Review: Witchfall (The Tudor Witch Trilogy #2) by Victoria Lamb
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Witchfall by Victoria Lamb
Series: The Tudor Witch Trilogy #2
Genres: Fantasy, Witches, YA, YA Historical, Young Adult
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About the Book:
Her darkest dreams are coming true.
In Tudor England, 1555, Meg Lytton has learned how powerful her magick gift can be. But danger surrounds her and her mistress, the outcast Princess Elizabeth. Nowhere is safe in the court of Elizabeth's fanatical sister, Queen Mary. And as the Spanish Inquisition's merciless priests slowly tighten their grip on the court, Meg's very dreams are disturbed by the ever-vengeful witchfinder Marcus Dent.
Even as Meg tries to use her powers to find guidance, something evil arises, impervious to Meg's spells and hungry to control England's fate. As Meg desperately tries to keep her secret betrothed, the Spanish priest Alejandro de Castillo, out of harm's way, caution wars with their forbidden desire. And with her most powerful enemy poised to strike, Meg's only chance is a heartbreaking sacrifice.
Witchfall is the second novel in The Tudor Witch Trilogy by Victoria Lamb and I was so impressed! It would definitely be helpful to read the first book in the series before reading Witchfall but I haven’t read the first in the series, and I wasn’t confused so that’s good. It’s so wonderfully written, and the characters are great and I just loved it.
First of all, I love this time period. The Tudor family has always fascinated me, and it’s so interesting to read about it from the point of view of a witch. With the Spanish Inquisition on the hunt for heretics, witches, and pretty much anyone not following the Catholic religion to a T, things are just a tad dangerous for Meg Lytton, the protagonist of the story.
Meg is one of the ladies in waiting who serves the Lady Elizabeth, younger sister to Queen Mary. Mary is married to King Philip, the Spanish ruler. Meg is not the only one under scrutiny, her mistress is also under close surveillance for possibly being a Protestant. Things get even more tricky when Meg accidentally releases an evil force into the world. Oh, and there’s the fact that she’s betrothed to Alejandro, a Spanish novice training to be a priest. But no danger or anything, right?
Meg was such a likable character. She is extremely loyal to Elizabeth, although it doesn’t seem to me that Elizabeth always appreciates it. And she wants to keep everyone around her safe, including Alejandro. Their relationship is so complicated. Alejandro has asked Meg to marry him (presumably in the first book) and has given Meg a year and a day to make her decision, and it’s so sad to watch her struggle so much with it. She wants to be with him, but she also understands all of the problems that could arise from a Spanish priest being in a relationship with someone who has been suspected of being a witch. You want it to work out, but you also know that it’s going to cause nothing but problems.
Alejandro I didn’t care for as much. He gave Meg a year and a day, and that’s cool, but he keeps pressuring her and guilting her about making her wait and I don’t know, it just bothered me. And he really dislikes her using her magic, which is understandable since he’s training to be a priest, but you also shouldn’t ask your love to change who they are for you.
But the story wasn’t focused completely on the romance, which worked really well for this book. The romance is there, but there are more prominent things such as the Inquisition, and evil beings and such. So much intrigue!
The one complaint I have is that the pacing seemed a little weird to me at times. Some parts of the novel just seemed a little sped up, but it was something that didn’t happen too often, and it didn’t detract from the story too much.
I’m giving Witchfall 4 out of 5 controllers. It’s a really great adventure story, with a little bit of romance thrown in, and a ton of magic and danger.