[ARC Review] Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton

Witch Finder
(Witch Finder #1)
Author: Ruth Warburton
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2014
Pages: 374 (Paperback)
Genres: YA – Historical, Fantasy
London. 1880. In the slums of Spitalfields apprentice blacksmith Luke is facing initiation into the Malleus Maleficorum, the fearsome brotherhood dedicated to hunting and killing witches.
Luke’s final test is to pick a name at random from the Book of Witches, a name he must track down and kill within a month, or face death himself. Luke knows that tonight will change his life forever. But when he picks out sixteen-year-old Rosa Greenwood, Luke has no idea that his task will be harder than he could ever imagine.
Thank you Netgalley and Hodder Children’s Books for the review copy! This doesn’t affect my opinions or review in any ways.


I haven’t heard much of Witch Finder actually but I was quite excited for it because witches, people. How cool is that? Turns out, it was horrible. It was like my experience with Reboot all over again — only this time it’s less infuriating and more like a trip to Snoozeville.

So Luke is facing an initiation to join Malleus Maleficorum Brotherhood — some sort of secret organization that hunts witches. He has passed the first two initiation, the trial of knife and the trial of fire. He only needs to face the trial of hammer and that is killing a witch he has chosen blindly from a book. The witch he has to kill is Rosamund Greenmood.

Witch Finder is written in 3rd person perspective and there are double POVs. Honestly, I could barely stay awake reading this. Both characters are very one-dimensional and for the whole time I felt nothing toward them. The pacing was unbelievably slow I was on the verge from DNF’ing it but I decided to carry on and I couldn’t help but to skim the second half of the book. Plus, there are too many names introduced in the beginning without any further explanations, making me confused most of the time.

To make matters worse, the romance seems to pop out of the blue for no absolute reasons. I mean, Rosa and Luke barely interacts with each other and yet suddenly Rosa kisses him and Luke doesn’t want to kill her because she’s oh-so-pretty and kind-hearted. Well, maybe they’ve spoken for a few times but that’s certainly not enough. I didn’t feel any tension between them — where art thou chemistry?
The synopsis seems to be misleading too. There aren’t many witch actions and to be honest I wouldn’t mind so much if the book was actually still enjoyable to read like The Chaos of Stars. At least, the main character’s personality in The Chaos of Stars shines through the writing but THIS. -_- Truthfully, Luke and Rosa’s POVs sounded practically the same to me.

I feel like I have wasted my time reading Witch Finder and I truly have no interest left to read the sequel.

3 thoughts on “[ARC Review] Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton”

  1. Haha well there you have it. The synopsis didn’t sound too bad but man random stuff popping up everywhere does sound bad. I am seriously so nit-picky about my romance these days like you just go no idea. I want good romance! Is that too much to ask for!

  2. It sucks this book didn’t do it for you. The summary looks awesome but obviously it’s the complete opposite. It’s like movie trailers, can completely fool you haha. Oooh and I hate bad romances, I’m just so picky with romances these days. Everything has to be perfect.

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