The Last Witch
by Debbie Dee
Date Published: September 12, 2012
For generations the Incenaga Witches have been forced to use their power to fulfill the wishes of others until they are drained of their magic and left to die. Desperate to protect his infant daughter - the last surviving witch - Emmeline’s father escapes with her to the forests where he vows to keep her hidden from the world and from the truth.
Sixteen years later, Emmeline is discovered and finds herself in the grip of a traitor who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, even if it means abusing her power until she dies. She is taken to a distant country and told she must marry the Crown Prince or her own country will be overtaken, its people slaughtered. But what sort of prince would marry a witch? And why would she be the difference between war and peace?
As she fights to regain her freedom, she is faced with a choice between a prince who offers a lifetime of security and a common gamekeeper who has no idea of her power, but offers his heart.
But who do you trust when your power can be used against you?
I am a huge fan of Young Adult fiction, especially when it is done "right" (i.e. it doesn't "dumb down" teens). With that said, this was a fantastic read that definitively did not dumb down anything! I really enjoyed the character of Emmeline and how she faces her hardships head on. She makes a great heroine which helps develop the story. It is extremely easy to get enthralled in this book!
In my opinion, ultimately what this story gets down to is good versus evil. In this story evil is portrayed by greed and control while good is portrayed by the innocence of Emmeline. Also, it wouldn't be complete without some kind of a love story, and that is exactly what you will find here! The romance that Emmeline experiences and one that I truly found believable. Some might say that Emmeline is naive, but I think that only adds to how real the character feels.
Again, my readers know that I don't like spoilers (giving or getting them lol), so you'll have to read to find out what ultimately prevails. However, I must say that I did not know that this is the first book of a trilogy (The Incenaga Trilogy) when I agreed to do the review! I am excited for that and can't wait to see what happens next!
Debbie Dee recently moved to southern Idaho with her husband and three children where she is learning how to be a country girl in her favorite pair of blue heels. She adores fairy tales and happy endings, but secretly crushes on the bad guy now and then. As a dedicated musician who practices way too much, she never expected writing would sweep her off her feet until she jotted down a scene from a daydream, which turned into two scenes, which turned into a messy house and her first novel. Since then she hasn’t been able to let a day go by without writing.
Author's website: http://www.debbiedee.com