Release Date: August 30th, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
**I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
High in their mountain covens, red witches pray to the Goddess, protecting the Witchlands by throwing the bones and foretelling the future.
It’s all a fake.
At least, that’s what Ryder thinks. He doubts the witches really deserve their tithes—one quarter of all the crops his village can produce. And even if they can predict the future, what danger is there to foretell, now that his people’s old enemy, the Baen, has been defeated?
But when a terrifying new magic threatens both his village and the coven, Ryder must confront the beautiful and silent witch who holds all the secrets. Everything he’s ever believed about witches, the Baen, magic and about himself will change, when he discovers that the prophecies he’s always scorned—
Are about him.
So here’s the thing. Witchlanders wasn’t a bad book. The writing was, in fact, delectable. There were a lot of fantastic story elements and there was a lot of originality in the plot. The idea of the bone-throwing witches fascinated me. So did the Gormy Men.
No, the plot wasn’t where Witchlanders failed. I enjoyed that part. The plot gets four stars from me. The characters were where the story went wonky. Why? I found them extremely flat. They had no personality or emotions and that was a problem. They were not emotionally engaging, and as a result of that, neither was the story.
There was a war brewing between the Witchlanders and the Baen and it was up to Falpian and Ryder to make sure that didn’t happen. Yeah, I didn’t care. At all. I finished it because I kept hoping it would get better, that maybe it would pull me in and make me feel something, anything, in the end. It didn’t. And that’s okay. Not every book is for everybody.
There were a couple of scenes throughout the book that I found fascinating, like the ones in the tunnels and the ones with the Gormy Men. But other than that, I just felt kind of blah about the whole thing. I wish I had liked it,because I believe it had so much potential. But what it comes down to is this. I don’t think this was a matter of whether or not the book was good. I just think the book and myself just didn’t mesh well together.