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Witchstruck (The Tudor Witch Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Victoria Lamb
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Meg Lytton has always known of her dark and powerful gift. Raised a student of the old magick by her Aunt Jane, casting the circle to see visions of the future and concocting spells from herbs and bones has always been as natural to Meg as breathing. But there has never been a more dangerous time to practise the craft, for it is 1554, and the sentence for any woman branded a witch is hanging, or burning at the stake.

Sent to the ruined, isolated palace of Woodstock to serve the disgraced Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and half-sister of Queen Mary, Meg discovers her skills are of interest to the outcast princess, who is desperate to know if she will ever claim the throne. But Meg's existence becomes more dangerous every day, with the constant threat of exposure by the ruthless witchfinder Marcus Dent, and the arrival of a young Spanish priest, Alejandro de Castillo, to whom Meg is irresistibly drawn - despite their very different attitudes to her secret.

Thrilling and fast-paced, this is the first unputdownable story in a bewitching new series.

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Book Description

Twilight meets The Other Boleyn Girl in this gripping and passionate tale of Meg, a spirited young witch learning her craft amidst the danger and intrigue of sixteenth-century England. Winner of the Romantic Novelist Association's YA Romance Novel of the Year 2013.

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When the power falls on me, it buzzes in the warm, dark spaces of my skull. It stings like nettles at the tips of my fingers.

Meg Lytton has always know of her dark and powerful gift. Raised a witch from early childhood, concocting spells from herbs and bones is as natural to Meg as breathing. But there has never been a more dangerous time to practise the craft, for it is 1554, and the punishment for any woman branded a witch is death.

Sent to the isolated palace of Woodstock, Meg discovers her magic is of interest to the banished princess Elizabeth, who is desperate to claim the throne. But Meg's life is soon thrown into turmoil by the ruthless witchfinder, Marcus Dent - and the arrival of a smouldering young Spanish priest, Alejandro de Castillo.

The first pulse-quickening book in a bewitching new series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 719 KB
  • Print Length: 363 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1448120217
  • Publisher: RHCP Digital (5 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,080 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Victoria Lamb lives in a farmhouse on the wild fringes of Bodmin Moor with her husband, five kids, two cats and a crazed Irish Red Setter. She is addicted to social media, and on dark nights has been known to sneak out and howl at the moon. She also writes poetry as Jane Holland, and other fiction as Elizabeth Moss and Beth Good. Her mother was the late romantic novelist Charlotte Lamb. Victoria's most recent publication is Silk For Susannah, a short historical romance about Shakespeare's daughter in love.

The Lucy Morgan (Shakespeare's Mistress) trilogy is set at the Elizabethan court: historical fiction combined with a spy thriller. 1 - The Queen's Secret. 2 - His Dark Lady. 3 - Her Last Assassin.

The Tudor Witch Trilogy is a paranormal romance series: a young Tudor witch struggles to escape the clutches of the witchfinder. 1 - Witchstruck. 2 - Witchfall. 3 - Witchrise.

You can also find advice on writing your own novel in her new publication: 21 Ways To Write A Commercial Novel.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Witches. And Tudor England. Need I say more? 13 July 2012
By Hannah
My first thought when I'd heard about this book back when Victoria first followed me on Twitter was: Oh god I need this book in my life! I love the Tudor history period, and I love Witchy things. Combine the two and you have a book that is more or less designed for my personal enjoyment. Seconded? Then you perhaps don't need to read any more before going straight off to your chosen book store to purchase.

Witchstruck follows the first person narrative of a young witch called Meg Lytton as she goes into service as maid to the Princess Elizabeth while she remains imprisoned within the ruined palace of Woodstock. The first thing I noticed in this book was Elizabeth being somehow involved in the witchcraft, not on an active level, but she's definitely interested which is a dangerous stance for an imprisoned royal to take. It immediately added a sense of impending danger to the novel which makes you want to keep reading. The second thing was the atmosphere Victoria has created. It's immersive and the only way I can really describe it is kind of like a dark fog creating a sense of mystery and foreboding. I felt as though I was well within my comfort zone reading Witchstruck and I loved that about it.

I have to admit to not enjoying the ending as much as the beginning and I can't even put my finger on why, it just fell flat for me. It could be because, after all, this is a young adult novel and I usually prefer adult fiction, or maybe because I was only able to read it in small chunks while my dad was visiting and would have read a lot better in one sitting. I don't really know but it's worth making your own mind up.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed views but an entertaining read 18 Sept. 2012
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I got this book for my daughters who are ten and interested in witches, magic, vampires and the usual 'Twilight' type fantasy world that is currently so in vogue. I think the book is more suited to a teen / young adult audience as the story is quite action packed and complex in of my daughters has read the book and she really enjoyed it although I don't think she really fully understood it.

The story is set in Tudor England although I did cringe a few times at the disparities so clearly evident between what is fiction giving an illusion of history, but for all that it is an engaging read which follows an interesting character through life, loss and love with magic and mystery in the mix.

