Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton

Witch Finder (Witch Finder #1)

  • By Ruth Warburton
  • Editions: paperback, ebook
  • Published: January 2nd 2014 by Hodder Children’s Books
  • Genre: Young Adult Historical / Paranormal
  • Source: NetGalley
  • In a Flutter: fun witch read
  • rating-system3

    London. 1880. In the slums of Spitalfields apprentice blacksmith Luke is facing initiation into the Malleus Maleficorum, the fearsome brotherhood dedicated to hunting and killing witches.
    Luke’s 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 knows that tonight will change his life forever. But when he picks out sixteen-year-old Rosa Greenwood, Luke has no idea that his task will be harder than he could ever imagine.
    ~ Goodreads

    Amazon | Book Depository

    Fluttering Thoughts:

    Worldbuilding: My favorite part of the novel, the historical London with magic elements was charming without overdoing it – there’s such a thing as worldbuilding overkill sometimes, and I’m glad to say it didn’t happen here.
    Characters:Rosa was adorable, and I loved her as soon as the story started. I mean, she’s an animal lover, has good solid principles and keeps trying to do the right thing while going through the age-specific flutters (gorgeous Sebastian would give anyone a flutter if they wouldn’t know him). I can’t say I was emotionally connected with Rosa though, we didn’t really click though I liked her.
    Luke was nice, but I can’t say I was overwhelmed by his charm. Again, he was a good guy, tried to cope with what happened when he was a kid by trying to do what he thought was best at time, all the time. I liked him, but I wasn’t into him or the Rosa/Luke thing either.
    I will mention that I found Sebastian charming to begin with, in fact the most charming character of the novel – until the dog moment. When you read this, you’ll know what I mean. I hated his guts but without passion from there on, and hence the only charismatic character (for me) was lost.
    I had no favorite character, though I liked (or hated) many if not all of them. I will say that perhaps one of the things that kept my enthusiasm at bay was this sort of clear-line demarcation between good/bad guys. I don’t like clear lines, more of a blurred lines fan myself. But if you do like clear lines, you’ll love this story.
    Plot: The story was fun, engaging and I particularly loved the whole factory tangent there at the end (cause I’m a sucker for righting wrongs, or at least trying). I felt events had the slightly slower rhythm I expect out of historical reads (different perception of time back in the day, ever notice that?), which I loved.
    Writing: Third person narrative, Rosa and Luke’s POV. I loved the authentic, different voices of the characters and the classic-beauty-like air of the writing style.
    Curb Appeal: Gorgeous cover, very tempting buy on that alone. Hooking blurb, definite impulse-buy material for a witch mood.

    All in all, this was a good read but it didn’t get my heart pumping. If you’re into Young Adult historical reads with a touch of magic and good writing, do give this a try.


    4 thoughts on “Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton

      1. Livia Post author

        Thanks, Michelle!
        This might be a very fun read, give it a shot if you haven’t already 😀

    1. terribruce

      Good review! What I find interesting is that the cover (which is totally gorgeous!) shows a girl, but the back cover blurb is all about a boy (Luke), and you mention Sebastian in your review, but he’s not mentioned in the back cover blurb. I think you review gives a much better sense o of the book than the book’s cover and description do!

      1. Livia Post author

        Thanks, Terri!
        I would have mentioned Sebastian to give a better sense of the story too, now that I think about it. I mean he is important, there’s a bit of a triangle going on for a while there, he’s definitely someone I would have mentioned.
        But maybe that’s just us 😀


    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    CommentLuv badge