Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton
Released: 2nd January 2014
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Series: Yes, #1 in the Witch Finder series
Format: Digital ARC
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Author Site: Ruth Warburton
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Many thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for my copy, this is in exchange for an honest review
From the author of A WITCH IN WINTER comes a brand new trilogy - for fans of Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices series
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. But as Rosa and Luke get to know each other, Luke realises it will be impossible for him to kill her.
How do you kill someone you're falling in love with?
I've wanted to read this book for some time, it seems just my kind of book. I was not disappointed, I fell straight in love with the world Ruth Warburton has created. It was magical, yet realistic. I must admit I know very little about the period this book was set in (Victorian), but I found there were some very enlightening snippets which gave a good reflection of what life could have been like then.
This is the first book I have read by this author, it certainly will not be the last. I believe the first series the author released - The Winter Trilogy - is also based in the same world as the Witch Finder. But I found I could read this book without first having to read that series first. It all made perfect sense and I could lose myself in the book without having to think what the heck was going on.
I will shortly be reading book two, it is sat waiting on my bookcase, I have to say I am really interested to see what happens to Luke and Rosa next.
The world and the flow of the writing made this a very enjoyable read. Lots of different characters, some villains thrown in for a bit of excitement. I think my favourite character would have to be Rosa, she is the complete opposite of how she is perceived by some of the characters and it was really nice to see her blossom throughout the book.
Yes I do recommend this, especially if you like witches and a nice bit of romance thrown into the mix.
A great story rolled into a mash of magic, treachery and romance.
My Thoughts on the Cover
I do like this cover, if you look deeper there is a lot of detail going on. The colour scheme is pretty and makes the girls hair stand out. Simply quite lovely, and I would be drawn to this in the bookshop.