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Witch Born

by Nicholas Bowling

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It is 1577 and one month ago Alyce's mother was burnt at the stake as a witch, and Alyce escaped from the witchfinders using her own poorly understood powers, only to be locked up in Bedlam; now another pair has come for her, only they seem different (and a lot easier to escape), and with the help of an innkeeper and a boy, Alyce sets out to find out about her mother's mysterious past--and finds herself in the middle of both a political war between rival queens, and a supernatural war, and not really sure which side she is on.… (more)
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Alyce's mother has been executed for witchcraft and now Alyce is in Bedlam. A opportunity arises so Alyce can escape, but she finds herself in London at the time of two rival queens.

There were lots of elements to this story that I enjoyed. Firstly the historical setting of London with the two queens, Elizabeth and Mary of Scots. Throw witchcraft into the mix and I'm all for it.

For me however the story is YA, and I find I don't always get on with it too well. Alyce is finding herself in all sorts of situations and I found her running around London like Nancy Drew. This isn't a bad thing and it's not the book at fault, I just find YA too young for me.

The story did have some interesting parts and it did have a little twist. I found the plot of the story interesting but did find I was skipping a few pages here and there to get to the best parts. First half of the book was very good but I found the middle section a little flat and then the end picked up. Overall an ok read but I had high expectations. ( )
  tina1969 | Feb 17, 2019 |
With both fictitious characters and those based on real historical characters (including Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots), this is a creatively imagined twist on the history of witchcraft in 16th Century England.

The main character, Alyce, is thrown into a dangerous adventure when her mother is hunted down and burned at the stake. Evading the witch hunters, coming to understand what she really is, and unraveling the mystery related to her birth, keeps Alyce reeling through the entire book.

This is a fast paced read that blends historical facts with fantasy and magic. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to readers young and old. ( )
  cathishaw | Jan 13, 2019 |
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It is 1577 and one month ago Alyce's mother was burnt at the stake as a witch, and Alyce escaped from the witchfinders using her own poorly understood powers, only to be locked up in Bedlam; now another pair has come for her, only they seem different (and a lot easier to escape), and with the help of an innkeeper and a boy, Alyce sets out to find out about her mother's mysterious past--and finds herself in the middle of both a political war between rival queens, and a supernatural war, and not really sure which side she is on.

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