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The Council

(Witch's Ambitions Trilogy #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  171 ratings  ·  104 reviews
The Council is the governing Coven over the Land of Five, a region entirely inhabited—and split apart—by witches with varying powers.

Lilith Lace, a witch thought to be born powerless, happily resides in Ignis, the Coven of Fire, until she suddenly develops telekinesis, an ability only seen in some witches born in Mentis, the Coven of the Mind. She's terrified of it, unsur
Kindle Edition, 402 pages
Published March 1st 2017
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☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ✺❂❤❣
We start at 5 stars:
+ 1 star. Witches, Fairies, Covens, Magic, unusual abilities.
+ 1 star. Original world, plucky heroine.
+ 1 star. Worldbuilding actually happened and had quite a result.
+ 1 star. Nice cover.
- 1 star. Divergent vibes.
- 1 star. Some stupid decisions being done all the time. Appointing people to Council by force, by tricking people into it. What for? Would people really do a good job of it this way?
- 1 star. Nonsensical dialogues. Like, all the parents interaction wa
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I love witches, so I was excited to start reading this book. I got sucked right into the story and found Lilith to be a very passionate character. Definitely a good book, some little things that made me give the book 4 stars.

Worldbuilding: The first pro is definitely the worldbuilding. It's unique in it's genre and I really feel like everything is thought through. I would've loved a more detailed
Aqsa (On Hiatus)
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, arc-read
Am I glad to have read this!

This is the story of Lilith, a crippled witch living in Ignis, one of the Five Covens. Five Covens inhabiting witches with 5 different kinds of powers ruled by The Council consisting of 5 members, one from each Coven and The Sage. As Li develops powers, strange things start to happen to her which make her question her past and might not only have her ripped away from the ones she love but also have her killed.

I really enjoyed the writing and all the characters. We
Prakash Sharma
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A novel, full of mystery and suspense.

I am not an avid reader of fantasy or YA but I would say I loved Lilith, the main character. 
The best part is that Kayla focused on character building rather than creation of hot, steamy sex scenes.
Nikki Landis
What an amazing young adult fantasy novel! I pretty much LOVE witches and magic and toss that story line together with a Divergent series vibe and a Council with shady intentions and it's one wild ride. One of the best parts of the book is the slow build and constant uncertainty of the main character Lilith. She feisty, smart, and even when she's afraid she tries to do the right thing.

For a young adult novel, there's a lot of deep characterization and a focus on plot rather than romance. I appl
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a good witch story and was eager to listen to this when I read the blurb, and while I thoroughly enjoyed it, there was a few things that bothered me, which is why it's not a five star read.

The plot was slow to build. It's centered on Lilith Lace who lives in Ignis, they are the coven of Fire. When she was young, she was horribly burned in an accident with fire and it's affected her leg, and her life ever since. She believed her parents and didn't questions things. Lilith wasn't showing a
May 25, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Kristina Rasmussen
Nov 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Ugh...I’m kind of mad about this book. I actually started it long before November and gave up on finishing it because I had to return it. I was ok with that. Then I got it back, so I figured I’d give it another shot. All throughout I thought it was promising, but I wasn’t that into it. I finished it to finish. BUT then it ended! And it sucked me in just enough to consider reading the next one. We’ll see. It was just enough to go from two stars to 3. But I did like the end!
Charlotte Munro
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Council is filled with magic and adventure. A story that is riveting from the very first few pages and when we are introduced to the very strong-willed and persevering character of Lilith Lace. I love the fact that Miss Krantz has written a not-so-normal heroine and it certainly did her justice. You were routing for her throughout the twists and turns and downfalls that she faced. With romance that really leapt from the page and the magic that sizzled in a world that was mightily descriptive ...more
Marilyn Peake
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Council by Kayla Krantz is a coming-of-age YA novel with strong characters and a plot filled with intriguing mysteries that kept me turning the pages. It includes a variety of types of characters—witches, faeries, shapeshifters, as well as UnEquipped persons—which adds to the fascinating nature of this book.

