Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton

Witch Finder

“London, 1880, and eighteen-year-old Luke Lexton is about to endure his initiation into the Malleus Maleficorum – the secretive brotherhood devoted to hunting witches, and the organisation that will help Luke take revenge on the witch who murdered his parents. His 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 picks out sixteen-year-old Rosa Greenwood, a witch-girl living in rapidly fading grandeur on the west side of town. She’s the last bargaining chip in her family’s struggle to avoid bankruptcy and is about to be married off to the handsome, cruel, grotesquely rich Sebastian Knyvet – a powerful member of the Ealdwitan.

As Rosa and Luke get to know each other, Luke realises it will be impossible for him to kill Rosa, just as Rosa knows she will bring disgrace on her family if she does not marry Knyvet. But Knyvet is hiding dark secrets – including the key which will unlock the mystery of Luke’s murdered parents. Torn between appeasing their elders and their love for each other, Rosa and Luke must each make their choice between life and death.”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the publisher for sending me this book to read and give an honest review.  I loved the Winter Trilogy by this author (my reviews here) so I was really excited to be starting on her new series.  It turned out to be very different from her previous books but it was just as captivating.

The beginning was fascinating as I found out how Luke became involved in witch hunting.  I also learned about Rosa and her life which wasn’t what I had been expecting at all.  The two of them faced many difficulties in their lives and following them as they tried to figure things out was a real treat. There were a couple of moments that I found difficult to read as an animal lover but it was something that I was able to see past.

The author created a wonderful, historical, atmosphere with her descriptive writing – there were times when I felt like I was right there in 1880 alongside Luke and Rosa.  I admit that it was obvious where the storyline was going but it didn’t matter to me because I enjoyed the journey anyway.

There was a little bit of everything in this book: romance, witchcraft, danger and history too.  The end left me wanting more so I can’t wait to see where Luke and Rosa find themselves next!

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A Witch Alone – Ruth Warburton

A Witch Alone

“Where do you go when your heart has been ripped out?

For Anna there is only one answer; into her past, where the truth about her mother, her power, and her real identity lie hidden.”

This is the third and final book in The Winter Trilogy and I had been eagerly awaiting its release because I really enjoyed the first two books A Witch in Winter and A Witch in Love (you can find my reviews of these books here).  I feel that there is always a lot of pressure on final books to get it just right, particularly when the first two have been so good, well I think this one certainly managed that pressure because it was fantastic – explosive and the non-stop action kept me hooked throughout!

It began with an exciting and fierce magical training session which quickly moved on to a hot kiss, this meant that I was sucked into the storyline straight away and it left me hoping for more to come.

In this book I learned much more about the Ealdwitan and witches from other countries, this was fascinating but made me feel anxious as Anna unearthed many secrets leading to even more danger. Once again I loved Abe, his cheeky confidence is something that I always love in a male character and as with the other books I desperately wanted him to get together with Anna.  Seth was very conflicted in this book and my opinion of him changed many times while I was reading.

A trip overseas led to a frightening discovery for Anna, I had a feeling that this information would intensify the story and I wasn’t wrong because this was when everything became scary and brutal – my heart was pounding in my chest and I just couldn’t see a way out for Anna and her friends.

The ending was good and even though I think I would’ve preferred a slightly different end result I enjoyed it nonetheless.

This magical and action-packed conclusion had me on the edge of my seat, I can’t wait to see what’s next from this fabulous author.

A Witch Alone can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Ruth Warburton visit her website.

A Witch in Love – Ruth Warburton

“When love is tangled up in magic, how do you know what’s real?

Anna still finds it hard to believe that Seth loves her.  She has vowed to suppress her powers, but magic – like love – is uncontrollable.”

This book is the follow-up to A Witch in Winter (review here), I had lots of unanswered questions after reading that book so I couldn’t wait to start reading this one.

The action started early in the story and there was lots of it throughout, also the dark and eerie feeling that I got in the first book continued in this one which made it feel familiar to read.  Again Anna faced danger and many emotional revelations, including trying to figure out her relationship with Seth.

I still felt unsure about Seth, I couldn’t put my finger on what it was that bothered me about him but something happened near the end that helped me make up my mind about his character – I won’t say whether it’s good or bad though, you’ll have to find that out for yourself!

A trip back to London uncovers something that worries Anna and is also the beginning of a significant change in her life where she finds out more about her mother and family.

Abe was a particular favourite again and as we find out a little bit more about him I think I can finally understand him better.  I would definitely like to see him get together with Anna so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that something might happen in the next book.

There were a few unexpected moments, some of which took a nasty and scary turn that I just couldn’t see Anna getting out of.  All this means that I really can’t wait for the next instalment A Witch Alone, there was a sneak peek of this in the back of the book and let me tell you, it was super exciting and raised my hopes that at least one of my predictions might come true.  It really does hint at the final book being truly amazing!

This is a magical, eerie book that definitely has me under its spell.

A Witch in Love can be purchased here or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Ruth Warburton visit her website here.

A Witch in Winter – Ruth Warburton

“When love is tangled up in magic, how do you know what’s real?

When Anna meets Seth, it’s magic. But her hidden powers unleash a spell that sparks a war among witches and enslaves Seth’s heart.”

I had heard lots of good things about this book so I thought I’d check it out for myself.

The whole book has a dark and eerie feel to it, and although there were some funny moments that had me laughing out loud, there were also times when I felt really quite scared for Anna, this dangerous new world she has found herself in is confusing for her, something you can feel as you read through the story.

Anna and Seth’s relationship is an interesting one, I found myself hoping she’d find someone different to fall for and I’m not quite sure why!  You can tell he loves her but there was just something I wasn’t sure about with him.

I loved all the witchy characters, especially Abe who seems mysterious and maybe a bit dangerous. I enjoyed the spells and incantations too, it was fun to read about all the interesting ingredients that were needed for some of the spells.

I’m really intrigued about Anna’s mother, it’s clear that there is a lot more to learn about her and I can’t wait to find out what that is. I do have a couple of predictions but I guess I will have to wait and see if I’m right!

This book was really enjoyable and although it ended well for Anna there are still lots more questions to be answered and I think probably more danger ahead too, I really can’t wait for A Witch in Love to be released.