Today I am extremely excited to be sharing my review of TO SNARE A WITCH by my favourite HORROR author: JAY RAVEN. I read Crimson Siege where he reinvented vampires so was really looking forward to see how he would recreate Witches. I wasn’t disappointed this is a short fast read that I absolutely loved. More please Jay!
TO SNARE A WITCH by Jay Raven
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No female dares spurn the lecherous advances of Sir Henry Cruttendon, 17th Century England’s most reviled nobleman. To do so risks a retribution that would terrify the Devil himself.
But Elizabeth Fiennes is no ordinary woman, blessed with stunning beauty, intelligence and guile. Coming from an influential family, she believes she is safe.
What she doesn’t understand is that the Earl is determined to satisfy his lust and plans to use the wave of witch trials, fear and superstition sweeping the countryside to force her into his clutches.
And as he springs his malicious trap it triggers a chain of unholy events plunging hunter and prey into a maelstrom of deceit, terror and depravity – leaving them both staring into the face of true evil…
This is a novella and a very gripping read. I struggle to review novellas as they are short and concise so it is very easy to include spoilers. I hope I have managed to tell you enough to want to read it but not spoil it.
It is some time since I read a Witch story but I have read Jay Raven’s work before and was very impressed so was looking forward to reading this one. I like the way the author is taking the older horror subjects and reinventing them so was intrigued as to how he would develop Witches.
The story begins with Thomas and Matthew enacting a scene. It is sheer brilliance that he has taken 2 actors and remixed them and it works perfectly. Thomas and Matthew have found a way to make significant amounts of money finding and identifying Witches. We begin with a Witch being tried via a reworking of the old dunking method but all is not what it seems.
Add a lusting old man and a beautiful young woman into the mix and the reader is taken on a bumpy ride through witchery, lies and impersonations the like of which I have never read before.
Many twists and turns are involved in this story. It is fast paced gripping with many curve balls in the mix and the ending is brilliant. I am really hoping for more to add to this story.
Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men.
He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.