Lilith Lace is a young woman who’s grown up in Ignis, the Coven of Fire, in the Land of Five. Her parents are UnEquipped, meaning they have no magical powers. The same is true of her best
Lokesh Sharma
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
***I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review***

I’m not (or should I now say ‘was’ not?) a big fan of YA genre. One of my friends had given this book 5 Stars, so I decided to give this book a try. And I am glad that the book didn’t disappoint me!

The one thing I know for sure after reading this wonderful book is that Kayla Krantz is a gifted Author. The world she built for this novel is nothing short of amazing. The characters are strong and grow more and more powerful as we dive dee
Alyssia Cooke
Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I found this quite a good read although perhaps overly simplistic at points. It takes a while to get going but I actually enjoyed the earlier aspects of the book more than the latter; within the first half of the book you get most of the character set-ups, a good proportion of world-building and some interesting mysteries and excitement. The use of a school system works well for the young adult age range this is aiming at and gives an opportunity for aspects of the world to be explored in a seem ...more
Rhianydd Cooke
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book via BookSirens in exchange of an honest review.

While I mostly enjoyed this book I found that the writing style was a little simplistic in some areas (possibly written for a younger audience so this may not be a valid complaint) and it would probably benefit from another proof read as there were a few mistakes that I spotted (not a massive issue but just pointing out that they were there).

The story itself, as I said, is enjoyable enough but I felt that the paci
Ellie Mitchell
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Council, by Kayla Kratz immediately drew me in with its complex world-building and loveable characters. Lilith's past has always been a bit of a mystery, but on the day of a special ceremony, the pieces begin to fall into place.

Lilith was a wonderfully crafted character. I grew to love her sarcastic and rather blunt way of interacting with others and was grateful for those brief moments where I got to see how vulnerable she truly is.

Clio, best friend to Lilith is a quirky and humorous young
Kirsty Noah-whitlock
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this book and what an excellent page turning read! Part of the book reminded me of the Harry Potter sorting hat but with goblets mixed with Divergent. I
Loved the fact that the main character was not only female but wasn't "perfect" and had a disability which is lovely and unique showing that a hero doesn't have to be "perfect". I also thought Lilith's character was great, very stubborn, very sarcastic, again not the typical main character / heroine. Fantastic descriptions although
Jessica Fisette
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
This genre is a new take (to me) for the author, as I'm used to reading her thriller series. I was excited to give her a chance at writing fantasy and she did not disappoint. The characters are realistic and interesting, and each are placed in impossible situations where they are forced to grow. I'm eager to see where the story goes from here, and I recommend this book if you like supernatural dystopian novels with a bit of mystery and suspense mixed in.
Lisa Eiff
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great read

I was hooked on this story at the very start. This book is a coming-of-age story about a young witch and the challenges she faces when dealing with multiple covens, fae and other magical influences that surround her. It is an adventure with loads of mystery, and each page will keep you craving more. I highly recommend this book for fans of witches, mystery, and books about self-discovery.
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

There is a secret everybody is keeping from Lilith, even her parents don't want to talk about it. The secret of how she became a cripple, but things don't add up. When the Arcane ceremony lights all the goblets, Lilith is in for a surprise.

Lilith thinks the whole coven is conspiring against her, except for her two best friends. Then she is forced to join the council and must leave everything behind. Even though
R.L. Hemlock
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“The Council” is the first book in The Witch’s Ambitions Trilogy. This book is filled with intriguing mystery, action, and what maybe the start of a romance. The council will leave you guessing, whose best interest do they have in mind? Magic and adventure, I didn’t lose interest while reading this book. Lilith is a strong character even when she struggles to balance her new duties and her personal problems.
There is a nice cast of other characters that help move the story along. Two of these cha
Kimberly Marie

I was given a copy of The Council by Kayla Krantz in return for a honest review on the book. The author has successfully woven you into a world of magic where nothing is what it appears to be. This gripping page turner novel does great job of keeping the reader in suspense.

The story begins with our main character Lilith and her friend Helena on the last day of schooling. They are part of the "unequipped" or those whom show no signs of having magical abilities. There is an upcoming test that th

Margaret Pagington
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was ok

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

I had high hopes for this book. Perhaps that’s where I went wrong.

