Narrator: Lynn Norris
Series: The Witch's Ambitions Trilogy #1
Published by Self Published / Indie on 9 January 2018
Length: 10 hrs 20 mins
Genres: Epic Fantasy, Fantasy, Mystery/Thriller, Psychological, Suspense, Young Adult
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The Council is the governing Coven over the Land of Five, a region entirely inhabited and split apart by witches with varying powers. Lilith Lace, a witch thought to be born powerless, happily resides in Ignis, the Coven of Fire, until she suddenly develops telekinesis, an ability only seen in some witches born in Mentis, the Coven of the Mind.
When the Council finds out about her odd development, she's taken under their wing and is finally told the truth.... Everything she's learned about the Land of Five, herself included, have been nothing but lies.
I love a good witch story and was eager to listen to this when I read the blurb, and while I thoroughly enjoyed it, there was a few things that bothered me, which is why it’s not a five-star read.
The plot was slow to build. It’s centered on Lilith Lace who lives in Ignis, they are the coven of Fire. When she was young, she was horribly burned in an accident with fire and it’s affected her leg and her life ever since. She believed her parents and didn’t question things. Lilith wasn’t showing any signs of having magic and thought she would be one of the powerless, that is until she suddenly develops Telekinesis. But that ability is usually only seen in people who are part of the Mentis Coven, the coven of the mind. How can a girl from Ignis, have a power that only people in Mentis can have? But it doesn’t stop there, Lilith has more questions when she seems to be targeted by a rogue group of witches and is recruited to be one of the Council.
The main thing that bothered me with this book was the fact that we don’t get a lot of information on the Land of Five and the breakdown of the covens. I wanted to know more about each coven and their abilities. It also lacks tenseness, when they are trying to find the answers, I felt like there should have been more about it. They seemed to spend no time in each coven before they went on their way. There was no real sense of danger when there should have been. Other than that, I loved the plot. It was entertaining and kept my attention till the end!
I pretty much loved all the characters. The author spent a lot of time on character development, which showed because they were all well written. We find out bit by bit about Lilith and who she is. She is so uncertain of herself, what with her disability and the fact that her powers seem unreliable, yet she is also feisty and brave, which we see when she is taken and made part of the Council against her will! She was such an easy to like character and was probably why I liked the book as much as I did.
The council, of course, are a shady bunch of witches. All Lilith knows is what she has grown up listening to, but now that she is to become one of them, she starts to see that they aren’t what she thought. I loved the idea of the Sage and what she is. I’m actually really looking forward to the next one to get more information on the council and the rogue group, I feel that now the world building is done in this book, we can concentrate on the nitty-gritty details!!
In all, this was a great read. I was delighted that the author chose to focus on the world and character building and not on romance! It was a pleasant change from some of the other YA books I’ve read. I feel like I like Lilith more for the fact she is so intent on getting answers and doesn’t swoon at the first sight of a boy!! Filled with some awesome characters, great word building, lies, deceit and betrayal, it’s one I can recommend to all.
This is my first time listening to this narrator, and it definitely won’t be my last! Lynn Norris was brilliant. She had plenty of tones and voices for the characters and really put her all into bringing them alive. Her inflections were spot on and the world came alive under her narration. I will have to check out more from her. There was no problem with the production quality.
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