A Witch in Winter by Ruth Warburton

click hereHow did I get the book?
I bought it.

Genre: Paranormal

First Impression: Perplexed, read on.

Synopsis: Anna Winterson doesn’t know she’s a witch and would probably mock you for believing in magic, but after moving to the small town of Winter with her father, she learns more than she ever wanted to about power. When Anna meets Seth, she is smitten, but when she enchants him to love her, she unwittingly amplifies a deadly conflict between two witch clans and splits her own heart in two. She wants to love Seth, to let him love her – but if it is her magic that’s controlling his passion, then she is as monstrous as the witch clan who are trying to use her amazing powers for their own gain.

Additional: I owe Ruth Warburton an apology because before I even turned the first page I had already made up my mind that I was not going to like this.

It’s part of a trilogy (there are too many trilogies in my opinion) and the promotional postcards next to the book came with the quote: “Like The Vampire Diaries? Then check out the next best thing – A Witch in Winter.” I haven’t read The Vampire Diaries but having watched most of Season 1 of the TV show I have no plans to do so in the near future.

So this book was pretty much doomed from the start and yet I still walked to the till and bought it.

This is when I say: “Sorry, I was wrong.”

200 words (or less) review:  Anna arrives in Winter (a small fishing town) with her father following his redundancy. He needs a fresh start and Anna is along for the ride.  When they arrive at Wicker House, Anna is less an enamoured with their new home, I don’t blame her considering it’s falling apart around them.

Both Wicker House and Winter are richly described. The story is very well written and I grew fond of Anna very quickly. Having realised that her spell actually worked on Seth she sets about undoing the damage and in the process undoes a whole lot more.

A Witch in Winter has a wide variety of characters, all of which are have important parts to play. Personally I liked Emmaline and Seth’s grandfather best, both of whom I hope will become more important in later books.

Ruth Warburton has succeeded in striking a good balance between what is important to the current story as well as laying breadcrumbs for what is to come. Having reached the end of chapter 9 (which ended surprisingly) I couldn’t put the book down and when I turned the final page I actually wanted there to be a sequel.

Recommend it?

Absolutely

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