The Council is about Lilith (nicknamed “Li” and I’m not exactly sure where that came from. I never really understand nicknames that are just shortened versions of your name with a different vowel sound unless she’s literally just called “Lih”) who lives in a place called “the 5 realms”, one for each type of witch: mind powers, water, air, fire, a
Welcome to the land of where you are split up by your abilities as a witch, and The Council governs all and keeps everything in check. Except now, there is a shake-up coming and it's in the form of one girl who believed that she was powerless. Lilith has suddenly come into powers that she didn't think she had. She lives in the area of Ignis, so you can imagine her surprise when she develops telekinesis powers. She doesn't know what to make of it, but she's glad to at least have some powers and n ...more
Brittany Miller
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of the book, The Council by Kayla Krantz in exchange for an honest review.

The Council had me hooked in the first chapter!

This book is set in a land divided by 5 different Covens. Each Coven is capable of developing different types of magic to help defend their people. The Covens' orderly practices are determined by the Council; a group of witches with unique powers.

Lilith and her friends' Clio and Helena, come from Ignis, the Land of Fire and have spent all of their school
Yvette Calleiro
This was a great read (though there were a few things that irked me). I loved the author's ability to draw you right into the story, and I enjoyed the main character's plight. Lilith, the main character, is disabled but strong-willed. She's also very quick to anger. She trusts very few people, and she has reason to be cautious - everyone has lied to her about who she is. Other characters, like Clio and Crowe, are well-defined and helped to make this book a fun read. And then there are other char ...more
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The Council is a solid young adult novel that is as much mystery as it is fantasy. The main protagonist, Lilith, though disabled through an "accident" as a child, has been made stronger by her difficulties. She has a quick and inquisitive mind and a fire in her spirit. Though seemingly born to parents who are "UnEquipped" (non magical) in the land of Ignis where fire powers blossom, she develops magical abilities more common to the inhabitants of Mentis. As she tries to understand why this anoma ...more
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Amazing amazing amazing! Oh, have I said it’s amazing yet? :)

Lilith lives in a Coven of witches with pyrokinetic powers (throwing fire). She has always been UnEquipped (magicless), but recently she has been developing powers. But they are powers she shouldn’t have, namely telekinetic and as a result she might have to switch Covens. She doesn’t want to leave behind everything and everyone she holds dear. But she might have to.

Lilith is fiery, but also a cripple (she has a bad limp) and she strug
Chanel Hardy
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Council (The Witch's Ambitions Trilogy Book 1) by Kayla Krantz is a fantasy that introduces us to Lilith Lace, an 18-year-old witch who is unsure of place in life and in her coven, Ignis. Crippled as a small child, Lilith faces challenges that make her transition into an adult in the coven of pyrokinetic witches tough and rather confusing. This book is the first in a series, and a great introduction into what to expect in the following books. As a first, this book did it’s job properly, and ...more
Saundra Wright
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
New author for me and start of a series, I loved both! Great world buiding, very descriptive, and easy to envision, something essential to fantasy. The Council is based on wonderful plot dynamic, and well rounded characters, perfect for anyone who loves magic and intrigue, no matter their age!

Lilith, being raised by UnEquipped parents, believes herself UnEquipped like her best friend. That's how it normally goes. So when she developes powers shortly before time to be marked as an adult member of
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it
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May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Council follows in a similar vein to the Divergent series. There are separate covens and each coven has a primary ability in which they can do magic. There is a also a ruling group (the Council) and a rebel group. The main character, Lillith, is a strong character, just discovering her own unique and unexpected abilities.

LIillith is a witch who is powerful enough to overcome her disability, a childhood injury to her leg that had been caused by magic. The daughter of Unequipped parents, she i
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Kayla Krantz is a proud author, responsible for a number of novels in the genres dark fantasy, psychological horror, and supernatural thriller. She is fascinated by the dark and macabre. Stephen King is her all-time inspiration, mixed in with some faint remnants of the works of Edgar Allen Poe. When she began writing, she started in horror, but somehow drifted into thriller and fantasy. She loves ...more

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