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The House Witch: A Humorous Romantic Fantasy Kindle Edition
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A heartwarming and humorous blend of fantasy, romance, and mystery featuring a witch with domestic powers and the royal household he serves . . . dinner.
When Finlay Ashowan joins the staff of the King and Queen of Daxaria, he’s an enigma. No one knows where he comes from or how he came to be where he is, which suits Fin just fine. He’s satisfied simply serving as the royal cook, keeping nosy passersby out of his kitchen, and concocting some truly uncanny meals.
But Fin’s secret identity doesn’t stay hidden for long. After all, it’s not every day a house witch and his kitten familiar, Kraken, take to meddling in imperial affairs. As his powers are gradually discovered by the court, Fin finds himself involved in a slew of intrigues: going head-to-head with knights with less-than-chivalrous intentions, helping to protect the pregnant queen, fending off the ire of the royal mage, and uncovering a spy in the castle. And that’s only the beginning—because Fin’s past is catching up with him just as his love life is getting complicated . . .
Filled with fascinating characters, courtly intrigue, political machinations, delicious cuisines, cuddly companions, magical hijinks, and will-they-won’t-they romance, The House Witch is the first in a captivating new series, guaranteed to satisfy the tastes of any reader.
The first volume of the hit romantic-fantasy series—with more than a million views on Royal Road—now available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and Audible!
- ASIN : B0B1QV6NF7
- Publisher : Podium Publishing (June 21, 2022)
- Publication date : June 21, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 4662 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 658 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #69 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As is quite typical in this genre, world and character building are always the top two significant and crucial factors that should start being addressed in the storyline and built upon immediately, working in the direction of laying the ground work for the rest of not just the1st book, but the complete series to come, whether it's a duology, trilogy, or lengthier body of work.
Delemhach exhibits a remarkably gifted, and structured, conceptualization regarding just exactly how to deliver this to the reader!
Furthermore, it’s customary in this genre, where there's a few characters introduced to help streamline the plot-line forward. It’s easy to comprehend, in all likelihood, these characters will not be figured heavily into the main narrative, but there's enough particulars provided to make the reader feel as if they didn't just suddenly appear out of nowhere, in an effort to fluff up the book, and/or add to the page numbers. Just enough disclosure is presented to transition from one particular scene to another, but you know better than to allow yourself to become overwhelmed, distressed, and encumbered, by too many characters to keep track of now and in the future.
I became enamored with the central cast of characters, and eagerly anticipate more details to materialize.
That would include the protagonists, and the antagonists. There's nothing better than loathing and despising a wicked villain, or even two or three. And of course, it’s a necessity to have the Heroine/Hero to have reverence for, as they also provide encouragement and inspiration. They may not get everything right, but they tend to try to do what’s considered noble, gratuitously honorable, upstanding, and admirably beneficial for the greatest number.
The family aspect with the monarchy consisting of the king, queen, the 7 year old heir apparent, as well as the mother soon expecting to add another little one, is a nice touch. Especially since they all play key roles with both of the main characters, is just perfect.
On top of everything else, I was substantially pulled off guard with the addition of Fin's parents with the considerable prospect bearing significant weight, to what could be a formidable and prominent topic later on in the series. Even better since one is atrocious and the other is benevolent. Delemahach does a superb and impressive job in captivating the reader with this potential.
I wholeheartedly savoured this book, from page 1 to the end. The one thing I had a significant difficulty with, emerges to be more of the norm, rather than the occasional convention.
Supposedly Amazon is to have some sort of policy that is expected to assist and help enforce the discouragement of authors from pulling this unscrupulous marketing strategy. When it still shows the book is at 92-96%, and has 4-8% left, only to turn the page and find out its over, it can be a tremendous diminution. Instead it's filled with acknowledgements, and all about the author.
Is this case, in addition to that, it was something like 93 page flips of book 2, something like 3 chapter’s worth, with a few more pages devoted to the aforementioned acknowledgements and author info. HUGELY DISAPPOINTED!!!
It happens to be one of my pet peeves, and I had to take time off in between finishing the book and posting my review. I seriously wanted to knock an entire star of the rating!
The characters are people I'd like to join for a cup of ale and one of Fin's mouth-watering snacks. Well, except for the villainous villains. There are even a few who begin as obnoxious, ignorant male chauvinists and mend their ways.
The only thing that marred my enjoyment was times the tale jumped the shark. There were episodes of what my father called "third grade humor." He was the King of Third Grade Humor and had a million Dad Jokes before there was a name for such a thing, so I consider him an expert.
Imagine watching a spritely movie with gentle humor and suddenly clips of Three Stooges movies are spliced in. Do you get the picture?
In general, I loved "The House Witch." In fact, it was difficult to put the book down and go fix dinner for the family without longing for a house witch to do the dirty work.
Cons: there are some swearing and obvious gay references. Readers be advised.
Overall, I couldn't put this book down and I'm super excited to read the next one. This book is worth having in the library and rereading over and over!
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I then found out there were two more books. I am currently considering if I want to be exposed to more anguished dialogue. Hopefully the author moves it along. If torrid romance is your thing then you’ll love it. If it’s not then it’s still worthwhile to stick with the story, just skip along until book two.
Obviously the impending invasion won’t be resolved until book three unless the author has intentions of more books in the wings.
There is drama and underdogs overcoming distorted self belief. Good and bad rulers, burgeoning war and a tiny thread of hope bringing about changes.
There must be a book 2 or why would our cook become a better man? He has an undefined destiny and I want to know how he becomes embroiled in saving our favoured nation, winning his love, and growing his magical talents. All with the surprising support of his kitchen team and high ranking friends and supporters.
Also, what on earth is happening with the characters with ridiculous names?
I came to enjoy all the three books, even though the last of them seemed to have fallen through the editing net and has some mistakes (or maybe my knowledge of the english language isn’t as good as I thought, which is also possible – as a non native speaker).