Friday, 11 October 2013

Book Review - The Witch's Salvation by Francesca Pelaccia

Hello all! I have something totally new and different for you today. My second love - reading. I have a wonderful book called The Witch's Salvation by Francesca Pelaccia to share with you today.

The Blurb

A witch who demands humanity.

The immortal families who denied her of it.

Two mortals commanded to right the wrong.

That is the fate of the urban princess Anasztasia and the renegade prince Matthias, born shockingly mortal to two immortal families. If they go back in time and restore the witch’s humanity, she will grant them immortality. She will also break a 550 year-old curse that imprisons Matthias’s family in their ancestral homeland and exiles Anasztasia’s family from it.

But to make their lives their own, the heirs must return to the most dangerous day in their families’ past, Easter Sunday, 1457. This is the day Vlad III, aka Dracula, massacred all nobles and their families involved in the death of his father and older brother.

How can Anasztasia and Matthias reverse the past when their families will not speak of their wrongs? How can they refuse when the witch owns their lives?

The Witch’s Salvation is a time-travel fantasy weaved around myth, historical fact, and a whole lot of creative license.

My Review

So you've already read the gist of what the books about - so I'll give you a bit more information about what its like to read.

Pelaccia pays particular detail to the description of characters and as you read through the book, it pieces together bits of their past to give you a fuller picture of who the characters are and what made them become who they are. This really helps you identify with the characters and turns the book into a real page turner - it keeps you reading wanting to find out more about each of the characters. I really loved both the main characters in the book - you identify with them and their situation straight away and it makes you want to find out more.

The chapters are at times quite lengthy and often end with a cliffhanger - this is somewhat a good and bad thing, especially if you want to put the book down (or don't want to.. but have to!) and also because it's so frustrating that you get to the end of a chapter and oh NO! Can't possibly stop reading here because the cliffhanger just makes you need to keep reading. 

The only thing I would mention is that at times, some phrases can be confusing - at times I have had to go back and reread to check I really got what was meant. Also throughout the book there are some mentions of things that leave you wondering - they're not tied up. I hope the case is that this will be answered in another book!

I would recommend this for anyone who likes a mix of fantasy intertwined with history - there are some great snippets that have been picked and written into the book that makes it a truly enjoyable read.

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Francesca Cesario Pelaccia grew up in Toronto, Canada, and went to the University of Toronto, where she studied English literature. She started her working career moving in and out of teaching and corporate editing and publishing before settling on teaching adults English as a Second Language. 

The Witch’s Salvation is Francesca’s first published novel. She has many other manuscripts in various stages of completion and genres gathering dust on her bookshelves. But it was not until The Witch’s Salvation that she “found her voice”. Francesca lives just outside Toronto with her family. She is working on the second book of the Witch’s trilogy, entitled, The Witch’s Monastery.

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed the main characters too in the book and their adventures x


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