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The River Witch #1
Published by Self-Published on November 25, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Prime/Kindle Unlimited
The Kingdom of Faerie has been sleeping for centuries, through the ages of iron and metal and glass. But now technology has failed, the digital world is over and, finally, something has disturbed the fae from slumber…
Or should I say someone?
Tabitha didn’t mean to start it all. She didn’t know what it was that she interrupted when she stumbled across the ritual in the woods. But that night everyone felt something shift, when she unleashed a force so powerful that it echoed across worlds…
Now the little folk have begun wreaking havoc, something old and terrible has woken up in the river, and a mysterious thief has come looking for Tabitha.
Forced to leave her village in search of the fabled Iron City, home to the only humans who still have any memory of the fae, Tabitha’s only guide to this strange new world is A Compendium of Faerie, a book of fairytales left to her by her mother.
Will a simple book of stories be enough to defend Tabitha against this new world of magic?
The River Witch is the first in a new fairytale-inspired fantasy series set in post-technology Britain.
Anyone who’s spoken to me in late December 2018 (yes, yes, it’s 2020 and this review is up a year and some months later shhh) will know I’ve been having loads of awful reading luck, and I’m sorry to say The River Witch is a book that fell into that bad reading hole.
Like all books, I enter a book hoping that I will enjoy the book at the very least, if not adding it to my favorites. Helena Rookwood’s novel is an interesting premise with the faerie world colliding with the mortal world after Tabitha stumbles across a ritual. The River Witch sounds like adventure and magic with a little faerie mischief mixed in.
But despite the sounds of adventure, magic and mischief, The River Witch disappointed me greatly, and I called it quits at 33% through. While some of the aspects were interesting, there were more negatives than positives for me. Much of the first 8 chapters that I managed to get through is an info dump that is full of description. There’s maybe 2% of dialogue included on top of what feels like awkward writing. There’s the occasional action, but then we go back into description mode and eventually, I lost interest in The River Witch entirely.