Witch Finder, Paperback
3 out of 5 (6 ratings)

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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 - a powerful member of the Ealdwitan.

As Rosa and Luke get to know each other, Luke realises it will be impossible for him to kill Rosa, just as Rosa knows she will bring disgrace on her family if she does not marry Knyvet.

But Knyvet is hiding dark secrets - including the key which will unlock the mystery of Luke's murdered parents.

Torn between appeasing their elders and their growing affection for each other, Rosa and Luke must each make their choice between life and death. 'Gorgeously romantic.'Amanda Craig, The Times

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical
  • ISBN: 9781444914467

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Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: In a beautiful romance, Witch Finder explores love, mystery, and magic.Opening Sentence: Luke lifted his head and sniffed the dusk.The Review:Witch Finder tells us about Luke, a new member to a society that hunts and kills witches. Luke has a special ability to see magic, and easily identify those with it, which makes him extremely valuable…and to witches, also extremely dangerous. The assignment that will get him in? Kill Rosa, a beautiful redhead being sold to a rich unmarried man to pay off the family’s debt. The only problem is, Rosa seems different from other witches. She’s not heartless, she’s beautiful and daring and kind. But if Luke doesn’t complete this in 30 days he won’t be in the organization, and ritual says that those in it (including his uncle) must kill him.I immensely enjoyed myself while reading this book. From the start you are dunked into a world shrouded with mystery and swirling with darkness. Luke is an easy character to love, and both his and Rosa’s point of views are used in this novel. It is in many ways similar to The Winner’s Curse, a book everyone has been raving about in the book reviewing world, so if you like one you will like the other. I might note that if you are an animal lover, there is a scene of graphic violence to a little dog — you might not want to open this up if that makes you sick. As well as that there is also a little spousal abuse, and again if this turns you off don’t read.The world that is home to Witch Finder is described beautifully in great detail. Much like Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling, a secret amount of witches hide effortlessly in previous day London. The big ones call the shots, and the biggest, Sebastian, is about to become Rosa’s husband. Sebastian is a character that is easy to loathe. Arrogant and rude, you rarely see a good side of this toad.I’ve seen some reviewing websites complain that it’s predictable, but honesty, I loved it enough to not care at all about that. Yes, I could guess what would happen. Yes, I am still a fan. The ending was a perfect and spellbinding end to such an amazing story. My reading experience was not tarnished by this tiny fact.The novel Witch Finder came out just this month, in early January, and is great for any book lover’s shelf. Rosa is a strong heroine and Luke is just as fabulous. Personally, I love the cover. I know I say that about a lot of books but seriously, girls with red hair plus book covers equal a triumph. Just look at The Selection and The Winner’s Curse!I hope you check this out, and then we can rave together! I loved this book and was really surprised to see such average reviews on Amazon when my time with it was so valuable. It has a beautiful romance and I loved it overall. Either way, please enjoy!Notable Scene:His lips on hers, his hands around her waist, lifting her up, holding her to him. She never wanted him to let go. Her hands were up in his hair, caressing his face, smoothing away the lines and the dust and the pain.Then she steeled herself and pulled away.“You have to forget me.”“I will never forget you,” he said fiercely.FTC Advisory: Hodder Children’s Books/Hachette Book Group provided me with a copy of Witch Finder. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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1.5 Stars<br/>I DNF this book.<br/>Characters were dull<br/>Story lacking<br/>I went in with no expectations, and was highly disappointed.<br/>Nothing about this book made me want to continue.<br/><br/>I want to thank Netgalley for providing with a copy if this book in exchange for an honest opinion.

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1.5 Stars<br/>I DNF this book.<br/>Characters were dull<br/>Story lacking<br/>I went in with no expectations, and was highly disappointed.<br/>Nothing about this book made me want to continue.<br/><br/>I want to thank Netgalley for providing with a copy if this book in exchange for an honest opinion.

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This book was ok. I'm glad I didn't see other reviews until after I'd finished reading, because I didn't think it was as bad as some of the other reviewers thought.<br/><br/>I didn't like the part with the dog. That part bothered me and it wasn't necessary to drive home the fact that Sebastian is a jerk. Other than that I thought the plot was ok and it was a decent read.<br/><br/>Not one of my favorite books, but nowhere close to the bottom of the heap.

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This book was ok. I'm glad I didn't see other reviews until after I'd finished reading, because I didn't think it was as bad as some of the other reviewers thought.<br/><br/>I didn't like the part with the dog. That part bothered me and it wasn't necessary to drive home the fact that Sebastian is a jerk. Other than that I thought the plot was ok and it was a decent read.<br/><br/>Not one of my favorite books, but nowhere close to the bottom of the heap.

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