Saturday, 3 May 2014

Book: High Witch by Mona Hanna

I received a copy of High Witch from Story Cartel in exchange for my review.

Brayden has been dreaming about the same girl for the past month, and one day, to his surprise, the same girl seems to turn up at the inn he works at. During dinner she accidentally covers another guest in food using magic, and Brayden comes to realise that she is a High Witch. But Ariel has never been taught about her powers, though with Brayden's help she does start to learn...until it becomes clear that Julius is after her, wanting to turn a good witch bad so that he can carry on living as he has been for centuries.

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Though this was a fairly short book, I really enjoyed the world that Hanna created, though quite when that world was I'm not sure, but that doesn't really have much of an impact on the story itself. Primarily this is a romance (well with magic), though it was also fast paced and there was a fair bit of suspense played out.

One of the best things about it was that it actually looked into legends, mainly around the cryptically named test. At the start it wasn't too clear what this was, but as the story progressed you learnt more and more about it, and it was a little gruesome in nature it must be said! But the existence of Julius' test meant that there was more to the plot than two people falling in love.

There was a very small cast of characters, and some of those you could take out and the story would have still worked (but wouldn't have been as good if that makes sense. Those are the characters that flesh it out rather than just having a few). One of the most interesting characters to read about was probably Nadia, especially as her motives for doing anything were so complicated. Despite the fact that she was doing some bad things, I just couldn't think of her as evil.

I really enjoyed this book, and I've now found out there is a second one, which has excited me massively!