Release Date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Historical, Fantasy, Paranormal
Series: Tudor Witch Trilogy #1
If she sink, she be no witch and shall be drowned. If she float, she be a witch and must be hanged.
Meg Lytton has always known she is different; that she bears a dark and powerful gift. But in 1554 England, in service at Woodstock Palace to the banished Tudor princess Elizabeth, it has never been more dangerous to practice witchcraft. Meg knows she must guard her secret carefully from the many suspicious eyes watching over the princess and her companions. One wrong move could mean her life, and the life of Elizabeth, rightful heir to the English throne. With witchfinder Marcus Dent determined to have Meg's hand in marriage, and Meg's own family conspiring against the English queen, there isn't a single person Meg can trust. Certainly not the enigmatic young Spanish priest Alejandro de Castillo, despite her undeniable feelings. But when all the world turns against her, Meg must open her heart to a dangerous choice. The Secret Circle meets The Other Boleyn Girl in Witchstruck, the first book of the magical Tudor Witch trilogy.
Much Suspected of me,
Nothing proved can be:
Quoth Elizabeth, prisoner
This is another story that I was very excited to read. A princess stripped of her title and imprisoned, accused of witchcraft. A young girl in service to the princess, who was also an apprentice witch. A Spanish priest and his apprentice, sent to ensure the princess is keeping to the catholic faith; the apprentice, the beautiful, strong, protective Alejandro, who likes Meg, even though he is on the path to becoming a priest. The greedy, lust-filled witch hunter who would have Meg for his wife. History, greed, lust, witchcraft, and romance-what more could you want?
Victoria Lamb created some amazing characters. I immediately fell in love with Meg and Elizabeth, waiting anxiously for the princess to be released from her imprisonment. Marcus Dent, the witchfinder, was a vile scary man and I was actually afraid for Meg, cringing even at the mention of his name. Although, I was suspicious of Alejandro, I soon liked him very much. But I felt like I spent most of the book waiting for something to happen; waiting for Elizabeth to be either released or convicted; waiting for Marcus Dent to find Meg or for Alejandro and Meg to get it together.
While the story kept me guessing and I did enjoy it, I really felt that it was missing something. I was on the edge of my seat, holding my breath, waiting for something that never happened. I neared the end of the book and thought Victoria better hurry up. Truthfully, some things were kinda wrapped up neatly by the end of the book, but now I anxiously await the sequel, Witchfall.
While I did feel that so much more could have happened with this book, I still really did like it and would recommend it to readers of history, paranormal, mystery and romance.