Witchstuck – Book one in the Tudor Witch Trilogy by Victoria Lamb
4 out of 5 stars.
Meg Lytton has always known of her dark and powerful gift. Raised a student of the old magick by her Aunt Jane, casting the circle to see visions of the future and concocting spells from herbs and bones has always been as natural to Meg as breathing. But there has never been a more dangerous time to practise the craft, for it is 1554, and the sentence for any woman branded a witch is hanging, or burning at the stake.
Sent to the ruined, isolated palace of Woodstock to serve the disgraced Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and half-sister of Queen Mary, Meg discovers her skills are of interest to the outcast princess, who is desperate to know if she will ever claim the throne. But Meg’s existence becomes more dangerous every day, with the constant threat of exposure by the ruthless witchfinder Marcus Dent, and the arrival of a young Spanish priest, Alejandro de Castillo, to whom Meg is irresistibly drawn – despite their very different attitudes to her secret.
Thrilling and fast-paced, this is the first unputdownable story in a bewitching new series.
I love historical fiction and I love fantasy, mix the two together and you’re onto a winner in my eyes. This had both, the Tudors seem to be a fascination for a lot of writers and readers. I was happy to see something new being done with it. When I read that Elizabeth was a prisoner I thought it might get a little boring, I was wrong. I liked the little bits about how bad life for a woman especially in that time was.
The character’s were honest and true. They were not too complex, up to you whether you think that is a good or bad thing, I personally did not mind it, they could have had a little more depth for me. It stayed true to historical events for the main plot, (as far as I am aware). I liked all the different sets of people who are in play. I want to know more about Alejandro’s agenda.
I am resisting looking up some true historical facts in case I accidentally learn something about the next book in the series which I am looking forward to reading soon 🙂
Until next time, happy reading bookworms.
- Tudor by Leanda de Lisle: Lessons of a dynasty mired in blood and faith (telegraph.co.uk)
- Laura Andersen – The Boleyn King (fyreflybooks.wordpress.com)
- The Boleyns: The Rise and Fall of a Tudor Family by David Loades (coffeebooksandparis.wordpress.com)
- Six Tales of Tudor England (abookbird.wordpress.com)
- Stacking the Shelves: Week 52 (birthofanewwitch.wordpress.com)