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- 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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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.
Full disclosure: For reasons unbeknownst to me, Sarah Hoyt sent me an "eArc" of "Witchfinder." Lest I be accused of posting a "bought-and-paid-for" review, please note that I have purchased my very own "Kindle" copy!
A couple of small points: The use of the term "Fairyland" struck me as being a bit too light a term for what is shown to be a rather grim realm. "Faerie" might have worked better to my ear, but that's really a matter of style. I'll also note that "Fairyland" becomes much less noticeable as one goes along. And I noted "Seraphim" as being plural for a single person's name; that seeming miscue (it isn't) is quite nicely finessed, indeed.
All the preceding are minor points, really.
Ms Hoyt has succeeded quite well in delineating the characters, and in finding interesting (to say the least) situations into which to drop them. The tribulations of being half-elven, while perhaps not totally original, c.f., Elron Half-Elven in Tolikien's LOTR, are quite inventive. The idea that everything comes with an associated cost strikes me as being an excellent device, e.g., Gabriel gives up being part-human, and Nel gives up her home for duty (and later severely bends that duty by ... [buy the book]).
The ending and resolution of all the threads may be criticized by some as being rushed, but I don't think so. The tension is built all through the story by events taking place quite close togeter, and seemingly, closer together as time went on. The relatively breakneck conclusion seemed to me to be quite appropriate.
As a totally unreconstructed romantic, a TUR -- I like stories with happy endings -- I was delighted with how and where everybody ended up. The good guys won, the bad guys got their just comeuppance, and the world was -- more or less -- put right.(But you knew I'm a TUR, right?)
For some reason as I was reading this book, that came to mind. It's not that the book is a mess, far from it. It's tightly plotted, the action is almost continuous, with enough let-down and talk moments to give you a breath, even if the characters never get a break. No, this book is a beautiful mixture. Regency romance, fantasy, modern Earth, dragons, dryads, fairyland, the nature of magic… it's all in here. Assassination plots, kidnapping, more kidnapping, and in the middle of it, a prosaic Earthwoman. It should work… but it does.
I can't tell you how many times I have picked up a time-travel romance book over the years, to put it back down in disgust as my suspension of disbelief was mauled beyond endurance. I eventually stopped reading them. Sarah Hoyt touches on this in Witchfinder, with accuracy and humor, and her solutions are pragmatic without losing the charming romance. The ending was perfect.
The weaving of the worlds, the explanation of magic, where it came from, and why some worlds lack it, that alone is worth reading this for. You will rarely find such a well-developed system for magic, nor one so believable. Magic has consequences, and a price, and not only to an individual, but to a society.
All in all, I am looking forward to re-reading this one. And I am hoping for a sequel, or at least a related book.
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