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Thalgor's Witch

(The Witch King Trilogy #1)

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In a land of perpetual war and wandering, warrior Thalgor not only leads his people in battle, but keeps the hope alive that somebody his displaced tribe can rebuild the kingdom that was lost to the treachery between witches and men. When he captures a beautiful witch, he knows he cannot trust her. But to succeed in his quest to find a new home and prevail over his ...more
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Published February 22nd 2018 by Tule Publishing
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Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
***** 3.75 Stars *****

Thalgor's Witch isn't your typical romance story. There isn't really any grand gestures of romance or loving words. Thalgor is actually a pretty harsh man, but his personality fits the setting of the story. Overall I enjoyed this book. My only complaint is that certain areas felt incomplete.


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Joleen (starlightbooktales)
This arc was provided to me for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

3 Stars

I’m going to be totally honest and admit I had high hopes for Thalgor’s Witch based on the cover itself. It’s gorgeous, but I don’t feel it fits well with the story. I had a few issues with the story, but overall it wasn’t the worst I have read. In fact, I enjoyed the kind of witch that was featured in this book. The main character isn’t indestructible, but in fact, has a limit to her power. That limit
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Marta Cox
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
Three and a half
This is a romance with a fantasy setting although if honest there isn't exactly a huge amount of world building going on . Basically this is the story of Erwyn, a Witch who has been kept a slave and as a Witch is both feared and ironically despised. When we meet her she's very protective of a young girl who could be cursed but unfortunately that particular thread isn't really followed up. What the author decides to do instead is show how the warrior Thalgor wants Erwyn for
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Despina
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this story from NetGalley for a honest review.

3 1/2 stars

I have to admit, I love a good fantasy/romance book so I was very excited to read a description for Thalgor's Witch. Erwyn who is a witch/healer is captured by Thalgor's hunting party while she has been a slave in a different camp. The long and the short of this story was that while it was well written, I didn't enjoy the overall story or the character's but that was more due to my personal taste. After reading this
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Christa
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Erwyn is a witch. Her village where she was slaved has been overrun, and she is trying to escape to the Sea Mountains with a child from her village, Felyn. She is captured by the leader of the raiding party Thalgor, and that is where our story begins.

As a witch, Erwyn has power over fire, foresight, and the power to heal. If Erwyn uses her powers to kill, she will lose her powers completely.

Erwyn is now a part of Thalgor’s clan. There is a lot of mistrust about witches, and about Erwyn
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Carol***BeautyandtheBeastlyBooks
***ARC received in exchange of an honest opinion***

This book was nice enough. It was a different book in the fantasy genre. It has romance and action and magic. But I think it's still missisng something.

Despite it having many battles, I still think it needed something more to add to them. Maybe a bit more story, a more involving plot line.

I liked the characters, but I didn't feel any real connection to any of them and I think the author missed a few opportunities regarding some of them and how
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Jaycee Jarvis
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-romance
Powerful fantasy romance with amazing world-building and compelling characters. As a witch, Erwyn is both feared and powerful, though her magics are not without their price. Thalgor struggles to love her as a woman and still honor and respect her as a witch. There are dark themes in this book, but they are handled with intelligence and nuance, and delivering the unexpected, as the best of speculative fiction does.
Lyra
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don’t read a lot of fantasy, because so many of the ones I’ve started turn out to be too rapey, but this one I finished and enjoyed. The world building was enough for me to understand the world, but not get bogged down in a long history of who begat whom. I appreciated the heroine’s self-acceptance and confidence, and a hero who has a strong moral compass. This felt like the fantasy book we need for the #metoo era, and I would be comfortable sharing this book with my 14 yr old.
Alexandra G.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, loved-it
4 stars

Reading this book reminded me a lot of the 'Vikings' TV show because things were moving so fast and so many people died and then were forgotten, and there was attack after attack after planning and preparing for an attack.

But for some reason I really enjoyed this book. Couldn't put it down. Hope I'll enjoy this author's other books as well.
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
This was good but it strayed at times, not a typical romance in the sense of it but quite realistic for what probably happened in medieval times and warlords. But I found it was a bit repetitive in the arguments between them, I liked that Erwyn remained strong and true to herself but found her a bit irritating at times. I was actually sidelined no with Talgarth at some points !
Donnajo
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily read a advanced reader's copy.

Thalgor's Witch by Nancy Holland, A good story if you enjoy fantasy. Not my usual type of read. The plot was well written and I liked the characters.
Sonja
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were great and the world interesting. Though much time passed, it all flowed so well and I never felt it was stilted or confusing. While Erwyn and those like her were called witches, they aren't like most would imagine them I don't think. They are bound by rules they must follow or else lose their magic. I liked all that Erwyn could do with her powers. There is a lot of fighting, as would be expected of how they live here, and it's all believable and ...more
Wendy
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
Although the cover was a bit dark and sinister, I was intrigued by the blurb of Thalgor's Witch. But already on the first page, I was drawn into the story. We meet Erwyn, who is fleeing with Felyn, from the clan where she is a slave. They are discovered by Thalgor and his men and taken to his clan. As a witch, with power to heal and to inflict pain and with the possibility to foresee the future, she is invaluable for any clan.

