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Feast of the Mother

(Witch of the Lake #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  288 ratings  ·  80 reviews
A witch. A murder. A curse…

Beneath the murky waters of the lake, an ancient being slumbers, and Brygida is its servant. Kept sheltered in the woods by her mothers from the nearby village, Brygida has never had so much as a friend—until the day she meets a charming stranger painting by the lake. He invites her to the village’s harvest feast, but her taste of the forbidden e
Published July 27th 2019 by Miranda Honfleur, Author (first published July 21st 2019)
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C.G. Drews
I was so so drawn in by this cover immediately. Like just LOOK. And the premise was basically: a witch looks for the killer of a local murdered girl, and she's going to sacrifice him to the god in the lake for his crimes. Basically she is an Avenger Of Women™ and that will forever make my heart beat faster.

I really like when fantasy incorporates magic and wonder and the actual harshness of reality. This felt like a #MeToo in fantasy version at times (especially with the male characters spewing
Anna (holdthepage)
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, witches
3.5 stars.
Linda Romer
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
I enjoyed reading Feast of the Mother. A fast paced fantasy about a witch named Brygida who lives in the witchlands with her two mothers. She is the reaper of death and her duty is to find the murderer of a villager. She meets a Painter named Kaspian a future lord of Rubin. I liked the adventure and the characters and I'm looking forward to book #2 Fate of the Demon.

I give Feast of the Mother 4 stars for its interesting read.
I would recommend this book to Fantasy Fans.
Nicole (FearYourEx)
Oct 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book but didn't love it. I'll probably continue the series. I would've preferred a bit more of the fantasy elements throughout the story considering it was basically all at the end aside from 2 small instances and talk about the different magical creatures near the lake.
Jodie- Readthewriteact
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Feast of the Mother is a who done its style mystery set in a fantasy world of Witches and folk law. At times it took me a bit to catch up on all the magical nuances but overall the story was a curious one to follow. There is a rape and murder but we don't really know a lot about the characters so it is hard to guess as a reader who would have the motivation to do it. I would have liked to have had the story delve deeper into the village people so that I could understand the dynamics of it better ...more
Jenny (Bookbookowl)
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to the authors for providing me with a copy of Feast of the Mother!

Brygida is facing a lonely life with only her two mothers as company. She has been forbidden to visit the village or speak to any of the villagers, especially the men. Brygida is a witch, and her mothers have made it very clear she will not be accepted or wanted outside of their magical forest. But when Brygida encounters one of the village men by chance, paining by her lake, he doesn’t seem to be as dangerous
Jul 09, 2020 rated it liked it
This was the first title I chose to read because of its blurb matter and the Slavic settings. The story begins with Brygida, a witch who doubles a death’s reaper/detective. Brygida is called upon to investigate a murder of a village girl. She has only three days to complete her task.

Set over such a short time span, this story has a slow-burn effect with its main mystery and while there’s a bit of a romance as well. I enjoyed the main character and her interactions with both her mothers as well a
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Two of my favorite authors joined together, definately couldn't pass up reading this! And they didn't disappoint!
Feast of the Mother had me hooked from the first page on with intrigue and mystery that literally kept me reading from start to finish in one day. The characters were so well written I felt everything Brygida did and then some as I was trying to solve the murder along with her. I can't wait to see what comes next!
I recommend this book for anyone who likes reading fantasy, mythology, m
Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)
A wonderfully delightful feast of magic and suspense! I thoroughly enjoyed this new tale of murder, greed, mystery and romance. The characters were entrancing and I can’t wait to read more about them.
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
The author/publisher provided a free copy of the book for review purposes - thank you! Receiving a review copy does not guarantee a positive review and therefore do not affect the opinion or content of the review. Feast of the Mother was a mini struggle bus.
I like the world-building and Slavic influences Honfleur and Andrews use throughout the first book in the Witch of the Lake series, but I wanted more. More than likely a personal preference, but I ended up a little disappointed. Things als
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Its a quick, cute read.

It builds the world so easily, and moves a long seamlessly.

Its very enjoyable and easy to finish in one sitting.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Brygida lived a very sheltered life. She is an outsider to the village and yet she is the one who must solve the murder. The problem is that her main suspect is someone whom she very much hopes in innocent. This one took me a bit to get into, but I really enjoyed how everything worked in the end.
Alistair North
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read all of Miranda Honfleur's Novels so far, and was intrigued to have a look at her new series co-authored with Nicolette Andrews (whose books I haven't read as of yet, sorry Nicolette!).

While this is undoubtedly a Fantasy Novel, there are no epic battles or Magical conflicts as you might expect in the 'Blade and Rose' Novels, instead you find yourself reading what is possibly the only Police Procedural Murder Mystery set in Old Pagan Poland. Our rookie Detective, Brygida, has only 3 d
Laura Crawford
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the combination of witches and mystery in this amazing book. It was my first by both of these authors, and definitely won't be my last!
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A witch. A murder. A curse…
Beneath the murky waters of the lake, an ancient being slumbers, and Brygida is its servant. Kept sheltered in the woods by her mothers from the nearby village, Brygida has never had so much as a friend—until the day she meets a charming stranger painting by the lake. He invites her to the village’s harvest feast, but her taste of the forbidden ends with a murder.
Called into service for the first time, Brygida must take up her ancestral duty as Reaper of Death and solv
When a village feast ends in murder, Brygida must follow in her ancestors footsteps and take up the the scythe to become Mokosza’s Reaper of Death. She has 3 days to find the young girl’s killer and deliver him to the lake, otherwise she will be dragged to its depths, and the village massacred. The only problem is, the main suspect is Kaspian, a handsome young painter who is kindhearted. Brygida can’t believe he could be a murderer.

