Monday, July 17, 2017

The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol

The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol
Published by: Chicken House on July 25th, 2017
Genre: Fantasy and magic
Pages: 318
Source: Paperback
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Arianwyn has flunked her witch's assessment: She's doomed. Declared an apprentice and sent to the town of Lull in disgrace, she may never become a real witch-- much to the glee of her arch-rival, Gimma.
But remote Lull is not as boring as it seems. Strange things are sighted in the woods, a dangerous infestation of hex creeps throughout the town, and a mysterious magical visitor arrives with his eye on her. 
With every spirit banished, creature helped, and spell cast, Arianwyn starts to get the hang of being a witch--even if she's only an apprentice. But the worst still lies ahead. For a sinister darkness has begun to haunt her spells, and there may be much more at stake than just her pride . . . for Arianwyn and the entire land.

I read this book in a day, which means I didn't put it down except in between the tine I was taking my naps this weekend. It was a quick and fairly good read for me.

I really liked the magic aspect of this book, it made for a definite fun read. I did have an issue with the character building. I couldn't for the life of me connect on any level with any of the characters at any point. I have to keep in mind that this book is targeted with middle-grade readers in mind instead of a 21 year old, so it doesn't bother me as much as if it were targeted at my age group.

I also had an issue with the world-building because I couldn't exactly keep track in my head of where all these places were. A map would have been amazing, and considering how beautiful the page cover is, I expect a map to be the icing on the cake on this one.

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions herein are of my own and are not swayed by any outside factors.