Monday, 23 July 2018

To Snare A Witch By Jay Raven


Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men. 

He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it. 



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...

To snare a witch is a historical horror, which is generally not my type of thing since I usually prefer crime when I’m reading. So I wasn’t sure whether or not I was going to enjoy it when I started reading.
That being said, it was a good little book. Because I have kids I find it very difficult to find the time to actually sit and read a whole book and end up reading in bits and bats and having to reread chapters to refresh myself about what is going on. 
That wasn’t an issue with To Snare a Witch, since it is only 77 pages long and has quite short chapters it was a great book to pick up just to have a bit of me time once the kids are in bed without the pressure of trying to get through to the end of a huge chapter.
I liked that the chapter titles were all whimsical little rhymes, it contrasted well with the more dark content of the actual story. It gave a little break from the horror aspect of the story too which was quite nice. Plus the rhymes also managed to relay what was happening in the upcoming chapter which was pretty cool.
Like I said before, it isn’t the type of story that I’d usually read, but I did enjoy it even though I wouldn’t necessarily have picked it out myself, I’m glad I got the chance to read it. For anyone who does like the history and/or horror genre then it’s definitely a good book for you.
I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone so I won’t mention too much about the plot, I just thought I’d mention the main character and how badass she is, it makes a great change from the man being the hero of a story. Plus the twist of where the story ends up compared to where you think it will go is quite a cool surprise.
Overall a nice little read to fit in when you have a break in a hectic life, or if you happen to have more time to read than I do then a nice way to spend a lazy afternoon.