Genre: Historical Fiction / Paranormal
Synopsis: 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.
200words (or less) review: Honestly I don’t remember why I hesitated about reading Witchstruck. Historical Fiction isn’t my favourite genre but I’ve been reading a lot of them in the last year and this should have caught my attention because I didn’t just like it – I really really liked it.
There is plenty in this book to rave about but by far the best thing is Meg Lytton herself. She’s intelligent, strong and I was routing for her from the very start. Meg’s magick in central to the story it’s not the only danger she faces. Her cousin and brother are involved in… something (avoiding spoilers!) and try to use Meg’s connection to the princess.
While it shouldn’t surprise me given the time this story is set in, I couldn’t stop myself from raging at Meg’s treatment at the hand of some of the men in this book. I’m hard-pressed to decide who I hated more, Marcus Dent for what he tried to do when Meg refused him or Meg’s father for blaming her.
Victoria Lamb has created a protagonist that is easy to care about, added some great writing and tied it all up with a good story.