I read this book in August, but haven’t had the chance to write a review yet. Loved it, tho. I hadn’t read a fantasy novel for quite some time and so being transported into a different and new world was super magical. Here are my thoughts!
Lou makes her living stealing in order to survive. That not being difficult as it is, she happens to be a witch. A witch in a country where they are hunted and burned at the stake. When a theft goes wrong, she is confronted with something entirely different. Suddenly, she is thrust into matrimony with a Chasseur (witch hunter): Reid has always lived by the principle of killing as many witches as possible for they are not human, not women. Lou must marry him in order to stay alive, concealing her magic. The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire.
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publication Date: 3rd of September 2019
The synopsis was so intriguing, I just had to buy it, but hadn’t heard of it before. The plot was incredible: fast paced, unexpected and full of twisted turns! I loved the witch vs church theme and the middle-ages vibe! Super refreshing! I love witches and I thought this was such a good spin on what has actually happened to witches – obviously now adding magic. And the magic was a fantastic part: different kinds of magic, gold strings that produce it and it being a kind of art.
The characters were amazing! I loved Lou and Reid’s enemies to lovers theme and in general, their stories and and backgrounds. So much happened I didn’t expect and can’t spoil. But there’s one thing I can write about: I especially enjoyed Lou’s sarcastic comments that made me laugh out loud.
The writing was not super special, but easy comprehendible and featured great scenery descriptions (not too long tho, as I don’t enjoy them :)) !
With more than 500 pages, the book was rather long – but as it was super fast paced, it didn’t bother me at all. Sooo many things happened and while the story started rather slowly, it picked up the past at around page 20 and from there on, you can enjoy a wild ride.
I’ve started reading the second book this week and have not been super convinced. It has lost a bit of its flair, the jokes seem a bit forced and the start was again a tad bit slow. But I will definitely continue and give it the benefit of the doubt!
All in all: to all the fantasy, romance, witch lovers – this is the book for you!