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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (2 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444914464
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444914467
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ruth Warburton grew up on the south coast of England in Lewes, a small town with a long history.

After leaving Lewes she studied English at the University of Manchester, and developed a fascination with Old English and Middle English texts. Seeds from these mixed with 16th century witch-hunting manuals, Voodoo spells, and witchcraft legends, to create the Winter Trilogy.

She lives in London, and A Witch in Winter is her first book. Find out more or contact her at www.ruthwarburton.com

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"A Witch in Winter is totally one to look out for. Ruth Warburton is going to take the YA market by storm. With well researched facts, romance and some fantastic action scenes, A Witch in Winter is a thoroughly enchanting read!" - Jade, at Ink Scratchers (Jade at Ink Scratchers)

"Anna's reactions to the events were pretty much how I imagine I'd react, which made it easy to love her... The love story was so fantastically different, I loved the idea of it and it was so well executed... The ultimate battle was amazing, the enemy was one that I actually found quite scary, and the solution was neither easy nor lazy. It has everything you'd expect from a paranormal YA, but it avoids the cliches and predictability..." - Cait from The Cait Files (Cait from The Cait Files)

"One of my most highly anticipated 2012 reads..." - Brodie of Eleusinian Mysteries (Brodie of Eleusinian Mysteries)

It's a great read, steeped in witchcraft, with a steamy romance, feisty leads and a brooding coastal setting. (The Bookseller)

A great deal to like here. (Bookbag)

This is a very enjoyable read, and an impressive debut novel. **** (Books For Keeps)

A fantastic start to what promises to be an awesome series. (Jess Hearts Books)

This spellbinding read poses some interesting questions about love, life and ethics. (Kiss)

First rate... distinctive and memorable. (Carousel)

A fast-paced, satisfying and exciting read. * * * * (Books for Keepz)

Enjoyable read with a strong romantic thread... will draw in fans of paranormal novels who don't usually read historical fiction. * * * * (Bookbag)

A gripping read which will appeal to those readers who enjoy magic, adventure and romance. Warburton's Victorian setting is well evoked and her family characters are well drawn throughout. Highly recommended. (The School Librarian)

Full of excitement, romance and magic. (Carousel)

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When Luke Lexton falls in love with Rosa, the witch-girl he's sworn to kill, the two face an impossible choice between love and death.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Natalie @ Book Lovers Life on 1 Jan. 2014
Format: Paperback
Luke hates witches and decides to join the Malleus Maleficorum. A society that hunts and kills witches. Luke is special as well. He can see the magic around witches. During hid trial for the Brotherhood he has to put a pin in a book and whoever it lands on Luke has to kill. His pin lands on Rosa.

Rosa is a witch whose family is on the very edge of poverty. They are keeping up appearances for everyone but are very much at the stage where they will be bankrupt soon. Her mother tells her she has to marry a very powerful and rich warlock, Sebastian Knyvet. Rosa has reservations about him because he has a wicked cruel streak but how can she refuse.

This book was amazing!! Captivating, spellbinding, rich in detail and thrilling. I loved it.

Luke at first seems like the bad guy. He hates witches for killing his family and has vowed to get revenge. He picks Rosas name and has no problem setting out to kill her. At first, even though he feels guilty in taking anyones life, he sets up an accident. She survives and over time he feels himself feeling things he shouldn't. Will he be able to kill her?

Rosa has a hard life. Her beloved father died and her mother just sees her as an asset. Her brother is one mean and nasty so and so! He treats her like crap and I really disliked him. Her suitor is even worse than her brother but she is left with no choice.

I loved both Rosa and Lukes characters. Rosa is such a strong character, she is kind, nice and no matter what life throws at her, she does her best. Luke was another strong character. He struggles with what he has to do but in the end chooses right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashleigh Allsopp on 2 Feb. 2014
Format: Paperback
I’d read a few reviews of Witch Finder on Goodreads before I began reading it and several of those reviews were pretty negative, so I didn’t expect to enjoy reading it as much as I did.

