Witch Finder

Witch Finder : Book 1

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London, 1880, and eighteen-year-old Luke Lexton is about to endure his initiation into the Malleus Maleficorum - the secretive brotherhood devoted to hunting witches, and the organisation that will help Luke take revenge on the witch who murdered his parents. His final test is to pick a name at random from the Book of Witches, a name he must track down and kill within a month, or face death himself.
Luke picks out sixteen-year-old Rosa Greenwood, a witch-girl living in rapidly fading grandeur on the west side of town. She's the last bargaining chip in her family's struggle to avoid bankruptcy and is about to be married off to the handsome, cruel, grotesquely rich Sebastian Knyvet - a powerful member of the Ealdwitan.
As Rosa and Luke get to know each other, Luke realises it will be impossible for him to kill Rosa, just as Rosa knows she will bring disgrace on her family if she does not marry Knyvet. But Knyvet is hiding dark secrets - including the key which will unlock the mystery of Luke's murdered parents. Torn between appeasing their elders and their growing affection for each other, Rosa and Luke must each make their choice between life and death.

'Gorgeously romantic.' Amanda Craig, The Times
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 28mm | 310g
  • Hodder Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1444914464
  • 9781444914467
  • 414,098

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"A Witch in Winter is totally one to look out for. Ruth Warburton is going to take the YA market by storm. With well researched facts, romance and some fantastic action scenes, A Witch in Winter is a thoroughly enchanting read!" - Jade, at Ink Scratchers * Jade at Ink Scratchers * "Anna's reactions to the events were pretty much how I imagine I'd react, which made it easy to love her... The love story was so fantastically different, I loved the idea of it and it was so well executed... The ultimate battle was amazing, the enemy was one that I actually found quite scary, and the solution was neither easy nor lazy. It has everything you'd expect from a paranormal YA, but it avoids the cliches and predictability..." - Cait from The Cait Files * Cait from The Cait Files * "One of my most highly anticipated 2012 reads..." - Brodie of Eleusinian Mysteries * Brodie of Eleusinian Mysteries * It's a great read, steeped in witchcraft, with a steamy romance, feisty leads and a brooding coastal setting. * The Bookseller * A great deal to like here. * Bookbag * This is a very enjoyable read, and an impressive debut novel. **** * Books For Keeps * A fantastic start to what promises to be an awesome series. * Jess Hearts Books * This spellbinding read poses some interesting questions about love, life and ethics. * Kiss * First rate... distinctive and memorable. * Carousel * A fast-paced, satisfying and exciting read. * * * * * Books for Keepz * Enjoyable read with a strong romantic thread... will draw in fans of paranormal novels who don't usually read historical fiction. * * * * * Bookbag * A gripping read which will appeal to those readers who enjoy magic, adventure and romance. Warburton's Victorian setting is well evoked and her family characters are well drawn throughout. Highly recommended. * The School Librarian * Full of excitement, romance and magic. * Carousel *
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About Ruth Warburton

Ruth Warburton grew up on the south coast of England in Lewes. She studied English at the University of Manchester, and there developed a fascination with Old English and Middle English texts. She is the author of the successful WINTER TRILOGY and a publicist for adult fiction at Random House. Ruth lives in North London.
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861 ratings
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3 29% (252)
2 11% (93)
1 4% (36)

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Many thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for my copy, this is in exchange for an honest review I've wanted to read this book for some time, it seems just my kind of book. I was not disappointed, I fell straight in love with the world Ruth Warburton has created. It was magical, yet realistic. I must admit I know very little about the period this book was set in (Victorian), but I found there were some very enlightening snippets which gave a good reflection of what life could have been like then. This is the first book I have read by this author, it certainly will not be the last. I believe the first series the author released - The Winter Trilogy - is also based in the same world as the Witch Finder. But I found I could read this book without first having to read that series first. It all made perfect sense and I could lose myself in the book without having to think what the heck was going on. I will shortly be reading book two, it is sat waiting on my bookcase, I have to say I am really interested to see what happens to Luke and Rosa next. The world and the flow of the writing made this a very enjoyable read. Lots of different characters, some villains thrown in for a bit of excitement. I think my favourite character would have to be Rosa, she is the complete opposite of how she is perceived by some of the characters and it was really nice to see her blossom throughout the book. Yes I do recommend this, especially if you like witches and a nice bit of romance thrown into the mix.show more
by Jennifer Juckes
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and Netgalley.) 18-year-old Luke wants to join a witch-hunting group, but to prove himself he must first kill a witch. 16-year-old witch Rosa is shocked when her mother and brother tell her that she must marry for money following her father�????�???�??�?�¢??s death. Little does she know that she�????�???�??�?�¢??s also be marked for death by Luke. Will Rosa marry for money? And will Luke kill Rosa? This book was okay, but I have to say that I was bored during most of it. I thought that Luke was a little trigger happy joining the witch hunting group the way he did, as he had absolutely no clue what he was getting himself involved in. This was further proved when one of the other men tried to teach him how to kill using a knife, whilst demonstrating with a pig. It�????�???�??�?�¢??s all very well saying �????�???�??�?�¢??I can kill a witch�????�???�??�?�¢??, but the reality is very different. Rosa was a little na�?????�????�???�??�?�¯ve and silly. I couldn�????�???�??�?�¢??t quite believe how shocked she was that her mother and brother wanted her to marry for money, considering the fact that her father was dead, and they were broke, it seemed like an obvious thing for them to consider. The storyline in this was pretty predictable, boy gets told to kill a witch, boy likes said witch too much, and instead of killing her falls in love with her. The rest of the storyline just didn�????�???�??�?�¢??t have enough of anything to keep me interested, and I found myself bored for the vast majority of the book. I was also put off by the animal cruelty in this book. While Rosa managed to not die, the animals in this story didn�????�???�??�?�¢??t fare quite so well. The romance in this was pretty non-existent, which was surprising given the storyline, and didn�????�???�??�?�¢??t really help the book at all. The ending was okay, although I didn�????�???�??�?�¢??t even find the drama interesting. I don�????�???�??�?�¢??t think I�????�???�??�?�¢??ll bother reading the rest of this series. Overall; a pretty boring and predictable book about witches. 6 out of 10.show more
by Sarah Elizabeth
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