Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Witch's Salvation Blog Tour - REVIEW

The Witch's Salvation
By: Francesca Pelaccia

Genre: Fantasy
Publication date: 4.27.2013
Pages: 388

Date read: 5.5.2014
Recommended by: Read 2 Review

Summary: A witch who demands humanity.

The immortal families who denied her of it.

Two mortals commanded to right the wrong.

That is the fate of the urban princess Anasztasia and the renegade prince Matthias, born shockingly mortal to two immortal families.  If they go back in time and restore the witch's humanity, she will grant them immortality.  She will also break a 550 year-old curse that imprisons Matthias's family in their ancestral homeland and exiles Anasztasia's family from it.

But to make their lives their own, the heirs must return to the most dangerous day in their families' past, Easter Sunday, 1457.  This is the day Vlad III, aka Dracula, massacred all nobles and their families involved in the death of his father and older brother.

How can Anasztasia and Matthias reverse the past when their families will not speak of their wrongs?  How can they refuse when the witch owns their lives?

An expansive and immersive fantasy novel, The Witch's Salvation takes readers on a remarkable journey through immortality, time travel, family curses and one of history's most nefarious figures.

My thoughts

What an interesting storyline - a witch; an ancient curse; two families (and their followers) immortalized and "trapped," one side to never enter Wallachia again, the other side never to leave; and Vlad III.  When the witch ("Strigoaic") sends Matthias (and his friend Alex) to kidnap Anasztasia, they had no idea who she was - or what their actions were starting.  Now they are being forced to marry (on the witch's orders) to release their families after over 500 years - and neither are happy.

The Strigoaic had given them another option, marriage being an afterthought - go back in time to Easter Sunday, 1457, the day the Strigoaic's family had been killed, the day the curse began.  The challenge: Bring her back the Golden Cup.  Would that be better than a forced marriage?  They end up not having a choice.

The adventure is definitely exciting and the story of all that happened, in the past and in the present, was incredible and well-written.  I want to know more about these families, more about these characters - and plan to read anything else that this author puts out.  This story was definitely unique.

Favorite line: She was entitled to a diva fit of royal proportions.

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