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The Witch Watch Paperback – February 20, 2012
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From the Author
Gilbert has two problems. The first is that he died. The second is that he didn't stay dead. Now he's hunted by the Church, the cult that revived him, and Her Majesty's Department of Ethereal Affairs. Gilbert must keep his head long enough to save London, the Queen, and his brassy and opinionated mother from the forces of evil and good alike.
About the Author
Shamus Young is a programmer specializing in old-school graphics techniques. He's the author of the blog Twenty Sided. He's the creator of the webcomics DM of the Rings and Stolen Pixels. He's one of the hosts of the videogame commentary series Spoiler Warning. He's tired of writing about himself in the third person.
Top Customer Reviews
"The Witch Watch" is set in an alternate England that satisfied the historical purist in me. Details from the royal family to the engineering of ocean liners made this world as real as the one I live in. But what fantasy would be complete without magic? And magic of the blackest sort, at that.
So what happens when a lackey sorcerer accidentally reanimates the wrong corpse in the midst of a dark globe-spanning plot? Who'll put the beast down first? The evil order that summoned him or Her Majesty's illustrious anti-magical squad, commonly known as 'The Witch Watch'? And just what does the lich in question have to say about the matter? Can a motley assortment of real good guys manage to come to terms in time to save jolly old England?
A novel hasn't grabbed me this forcefully since Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files" series. The pacing is simply perfect and within a few pages I simply NEEDED to know what happens next. I only wish that every book I spent money on rewarded me with this level of sophistication combined with such a good story.
Take a chance, you won't be disappointed.
You know most indy writers are indy for a reason, either niche market appeal or simply bad writing. For a few bucks though I figured it was worth a laugh, it's B movie night on my Kindle!
I could not have been more wrong, and I honestly feel I could not have spent that money more wisely. I read it front to back the day I got it, then I started to read it immediately again. I find it hard to believe that this is his first work of fiction, Shamus you need to keep this up.
Engaging characters, plausible plot, and meaningful story. I feel I should probably buy another copy, I think I might have ripped him off!
Excellent read and an amazing book, I strongly suggest everyone get a copy of The Witch Watch
However, the price point compares favorably with other Kindle e-books, so if you're looking for an enjoyable adventure to read on the plane or at the beach, give it a try. Shamus self-published this so most of the proceeds go directly to him, supporting him in improving his work as a writer, rather than going to a publisher.
While i so far have only red the first 4 chapters, atleast for me it's the greatest book in a long time.
If you like Terry Pratchett you will probably like this and i hope that there will be more of it comming from Mr. Young.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great potential on Seamus Young. I hope he writes more so that he can polish his style.Published 21 months ago by J. R.
Most self-published books by amateur authors are not worth the paper they are printed on, with spelling and grammatical errors, no character development, and a 1-dimensional plot,... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Tim
Stumbled upon this book, read the preview and had to pick up the full book. It's a cracker tale, well written, a great read.Published on November 22, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I've been a fan of Shamus' blog for years and enjoyed his Static Shock online novel a great deal as well so I had pretty high expectations from this novel. I wasn't disappointed. Read morePublished on November 25, 2013 by Bogey Web Design
"The Witch Watch" is very nicely written, reminds me of Pratchett's first few books. The pacing and storytelling felt just a little off, considering the author's previous work on... Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by Satuaho Jussi
Bought and read this awhile ago, shortly after it was released. I've followed Shamus Young on his blog for a few years, so I already knew I liked his writing style. Read morePublished on September 20, 2013 by Cuthalion
Loved every second of it and would definitely recommend it to anyone willing to listen. I found the ending both wonderful and surprising.Published on August 19, 2013 by Mic Miller
This novel was something quite out of the ordinary. The leading character, a revived corpse with nothing to lose but a life he does not value, lives with abandon. Read morePublished on August 11, 2013 by Sharon Noullet
The Witch Watch is a great example of a creative take on classic fantasy tropes. The story is interesting, the characters likable and engaging (except for the villains, who are... Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by Hermantis the Sage