How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Hatchette Children’s Books
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 won’t lie. What initially drew me to this book was its pretty cover. Yes, that’s right, I judge books by their covers. I was also then pulled in by the synopsis, so I was really looking forward to beginning this book. I found Witchfinder to be an easy to read, intriguing tale. I wasn’t blown away by the story, but I was interested enough to keep turning the page to find out what was going to happen next. I’m definitely interested enough to read the next book in the series.
I love books that are set in London. I have a lot of love for London and know it fairly well, so it always gives me a warm feeling to read stories set there. I think Witchfinder could have done with more descriptions about 1880 London.
I immediately liked Rosa, but it took me a while to warm to Luke. They were incredibly different characters that gradually come together when they really should be enemies.
I think this book has set itself up nicely for the rest of the series. Loose ends are not tied and questions are left unanswered. I think this will be an interesting series that appeals to lovers of historical young adult fiction.
Would I recommend it?:
Red- Alison Cherry