Book Review: Witchy by Ariel Slamet Ries

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Extremely interesting plot but a slower start than I would have liked.

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In the Kingdom of Hyalin, the length of your hair determines the strength of your magic. Those with powerful magic skills have the privilege of serving in the King’s guard, but if at any point your magic is determined to be too powerful, you are eliminated. This event is known as a witch burning.

Nyneve has no interest in serving the kingdom that murdered her father when she was just a child. When her time comes and she’s chosen to serve, she makes a dangerous choice–one that may cost not only her life, but also the lives of everyone she’s ever loved.

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Review (No Spoilers)

I probably would have never read Witchy if I hadn’t gotten it in an OwlCrate box earlier this year. I hardly ever pick up graphic novels unless I’m rereading manga from middle school, and I am very picky about comic art to the point where I’ll be forced to DNF books that I would have otherwise enjoyed. When I first started reading Witchy, I noticed right away that I wasn’t a huge fan of the art style, so I was very surprised by how much I ended up enjoying the book regardless.

The premise of a possibly corrupt government is literally always up my alley so once I figured out that this plays a key role in Nyneve’s story, I was quite sure I was going to like this book. My biggest issue was that by the end, I felt like nothing substantial actually happened. This is something that I have trouble with in a lot of first installments of series because they have the tough job of setting up backstory. I just wish that the novel had either been longer or focused more on one thing rather than moving around so much. A lot of different characters were introduced in a short amount of time so I don’t quite know much about any of them.

I am still very interested to see where Ariel Slamet Ries takes this story, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for the next installment. I hope that some of my questions get answered soon!

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