#65 – Witchlanders – Lena Coakley

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 face 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. – Publishers Website

I liked this book, let me just say that right off the bat.  I was skeptical at first.  The first time I had started to read the book, I put it down (and nearly abandoned it).  I’m usually not a fan of witch/zombie type books, but this one was interesting.

I like the premise of a teenager/adult wanting to leave his home for the sea, or at least that is where he wants to be.  But when his father dies, he is pretty much forced to stay and be the man of the house so to speak.  Then, the unimaginable happens – his mother foresees the future, the town/village they live in is attacked by some sort of fierce magic powers, his family has to  go to safety, he needs to find a way to keep them safe.  He meets a young man not much older than he is, they have different ideals based on their upbringing, but they are twins in a sense.  This is where the adventure begins.

I believe that there are three books in this series by Simon and Schuster’s Imprint Atheneum  Books for Young Readers.  I liked the writing of Lena, I hope to read the other books in this series.  I hope in the next 2 books that there is more of the same if not better in terms of the plot and storyline ( no pressure honest!)  And of course of where the main characters finally carry out in this tale.

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