Here is the summary of the book:
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 practise 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.
Circa 1554, Tudor England, and definitely not a good time for witches and the young adult paranormal twist....... a paradise for book lovers of the particular genre.
Lady Elizabeth is held prisoner at a surly estate by her sister Mary on the charges of her not being a Catholic and our protagonist, Meg Lytton is her maid. She is an apprentice witch under her Aunt Jane and both well versed in the art of casting a circle and deducing the future of their Lady. But evading greedy witch finders, rebels and the Spanish Inquisition is also on the agenda but love...... now that is nor something that can be evaded easily can it.....
Set around the most famous of royal courts with all its opulence, the secrets and conspiracies, another the coming of the handsome handsome Spanish priest..... love may definitely be on the horizon but whose to say we be denied the pleasure of the feminine charms, the late night forays into the unknown and the pure sense of adventure with a strong and dynamic cast.
Meg Lytton, as the historical genre would allow makes for an interesting and strong protagonist. She is very determined to see the Lady Elizabeth on the English throne and very loyal to the cause and to friends and family as well. Time and time again she has proven her worth.... You would also not want yourself on her bad side you know.
Alejandro. He is one swoon-worthy Spaniard. Complete with the looks and the accent, her is a guaranteed on my book boyfriends list. We see a strong sense of dedication in his action and the impulse to the right even if they go against his teachings.
The romance as according to the setting is appropriately light and subtle. But the off charts romantic tension prevalent throughout the book between these two is sure to elicit goosebumps in us. Enough to make us edge towards the seat end in anticipations of "that" moment..... because you know it is about to happen sometime. And Victoria Lamb does not disappoint at all.....
Brilliantly done with a fast paced plot, coupled with the elegance of the Tudor court, the chase to evade the witchfinder, Marcus Dent, the burgeoning rebellion, and the meaning of the future hidden within the stars..... Both Meg and Alejandro have their hands full and not to mention their own feelings added in this mix.... And the author presents it in a well balanced plot with a sweet and passionate ending with promises of more in 'Witchfall'.
"A marvelous journey into Tudor England, with the right mix of history, witchcraft, adventure and romance"