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Witchfinder

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  172 ratings  ·  21 reviews
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*As I said, I’m going to start posting a novel here, a chapter a week. This is being posted as I write it, so it’s in pre-earc (for those from Baen) or in close-to (but not quite) -first draft state. Once it’s finished it will undergo editing and then it will be published in some form. I’m going to put this up with its own category so
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Kindle Edition, 425 pages
Published April 4th 2014 by Goldport Press (first published September 30th 2011)
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Beth
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very nice twist on regency novels, dimensional hopping & Fairyland.
Laura Montgomery
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The plot was clever, the characters people you could like and admire, and the world vivid and alarming. Seraphim was the kind of man you don't see a lot of in fiction these days, it seems, a real hero. He's driven by duty and the need to do the right thing, and he's very easy to empathize with. More, please.

I'm a long-time fan of Georgette Heyer, so I particularly enjoyed a minor character, the dandified but efficient Mr. Blythe, who I took to be a most excellent homa
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Layla
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the most convoluted book I have read in a long time.


Imagine every fairytale fantasy plot and character you can think of. Then throw it all into a poor defenseless book, add Arthur, Merlin, dragons, fey, a multiverse, a duke, spunky females and then give it a good stir... and hope for the best. The best in this case is 2 stars because I finished it. Skip this one, you'll be glad you did.
Teresa
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book because the author was going to be at a convention I attend. Loved it! The magical world is excellent as are the characters.
Rusty
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did Not Finish, got a little more than half way but it was just a bit too Harlequin-y for my tastes.
Daniel
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A fan of Sarah Hoyt, I was eager to read this book, thinking from the title that it would be a tale of a magician troubled by the fate into which he was born, that he would have to track down and incarcerate witches, wizards, sorcerers, sorceresses and other sages. And though the book was much different from what I expected it to be, I enjoyed reading it, finding it the perfect pastime to amuse myself as I did my daily dose of cardio.

Having it on a kindle makes for most easy reading.

But, this he
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Marina Fontaine
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
Witchfinder is one of those rare stories that is at once comfortably familiar and relentlessly surprising. It starts out with all the trappings we expect as fantasy fans: richly imagined worlds, magic, larger than life heroes and villains, and, of course, fantastic creatures big and small. However, magic and world-building, exciting as they are, take a back seat to the characters. And oh boy, are there characters. If this book was a TV show, I would be spending all my time dreaming up spinoffs b ...more
Cedar Sanderson
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
So in one of my favorite movies, there's this scene. It involves an older chef stepping in to fix a mess, and as he's tossing things together, someone runs up and frantically asks "But what do we call it?" and he says, "A Belle Melange, a beautiful mess."

For some reason as I was reading this book, that came to mind. It's not that the book is a mess, far from it. It's tightly plotted, the action is almost continuous, with enough let-down and talk moments to give you a breath, even if the characte
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Libro Vore
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I admit I was a bit hesitant. Sarah writes great SF, but my experience with SF writers who cross over to fantasy hasn't been great. I shouldn't have worried. The plot is complex but not convoluted, the action starts from the first (ok, the second) page, the main characters are interesting and three-dimensional, and the plot twists are, well, twisty. (The one twist I spotted early on gets resolved about halfway through the book. It was like Sarah was saying, "Yeah, this one's so simple, I won't l ...more
Kyra Halland
A wild ride through a universe with parallel Earths, some of which have magic and some of which don't, some of which know about the others and some of which don't, some of which permit the use of magic and some of which forbid it on pain of death. Avalon is one of those where magic is permitted and that knows about other worlds, and Seraphim Ainsling, Duke of Darkwater (in this Regency-inspired setting), has undertaken the illegal task of rescuing magic users who are in danger on other worlds. H ...more
Vroom
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
My patience for all things Regency begins and ends with persons actually writing from that period and Georgette Heyer. Despite that, and a rather tedious introductory chapter, Witchfinder caught fire at the start of the second with a premise and character that grabbed my attention and didn't let up until the thrilling finale.

Yes, the book was cheese. But it was fun, entertaining cheese. I doubt I'll re-read it, but I found this volume superior to the other likable outings by the same author, wi
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Jeff Miller
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book of hers that I have read. Seen lots of mentions, but was a little skeptical concerning her large number of titles and some rather cheesy cover art.

Skeptical no more.With the first chapters of this book I expected a rather well-defined story and if the plot had followed what I imagined I wold have been happy with this story playground. Yet what actually happened was more of a plot explosion where the story kept getting larger and paradoxically smaller as it drew in the main
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L. Fabry
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've been meaning to read one of her books for a while now and think I picked a great one to start with. Not your typical magic novel, not your typical modern-day twist on witches. Sarah blends the best of both worlds and brings you characters you root for, because you've never quite seen anything like them.

No cliches or "I've read that a hundred times" scenarios that you have you reaching for the next read. Fans of "Once Upon a Time" will see how she blends beloved genres all while adding her o
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L. Fabry
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been meaning to read one of her books for a while now and think I picked a great one to start with. Not your typical magic novel, not your typical modern-day twist on witches. Sarah blends the best of both worlds and brings you characters you root for, because you've never quite seen anything like them.

No cliches or "I've read that a hundred times" scenarios that you have you reaching for the next read. Fans of "Once Upon a Time" will see how she blends beloved genres all while adding her o
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NAY Young
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute

Not original but cute and well executed. Lots of lighter moments and the family ties were what this story really hung on. If ou like many-worlds fairy tales or regency romance you'll enjoy this fun adventure about a fairly normal young woman from earth and a lovely family of magicians from avalon.
Kuido
Aug 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Quite enjoyable fantasy adventure with light romance thrown in that perhaps got a bit too complicated. Since I do like regencies as well, the fantasy world that resembles regency era was a bonus for me. American readers probably resent the fact that this fantasy version of England kept hold of their colonies. :) Too many POVs for my liking, but that's just me.
Tom
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmm. Is this four stars on a Name of the Wind scale? Probably not. But it's a fun page turner and guilty pleasure, mixing a Lord Darcy-like magical society with a multiverse crossover from our Earth. With a bit of Three Musketeers thrown in for good measure.
Ria Loader
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A magical potpourri

Starts like such an innocent romp and quickly becomes a complex set of interlocking arcs. Wonderful characters, strange worlds and a fresh take on multiple worlds. Loved it. More please.
Rebecca Tousey
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable fantasy

characters Include humans, fairies, dragons and royalty and parallel worlds. The story is fun to read. The characters had flaws that made them Interesting. It is suitable for any age, but not written in a childish manner.
Aalabamadill
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another reason to look forward to Friday! Weekly installment is fun and light reading. Can't wait to see how this comes together. Thanks Mrs. Hoyt!
Veronica Biegen
Very entertaining. Certainly needed some serious proofreading,though.
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