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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Book Review - The Witch's Salvation by Francesca Pelaccia

Book Review
The Witch's Salvation
by Francesca Pelaccia

Book Description
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?

The Witch’s Salvation is a time-travel fantasy weaved around myth, historical fact, and a whole lot of creative license.

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About the Author
Francesca Cesario Pelaccia grew up in Toronto, Canada, and went to the University of Toronto, where she studied English literature. She started her working career moving in and out of teaching and corporate editing and publishing before settling on teaching adults English as a Second Language. 

The Witch’s Salvation is Francesca’s first published novel. She has many other manuscripts in various stages of completion and genres gathering dust on her bookshelves. But it was not until The Witch’s Salvation that she “found her voice”. Francesca lives just outside Toronto with her family. She is working on the second book of the Witch’s trilogy, entitled, The Witch’s Monastery.

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Our Book Review
I enjoyed the whole aspect of the story, for me it reminded me of a grown up version of a fairy tale with a prince, a princess, a witch along with the myths and legends. I still think fondly back to the story now, long after finishing it.  Fantasy isn't my normal type of genre and this may be the reason why I felt that I had to concentrate while reading the story, keeping track of who was who and the events occurring, going backwards a number of times.

The author has done a tremendous job with the writing and planning of this story, the characters are so likable and the descriptive text gives you the full insight you need.

The story follows a clever and deceptive witch, trapped in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania for centuries due to greed and power struggles of others, she cursed two noble families who she believes robbed her of her humanity, one imprisoned to their homeland of Wallachia and the other exiled from it forever, both families were then made immortal apart from their last born, a prince and a princess.

The prince and princess are the key to release both their families from the curse and to help the witch on her mission but to do so and become immortal themselves they must enter the past to the dreaded battle on Easter Sunday that killed so many or the other option given is to marry which will remove the curse but they will stay mortal.  Neither want to marry, both are young and want to be independent and live their own lives but know what is at stake for their families.

The story follows their many adventures as they fight against a powerful prince and his men, their grandfather's centuries old battles for power, injustices and help the clan of people they meet along the way who were entrusted with a highly powerful legendary lost crown, golden cup and scepter and the stones that is believed to have the power of birth, life and death, wanted by the prince who will do anything to obtain them.

A highly imaginative story from the author that has plenty of good twists to the story as you learn the secrets to their past.
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  1. I also loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a fairy tale read every once in a while!!

  2. This one sounds really good. Now i must know what happens when they go back. Arggh, must add to reading list.. now. Thanks for sharing, awesome!

  3. This sounds like such a great read! I love witch stories since now the new Lifetime show about East End witches came out. will definitely look out for this!


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