by Victoria Lamb
Published by Harlequin Teen on September 24, 2013
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
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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 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.
The Secret Circle meets The Other Boleyn Girl in Witchstruck, the first book of the magical Tudor Witch trilogy.
I am a huge fan of historical fiction so I was drawn to this book when I saw it on Netgalley. I’m not a history buff but I am fascinated with the historical setting and I feel it adds charm and excitement to a story. I am also a fan of paranormal stories, so this combination for Witchstruck sounded exciting. I did like the story but I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t as exciting as I hoped it would have been.
Witchstruck is about Meg Lytton, a maid for the banished Princess Elizabeth. Meg is young and beautiful but is also secretly practicing witchcraft. She has the potential to be a very powerful witch but she still needs more training in controlling her gift. I really liked Meg because she was a strong female character. Women in this time period were raised to be passive, but Meg was wild, headstrong and opinionated. Of course this caused problems when she often would act before thinking. Since her fiancé is the local “witch hunter”, you would think she would be more careful with her gift. But she wasn’t and this caused her so many problems. I was frustrated at times with her poor judgement, but it did add excitement to the story.
I also liked Alejandro, the mysterious Spanish priest in training who is assigned to Princess Elizabeth. There is instant sparks between Meg and Alejandro, and some really intense moments between them. But I wanted more! More romance! More swoon worthy moments! I wish there was more time given for their story. There were other plots in the story that were the main focus, so I didn’t feel a connection between Meg and Alejandro. I hope that in the next book the author spends more time on developing their relationship.
I thought the writing was well done but I just wished the story had moved a little faster. The story was slow in the beginning but eventually picked up. I just wish this had happen sooner. But I am curious to see what happens next so I am looking forward to reading the next book.