ARC Review: Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb

Posted September 4, 2013 by Bee in Reviews / 1 Comment

ARC Review: Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb


by Victoria Lamb
Series: The Tudor Witch Trilogy #1
Pages: 320
Published on September 24th 2013
by Harlequin Teen
Genres: Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Witches, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Author

If she sink, she be no witch and shall be drowned.
If she float, she be a witch and must be hanged.

Meg Lytton has always known she is different, that she bears a dark and powerful gift. But in 1554 England, in service at Woodstock Palace to the banished Tudor princess Elizabeth, it has never been more dangerous to practice witchcraft. Meg knows she must guard her secret carefully from the many suspicious eyes watching over the princess and her companions. One wrong move could mean her life, and the life of Elizabeth, rightful heir to the English throne.

With witchfinder Marcus Dent determined to have Meg's hand in marriage, and Meg's own family conspiring against the English queen, there isn't a single person Meg can trust. Certainly not the enigmatic young Spanish priest Alejandro de Castillo, despite her undeniable feelings. But when all the world turns against her, Meg must open her heart to a dangerous choice.

The Secret Circle meets The Other Boleyn Girl in Witchstruck, the first book of the magical Tudor Witch trilogy.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

4 Stars

This book was a lot better than I expected it would be. Of course, I love almost everything that has to do with the Tudors. So I was curious to see Victoria’s twist on it. And I hoped it would be good because she so generously sent me my first physical ARC copy for my birthday. But it was good! Very good!

Witchstruck is the first book in the Tudor Witch Trilogy and it introduces us to Meg Lytton, a witch. She lives in 1554 England, in service to the banished princess Elizabeth and it has never been more dangerous to practice witchcraft. Especially now that witchfinder Marcus Dent is determined to have Meg’s hand in marriage. She can’t trust anybody, not even her own family, who is conspiring against the English Queen. And certainly not young Spanish priest Alejandro. But when the world turns against her, she has to make a dangerous choice.


When I started reading Witchstruck, the first thing I noticed was the writing style. It was very poetic and it really seemed like it was written by someone in the 16th century, which isn’t easy. And even though I liked it, it took some getting used to. The story was good and obviously, Victoria did her research on that time. I liked the magic twist she gave it.

I also really liked the characters. Elizabeth is exactly like I imagined her to be and Meg is a really strong main character. I’m curious about what happens next with them. I was really invested and intrigued reading their story! And I liked the romance. Not gonna say more about it because of spoilers, but I liked it.

If you enjoy reading books in this genre, you should definitely give it a try! It’s well-written, well-developed and a very interesting story. I will read the other books in the series, for sure!

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About Victoria Lamb

Victoria Lamb grew up in the peaceful Isle of Man, benefiting from a vast library of books and a family of writers from which to take inspiration. She now lives with her own family in a three-hundred year old farmhouse on the fringes of Cornwall’s Bodmin Moor, where she walks most days and writes in a study overlooking fields of moorland ponies.

She has a serious addiction to Twitter, and invites other such addicts to chat with her there about books and nonsense.

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