Today I am very pleased to be helping to open the blog tour down for Jay Raven’s book To Snare a Witch, which has now been self published
About the Book
No female dares spurn the lecherous advances of Sir Henry Cruttendon, 17th Century England’s most reviled nobleman. To do so risks a retribution that would terrify the Devil himself.
But Elizabeth Fiennes is no ordinary woman, blessed with stunning beauty, intelligence and guile. Coming from an influential family, she believes she is safe.
What she doesn’t understand is that the Earl is determined to satisfy his lust and plans to use the wave of witch trials, fear and superstition sweeping the countryside to force her into his clutches.
And as he springs his malicious trap it triggers a chain of unholy events plunging hunter and prey into a maelstrom of deceit, terror and depravity – leaving them both staring into the face of true evil…
This is a nice short novella, which I read in one afternoon whilst on holiday.
Due to it being a novella it is really hard to review without spoiling anything, but I’ll give it a try.
The book starts off with two witch hunters finding an old lady and claiming she is a witch so they can claim the bounty they get paid for finding any witches. Obviously they have to prove she is a witch and not just an old lady to appease the locals, and as they don’t actually believe there are such things they go to some ingenious ways to convince them all.
As they are leaving the area they get stopped by a local nobelman who owns most of the area and he has a proposition for them, which they can’t turn down without him telling the locals how they con them out of money.
What follows is a brilliant story, full of little twists, which I never saw coming, and a brilliant conclusion to the story.
At the end of the story I could quite easily see that Jay could either turn this into a full length novel, or add sequels with our two main characters in the future.
Overall a brilliant read, which I hope will have sequels shortly.
To purchase the book click here
About the Author
Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous placeto venture, full of monsters and murderous men.
He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as ateenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a500-acre wood may have something to do with it.