• Noha Badawi

The Witch Who Courted Death by Maria Lewis

Witches, ghosts and a dive into the supernatural + a much, much needed feminist twist.

It's been such a long time since I've been lost into a story about the supernatural. This book came to my rescue from a horrific reading-slump and I couldn't be more happy.

It has such strong #InfernalDevices vibes mixed with the Winchester brothers from #Supernatural.

Only the badass main character is a woman, who's seeking vengeance at those who took everything from her, diving deep down into the supernatural world with no second thoughts.

I’d like to Thank Little Brown UK for my copy, you guys are awesome!

For some, death is a way of life . . .

Considering her status as the world's most powerful medium, Corvossier 'Casper' von Klitzing and her twin brother Barastin had a pretty normal life. Her unrivalled ability to speak with and control the dead had made her a living, made her notorious ... and made her a target.

After a horrific incident in her home city of Berlin, Casper's life is forever changed. The sole survivor, she is consumed with vengeance towards an enemy she doesn't understand. The only other person ever to escape the legendary Oct was a witch - so Casper is soon on her trail.

But this witch does not want to be found.

Diving headfirst into the supernaturally secretive world of spells, charms and covens, it's not long before Casper is crossing much more than just the line between the living and the dead . . .

The Witch Who Courted Death, Maria Lewis, Piatkus, Little Brown UK, June 23rd 2019,  ISBN: 9780349421285 , Paperback, Rating: ★★★★, 420 pages.

I'm a huge fantasy fan.

Huge, huge, huge fan ! You'll find me always diving into different worlds, exploring cultures and learning about new mythologies. But the second you give a good-old-amazing witches tale; I'm sold! From the minute I read the title I knew this book would definitely deliver, and the very first chapter made sure I was right. Starting with a thrilling scene of our two main characters; Corvossier & Barastin - aka, Casper & Creeper - sending a ghost on her way to the other side ... ooooh, interesting.

Maria Lewis slowly takes you through the world of our characters its politics, ticks and tocks and you instantly feel as if you already read about them before, they feel familiar in a good way. My only wish was that I craved more. More of the world, how it works, more characters to give us an in-depth view of it, ... it just needed a touch more. But honestly, I'm a geek I'll always crave more about any fantasy world.

The main characters were the most alive and fun part of the story and they made up for the depth I was craving of the world.

Casper's real name gave me such a hard time that I don't even know how it's actually pronounced; therefore she's casper for me. I loved how tough, organized, task-oriented, strict and at the same time warm, emotional and damn loyal. She was like two characters - opposites - mushed together and Casper came out. That scene at first broke my heart into pieces and I loved the arc of her development her adventure at seeking vengeance and getting justice. I would have loved to not jump that year gap in between incidents and what comes after - I wanted to ride along her recovery journey.

Barastin was freaking awesome. I boy-diva who's protective, loyal and let's-laugh-in-the-tough-moments kind of guy. I loved how his sarcastic and witted personality toned down a lot of Casper's seriousness and softened her. I loved how he enjoyed and loved being who he is, proud of the man he is, and always supporting his sister to what she seeks and desires to.

Opal, oh witchy witch I loved her!

I loved how quirky, bohemian and free-spirited she was. As much as she was burdened by life, circumstances and responsibilities she warmed my heart and hit me with all the feels at how motherly and protective she was for Sprinkle and how devoted and loyal to her origins she was. And Sprinkle was the most cool kid ever !

I enjoyed every minute of reading, the magic in this book, the witches history, the museum we visited alongside Casper and the world charms, spells, werewolves and ghouls we dived in. Nothing about this book was boring in the slightest and even though I wanted the world to be more developed and detailed, I still enjoyed every single word we got.



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