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Meg Lytton has always known of her dark and powerful gift. Raised a student of the old magick by her Aunt Jane, casting the circle to see visions of the future and concocting spells from herbs and bones has always been as natural to Meg as breathing. But there has never been a more dangerous time to practise the craft, for it is 1554, and the sentence for any woman branded a witch is hanging, or burning at the stake. Sent to the ruined, isolated palace of Woodstock to serve the disgraced Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and half-sister of Queen Mary, Meg discovers her skills are of interest to the outcast princess, who is desperate to know if she will ever claim the throne. But Meg's existence becomes more dangerous every day, with the constant threat of exposure by the ruthless witchfinder Marcus Dent, and the arrival of a young Spanish priest, Alejandro de Castillo, to whom Meg is irresistibly drawn - despite their very different attitudes to her secret. Thrilling and fast-paced, this is the first unputdownable story in a bewitching new series.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 23mm | 264g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • n/a
  • 055256611X
  • 9780552566117
  • 530,304

About Victoria Lamb

While studying Elizabethan playwrights at university, Victoria Lamb always dreamt of writing a series of novels set in Tudor England. Now a busy mother of five, she has finally achieved that ambition after many years of research. Victoria lives in Warwickshire.show more

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When the power falls on me, it buzzes in the warm, dark spaces of my skull. It stings like nettles at the tips of my fingers. Meg Lytton has always know of her dark and powerful gift. Raised a witch from early childhood, concocting spells from herbs and bones is as natural to Meg as breathing. But there has never been a more dangerous time to practise the craft, for it is 1554, and the punishment for any woman branded a witch is death. Sent to the isolated palace of Woodstock, Meg discovers her magic is of interest to the banished princess Elizabeth, who is desperate to claim the throne. But Meg's life is soon thrown into turmoil by the ruthless witchfinder, Marcus Dent - and the arrival of a smouldering young Spanish priest, Alejandro de Castillo. The first pulse-quickening book in a bewitching new series.show more

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1,073 ratings
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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN, and Netgalley.) 16-year-old Meg is a maid to Lady Elizabeth - Queen Mary's sister, who is imprisoned on charges of not being Catholic. Meg is also a trainee witch though, apprentice to her aunt Jane, and Lady Elizabeth uses Meg and Jane's abilities to tell her whether she will ever claim the throne. 1554 is a bad time to be a witch though, with so many witch hunters about, and one small mistake proves costly when Meg is accused of witchcraft. With her own life and her aunts life at stake, as well as that of Lady Elizabeth, Meg must try to save those she cares about, without sacrificing herself. Can Meg save her aunt though? Can she save Elizabeth by retrieving an important letter in time? And could marrying a witch hunter save Meg? This was a great historical fantasy story, and I loved Meg and her troubles. Meg was a great character, even if her innocence led her astray at times. She usually did what was right though, and often stuck her neck out to try and help people, even when it landed her in hot water. Meg's brother, cousin, and father were not very nice people, and really deserved whatever they got. The only person Meg really had for support was Alejandro, who helped her even though he knew what she was capable of. This was pretty admirable of him, and he became one of my favourite characters. I liked the storyline in this book, and I really wanted Meg to get away from the witch hunters, and for Elizabeth to reclaim her title of Princess. I liked the combination of historical and paranormal themes, and the tension of what would happen to Meg, her aunt and Elizabeth. There was also a slight romance in this book, but it was very much a side story, and we didn't really get much on this until the end. I'm not sure if this book is supposed to be a paranormal romance, but I would suggest that the story focused much more on Meg and the witch-craft than the romance. If you're looking for a paranormal romance, then I'd look elsewhere. The ending of this was satisfying, although there was plenty left to build on in a sequel. Overall; a great historical paranormal story. 7 out of 10.show more
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