Okay, so, not going to lie… this book disappointed me.
I loved, loved, LOVED both Witchfall and Witchstruck, and I think they’re both worth reading if you’re after some quality YA historical fantasy. This third book just didn’t do it for me. It felt off; it didn’t contain a lot of the historical details I loved about the first two, and overall the writing just wasn’t as good.
Plot: Not nearly as fast-paced and suspenseful as the last two books. Marcus Dent, Top Villain, takes about half a book to show up, but all the while Meg keeps pointing things out that probably have to do with Marcus Dent, she’s pretty sure that was Marcus Dent, what if Marcus Dent is around? Except when things actually are Marcus Dent, she seems totally oblivious up to the moment that it’s too late to do anything about it. Drove me insane.
Characters: I just wasn’t sure what to make of the handful of new, random, seemingly quite important characters that made their debut in the third book. It has been a while since I read the first two, but I was blindsided–I would have been much more okay with their introduction if they had been mentioned in passing or hinted at in the last two books. As it was, it seemed like they were just thrown in there. Gilly Goodwife? Cecilie? Robert Dudley? (Who, yes, is a historical figure who has every right to be mentioned… but Lady Elizabeth is suddenly in love with him? What?)
The Love Triangle: Love triangles abound in YA literature, and I don’t always mind them, but this one just got on my nerves. It seemed forced, particularly since Meg thought she was so ugly that no man would ever want her, and yet she has THREE men vying for her attention the whole time (I mean, if you include Marcus Dent–which I guess would make this more of a weird square). Meg and Alejandro’s on-again-off-again, “I’m no good for you!” relationship just irritated me.
I can’t say how sorry I am that I can’t give a better review. I was so looking forward to this book and didn’t enjoy it much, but I really do believe that the first two books are still worth looking into if you’re at all interested in Tudor period fantasy. The conclusion wasn’t hugely satisfying, but the other two books do offer a page-turning adventure worth reading!