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The Witches of Greenwitch by Katharina Gerlach

 

A mysterious stone magics book-rat Melissa to the world of Greenwitch where she meets fairy tale creatures that are not at all what she expected. Desperately, she looks for a way home and tries to ignore her past which pops up at the most inappropriate moments. At the same time, dangerous pursuers are at her heels getting closer by the minute.


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Listed: Jul 20, 2010

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Editor’s First Impression

By Linda Schoales, editor

Jul 19, 2010: The first chapter begins the quest for the mysterious, magical stone. A very young warrior is attending his Emperor with a mixture of awe and nervousness. The tone is formal, with a slightly Asian or Middle eastern flavour.

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The Witches of Greenwitch Review

By Shutsumon, author of Tales of the First

Jul 21, 2010: The Witches of Greenwitch is an illustrated fantasy novel written by Katharina Gerlach and illustrated by Eszter Bohus. It is currently at 20 chapters and according to the website the novel has 52 chapters in all. The story is being posted simultaneously in English and German. This review deals only with the English version as I don’t know much German.

Likes:

  1. It probably won’t surprise anyone that I’m a big fan of the fish out of water sub-genre of traditional fantasy. So the premise gets a big thumbs up.
  2. The “cover” and the illustrations are beautiful.
  3. The worldbuilding and backstory is well thought out.
  4. The main character is a typical selfish sullen teen, but basically a good kid with a core of inner strength and compassion that bodes well for her development.
  5. Both the antagonists have decent motivations. I like that.

Dislikes:

  1. The prose is sometimes a bit dry and the phrasing at times a little odd. I suspect both these flaws are down to English not being the author’s first language. This isn’t to say it’s bad just not the phrasing a native speaker would use, so it reads a little off.
  2. While the antagonists are well developed I felt that the way the motivations of one of them was revealed through exposition of his thoughts was less than ideal and could have been done better.
  3. The art may be gorgeous as I said above but the design of the site in general is kind of bland.

Verdict:

The Witches of Greenwitch is a good read even given its flaws. If you like the fish out of water genre it’s definately worth a try.

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