However, witches are not to be trusted. And Erwyn certainly doesn't
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Trish
Jan 12, 2018 added it
DNF
Shannon
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I enjoyed this novel, but I didn’t love it. I’ve been racking my brain on how to best categorize this novel. Romance? Fantasy? Historical Fiction? I think probably Fantasy Romance is closest. Because at the heart, its a romance.

It’s the story of a warrior, with dreams of settling his band down and finding peace, and a witch, who was enslaved and by virtue of being a witch, is generally distrusted by all. In my mind, the world was similarly set as The Last Kingdom (which could be solely because
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Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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73 points, 3 stars


I actually enjoyed reading this. If I sound shocked, it is because I am. I was really wary before starting this, because I have had bad luck with this type of story before in the past. I always want to like it, but I rarely do. Therefore I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed myself while reading it. Especially in light of how much I had trouble getting into the writing itself.

Thalgor's Witch is
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Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
War was brewing in full force in the Sea Mountains and Erwyn, the despised yet powerful witch and renowned healer, was escaping the battle and slavery with a child named Felyn. Soon they were captured by Thalgor and his men, and Erwyn must do everything to keep the little girl safe and protected. Thalgor was wicked and ruthless and inconsiderate, especially to Erwyn's kind - witches. But he couldn't just let her go or dispatch the witch, because she's got powers that were of great importance to ...more
Paula
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thalgor's Witch by Nancy Holland is the first book I have read by this author. Usually when I thin of Tule Publishing I think Montana or Texas contemporary romance, but this is fantasy. It is a wonderful genre expansion which I applaud; being a well-written, solid story; that never failed to keep my interest.

The place seems very much like 14th century with groups who were more nomadic than city builders. Life is harsh and even good souls were harsher still. Peace is only a dream as well as
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Gigi
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
There are some interesting concepts in Thalgor’s Witch. For example, the fragility of Erwyn’s power. I haven’t seen this in many other witchcraft-themed novels. However, I found it particularly hard to be captivated by the plot as I found the narrative didn’t suit my taste. I personally felt it was too heavily reliant on dialogue and I felt, the majority of the time, I was being told everything rather it being shown.

Another thing was the sense of place in the novel. There was very little
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Nicole
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book from net galley for an honest review. Thank you!!

This novel was a good read. The novel contains magic, romance, betrayal, and battles. Erwyn is a witch with abilities to heal and second site. She made a promise to her mother to save her sister. Erwyn was a slave and escaped but is captured by the man who conquered the people that held her as a slave. Thalgor is a warrior and also has witchblood. He sees Erwyn as a way to help his people, even though he cannot trust a witch.
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CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
A haunting mixture between love and hate, death and life, hope and despair, witch and warrior. I found each page to be a chance for the battles both personal and war to win or lose and never knowing which way the story would go. I was on edge throughout the entire book just wondering how it could ever work out. I would never have given the chances to Thalgore that Erwyn did because he was absolutely cruel at times. I felt bad for Thalgore because he struggled with his feelings about witches and ...more
Jeffrey Hatcher
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nancy Hollands "Thalgor's Witch" successfully combines romance novel, fantasy, feminism, and literary fiction in equal parts to good effect. The main character, Erwyn, is taken captive by a tribe who effectively put a scarlet letter 'W' around her collar. She is stigmatized much like Hawthorne's adulturess, but she is in no way an adulturer. She is a witch by birth, and that is enough.

In spite of the stigmata, she becomes rapidly valued if not fully accepted by her mainly male counterparts for
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Shelagh
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I rarely read paranormal, but this story tempted me and I’m glad I dived between the covers. It’s a full length novel set in what I imagine to be mediaeval times, though that’s left up to the imagination of the reader, which I really liked. I also liked the conflict faced by Erwyn as she tried to balance her responsibilities as a witch with her hopes, dreams and responsibilities as a woman. The story itself was engrossing. I had started reading expecting it to be a romance, and it was, but there ...more
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Nancy Holland recently began to live her dream as a full-time writer. She writes stories about people who refuse to give up on themselves, struggle to change their lives, and learn to trust each other. When not reading or writing, she loves to travel and explore cities where she can feel the lives of people who lived there centuries ago.

Other books in the series

The Witch King Trilogy (3 books)
  • Felyn's Curse (The Witch King Trilogy #2)
  • The Witch King (The Witch King, #3)