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James: Witch-Hunter


4.05  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  31 reviews
~Prequel to the Witch-Hunter trilogy~

James Bennett is a Yorkshire lad, making the big move to Oxford to start university.
His ambitions involve getting a good education; impressing the Rugby Club; and not throttling his roommate. All perfectly normal drama, until Hallowe'en.

A girl's murder throws James into the dangerous world of witches, and those that hunt them.

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Paperback, 278 pages
Published October 1st 2017 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Sheila Goicea
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I received this copy from the author, K.S. Marsden, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

#4 for the #MonthofMonstrosities tag!

There is a darker side of Oxford than meets the eye, one where covens of powerful witches practice inhumane rituals in order to grow their power. Emotionless, self-centered beings, they are a danger to all of society--in particular, anyone that's human. 

James knew nothing of the w
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an eBook copy of this book from K.S. Marsden.

Characters: 5/5
Plot: 5/5
Originality: 5/5

I am so grateful to have received a copy of this as I enjoyed it so much! We follow the story of James, a boy who is starting his first year at Oxford University. He is the main character and meets Hunter, his irritable roommate. Initially, the relationship between Hunter and James is tense and we can literally feel the animosity between them!

The story takes a d

Tiffany Marin
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

When James Bennett leaves Yorkshire for Oxford University, his only goals are to get a good education and impress the rugby team. Shortly after arriving, he adds throttling his roommate to his list of very normal goals. Nothing seems out of the ordinary until Halloween, when he witnesses his friend, Bea bei
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: magic
First I would like to thank the author for sharing this with Read it & Reap for exchange of an honest review.

I have read the trilogy that this novel is the prequel to and find it to flow reasonably well with the theme of the stories. The story here is about how James Bennett become friends with Hunter Astley and Charlotte Summers. We see more of how clever James really is and how he became a true and trusted friend to Hunter. This story can be read as a stand alone as it is contained only to thi
Amy Leigh
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
James is attending Oxford and he's always been a normal guy with a normal life until his roommate Hunter comes into his life. James accidentally witnessed a ritual sacrifice and realizes that his roomie is actually a witch hunter. The more he learns about this hidden world the more he wonders if he should get involved.

This is the prequel to Marsden's series in which we get a great look at James before he becomes a very different character. I love prequels because they extend the life of charact
Rose English
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book 71 of my Goodreads Challenge

I have been dying to read this since I saw a sample of the book before it was even published. The cover simply grabbed me, so striking and clearly links in with the whole Witch-Hunter Series of which I am a BIG FAN.

This is the story of James a young Yorkshire lad who has earned his place at Oxford University by sheer hard work and determination. I was intrigued to find out about his background after reading other books in the series and I can tell you I was not d
Rae Else
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
K. S. Masden’s Witch Hunter series has been on my TBR list for a while so I was very much looking forward to delving into this book. And, it didn’t disappoint!


James: Witch Hunter is a prequel story to the Witch Hunter series, which can be read before or after the main series. Right away I warmed to James, the main character, who we see on his first day at Oxford University. He is a very down-to-earth, likable guy. I really enjoyed watching James, the Yorkshire lad, mingle with the rather
Sue Plant
Dec 04, 2017 rated it liked it
would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this book

james is a normal working class lad starting uni and shares his rooms with hunter who comes from a very different background and who also doesnt come across very friendly...

hunter it seems comes from a long line of witch hunters which james just happens to stumble across..
the concept of the story is very interesting but i feel this story was written for teenages as i felt at times there was not enough substance and kept
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, pnr-sf
*** copy received in exchange for an honest review ***

James is young man starting Uni well he just entered Oxford. he hopes to have the best of time while there. There is one major roadblock. His room mate, Hunter.
Hunter jumped him the for time they saw each other, he is very secretive.
After the death of a young woman, James decides Hunter who knew the girl must know more than he says and decides to investigate...

This was a wonderful introduction to the serie. James is cocky and funny. Hunter i
Fangs for the Fantasy
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was ok

James has managed to get a scholarship for Oxford University. He expects challenges from academics, from sports, from being a poor notherner in the elite college. He even could handle a dangerous and unpleasant room mate

He did not expect murder. He certainly didn’t expect witches, witch hunters and being in the middle of an ancient war.

One of the hardest kind of reviews to write is for a book that…. Isn’t terrible? Especially when that kind of covers everything you need to say about it. Honestly
Wilmar Luna
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Let’s start off with a disclaimer before I jump into this review. I was a beta reader for this book, but I also purchased a copy for myself. So don’t let my beta reader status dissuade you from my review. With that out of the way, let’s dive into my James book review.

The hardest book reviews to write are often the ones where you love a book down to its creaky spine.
James is the first book I’ve read which made me consistently laugh out loud and smile.

You might be fooled —considering its dark and
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a prequel to the Witch Hunter trilogy, and it deals with how James Bennet and Hunter Astley become a witch hunting team in the following books. James is a working class boy, with a tragic background, excited to start his university life, and is accidentally assigned Hunter Astley as his roommate. Hunter and James are very different people who dislike each other almost instantly, as Astley is arrogant and rude, while James is likable, friendly, and honest-to-a-fault. James becomes suspici ...more
Merril Anil
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you haven't been already introduced to the beautiful witch hunter series by the author then let this book be the ray of light that will lead you to the series.

I had fallen instantly for the series and had followed the series to the core and that is the reason why when the author asked me as to whether I would like to read a prequel to the series, especially one that is based on james, I was instantly on it. So a huge thanks to the author for sharing me the book with me and showing an immense
Jessica Bronder
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
James Bennett received a scholarship from Oxford University and is now trying to get a good education and get on the rugby team. Then he adds not killing his roommate to this list. But on Halloween he witnesses a girl being sacrificed by witches. He has unwillingly become a witch-hunter with Hunter Astley and Charlotte Summers.

