From Harlequin TEEN: In Tudor England, 1555, Meg Lytton has learned how powerful her magick gift can be. But danger surrounds her and her mistress, the outcast Princess Elizabeth. Nowhere is safe in the court of Elizabeth’s fanatical sister, Queen Mary. And as the Spanish Inquisition’s merciless priests slowly tighten their grip on the court, Meg’s very dreams are disturbed by the ever-vengeful witchfinder Marcus Dent.
Even as Meg tries to use her powers to find guidance, something evil arises, impervious to Meg’s spells and hungry to control England’s fate. As Meg desperately tries to keep her secret betrothed, the Spanish priest Alejandro de Castillo, out of harm’s way, caution wars with their forbidden desire. And with her most powerful enemy poised to strike, Meg’s only chance is a heartbreaking sacrifice.
Picking up when Witchstruck left off, Witchfall by Victoria Lamb (Harlequin TEEN) sees Meg Lytton serving Lady Elizabeth Tudor at Hampton Court. The young heir to the throne may not be in prison anymore, but she is still under the careful watch of her sister Queen Mary. Meg is on dangerous ground; not only is she a witch in a time when witchcraft was routed out with cruel torture and death, but she is secretly betrothed to Alejandro de Castillo, a priest-in-training made to assist the Spanish Inquisition staying at court. Now the chief inquisitor has Meg in his sights and if she doesn’t watch her step, all of her secrets will be dragged into daylight. Into fire. And to make matters worse, Meg has been having prophetic nightmares about Marcus Dent, the witchfinder she banished into oblivion…
Lamb has definitely found her stride in this second installment in the Tudor Witch Trilogy. It pushes the story of Meg further, building on what we know of her and her world and upping the stakes. There’s more magic, more sinister threats and more romance. It takes the romance that was simmering below the surface between Meg and Alejandro in Book 1 and really turns up the heat. I am curious to see which direction their relationship goes in the final book; Meg has some big life decisions to make ahead of her and I think she might surprise everyone, even herself.
I found the history threaded into this fantasy really engaging and loved that we got to see more of historical figures like John Dee, the astrologer Queen Elizabeth held in such favour. Through him, Meg learns more about the magick arts and her strength as a witch.
I really liked how dark this book got at times, especially with Señor Miguel de Pero, the chief Spanish Inquisitor at court. His treatment of Meg brought out a visceral reaction in me that sent shivers up my spine and had me gasping out loud in horror (you’ll know exactly which part that was when you get there).
Dark, romantic and historically fascinating, Witchfall kept me under its spell. I can’t wait to find out what happens to Meg next!
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (4/5 hearts)
Don’t forget to check out my review of the Witchstruck here!
Disclaimer: All opinions expressed in this review are my own.