Well written, fast paced and certainly not dull, I can imagine this will be a popular series of books.
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By Julie
Award-winning author Victoria Lamb blends magic, adventure, intrigue and romance in Witchstruck, the first book in her mesmerising Tudor Witch trilogy.

Sixteenth century England is a dangerous place to be a witch – and nobody knows this better than young sorceress Meg Lytton. Having grown up practicing magic in secret, Meg knows that the only way she can stay alive is to keep her gift to herself and not risk suspicion or exposure. However, trouble seems to be following the young witch around. In service to the banished Princess Elizabeth at Woodstock Palace, Meg’s beauty draws the eye of notorious witchfinder Marcus Dent, a man intent on expunging England of practitioners of the dark arts. Caught up in a maelstrom of terror, turmoil and jeopardy, Meg vows to give Marcus as wide a berth as possible. However, little does Meg realise that manipulative forces are at play and that her freedom and her virtue are at stake…

With enemies round every corner and nobody she can trust, Meg knows that one false move could get her – and the Princess – killed in one fell swoop. The last thing the young witch needs is distraction. If she wants to stay alive, she must keep all her wits about her and not let anything – or anyone – distract her. However, when the handsome Spanish priest, Alejandro de Castillo turns up at Woodstock Palace, Meg is surprised when she finds herself drawn to the charismatic young man who has begun to intrude upon her thoughts and haunt her dreams. Yet, she knows that her love is destined to remain unrequited for she daren’t risk telling Alejandro the truth about her gift…

No sooner had Alejandro set foot in Woodstock Palace that he found himself intrigued by the beautiful Meg Lytton.
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Review by Linnea - Year 7

This is the story of a witch, Meg, who knows of her dark, powerful gift however if she is caught she will be punished for it. She sneaks out to practise her craft but, will she be spotted? Every night she creeps out of her chamber taking the Lady Elizabeth with her she hurries into the woods to rehearse her magic but when her roommate Joan saw her… Her adventure is set in Victorian times during the reign of Queen Elizabeth or as called in the book lady Elizabeth.
In the book the main character, Meg Lytton has to face a lot of problems, she could be killed for witchcraft. With one wrong move and she’ll be hanging off the noose.
My favourite part of the book is when Joan has followed Meg to the ruins and she is startled by the sight of her roommate performing witchcraft. In shock she hurtles back weeping in fright. Meg arrives moments too late as Joan has already told everyone the story, and only a very realistic lie can slip past them to save her from death. This is my favourite part because of the words that Victoria used to describe the atmosphere and their feelings and she created a sense, a picture of exactly what was happening.
My favourite character in the book was the Lady Elizabeth’s mistress, Blanche Parry because she is very interesting character although she isn’t mentioned that much in the book she is with the Lady Elizabeth everywhere she goes.
What I disliked about the book was that it was quit repetitive when she was going out to practise witchcraft because every time she snuck out the same procedure was described. I disliked this because we already knew what she was doing from the first time so we didn’t need it explained numerous times.
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3.0 out of 5 stars However I guess it is a pretty amusing light read
I give this book 3 stars because my daughter is reading it, and keeping at reading it.
On the other hand I found it a very "trashy" book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JoMaynard
4.0 out of 5 stars Not spellbinding....
The premise of this story is about Meg Lytton, a witch serving in the court of the young Princess Elizabeth Tudor in her days in captivity on heresy charges during Mary I's reign. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Soo Broo
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderfully rich historical novel
Based in the 1500's around the time of the Tudors and Queen Elizabeth. Meg Lytton is gifted with Magick. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Andy O'Boogie
3.0 out of 5 stars A horrible hero ...
My 14 really old daughter liked this story of Queen Elizabeth and witchcraft until the ending which annoyed her. Read more
Published 5 months ago by debbie8355
3.0 out of 5 stars OK(ish), but disappointing ending
This is not my usual genre of read and I have to say that this book did little to encourage me to read more. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Aremess
5.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoy historical dramas you should definitely try this
Review from my 13 year old daughter

Witchstruck is an amazing book set in 1554. The book is about witchcraft in Tudor times during the reign of Elizabeth I. Read more
Published 7 months ago by EllyBlue
3.0 out of 5 stars If you like more of a relaxed read and you love historical fiction I’d...

***I received the eBook free as a review copy from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review***

Meg is not just a serving... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Anna (Enchanted by YA)
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely romantic fiction for teenagers
Excellent book. Historical romantic fiction for teenagers. Well written, immersive, accessible and handles the subject matter with balance. Read more
Published 8 months ago by n7misc
3.0 out of 5 stars teenage Tudor daydream
A heady witchy read - narrative driven and richly described. Almost as if it were imagined by a teenager, day-dreaming of another life, although finely written.
Published 11 months ago by Kentish Sir Byng
4.0 out of 5 stars Tudors + witches what more do you need!
An engaging tale, good sense of atmosphere, compelling characters - the mixture of magic and Tudor history create a backdrop for a story of mystery and danger - easy to digest and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. J. A. Smith
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