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Author: Victoria Lamb
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release: September 24, 2013
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 practise 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.If you've been following my reviews over the years, you'll know I am a big fan of witches. I used to pretend to have magical powers all the time when I was younger, and the fascination with magic and witchcraft (on an entertainment level, of course) has carried into my young adult life. I am also very interested in history. So when I discovered Witchstruck, it seemed like the perfect book for me! After reading, I can't say it was perfect for me but there were a lot of things I liked about it.
More than anything else, Witchstruck is a book about royalty and its ramifications. Witchcraft actually seems as though it was included only to create conflict, since it was obviously a heinous crime to be accused of being a witch in Tudor Era England. Although magic took a backseat, I found myself becoming intrigued with the royal family in this novel more than even the witchcraft aspect. I'm sure that the witchy side of things will be explored more in the next two books in this trilogy, however, and am excited for that.
Victoria Lamb's writing style is nice and lends itself well to historical fiction. There wasn't anything remarkable about it, however. I can say that I am eager to pick up future books by her, if only to continue the story that begun in Witchstruck.
The characters in Witchstruck were my main issue. Almost all of them were flat, which made it hard for me to find incentive to keep reading. The relationships between all of them were intriguing, however, and I thought that the history of each of the characters was interesting. Like I've said before, I am looking forward to the rest of the series; hopefully my issues will be resolved over the duration of the next two books.
If you love historical fiction or are new to the genre, I think you will find enjoyment in Witchstruck. However, if you're hoping for a supernatural-centered story you will be disappointed. Personally, I found enjoyment in learning about the Tudor period of England and in the "magic" Lamb did create.