So I have not read the Witch-Hunter series and thought this would be a good way to start. James is worried that he will not fit in with the other student because of where
Colleen Chesebro
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Witch Hunter Series is: The Shadow Rises, The Shadow Reigns, The Shadow Falls, which I’ve read and reviewed. The stories revolve around the evil witches who sacrifice humans to increase their own powers. In this world, witches are evil and hunted down by the MMC (Malleus Maleficarum Council), a secret witch hunting organization tasked with neutralizing the threat from the witches.

James is a prequel to K.S. Marsden’s Witch-Hunter series. This book does a deeper dive into the main characters a
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Smackdown! Marsden rises to the challenge with this thrilling debacle, delivering one chart topping, jaw dropping, block busting bombshell, hooking you from the start and reeling you in for the duration, melding this baby together seamlessly. Continence and dynamics in layer upon layer that you peel back with each page your drawn into this web so profoundly until everything else ceases to exist. A raging tempest of vexing mishaps and perplexing events, noting the ta
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've received a review copy of this book from Kelly.

This is a mid-sized prequel story for the main witch hunter series. In the main books, we had Hunter as the MC, and also his two friends, James and Charlotte. This book sees James as the MC and how these three got to know each other and how they ended up in the witch hunting business during their university time.

It's a good introduction/teaser to the series for new readers, and a nice addition for those already familiar with the existing books
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
James: Witch-Hunter by KS Marsden
This is a prequel, but you don't need to read the series before this book. I was not lost at all and this was my first book by Marsden.
James goes to college and notices his roommate is a bit odd. James follows him one night and is thrown into a world of witches and witch hunters.
I think this story was great. The characters were well written and developed. The plot was interesting enough to follow and it made me want to keep reading. There was a couple times where
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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James Bennett is a Yorkshire guy starting his first year at Oxford. He meets his roommate Hunter a fellow member of the rugby team having the usual roommate drama. Soon things will change on Halloween night.

A girl is found murder will cause his life to change. He will enter a world of witches and magic that he never knew existed. As he will learn to fight and kill them to save himself and the world he lives in.

It will take you on an adventure like no other.
Sharon Read
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not my normal read, but I loved the charactors in this book, especially hunter and james,
story line was good, will keep my eyes out for the next book

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
R.K. Emery
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I found this novel to be wonderfully written and full of vivid descriptions and emotion.

James is a wonderful lead. He's hot and fun to read about.

There are plenty of twists and surprises along the way that kept me flipping pages and invested in the storyline.
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-read
It sets us up for book 1. Makes us wonder about Hunter. And what will happen to James. I will read book 1 to get to know the characters more.
Barb VanderWel
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this & I can't wait for more.
I will be also leaving a review on Goodreads @ Amazon.
And letting everyone know about it.
So i gave it a 5 Stars.
Michael Elliott
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to be given an arc by the author and what an enjoyable read! James, a first year student at Oxford becomes embroiled in the world of witches and witch hunters. I loved the character of James, he's cocky, brash and too talkative for his own good. That's what's nice about him, he isn't perfect, he doesn't always think a situation through and he certainly let's his sarcasm get him into trouble. James is from Yorkshire and K.S Marsden captures his dialogue perfectly. The story ...more
Rosalyn Kelly
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a prequel to the author’s Witch-Hunter series and focuses on one of the characters from the trilogy called James. It can be read as a standalone, but, in my opinion having never read the series, is also a great warm up to the main event.

It details James’ move from the north to Oxford University, how he settles into life there, makes friends, finds his feet and meets his nightmare of a roommate – the aristocratic, arrogant and womanising Hunter, who is a bit of an arse, but also a tad my
Kathy - Books & Munches
The only thing I liked about this novel is the overall story, the idea. But that's really it and it hurts so much to say that...

And even the overall story got on my nerves sometimes. Why? It's just so predictable. As soon as one small event occurred at the start of the novel, I knew how it was going to end and I was right. Sure, sometimes books can be predictable like that, but sometimes it also just makes you enjoy a story so much less.

The world-building. It's pretty much a world with witches i
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star, paranormal
James: Witch-hunter is a great prequel to the Witch Hunter series, which I read last year.

The book is set some years before The Shadow Rises, and covers the time when James first meets Hunter at university.

I enjoyed getting to know both characters all over again at a younger age and the start of James' journey into the world of witch hunters and witches.

K.S. Marsden has written another wonderful book, with plenty of magic, danger, action and touches of humour.

It can be read before or after the
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would say that while I liked the characters and the setting I would like more development and descriptions throughout. I didn't feel connected to the characters like I want to be. And I also felt there were moments were the book could have been more descriptive of the world and what was going on rather than telling us.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of James: Witch-Hunter by K.S. Marsden from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was intrigued by the summary and really wanted to like this novel, but the storyline could have been pulled together better. The overdone descriptions, bland characters and predictable plot lessened the impact of the writing or my enjoyment of it.
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
he had a great future in front of him and he goes to Oxford to start university but come Halloween and everything changes. he is plunged into a world of witches and hunters. where will it all take him. read to see where it will all go

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Kelly S. Marsden grew up in Yorkshire, and there were two constants in her life - books and horses.
Graduating with an equine degree from Aberystwyth University, she has spent most of her life since trying to experience everything the horse world has to offer. She is currently settled into a Nutritionist role for a horse feed company in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
She writes Fantasy stories part-tim

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Witch-Hunter (3 books)
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