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A Nameless Witch

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,510 Ratings  ·  327 Reviews
A tale of vengeance, true love, and cannibalism.

Being born undead can have its disadvantages, such as eternal youth and flawless beauty; things most unsuitable for a witch. Hiding behind the guise of a grimy old crone, the witch is content living outside Fort Stalwart with her unlikely band of allies: a troll named Gwurm, an enchanted broom, and a demonic duck named Newt.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Tor Books
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Arianne Thompson
Feb 14, 2012 Arianne Thompson rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-humor
Maybe it's just me, but the title and the cover art of A Nameless Witch (and even the blurb on the back) had me expecting something almost YA, like Kiki's Delivery Service meets Flight of Dragons or something.

Then comes the part where the witch realizes that she hungers to devour her true love's flesh.

This book gets off to a terrific start: Martinez's style is fast and fresh and fun, and his protagonist narrates with a very witchly no-nonsense pragmatism.

Where magic is concerned, it's clear t
Mar 12, 2014 Lee rated it liked it
Quick review for what really is a quick book to read.

I enjoyed the first half way more than the second half. Initially it was original and funny. In my comments I had said that if Gaimon, Pratchett and Hendee ever wrote a book, it would be like this and that is what made it fun. But in the second half, that humour got a bit old, which is why I have never been able to finish any Pratchett book I have started.

The story is about an undead witch, who has been cursed with a gorgeous body of an 18 y
Jun 26, 2009 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Terri by: Mr. Distortion
Shelves: 2009
A Nameless Witch is yet another of Martinez' humorous novels awash in the supernatural. The humor in this book is more quiet than his previous two and tends toward the wry.

A nameless witch is on a quest ... a quest of vengeance and, hopefully, self discovery. But mostly vengeance. She takes along her contentious familiar, a demon duck. Ok, let me say that again. A demon duck. With a bad case of blood lust. As my husband noted at dinner the other night, this duck is probably the funniest duck in
Nov 16, 2007 Jake rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
The only reason this book didn't get a one rating is because the Witches familiar is a demon duck.

I found this to be a boring sketch of an idea rather than a story. Martinez was trying to say something about the nature of belief and reality in the form of a somewhat spoofy fairy tale and he just simply fails miserably. Gil's All-Fright Diner succeeds for me because it a more fleshed out setting and a coherent story that develops characters you care about. Nameless Witch does none of these thing
The first word that comes to mind having read A Nameless Witch is 'charming'. Because it is. The characters are all fun in their own way, the world is quirky, and the main character--who is unnamed, because she doesn't have a name--is a pleasantly easy-going, but always mindful of how she should appear to others as a witch.

Nominally, the main plot is vengeance. In actuality, it is less about the witch's pursuit of vengeance and more about the way she goes about it, as well as the subplot of wre
Oct 24, 2009 Lori rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
"Before I leave, I offer these three peices of advice. First, be wary of mortals. They may be small in power, but they are large in number.

Second, remember that people, human or otherwise, are, with rare exception, basically good at heart. Treat them as you would be treated, and you'll almost never go wrong.

And thirdly, and this is something you should never forget, feed a troll and you shall never be rid of it.

SO Martinez does it again - for me anyway!

Meet our nameless witch, an ageless undead
Feb 26, 2015 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-15
I liked this book very much - it reminded me of the movie version of The Wizard of Oz, in a good way. Most surprisingly, the little morals and lessons tucked into the story resonated with me and didn't seem forced or corny. I really wish there was a sequel (at least), but I am reasonably satisfied with the knowledge that I have found a new author with many other worlds for me to discover.
Aug 10, 2011 Kristy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Well, I didn't really dislike this.... but I didn't really like it either. It was definitely different and unique, sometimes to the point of absolute weirdness.

