Sunday, April 28, 2013

Book Review: Hammer of Witches

TITLE: Hammer of Witches
AUTHOR: Shana Mlawski
PUBLISHED: April 2013 (review the same month it came out! Go me!)
CATEGORY: Middle-Grade/YA (kind of somewhere in between, but it's marketed as middle-grade from what I see)
GENRE: Historical Fantasy, adventure
PREMISE: Baltasar always thought the stories his grandfather told about demons were just that: stories. But when he gets thrown into the path of the Spanish Inquisition, he learns the stories are very real.
MY REVIEW: Hammer of Witches is one of those books that will appeal to some people, but probably to others. It's a historical fantasy quest story basically. The book takes place during the Spanish Inquisition and it goes into a lot of the history during this period. You can really tell, the author did her research and it helps make the book all the more vivid. I'm telling you people: research matters. Don't let anyone try and tell you it doesn't matter in YA. It totally does.
I will say, some of the dialogue confused me. I felt the characters sounded way to modern for people living in the 1400s but considering the way they did speak it's probably just as well. If you're a fan of romance, this probably won't appeal to you. Other then flirting with a girl, most of it is focused on Baltasar's quest, which it should be because it is a pretty big quest.
If you're in the mood for something different with your historical fantasy, I definitely suggest that you try this one. This book is an example of why I hang my head whenever people try to say YA/Middle-grade fantasy is all the same.
WHO SHOULD READ: Historical Fantasy fans, boys, historical fiction fans
MY RATING: Four out of Five demons

Many thanks to the publisher for providing me with the eARC on Net Galley.


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