not just be a generic photo of two people kissing or a boring photo that barely gives you any feel for the type of book you are about to jump into. So bravo/brava to the people who made this cover and allowed it to be used.
I enjoyed this story well enough, but either there was not enough tension in the plot or things between Luke and Rosa were resolved too easily. I am on the fence, so maybe it was a little of both. Here’s this guy, whose parents were killed by a most powerful witch, who waltzes in a nest of witches and can’t do his assigned job. Oh he tries, but he’s just so smitten with this person he doesn’t even know that he can’t end it. While he (thankfully) doesn’t immediately start professing his love for her verbatim, it’s there (mostly because he doesn’t like these feelings). And Rosa appears to be attracted to Luke as well, even though she has no idea that he’s tried to kill her. Twice. Once he confesses, it doesn’t matter to her. Again, without much (or any) convincing. Love conquers all, right?
This is the time period where girls were no better than collateral, and the cruelty shown by Rosa’s mother and Rosa’s brother, Alexis, is disturbing. Add into that their magical abilities, and thing quickly pass cruel to frightening. As for Sebastian, let’s just say that Rosa definitely should go with the bad thing she’s feeling. I am not totally sure what the aim of the Ealdwitan is or what these witches hope to do with all of their amassed power, but I hope they keep it in the UK.
The Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton was published January 2, 2014 by Hodder Children’s Books. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to the Publisher, the Author and NetGalley.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction Historical Fantasy Paranormal Romance Series
Ages: 13 and up
Witch Finder is one of those books that gives you it's overall impressions in the first few chapters and the impression I got was that this was going to be a fabulous read and one I would quickly munch my through, and I was so right.
We start the book in the company of Luke Lexton in a London long gone but it's not quite our London as this word is full of magic and witchcraft. Luke is the would-be Witch Finder of the title. He is about to undergo the trials that will see him initiated into the Malleus Maleficorum, a brotherhood who's only purpose in this finding, hunting and killing of witches. Luke obviously has a past that has pushed him into this direction but it's shrouded in mystery at the beginning of the book, something has happened to him but we don't know what. Saying that Luke lives with his uncle, who is a member of the Brotherhood and works in his uncle's forge so maybe it's family duty to his uncle that has made Luke want to join the Brotherhood. As part of his initiation he has to pick a random name from a book, the name of a known witch, and then go out and kill the witch in question. The name he chooses is that of sixteen year old Rosamund Greenwood, a witch with and infamous brother with close ties to other feared and renowned witches that are part of The Ealdwitan - the witch elite of England and the ruling council of witches with members within the Houses of Commons and Lords. This twist of fate will be life changing for Luke but if only he knew what he was getting himself in to and how will the Luke's BIG secret influence him!
The chapters switch each time between Luke and his potential victim Rosa. When we meet Rosa Greenwood we find that she comes from a family who were wealthy when her father was alive, but after her father died the riches began to recede and slowly, bit by bit, the family are losing everything, falling on ever increasing hard times. The Greenwood's are a family of witches who openly used their magic, they used to be able to use it more openly in their own home when all the staff were also magic users but hard times have meant the magic servants are all gone and they are now staffed with 'outwiths, non-magical staff who don't know about magic. So now the family use there magic in secret and only among other magic users. Rosa has relatively strong magic, more than her brother (which causes jealously in itself) and knows that one day she'll need to be the key to her family regaining it's standing, knowing she'll have to marry for money and privilege but not wanting it. You get the impression that she was a daddy's girl when her father was alive and used to getting her own way but without her father the affection towards her is lacking. Rosa soon becomes aware that her mother and brother have someone in mind for Rosa to marry but is he someone she could tolerate being married to or will she be exchanging one gilded cage for another?
What is there to love about this book?
Erm...... EVERYTHING! I seriously loved everything about this book. It merges together two of my favourite genres of book so seamlessly it's amazing and that's historical fiction and paranormal fiction. Witches and witch-hunters with a good historical and completely believable background. I think taking the book away from modern contemporary ties was a genius move as it makes the book very different from other recent witch based books and it gives the book a completely different feel to it. The books grips you from the first few chapters and doesn't let up. The pacing is consistent and on the whole the book is well executed. The twists are fascinating and they keep you right on your toes, I didn't see them coming although maybe I should have. It's an enticing, imaginative and easy read with a plot that's simple to follow and I practically devoured the book whole.
Was there anything not so good?
I totally enjoyed it so it's hard to think of anything not so good about it. maybe it's a little predictable when it comes to Luke attempting to kill Rosa and where his attempts lead them both, and it doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out where the romance side of the tale is going to come from but none of that detracts form the book at all for me
Was it an interesting read?
I found it to be a very interesting read but then again witch tales are interesting more often than not are interesting to me. The use of an alternate England that's basically the same as our own historic London with the additional of magic, that most people don't even know exists was a wonderful decision as it gives the author room to play around with it all a bit and that just adds to the feel of the time and circumstance. You still find the grit, grime and utter desolation of London in the late 1880's but it gains an added depth with the secret of the magic.
Was it enjoyable to read?
Completely and it took my surprise how enjoyable I found it. I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting and I can't say I had low expectations of it as I didn't but still what I got was something much better and much more than I expected in more ways than one. When I closed the book I was left with a feeling of welcome surprise at what I read, I had a glimpse into a brand new world that drew me right in and made me want to stay within the pages along with a desperate need to find out how things were going to play out in the next book, such a need that I just had to start the next book right then, so I did!
Was it a well written book?
I didn't fin anything glaringly wrong with it and it made a nice change to read a finished book after a long period of reading uncorrected proofs and the like/ The plot was well paced, well thought out and well handled in general. The character has good development and all had their own quirks of character that made them stand out in their own right, you could FEEL Luke's sense of duty to the Brotherhood, Rosa's lingering grief at the loss of her father, Rosa's brother's desperation to regain some standing with his peers and so on. The book was full of potential for the future of the series, full of possibilities and directions that could be taken so it's going to fun to see where the next book will take me.
Would you recommend it to others?
I would, it's a lot of fun with plenty to keep everyone happy. History for historical fiction fans, witches and magic for paranormal fans, romance for those who need there love fix and it's all wrapped up in a YA book for everyone so will appeal to all ages, from teenagers to those older readers like me who are unashamed to still be reading YA as some of the best book out there are YA books, and this is one of them in my opinion. I'm glad book 2 Witch Hunt is now out (as of June) and that I have it too hand so I don't have to wait to see what happens next but I'm sure the wait for book 3 will be a KILLER!