Title: Witch Finder
Author: Ruth Warburton
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: Witch Finder (Book 1)
Publication Date: January 2, 2014
Format: Paperback, 384 Pages
ISBN-10: 1444914464 (Hachette)
ISBN-13: 978-1444914467 (Hachette)
Reviewed by: Kaitlin
London. 1880. In the slums of Spitalfields apprentice blacksmith Luke is facing initiation into the Malleus Maleficorum, the fearsome brotherhood dedicated to hunting and killing witches.
Luke’s final test is to pick a name at random from the Book of Witches, a name he must track down and kill within a month, or face death himself. Luke knows that tonight will change his life forever. But when he picks out sixteen-year-old Rosa Greenwood, Luke has no idea that his task will be harder than he could ever imagine.
Quick & Dirty: In a beautiful romance, Witch Finder explores love, mystery, and magic.
Opening Sentence: Luke lifted his head and sniffed the dusk.
Witch Finder tells us about Luke, a new member to a society that hunts and kills witches. Luke has a special ability to see magic, and easily identify those with it, which makes him extremely valuable…and to witches, also extremely dangerous. The assignment that will get him in? Kill Rosa, a beautiful redhead being sold to a rich unmarried man to pay off the family’s debt. The only problem is, Rosa seems different from other witches. She’s not heartless, she’s beautiful and daring and kind. But if Luke doesn’t complete this in 30 days he won’t be in the organization, and ritual says that those in it (including his uncle) must kill him.
I immensely enjoyed myself while reading this book. From the start you are dunked into a world shrouded with mystery and swirling with darkness. Luke is an easy character to love, and both his and Rosa’s point of views are used in this novel. It is in many ways similar to The Winner’s Curse, a book everyone has been raving about in the book reviewing world, so if you like one you will like the other. I might note that if you are an animal lover, there is a scene of graphic violence to a little dog — you might not want to open this up if that makes you sick. As well as that there is also a little spousal abuse, and again if this turns you off don’t read.
The world that is home to Witch Finder is described beautifully in great detail. Much like Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling, a secret amount of witches hide effortlessly in previous day London. The big ones call the shots, and the biggest, Sebastian, is about to become Rosa’s husband. Sebastian is a character that is easy to loathe. Arrogant and rude, you rarely see a good side of this toad.
I’ve seen some reviewing websites complain that it’s predictable, but honesty, I loved it enough to not care at all about that. Yes, I could guess what would happen. Yes, I am still a fan. The ending was a perfect and spellbinding end to such an amazing story. My reading experience was not tarnished by this tiny fact.
The novel Witch Finder came out just this month, in early January, and is great for any book lover’s shelf. Rosa is a strong heroine and Luke is just as fabulous. Personally, I love the cover. I know I say that about a lot of books but seriously, girls with red hair plus book covers equal a triumph. Just look at The Selection and The Winner’s Curse!
I hope you check this out, and then we can rave together! I loved this book and was really surprised to see such average reviews on Amazon when my time with it was so valuable. It has a beautiful romance and I loved it overall. Either way, please enjoy!
His lips on hers, his hands around her waist, lifting her up, holding her to him. She never wanted him to let go. Her hands were up in his hair, caressing his face, smoothing away the lines and the dust and the pain.
Then she steeled herself and pulled away.
“You have to forget me.”
“I will never forget you,” he said fiercely.
Witch Finder Series:
1. Witch Finder
FTC Advisory: Hodder Children’s Books/Hachette Book Group provided me with a copy of Witch Finder. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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