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30 August 2021

Book Review: The Spellworker by Victoria Lamb *AD gifted

I was provided with a free ebook of The Spellworker by Victoria Lamb ahead of the blog tour.

I have to admit to one thing straight away - I freaking love Victoria Lamb. Her Tudor Witch series is one of my favourites, so I was very excited to see a new YA fantasy release.

The Spellworker by Victoria Lamb book cover

Book One in a rich and suspenseful YA fantasy adventure series, from the author of the award-winning WITCHSTRUCK. Perfect for fans of Holly Black, Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo.

Princess Fiamma is the girl with the serpent tattoos, born to guard the Book of Tongues, a magical text nobody living knows how to read.

Raised in royal privilege, it’s a shock when the Citadel comes under attack and Fiamma is forced to flee in disguise with the Book of Tongues. Her only companion is Hurth, a handsome but surly soldier who doesn’t bother to hide his contempt for a ‘spoilt princess’.

A time when reading is forbidden, and books are dangerous

Fiamma may be spoilt but she knows her duty. She must not allow the Book to fall into the evil hands of the Spellworker, whose powerful magic can kill with a single word.

A perilous journey through occupied territories

Together, she and Hurth must search for a mysterious place where the Book has always been taken in times of danger. But worse than Hurth’s disdain and the hardships of the journey are her own deepest fears about the Book, which has started whispering to her in the night, teaching her how to read it...

Is the Book turning her into a Spellworker too?

As she faces her destiny, and learns the true meaning of the serpent tattoos she bears, Fiamma has to decide how far she'll go to protect the Book's secrets.

A compelling tale of Good versus Evil in a world where what you see is definitely not what you get.

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Source: Blog Tour | Review Copy

5 Word Review: Duty, responsibility, danger, magic, secrets.

Oh Victoria Lamb, how I have missed you.

This YA fantasy was exactly what I needed.

The setting is vaguely historical, in the sense that you couldn't pin it down to any certain period that we would know. As a fantasy world I loved the depth, the differences between the settlers in the citadel that Fiamma was used to and the more nomadic people she came across.

The writing is alive with detail - by the end of the first chapters, my own muscles and feet ached, I could feel the hunger and exhaustion of the main characters. Warning: this book will make you hungry. Whether it's Fiamma and Hurth sharing bread or a tribe of nomads sharing spiced meats and sweets, you will be drooling. 

I love Fiamma - I think she was brilliantly complex and I especially loved how she was unafraid of pushing herself. The back and forth between her and Hurth was excellent, and it filled my heart with glee every time she exceeded his expectations. She was definitely a lot tougher than everyone else though, and sassy with it too.

This book has it all - magic, adventure, danger, and a tantalising slow burn that will have you rooting for the main characters. It is perfectly woven together and feels almost epic in scale.

I have to say that as much as I raced through this book, and it's around 350 pages, it felt much longer. There is so much packed into the story, so much going on, that it was easy to get lost alongside the characters. Their journey is epic and dangerous and the pace is almost breakneck. I'm almost exhausted, but in the best of ways.

And after that ending? I'm going to need more, thanks.

I couldn't deny it; my life had changed out of all recognition since Hurth and I had left the citadel.

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Historical and YA paranormal author of the RNA award-winning novel WITCHSTRUCK, Victoria Lamb is addicted to the supernatural, and on dark nights has been known to sneak out and howl at the moon. She also writes thrillers as Jane Holland, and other fiction as Betty Walker, Elizabeth Moss and Beth Good, among others. Victoria's most recent novel is THE SPELLWORKER, first in a fab new YA epic fantasy series called THE BOOK OF TONGUES.

1 comment:

  1. Woohoo, I bloomin' love this review!!! Thank you so much, Cora! xxxxx (Jane/Victoria)


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