Sunday, 4 December 2016

Book Review: Witch Wood by Melanie Karsak (The Harvesting #2.5)

Harm none, and be ready for zombies.

In the little town of Brighton, Amelia’s practice of Wicca makes her an outcast in school and the subject of disdain at home. But Amelia can’t change what she is. Knowing how to use herbs, see auras, and create spells comes naturally to her. Only Madame Knightly, the ancient matriarch and owner of Witch Wood Estate to whom Amelia plays caretaker, doesn’t seem to mind her conjoining. In fact, the library in the crumbling old mansion is full of old books and oddities.

However, when modern treatments fail to make a dent in the flu outbreak sweeping the globe, those who once ridiculed her white witchcraft turn to Amelia for help. While her eucalyptus tinctures prove no more effective than western medicine, her spell-casting is another matter. The residents of Brighton soon depend on the very magic they once ridiculed to save their lives. 

My Review: 
Amelia is a young witch, and spends her spare time earning college money looking after Madame Knightly at her peaceful Witch Wood estate. When the flu virus starts turning local people into zombies, Amelia realises that the only safe place for her and her friends is Witch Wood. But Amelia is not aware of all the secrets of her mentor and her home or how important a part they will play in the coming apocalypse.

This was a short novella in The Harvesting series which I very much enjoy. Amelia is a good character, kind and caring and with great magical potential. She starts learning her trade from her mentor Madame Knightly who has never revealed who or what she really is. If you have read The Shadow Aspect I think you can easily guess the truth about Madame Knightly. Amelia is going to have a lot of time on her hands over the winter to learn all those secrets and develop her skills ready to take her part in the zombie apocalypse and supernatural war. Out of her friends I think I like Zoey the best as she reminds me a bit of Cricket but there are no really awful characters. It makes a nice change to not want some of the cast to die!

This book is a bit slower than the others but there is still some nice zombie action to enjoy. It's difficult to actually say much about the book without posting spoilers as it is short and talking about the interesting parts would reveal everything! Let me just say that this book sets the scene for the last book in the series.  

Read February 2016.
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  1. This is completely new to me but it sounds like something that I would enjoy. Witches and zombies? I definitely would pick this up. Glad you enjoyed it.

    1. It's a good short story but it wouldn't make a lot of sense reading it out of the actual series. Book 1 and 1.5 follow different people who unite in book 2. Book 2.5 is set at the same time as book 2 and both books collide at the end of book 2.5 so everyone unites in book 3.