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Review: Witchfall by Victoria Lamb
on 21 April 2014
Witchfall resumes pretty soon after the end of Witchstruck with Meg, Elizabeth, and Alejandro heading to court. Meg is constantly under threat from the Inquisition, who are looking for anybody who might be practicing witchcraft. Most of the book takes place at court and danger surrounds them all with the Inquisition in one corner and Queen Mary in the other, trying to get rid of Princess Elizabeth. Witchfall is a bit darker than the first book and this suits the plot. Meg has faced exposure as a witch, only just escaping, and even one slip up will land her in the dungeons being tortured by the Spanish priests. On top of that is Meg and Alejandro's love. The Spanish priests would never allow Alejandro to marry somebody of Meg's class and so they have to hide their betrothal.
While Meg is the main character, Alejandro was by far my favourite. It annoyed me how Alejandro seemed slightly more dedicated to their love, although I admired Meg for standing up for her heritage on not letting Alejandro's wishes dictate her own. Meg is a very strong person and in Witchfall she has to embrace this strength. She is constantly looking out for Elizabeth, desperately trying to see when she will return to the throne, and also succeeds in taking care of herself. However, there were times when Meg needed to stop and think about what she was doing and the consequences of her actions.
As the book goes on Meg realises that when attempting to speak with a ghost from the past another spirit was inadvertently released, something evil. This is the other half of the plot that the book consists of and it made the book more exciting. There was lots of impressive spell casting and tense scenes which I enjoyed and they let Meg's determination and stubbornness shine through, both of which kept her alive throughout the book. The setting of the book was one of the best parts. It is set in 1555 so the book is essentially historical fantasy. This augmented the atmosphere of the book and made it even more enjoyable.
Overall, Witchfall was a good sequel with an interesting twist at the end and I'm looking forward to reading the next one!