Okay, so it is rather predictable. If you’ve just read the summary above, you can probably accurately predict the ending. But it’s more than just a story about a boy who falls in love with the girl he’s meant to kill. I found the families of both Luke and Rosa to be intriguing, I thoroughly enjoyed the magic throughout the book and I loved that it is set in late 19th Century London (perhaps because London is somewhere I’m familiar with).

I also absolutely adore Ruth Warburton’s writing style: it’s silky smooth and utterly charming, and it definitely makes me want to pick up the books in her Winter Trilogy. I loved the subtle swapping between Luke’s point of view and Rosa’s point of view, too.

It’s not the most amazing book I’ve ever read, by any means. I would have enjoyed a bit more depth to the storyline, some more character building (there are lots of brilliant characters I’d love to know more about), perhaps some more dramatic kill-attempt scenes and some better tension building. But I’m already looking forward to reading the second book – Witch Hunt. I have many unanswered questions about Sebastian’s mother, Luke’s parents and the fate of Rosa and Luke, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for answers in the sequel.

Plus, just look at that cover!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luna's Little Library on 12 Jan. 2014
Format: Paperback
3.5 Stars

Witch Finder didn't quite turn out the way I expected. Having read Ruth Warburton's previous trilogy and been blown away by it I had incredibly high expectations. Maybe a little too high.

I didn't love this book from the beginning and that worried me. The problem for me was/is Luke. As a main character I didn't take to him. Consequently it was Rosa who had to carry the story.

For the first half it was Rosa that kept me reading, once new characters arrived (such as Cassie who I adore) and the book progressed, the story picked up.

There is high drama at the end which had me turning the pages frantically and yes I want to read the next in the series. I think Witch Finder suffers a bit at being the first book in a trilogy and spending time setting things up.

I still love Ruth Warburton's writing and Rosa really burrowed herself into my heart so I shall look forward to seeing how this turns out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Acquafortis on 26 Jan. 2014
Format: Paperback
Witch Finder is a lovely, little book that you can read anywhere. It is pleasant, easy to scan and yet intriguing enough to make you want more and turn that one page further.
It's full of evocative Victorian England, both in places, especially industrial London and in describing how people related to each other. Through these very visual in period style description we gleam in the huge disparity between classes not only the rich and the poor but also men and women.
We can feel the contrasts filling in the story, fuelling the evolving drama, of hard extremes somehow looking alike and opposites attracting hearts that shouldn't have ever bet together.
I gave it three out of five stars because somehow I expected a bit more and not always the obvious. But on the whole it is a perfectly light, accessible read at any hour of the day with a dazzling cover front picture.
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Ruth Warburton lures us in to a captivating London in the 1880’s full of lies and deceit where even the rich and wealthy don’t always live to see the end of each other’s hidden agendas. Right in the middle is Luke. A boy looking to rid the darkness from the world the only way he’s been taught: by killing witches. Set on a task to kill a witch he doesn’t know, he faces more magic than he’s ever seen before and not just the magical kind...

Luke is an easy character to imagine, and both Luke and Rosa are well developed with dual narratives that are equally engaging (halleluiah!) It was always clear where their characters were going but it was done beautifully so you could see them changing ever so slightly and there’s no overnight revelation; a fact we can all be thankful for, because too many times has it taken one snap-decision to change everything in a book.

Rosa is a born and bred rich girl with limited knowledge of the conditions outside of her luxury home, but it’s not all easy. With an arrogant brother and gold digging mother she has been forced into a life that is no longer her own to dictate and will marriage to the mysteriously dark Sebastian only make things worse and pass her to his control? Or is the decision even hers to make in the first place?

Overall the plot was very predictable and from the start you knew what was going to happen even when everything was turned on its head a couple of times, but it never took away from my enjoyment of this book. So what if you knew what the final result would be? There are plenty of twists on the way to keep you questioning it, and while I say that I knew what would happen the very end scene was not something I could have predicted.
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