Welcome to my stop on ‘The Witching Elm’ by C.N. Crawford blog tour. This is a YA dark fantasy and the review tour runs February 2nd-13th. Check out the tour page for more information.
About the Book:
Seventeen-year-old sorcerer Toby Corvin has one desire: to get back to Maremount, a world of talking ravens, ancient spells, and sinister bone wardens. Not only to fight a tyrannical monster, but to reunite with his girlfriend.
After a brutal civil war forced Toby into our world, he took refuge in Mather Academy, blending in with the students in the prestigious boarding school. Sheltering in its creaky old walls, he secretly plots to save his home.
But if anything can distract him from his mission, it’s his wild-haired and intriguing classmate Fiona. Of course, she has her own distractions with Jack: rich, mysterious, and annoyingly attractive.
When a ghostly army from Maremount descends upon Boston, Toby and Fiona must work together, racing desperately to stop the slaughter. In the process, they face unspeakable danger while unearthing dark secrets of New England's past—a past that holds the key to saving both worlds from destruction.
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When I first read the book description of ‘The Witching Elm’ I immediately wanted to read this book. It sounded really amazing. Ancient spells, sorcerers, ghostly armies. This book just sounded like something for me. So when I heard I would be a part of ‘The Witching Elm’ blog tour I was super excited.
In ‘The Witching Elm’ we meet Toby, a seventeen year old sorcerer. Toby has fled his own world Maremount after a dark and evil men tried to burn down his city. Toby finds himself in Boston where he soon meets new friends. But all Toby really wants to is going back home to his father, friends and girlfriend. But soon evil seems to follow him to Boston and together with his new friends he tries to survive.
‘The Witching Elm’ is a totally different book than I first expected it to be. There are a lot of dark and terrible things happening in this book and it’s definitely not a book for the faint hearted. But I really enjoyed it. This story is from the beginning very original and intriguing. We meet Toby in his world Maremount and soon he needs to run for his life. There is no slow intro in this book. From the very first page there is action and I found myself intrigued with the magic, the powers, the ghosts and the legends. Not only is this book filled with action and magic, it almost feels like you’re getting a history lesson.
The characters are very enjoyable but somehow I feel like they are just a little extra. The powder on the cake! They are nice to read about, but the world and the magic in this book feel somehow way more important to me. I even felt myself hoping that there would be more talk about the history of King Philip and less about what the characters where up to.
Don’t get me wrong, Toby is a nice main character and his relationship with Fiona is really nice to read but the world C.N. Crawford created is just even more interesting.
What I meant in the beginning of this review about this book not being for the faint hearted, was the way this book has a lot of details about terrible deaths and I can imagine people being spooked about reading them. Not for me though. Because this book was not so soft and a little dark I liked it even more. I was definitely fascinated by all the different beings and magic.
I can definitely conclude that I really enjoyed this book. It was a wonderful read and never got boring. And the ending just makes you want to read more and more about Toby and Maremount.
About the Authors:
C.N. Crawford is not one person but two. Christine (C) grew up in the historic town of Lexington, and has a lifelong interest in New England folklore - with a particular fondness for creepy old cemeteries. Nick (N) spent his childhood reading fantasy and science fiction further north during Vermont’s long winters.
Together they work to incorporate real historical events and figures into contemporary urban fantasy novels.
This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.