Today I’m sharing my review for To Snare a Witch by Jay Raven as part of the blog tour arranged by Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources who I have to thank for the invite.
About the book
A chilling historical tale of lust, sorcery and devastating revenge.
No female dares spurn the lecherous advances of Sir Henry Cruttendon, 17th Century England’s most reviled nobleman. To do so risks a retribution that would terrify the Devil himself.
But Elizabeth Fiennes is no ordinary woman, blessed with stunning beauty, intelligence and guile. Coming from an influential family, she believes she is safe.What she doesn’t understand is that the Earl is determined to satisfy his lust at any cost and plans to use the wave of witch trials, fear and superstition sweeping the countryside to force her into his clutches.
And as he springs his malicious trap it triggers a chain of unholy events plunging hunter and prey into a maelstrom of deceit, terror and depravity – leaving them both staring into the face of true evil…
I’ve sat and and re-wrote this review so many times now because I keep wanting to say something that may give too much away and I really don’t want to spoil the book for anyone. It may be a novella but it’s jam packed and a thoroughly good blooming read.
I’ll start off with the cover, I can honestly say it gives me the heebie jeebies and I have to add that’s a good thing.
Set in the 17th century the story begins with Thomas and Matthew who claim to be witch hunters and are making quite a good living from it. When a witch is found she is dropped onto the river and if she sinks or floats determines whether she really is a witch or not but are Thomas and Matthew genuine?
Sir Henry Cruttendon is a feared nobleman and has his sights set on the beautiful Elizabeth who has rebuffed his advances which is guaranteed to be detrimental to her future happiness.
Each character came to life in this story, whether they were likeable, loathsome or fearsome they all had a voice within the pages which I was pleasantly surprised about. It can often take a good while to get the feel for characters so the author has done a fab job in this novella.
I honestly thought I had an idea where the story was going to take me at the beginning but I was wrong, so wrong and there were many twists and turns I certainly didn’t see coming.
I really enjoyed this story, it’s fantastically written, it’s enthralling and has really given me a taste and need to read more from Jay Raven.
Certainly a story I’ll be recommending and I’m looking forward to reading more from Jay Raven soon.
Catch up with the tour