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The Council (Witch's Ambitions Trilogy #1)

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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. When The Council finds out a ...more
Kindle Edition, 402 pages
Published March 1st 2017
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Esther
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
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.

Pros
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
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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
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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
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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
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Daccari Buchelli
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
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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
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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.
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
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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

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Seraphia
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
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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
Velvet
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-ebooks
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
Nadine
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
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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
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Jo-Ann
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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Helen
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lilith is a teenage girl with a chip on her shoulder. Having been crippled when she was little, she hates people trying to do things for her or feeling pity for her. Right from the start, you admire her feisty spirit and want her to succeed in whatever she is doing, and she comes over as a determined young woman rather than annoying.
Set in a world where people belong to a Coven and either have a magical power or are Un-Equipped, Lilith is unusual in that she has more than one power. When the wi
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Bena Roberts
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Council (The Witch's Ambitions Trilogy Book 1)
by Kayla Krantz

This is a novel for young adults but I chose it based on the fact I loved the Worst Witch growing up. But let me start, this book is nothing like the Worst Witch!

The Good
The story of this book was decent, compelling and mysterious. The types of witches, the covens being forced into the coven and being burnt alive - drew me in.

The Bad
This Council was the first part of a trilogy so it is setting a scene. I found parts of the book v
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Shervin Jamali
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I generally groan and/or roll my eyes at the thought of another story involving witches and magic, but this one surprised me. Krantz's characters are developed and rich in texture; the tale has uniqueness that generates intrigue and suspense. This is not yet another "Divergent" rehash (although I wasn't a fan to begin with, it seems to be a molded template of sorts). So why am I docking a star? Pacing; it was incredibly slow. What works as a slow burn in the first half of the book that entices t ...more
Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
Not many fantasy novels contain such an intriguing mystery as this one. I was on the edge of my seat as the plot unravelled. The initial vision of what seems to be an utopian society quickly turns dark as one by one, people turn out to be not what they seem, and it is not long before poor, crippled Lilith has hardly anyone she can trust. I gather this is the first book in a series, but it stands on its own quite satisfactorily, and I especially liked the portrayal of the protagonist, a physicall ...more
Jessica Wilson
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Good book but....slow.

I love a book with magic and mystery. This book has it too. You root for Lilith to make discoveries about her past and it is agonizing slowly revealed at the end. Parts with action move the story faster which I like a lot better than hearing self contemplation. The ending leaves you wanting more. Not what I expected. I also dont like the fact there was so much swear words in it. I have read a lot of YA books that did not use one swear word. I love the plot and some of the c
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Sandy Quinn
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Our heroine Lilith is not your run-of-the-mill teenage girl having your typical coming of age problems such as prom night and boys. Instead she finds herself developing more powers than she can ever imagine or handle. There’re a lot of story development and ever growing characters in this book to keep readers on the edge. But at times, it’s a bit confusing to keep up with all the new characters. The burning question is of course, what’s the real deal with Lilith’s true identity and lineage? Unfo ...more
H.L. Girton
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wonderful YA Fantasy novel. I found the creativity in this story to be out of this world imaginative. I really enjoyed how the author created a complex and intriguing fantasy world that sucks you in. I found the story to be realistic. A wonderful story for readers interested in magical elements and witchcraft. The characters created in this story bring to life the realism. They are believable people, crafted from the brilliant mind of the author. It had a major cliff hanger, but I immediately go ...more
Gordon Bickerstaff
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great start to the trilogy

This is a magical YA fantasy story and unfolds a great mystery around Lilith who is fascinating character with great potential. This is the first book in a trilogy but it stands well enough on its own though it ends with a good cliff-hanger. Characters are well developed, believable and kept me engaged as the story unfolded with some unexpected twists. If the following books develop more action/conflict between the covens then this could become a really great series. Re
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Alathia Morgan
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This one started out a little slow for me, but once the story got started it turned out to be amazing. This is truly a story about a young girl, Lilith has just discovered that she can actually do things with her powers. What she doesn't know that is that her powers are very unusual and something the council needs to keep things running smoothly. Each coven is separated to keep fights from breaking out. When war does come to the covens, it comes from an unexpected source and Lilith may not get o ...more
May Freighter
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, teen-fic
This book revolves around Lilith, a witch who comes into her powers. She learns a lot about her origins, her past, what the world is like outside of Ignis—a place where she grew up. She’s definitely a strong lead with a lot of mysteries surrounding her and worries that never cease. The poor girl needs a holiday with Clio somewhere.
This story was filled with adventure, deep characters, vivid descriptions, and great storytelling. It can easily capture you can keep you going to the very last page w
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Rose Channing
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book had me captivated from start to finish, and I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel. There was a sense of mystery and suspense all the way through, as we don't always know who can be trusted. I really appreciated how there wasn't a clear sense of who the "good guys" and "bad guys" are--the author has succeeded in creating a world with depth and complexity. I felt this book may have been a little inspired by Divergent, but personally I enjoyed it far more.
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Proud author responsible for Dead by Morning and The Council, fascinated by the dark and macabre. Stephen King is her all time inspiration mixed in with a little bit of Eminem and some faint remnants of the works of Edgar Allen Poe. When she began writing, she started in horror but it somehow drifted into thriller. She loves the 1988 movie Heathers. She was born and raised in Michigan but traveled ...more
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