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- Print Length: 414 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Goldport Press (April 4, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 4, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JHNZXZS
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,640 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Very basically, the book is an interesting take on the "many parallel worlds with differing levels of magic" idea. A young woman from our Earth gets pulled to an alternate of much higher magic, the British empire is the dominant political entity, magicians abound, fae and other magical creatures hatch plots, aristocrats have varying degrees of ethics, and the good guys and bad guys have tea like civilized people. Nicely, Sarah didn't get into overmuch detail on the world building; we get a feel for the complexity of the universe without being dragged through endless details, with a hint of steampunk.
I'm very much hoping this is the beginning of a series.
This may sound rather convoluted, but despite having to juggle several settings at once, Sarah never really lost me in her execution. Her plot - in which the protagonists must unravel a conspiracy that threatens both Avalon and Fairyland (and possibly the other worlds as well) - is complex but well-constructed, and her world-building is clear without being pedantic. Aside from her primary villain, who struck me as a bit flat and a little too obviously evil, her characters are strong as well. I like that Sarah allows her heroes to be flawed without completely vitiating their heroism.
The other thing I like about Witchfinder is the overall message. The story is lightly sprinkled with certain ideas that mirror themes found in Sarah's award-winning Darkship series.Read more ›
The story moves quickly with characters that are likeable and believable. The storyline is interesting with a nice blend of romance and action. You can definitely see the influence of the regency romance time of Sarah's past here. She blended it well.
The story starts in a regency type of world. A modern USA woman with magical powers was transported to this world and was being blackmailed by the baddie to spy on the hero. Here is where I have a problem with reviews. I enjoyed it, but to tell you more, would ruin your joy in reading the book.
I will tell you that this is not a book with sex scenes in it. In fact, I think the worst word used with was s***. So if you are looking for a book that has that in it, this is not it.
I would highly recommend this book. It is a solid fantasy story. I would love another story in this universe.
I'm not saying this book is bad or poorly written... it isn't. The story line is well done (the interlocking magical worlds is a neat idea), the characters are well written, the overall writing is well done and the editing is professional. And I did, for the most part, enjoy reading it.
But, at least for me, there's something missing, something flat that I can't quite put my finger on. Perhaps it's because, after finishing the book, I have the feeling that the characters are cut from cardboard. Or perhaps it's because so much of the plot seems improbable even within the world Ms. Hoyt built... I don't know (shrugging...) I just know it left me feeling a bit empty and with no intention of buying the next one.
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The world building in this story is absolutely excellent. The characters and character development are spot on. You can definitely lose yourself and a few hours in this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chelsea
What an interesting and cool new universe! The Witchfinder is so unique and the magical steampunk world he is based in made it next to impossible to put this book down. Read morePublished 2 months ago by D. Scott
A very interesting take on alternate history and parallel worlds. The main characters are well developed and even the characters that don't see much page time are more than just... Read morePublished 4 months ago by CLM
The premise of the book and the plot twists are wonderful, but the book could've used more editing. The incorrect usage of "his being and her being" were a huge turn off. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good version of alt-world fun that still makes me think and had me hoping that the hero came out ahead in the end. Looking forward to the next one in the line.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well written e-though there are errors none are massively obtrusive. Tone gets the Regency feel right enough. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
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