I enjoy quest books. I do not enjoy books involving cannibalism. This had both. It was off-putting to read this witches thoughts on eating the man she was falling in love with. Yes, it was gross, but it was also sad for her. It was her curse. Throw in a talking, demon duck and a troll
Don Bradshaw
Oct 06, 2013 Don Bradshaw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, magic, comedy, witch
This was an easy, fun read with some real truths tucked away in the corners. The characters were unique and well fleshed out. The Nameless Witch with her curse of immortality was an amazing person who was just the opposite of what people expected in a witch. I loved her wise cracking familiar Newt. The tongue in cheek comedy kept the story light and made it an enjoyable story right up to the very end. This was not a m/m romance and while there was a hope at romance between the witch and Wyst, t ...more
Aug 10, 2008 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, paranormal
"A tale if vengeance, true love, and cannibalism"

This was a wild card book that I just happened to run across in the book store that just looked interesting. I picked it up and I am so glad I did. It was a very entertaining read and I will be looking up some of this author's other books.
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
I loved this book. Perfect for any gal who likes witches and sci-fi all rolled up in one. I read this really fast as I could not put it down and was sad when I came to the end, as I wanted it to go on and on. Excellent story and loved the characters.
Apr 08, 2010 Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it
A light, fun read that went by faster than I would have liked. It reminded me of a fairy tale with an adult edge to it.

This was my introduction to A. Lee Martinez and I have to say that I plan on picking up more of his works soon.
Oct 15, 2007 Matthew rated it really liked it
Fun read, as all of Martinez's work. The witch protagonist was very well written and her minions are hilarious.
Mar 11, 2015 Ladiibbug rated it really liked it
Comic Fantasy - A Witch, Demon, Troll, White Knight and a Sorcerer

A. Lee Martinez delivers another highly original, very entertaining comic fantasy, featuring the above fantasy creatures as main characters. There are minor appearances by elves, grouchy talking roads, a talking fox, and so on.

Witch Ghastly Edna rescues and tutors a talented young witch. The young witch's adventures begin when Ghastly Edna dies. Her companions fighting bad magic and evil are 1) her familiar, a sassy talking duck,
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
Mar 25, 2013 colleen the fabulous fabulaphile rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to colleen the fabulous fabulaphile by: Jackie
Shelves: fantasy
Several reviews describe this book as quirky, and I'm certainly not going to argue there. It plays with tropes to the level of parody - a witch cursed with beauty (and a hunger for flesh), a demon in the body of a duck, a thoughtful troll, a wistful broom, and a true White Knight.

It starts out being a sort of revenge story, but it's really more a coming-of-age/romance kind of book. And there's definitely more in the way of romance than I was expecting. Not that I mind, as it's the "story book" k
Jan 27, 2012 Joelle rated it liked it
A Nameless Witch
by A. Lee Martinez

3 out of 5 stars
A tale of vengeance, true love, and cannibalism.

Being born undead can have its disadvantages, such as eternal youth and flawless beauty; things most unsuitable for a witch. Hiding behind the guise of a grimy old crone, the witch is content living outside Fort Stalwart with her unlikely band of allies: a troll named Gwurm, an enchanted broom, and a demonic duck ...more

Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Tor Books
0765315483 (ISBN13:
Lauren Giova
Sep 14, 2007 Lauren Giova rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who are fans of Terry Pratchett, i guess.
When i read the back of this book i thought it would be more like the light, yet in-depth, humorous novels of Terry Pratchett. I found i was wrong. I didn't even chuckle. Although the storytelling was certainly more on the light side and i don't mean that as a compliment. I had no feelings for any of the characters whatsoever. Most of the time i was skimming over everything just trying to find a point where i would be interested.
I believe the author should have built up her characters better. I
Jorge Rosas
Aug 16, 2016 Jorge Rosas rated it it was amazing
It was such a beautiful history, every character is so unique and authentic the history unfolds in an unexpected and very well sewed way. It is a heartbreaking history yet it is very touching. Her vengeance is amazing, the true love part so beautiful and the cannibalism part so worrisome and sometimes funny. I read three books from A. Lee Martinez before but this fourth one is definitely the best so far. We learn about magic, the nature of illusions and the very real power of disbelief and doubt ...more
Sep 28, 2015 Morgan rated it did not like it
Shelves: fairy-tale, humor, crap
Not idea where I came across this book, but it showed up on my Kindle one day so I read it. It started off with such promise--and a Buffy shout out in the acknowledgements, how could it be bad? I was invested in the story up until were introduced to the White Knight, whereby our Nameless Witch becomes obsessed with him. Then it's pages and pages and pages of "do I sleep with him or eat him...oh I love him, I can't eat him, oh I want to eat him..." on and on. Who cares!? Eat him and shut up! When ...more
If this book were a cake and I were to bake said cake, the recipe would be something like this:
- Mix 10 parts of fantastical creatures with one part of a girl becoming a woman in a fantasy world.
- Add a pinch of romance with the very best kind of a man whose chastity has to be protected at all times.
- Mix and add a pinch of forbiddenesque (not a word, I know, but it sounded kind of good) between the witch who has no name and the knight who's the best of his kind.
- Stir well and add two parts of
Dreadfully delightful, A Nameless Witch lives up to its tag: "A tale of vengeance, true love, and cannibalism.".

