The Witch Queen
by Jan Siegel
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
352 pages; ISBN: 0345439031
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
She once dreamed of ruling Logrez through her son, a product of having sex with her brother the great king Arthur but failed in her deadly scheme. Morgus hates mankind and intends to rule modern day England but she is not wise in the ways of the present. She plans to use the spirit of a modern day witch, separated from her body by Morgus, to learn how to get around in the twentieth century.
Fern Capel, unwilling to be an apprentice to such a malevolent being, fights her and eventually thinks she kills her dangerous “guest”. Unfortunately, Morgus is a survivor and after a time of recuperation is back intending to destroy Fern once and for all. When it comes to Fern’s attention that she will have to fight her enemy once again, she gathers her allies for the coming battle, never dreaming what she will have to sacrifice for the ultimate victory.
This is the third installment in the Fern Capel Saga and it is by far the most creative and fascinating to date. The antagonist is almost as interesting as the heroine as Morgus is a malevolent being so consumed by hatred that it is not at all easy to predict how she will attack only that her assault is pending. The heroine is a being of pure goodness so easy to predict but remains likable and engages the empathy of the audience early on. The climax is truly a shocker that solves the problems that plague Fern, but not quite in the way the audience will anticipate.
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