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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Witchlanders by Lena Coakley: Book Review

by Lena Coakley
Simon and Schuster
Release Date: August 30, 2011
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Description: High in their mountain covens, red witches pray to the Goddess, protecting the Witchlands by throwing the bones and foretelling the future.

It’s all a fake.

At least, that’s what Ryder thinks. He doubts the witches really deserve their tithes—one quarter of all the crops his village can produce. And even if they can predict the future, what danger is there to foretell, now that his people’s old enemy, the Baen, has been defeated?

But when a terrifying new magic threatens both his village and the coven, Ryder must confront the beautiful and silent witch who holds all the secrets. Everything he’s ever believed about witches, the Baen, magic and about himself will change, when he discovers that the prophecies he’s always scorned—

Are about him.

The Good Stuff
  • Cover is hauntingly beautiful, found myself just looking in awe
  • Leads are male which is unusual in YA fiction. 
  • Wonderful conflicted and interesting characters, from the lead right on down to the secondary character, with plenty of realistic character development
  • I'm in love with Bo the dog
  • Lots of action, twists and turns and surprises that you won't see coming
  • Witches but at the same time has an almost Lord of the Rings feel to it (really wish I could explain that, but trust me)
  • Just a fantastic tale that sucks you in from the first line and doesn't let you down. Lena is a born storyteller
  • Nice morals thrown in about the stupidity of war, prejudice and forgiveness
  • Wasn't majorly frustrated or lost as I often am with fantasy fiction involving different worlds & races - speaks to the magic of the storyteller that Lena is
  • Vivid descriptions of the landscape make you feel like you are there
  • One side is almost matriarchal and the other side patriarchal and the conflict between the two is fascinating
  • Just go buy the thing, I don't have the right works to state how much I enjoyed it or why tonight -- damn you excessive heat keeping me up at night (BTW, this review was written July 6th)
The Not so Good Stuff
  • Some readers that would probably really enjoy (read males) may be turned off by more feminine cover
  • Hoping there is a sequel planned or the ending would be a might frustrating -- there better be a sequel Lena, I need to know what happens
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Ryder threw up his hands. "Yes, the Goddess and the lucky man.  They're the ones responsible for this harvest. I might as well go back to bed."

"They were beautiful in their opposition: dark and light, like morning and evening, like two sides of a coin."

"No," he said. "He is not on our side. But Skyla, are we only allowed to care about people who are on our side?"

Who should/shouldn't read
  • Perfect for both male and female YA readers
  • Anyone who enjoys fantasy especially involving magic and witches - you will totally dig this
  • Quite frankly anyone who enjoys a tale will enjoy
  • Passing it on to Natasha -- will be interested if she enjoys as much as I did
4.75 Dewey's

I received this from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review - Thanks guys this was fantastic!


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