Martinez wrote a great cast of characters: The Witch (with the Unspoken Name), her familiar - the demon duck - Newt, Gwurm the Troll, Wyst of the West the (dark skinned) White Knight and the witch's broom..Penelope; all of whom embark on an appallingly awesome adventure together, for slightly different reasons.
Thier quest, like this story, was both horrendously hilarious and gruesome
May 13, 2015 April rated it it was amazing
Shelves: witches, read-in-2015
I loved this book. It was hilarious. If you're looking for something weird and quirky to read, I highly recommend this book.
Jul 12, 2016 Mikhail rated it really liked it
Despite the teaser, there is not nearly enough cannibalism in this story.
Mar 16, 2016 Melissa rated it it was ok
Shelves: witches
I really wanted to like this book, but it just never stuck with me. The witch never really developed into a full character. Yes, she was confused and trying to find her path- she didn't understand the body she had been given or her cannibalistic tendencies-and because of that she never really developed into something you could either love or hate. She had cravings for human meat, but she never gave in to that craving. If she had, the story would have become something of a more dramatic nature, a ...more
Lorena Black
So, I wanted to like this book. I really did. The beginning of it amused me so much that I was certain I was going to enjoy it. However, some of the themes revolving around the main character ended up irking me so much that I ended up knocking me down what would have otherwise been a four star book.

The rest of this review will have spoilers.

So first, lets go with the pros:

-This story has a good quirky narrative that makes it easy to read, but doesn't feel childlike. There are some really poig
Lindsay Goto
This was a book that I wasn't expecting to like. Drawn in by the tagline which read "A tale of vengeance, true love, and cannibalism", I thought myself thinking that this would be the perfect break from all the very heavy books I'd been reading lately. I was 100% right. The book is charming and I found myself liking it a lot more than I thought I would. It reminds me somehow of the fantasy books that I used to read when I was younger, like it's a modern take on an older way of telling stories. T ...more
Light, fun and cute. Having previously enjoyed a couple other of Martinez' novels (Gil's All Fright Diner and In the Company of Ogres), this one surprised me in that it was a little different. True, it's still a pastiche, but it was less out-right funny (I only laughed aloud a couple times) and was quite sweet overall. I wasn't expecting the romance angle to be such a major component of the story, but I enjoyed that part, despite how obvious the outcome of their affections was to me. But I think ...more
Jessi Leavell
Jul 21, 2015 Jessi Leavell rated it really liked it
After reading heavy, depressing material, I found this book's lightheartedness an pleasure to read. I enjoyed each and every individual character, especially Newt.
All the while I was reading this book, I kept thinking, "How is it that this book is not a movie yet?" It would be an adorable movie. Its ending would need a tweek, though. (view spoiler)
Valentin Mihov
Jan 24, 2015 Valentin Mihov marked it as just-have-it  ·  review of another edition

A tale of vengeance, true love, and cannibalism

Being born undead can have its disadvantages, such as eternal youth and flawless beauty ---things most unsuitable for a witch. Hiding behind the guise of a grimy old crone, the witch is content living outside Fort Stalwart with her unlikely band of allies: a troll named Gwurm, an enchanted broom, and a demonic duck named Newt. She leads a simple life filled with spells, potions, and the occasional curse.

So when a White Knight arrive
Fangs for the Fantasy
Apr 24, 2014 Fangs for the Fantasy rated it it was amazing
Imagine if you will a nameless witch cursed with beauty, the inability to die and a hunger for flesh. Such a life would not be an easy one and indeed, for our nameless witch, it means a tortured childhood filled with little but neglect until she is found by her mentor. Time passes as it does and our witch wakes to discover that today is the day her mentor is going to die. The witch now has a choice to make, she can seek revenge for the one person she ever loved, in the process taking on a quest ...more
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A. Lee Martinez was born in El Paso, Texas. At the age of eighteen, for no apparent reason, he started writing novels. Thirteen short years (and a little over a dozen manuscripts) later, his first novel, Gil's All Fright Diner, was published. His hobbies include juggling, games of all sorts, and astral projecting. Also, he likes to sing along with the radio when he's in the car by himself.
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