Friday, September 16, 2011

Daisy's Review of Witchlanders by Lena Coakley

Title/Author: Witchlanders by Lena Coakley
Publisher/Date published: Atheneum, August 30th 2011
How I got this book: received it from the publisher as an egalley

Goodreads summary: "High in their mountain covens, red witches pray to the Goddess, protecting the Witchlands by throwing the bones and foretelling the future. It’s all a fake. At least, that’s what Ryder thinks. He doubts the witches really deserve their tithes — one quarter of all the crops his village can produce. And even if they can predict the future, what danger is there to foretell, now that his people’s old enemy, the Baen, has been defeated?
But when a terrifying new magic threatens both his village and the coven, Ryder must confront the beautiful and silent witch who holds all the secrets. Everything he’s ever believed about witches, the Baen, magic and about himself will change, when he discovers that the prophecies he’s always scorned —
Are about him."

YAY for Witchlanders! I LOVED Witchlanders! WOOHOO!

So, I got that out of my system, now on to the slightly more coherent part of this review ;)

I could tell you that it's been a LOOOONG time since I last had male main characters capture my heart like Ryder and Falpian did. I could tell you there's an AWESOME dog in it called Bodread the Slayer, who is more like a lapdog with very sharp teeth. I could tell you the intrigue and magic system are beyond brilliant.

But I could also tell you to just go and read the book.

Because, seriously, it was THAT amazing. I absolutely loved it, I cared deeply for all the characters and they've created a little place for themselves in my heart. Especially Bodread, I think he'd guard it quite nicely as well. I want to be friends with these characters, hug them when they're sad, sing with them.

The only problem I have with this book is that the author told me she's not sure there willl be a sequel. I NEED a sequel! I'm not done having adventures with Falpian and Ryder and would love to see the Bitterlands for myself. This SHOULD be a series.

This book here is why I love fantasy. Go read it.

My rating: 5 stars


  1. Well, okay then! Making an order card!

    The cover confuses me, though - I guess that's supposed to be the witch, but if the main character is male, it's a bit misleading. From your description it sounds like a book our male readers would like, but I don't know that they'd get past the somewhat romantic-looking cover. What do you think?

  2. Obviously, I have to go buy Witchlander asap, lol. :D Glad you liked it, I've seen it around, but that cover doesn't appeal to me at all, and I'm one of those people that, sadly, does judge books by their covers. But I'll definitely be picking it up! :)

  3. "This book is why I love fantasy."

    I thought the exact same thing when I finished Witchlanders! It did so many things right, and reminded me of why I love epic fantasy adventures. Glad you loved it!

  4. @ Ami: the cover is misleading, there is pretty much no romance in it. I'm thinking it would be perfect for both male and female readers if they can get past the cover ;)

    @Ashley: I know, the cover is meh, but the story is amazing!

    @Cecelia: SO glad you loved it as well!! YAY for epic fantasy! :)

  5. Wow, I'm really surprised that the author said there might not be a sequel! I thought this book was DEMANDING a sequel at the end. Like...what happens to Ryder and Falpian?! There are tons of unanswered questions!!

    I loved this book, too though! Yay!!

  6. @Lisa: I KNOW right! There SO needs to be a sequel! Glad you enjoyed it as well :)

  7. Hmm yet another good review of this book. Clearly, I am going to have to read it! :)

  8. I read this book because of you and loved it too. :-)


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