Meg Lytton has always known of her dark and powerful gift. Raised a student of the old magick by her Aunt Jane, casting the circle to see visions of the future and concocting spells from herbs and bones has always been as natural to Meg as breathing. But there has never been a more dangerous time to practise the craft, for it is 1554, and the sentence for any woman branded a witch is hanging, or burning at the stake.
Sent to the ruined, isolated palace of Woodstock to serve the disgraced Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and half-sister of Queen Mary, Meg discovers her skills are of interest to the outcast princess, who is desperate to know if she will ever claim the throne. But Meg's existence becomes more dangerous every day, with the constant threat of exposure by the ruthless witchfinder Marcus Dent, and the arrival of a young Spanish priest, Alejandro de Castillo, to whom Meg is irresistibly drawn - despite their very different attitudes to her secret.
Thrilling and fast-paced, this is the first unputdownable story in a bewitching new series.
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Excellent read - an unexpected joy!
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, and only downloaded it as it was on offer, as is so often the case with the first of a series. Wow - what a great surprise! Supernatural/ witchcraft novels are not usually my choice, but this was a great read. The development of characters was well thought through, and I found myself quickly developing an empathy for Meg, and an understanding of how Elizabeth may have been during her exile from court. The historical details, and clever ways that we are given fictional viewpoints on real events made his book impossible to put down. I finished it in record time and went straight to download the other two books in the series. Hopefully this is not the last we will hear of Meg and Alejandro.