Genres: Young Adult
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Fifteen year-old Cait Weerd has no idea she’s being sought by the undain: sorcerous creatures of necromancy that feed off the spirit of the living. She doesn’t know the undain need her blood to survive. She doesn’t even know she’s a witch, descended from a long line of witches. Cait Weerd doesn’t know a lot, really, but all that’s about to change.
At Manchester Central Library she’s caught up in sudden, horrific violence. In the chaos she’s handed an old book that’s been hidden there and told to run, hide the book or destroy it. It contains all the secrets of the undains’ existence. They and their human servants want to find that as much as they want Cait.
What’s more, she learns that the fate of two worlds is at stake here. Just what she needs. Along with definitely-not-a-boyfriend Danny, she has to decide what the hell to do. Run, fight or just hope it all goes away.
It’s only then she learns who she really is, along with the terrible truth of what the undain have been doing in our world all this time …
Hedge Witch was a really interesting read. I think that for a fan of Paranormal this book fits in perfectly. There was a nice amount of magic and mystery. The beginning of the story really enticed me and I was eager to learn more. I especially loved reading about Cait and how she interpreted the ordeal in the library.
Simon Kewin’s use of description, I felt gave a better atmosphere to lean on when reading. There was plenty of physical and emotional description and I felt as if the characters each had a unique personalities. I found myself really enjoying the scenes with Cait’s Grandmother.
I really appreciated the way magic was handled in this story. I loved the awareness that it wasn’t all fun and games, but actually something to take seriously.
The only hesitation I have regarding this story was how the characters were introduced as well as the transition between scenes. I felt that that those transitions could have been made a bit smoother. It felt as if most of the intro to the story was rushed in order to get to this other world. At times I was very confused and had to go back and read sections over again. I did find the last quarter of the book to be fast paced and very interesting.
All in all the plot was very good and it was fun to see the story from both worlds.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
The author is giving away a sampler of Hedge Witch and a collection of short stories if anyone is interested you can download them with the links below: