ELS library assistant Aimee falls further into the magical world of authors Katharine and Elizabeth Corr with their YA novel, The Witch’s Tears. You can read Aimee’s review of the first book in the series here.
This is the second spellbinding instalment of The Witch’s Kiss Trilogy.
After defeating the evil wizard Gwydion and the King of Hearts, you would have thought that life would settle down for Merry and her family. But even though she has fulfilled her bloodline’s legacy, Merry is still plagued by nightmares involving her previous ordeal at the lake, and it soon starts to become apparent that things are far from over for her and her brother…
Shortly after the story begins, we are introduced to a new character, Ronan, who quickly befriends Leo, who is going through some tough challenges due to his friends not accepting his sexuality. Is Ronan genuine or is he merely taking advantage of Leo’s vulnerability?
Soon after Ronan’s arrival, Merry’s grandmother is kidnapped, sparking an investigation which Merry is determined to get to the bottom of, even if it means going against coven rules. With the arrival of some new characters in the form of a wizarding family, one of the brothers, Finn comes to stay with Merry and her family to help with rescuing her grandmother. A couple of years older than her, he is self-assured and secretive. Merry is drawn to him, but doubts his intentions as he seems to have his own agenda.
The first book in this series had a fairy tale feel to it, having elements of the Sleeping Beauty story running through it. The magic continues in this book with elements of the tale of Rumpelstiltskin coming through. All is not what it seems, and you have to be careful what you wish for!
As the story draws to its climax, the characters start to show their true colours and nightmares from Merry’s past are brought back to life. It finishes on a cliff-hanger, leaving us thirsty for more. I can’t wait to see what is in store for Merry in book three!
Aimee didn’t wait too long before reading the concluding book, The Witch’s Blood. Read her thoughts here. There may be spoilers!