Feast of the Mother is a beautifully written tale of witches an
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good first start

Even though the male protagonist is a little gormless he kinda steps up to the mark but that's ok because the female main protagonist saves the day - looking forward to the next :)
Jessica Fry
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For those who love stories with well-woven mythologies, this is a wonderful tale. It draws from Polish mythology and features a well-crafted eastern European world, complete with a foreboding forest, Mrok witches, and strange denizens of the deep which demand justice for murdered women.

The story itself tells the tale of a young Mrok witch named Brygida and her attendance at a feast, meeting of a gentle and charming artist, and a murder the following day which sets this young man firmly in the s
The Mysterious Reader
Miranda Honfleur and Nicolette Andrews are two of my favorite authors, so I was delighted to find that they’ve collaborated on a new series, Witch of the Lake, of which Feast of the Mother is Book 1. And what a amazingly fantastic Book 1 it turned out to be. Brygida is a wonderfully crafted lead (Kaspian is a laugh) and I loved the story in this Slavic mythology inspired romantic dark fantasy. It’s truly wrk-written fun filled with well-crafted characters. But for the fact that I’m literally dic ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
i found the pagan slavic setting/world-building interesting, and i liked both the leads/POV characters. i've really been trying to seek out books that have more sensitive or introspective male love interests (or at least less combative/hate-love dynamics between those in central relationships) in fiction lately, and it's not always easy. in fact, they're so thin on the ground that i really treasure them whenever and wherever i find them. luckily, this book has both of those, with an interesting ...more
Tera Comer
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved this fast paced fantasy about a witch who is the reaper of death. Brygida must find the murderer of a villager in this feast of magic and suspense
Deb Barringer
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s
Brygida, a witch isolated her whole life from the outside world, now tasked with being a reaper to serve justice for a heinous crime. Kaspian, a soft soul accused by all of taking the life of his bride-to-be, knows he will face the reaper if found guilty yet has no memory of the crime. Brygida fights for his innocence, while everyone else has deemed him guilty. But is he? Will she save him or reap him afterall? This was an excellent, good old-fashioned whodunit, with a wonderful supernatural fla ...more
Spring Runyon
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was just magical enough with just enough mystery and romance. The way the authors described the setting was beautiful. The characters were flawed just like I like them. There is a bit of instant love, but it works in the context of this story. I absolutely can’t wait for the sequel. I’d love to go into detail about everything I loved about this book, but I’m sick right now so I’ll try to update in a few days. For now I’ll just say if you like witches, folklore, or magic, de ...more
Fiona Andrew
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Two of my favourite authors combining to write a book, I’m in seventh heaven. They didn’t disappoint, form page one I was hooked. I had to find out about the witches and what there magic was all about, then there was the villagers and all there life’s to explore. The characters were beautifully described as well as the world around the woods. Totally enthralled. Grab yourself a cuppa of your favourite beverage, curl up in your favourite reading spot and lose yourself in a fabulous book. Can’t wa ...more
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This first book in the Witch of the Lake series is an interesting read, a mystery filled with magic and Polish folklore. I really enjoyed it, and loved the characters of the playful Stefan, the strong and independent (yet longing for company) Brygida and the noble, artistic Kaspian. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book in the series, and highly recommend this one to all lovers of paranormal mysteries.
NB I received a complimentary copy of this book, but I always give an HON
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An exceptional story, by two exceptional authors!!!

This book is everything the blurb promises and more. A unique storyline, based on Polish mythology, murder, mystery, romance, all combine to deliver an outstanding book, a real page turner. The world building is excellent, the description so vivid you can feel part of the story, the characters well developed and intriguing. Although the story can be read as a standalone, there are hints of more to come and I can't wait for the next installment i
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What can i say. A powerhouse team of two amazing authors got together to create this wonderful world. Mythology and witches are set in a world all their own. Brygida is a part of the Mrok line of witches, as such they are outsiders to the villages. She is interested in the other side of life and with a little romance mixed in it makes for such a great book. I can't wait to see what the next book brings.
Scarolet Ellis
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Feast of the Mother (Witch of the Lake Book 1) by Miranda Honfleur , Nicolette Andrews is a wonderful story that I have read. I absolutely fell in love with this wonderful start to a brand new series and I can not wait to readthe next book. I highly recommend this story to everyone who loves readign about fantasy.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book
Patricia Finnegan
Witches and a lord.

Well written story based on legends. Lots of rain in this country but then that could be why the harvest is so good. It's festival time and the townspeople meet the youngest witch of the woods. Steady action that took me almost to the end to solve the case. Very enjoyable.
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great way to start a series!! This book has everything, a family of witches who lives in the forest, royalty, a love story just hinting its birth... I loved it and cant wait to continue reading what comes next!!
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