Sunday, October 21, 2012

Review: The Last Witch by Debbie Dee

Title: The Last Witch
Author: Debbie Dee
Publisher: Dolce Books
Release Date: 12th September 2012
Find on: Goodreads, Amazon

Quick Review: For generations the Incenaga Witches have been forced to use their power to fulfill the wishes of others until they are drained of their magic and left to die. Desperate to protect his infant daughter - the last surviving witch - Emmeline’s father escapes with her to the forests where he vows to keep her hidden from the world and from the truth. 

Sixteen years later, Emmeline is discovered and finds herself in the grip of a traitor who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, even if it means abusing her power until she dies. As she fights to regain her freedom she is faced with a choice between a prince who offers a lifetime of security and a common gamekeeper who has no idea of her power, but offers his heart. 

But who can she trust when her power can be used against her?

Detailed Review:  I honestly liked the storyline, truly liked it because it was just too good to stay away from. I love the cover, which is especially lovely!

The story starts with Emmeline Durandi complaining that she's bored and lonely but then she hears a sound from outside her isolated house in Pamizak. It's the thunder of horses' hooves. Her father, who had been with her, immediately goes into a frenzy and starts packing things, which astonishes Emmeline because why would he do that if there were visitors coming?

Unless they weren't.

It appears that it is also a group of King's men from Dolmerti that have come to fetch their princess-to-be back to where their Crown Prince was waiting to marry her. But it turns out that he has gone on a trip and won't be back for a week or two.

It turns out that her father had signed a betrothal agreement which already decided Emmeline's fate for her. Also, her father was the king of Pamizak. Unbelievable.

When Emmeline is brought back to Dolmerti against her will, she starts to discover a plot to start a war between the two countries that she is in between in. She herself as a witch finds herself powerless as a man repeatedly tries to be her master. Being the last of the Incenagas, she wasn't going to let herself be enslaved until her power is used so she resists, though not without suffering for it.

How do you own an Incenaga witch anyways? 

Answer is you have to be brave enough to stare into the witch's eyes when it holds the light of a thousand lights. If you can do that, she's all yours. 

In one of Emmeline's adventures, she meets a handsome gamekeeper, Erick who she finds herself at ease with because of his crooked smile and his never-ending humor. Their relationship starts to develop into something more, more than they could ever imagine...

Meanwhile, she also meets Prince Weldon, the Crown Prince's younger brother, and finds him in desperately in love with her, which she couldn't accept. Not without being disgusted and confused by it.

But meetings with the King also manages to lighten up her moods since he's probably the smartest King I've ever known. Not to mention the humor and optimism he possesses despite his blindness.

Now to shock you out of your seat, Prince Weldon has turned out to be the traitor, the person who has been planning to start a war between Dolmerti and Pamizak, not Mahlon, the King's most trusted knight. 

The plot involves Emmeline murdering the Crown Prince on their wedding night, which would certainly cause an outburst in Dolmerti. And even Emmeline herself can't say no, since she's already lost her own battle with the person who's trying to own her. 

But one person she could never imagine saves her from what she has to do. Erick. You wouldn't believe this if I tell you now but I won't keep the truth from you longer.


I'm sure your mouths should be open with shock now. But I'll excuse that. So yeah... Emmeline ends up getting married to the person she loves. Happily ever after. There's going to be a sequel though... So I just can't wait to see how her fate will turn out after she's married!

Best witch's book ever!

Brief Review: The plot was good and I liked the setting. The boring parts, which were actually quite rare, were excusable after I read some good parts of the book. Some descriptions were quite vivid and they easily got stuck in my mind. The cover though, was what got me drooling the most!

Final Rating: 4/5 'Really Liked It'

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