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The Witch Within by [Kenaz, Iva]
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Length: 168 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Gripping mystical tale set in medieval Bohemia.

After she has been charged with witchcraft, sixteen-year-old Talitha escapes to the abandoned Cursed Lands and seeks the ancient cave of her ancestors. In the deep woods, she starts to remember her ancestral lore of healing and magical symbolism and receives guidance on how to survive from the local spirits.
Soon after she’s captured by two men, who were sent to take her to the local justice. One is a brute while the other is fatally attracted to her.
Once Talitha manages to escape them, she finds her ancestral cave, but also another one at the highest peak of the forest where a group of refugee women have established a camp. By facing both the dark and bright side of her kin, Talitha learns that what she thought was her curse, may yet become her gift.

The novel was inspired by natural magic, runes, paganism and the mystical legends of South Bohemia. It's written in first-person present tense and is lyrical in some parts. It also contains a runic riddle to be solved for those who are interested in runic magic.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 467 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LCWN002
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #618,088 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Suspenseful 28 July 2015
By darswords - Published on
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Stockholm Syndrome. Just looked it up and didn't want to forget it. I'll get back to it later.

I certainly loved Ms. Iva Kenaz's other book My Melancholy Diary. So it didn't surprise me that I loved this book, too, even though these two books had very little in common.

Both books were strong quick reads. Both books had strong young women as their main characters. And though I didn't catch it (I actually read it in another review) both books are centered in Prague, the Czech Republic where the author is from. I will have to re-read this book to see where Talitha, (MC, The Witch Within) resides.

Now I have to pull away from the review a bit to let you all know what happened as I attempted to read this book. My Text-to-Speech didn't track with the book. It would read ahead a few pages, but the pages didn't turn so I was stuck reading the one page while TTS read future pages. I couldn't manually flip the page or the TTS would turn off. That made the read less exciting than I believe it could have been. I will have to call Amazon to see if I can do anything about that. TTS was the whole reason I bought this Fire. Anyway, I didn't call them while reading the book because I was still engrossed in Talitha's life and didn't want the real world to interrupt the read. Hopefully, this TTS didn't mess up my experience of the book. I do plan to re-read it so I may raise the rating then. As it was, with the TTS problem, I had to read some pages two or three times each just so I didn't miss anything. It only ruined the mood a little.

I would love my Wiccan friends to read this and let me know how accurate the chants and alphabet bits were. Seemed real enough for fiction. And due to reading another review I know the Cursed Areas do exist. So much of the story played out nicely. I was caught up in Talitha's plight and then getting kidnapped. And though I hate stories that include the hatred directed to witches, or the 'lesbian?' people in the book it was during that historic time. Still I felt the main character could have been more forgiving of the skyclad dancers and their passions.

My biggest problem was how Talitha fell in love with her captor. Yes, he was the nicer of the guys but all I could think was this was a historic case of Stockholm Syndrome. And though it didn't leave us on a real cliffhanger, much is left for a future book, I'm sure. Oh, and I was often struck at how adult Talitha was even though she was merely 14 or 15. But maybe back then people matured faster. So I didn't let it stop the story. So with so many elements messed up for me in this read, I think I want to rate this a 4.5 rather than a full 5 stars. But I will read it again to make sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely love this book 4 July 2014
By Hjálmar Einarsson - Published on
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Sixteen year old Talitha runs for her life after being accused of witchcraft. With bounty hunters on her trail she flees into the wilderness of medieval Europe, surviving on her herbal medicine skills in a cursed, forsaken forest.
She soon is temporarily captured by the bounty hunters but manages to escape after flirting with one of them (Nathaniel). Has the cursed forest played tricks on her mind or has Talitha fallen in love with Nathaniel, her soon to be executioner?
Soon enough Talitha discovers the myths and the secrets of the forest, including a group of outcast women/witches who live life in solitude without any men, and plot thickens.

The story setting starts out in realism but soon is interwoven with elements of mythology, mystery and sexual tension. In a way it is a coming of age story of a girl who is developing into a woman and potentially a true medieval witch!

I only realized after purchasing the book it was intended for Young Adults. No matter, I am 40 and by page two I was hooked. The story firmly holds it’s fast phase and suspense through out to the end. The main character is sympathetic and full of inner conflicts. I found the story to have surprisingly many layers, wrapped up in a dark fairy tail like world of medieval times. It is wonderfully written and gripping.

I recommend this book, not only to the younger readers of magic, mysteries, and myths, but to all avid book readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and Honest 18 November 2014
By Alushka - Published on
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I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from this book, but once I started reading it I couldn’t stop until I was finished. The story begins immediately with the protagonist Talitha escaping her own execution into a damned forest or the ‘damned Bohemian Lands’ where most of the story takes place.

The whole narrative is told through the first person account of the main character and the inner fear and guilt that she struggles with are dealt with in a very realistic way and doesn’t overpower the flow of the action.

In fact the clarity of the writing felt so effortless that it seemed like I was watching an epic movie and it wouldn’t surprise me if it would be adapted into a movie someday. The mood lures you in and adds to the constantly intensifying plot as the character moves deeper into the forest where she encounters the witch hunters, spirits, wild beasts and other “witches” or women living in the wild. What I especially liked was Talitha’s struggle with the natural elements and spirits as I found it believable. Furthermore I enjoyed the growing romantic tension between Talitha and her captor Nathaniel which came as an interesting twist and added a warmth to the bleak situation of the main character. It was very touching. The only thing I didn’t like about the book was that I wanted to read more once it was done. Hopefully the author will write a follow-up one day. On the whole the book was a joy to read and I would recommend to anyone who likes a riveting and thought-provoking story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I found the word choice wonderfully strong, not dumbing down as so many authors ... 3 December 2015
By Author Jim Cronin - Published on
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I am torn in two directions in my thoughts on this story. On the one hand, for a YA novel, or at least one directed more toward a younger audience, I found the word choice wonderfully strong, not dumbing down as so many authors do. The concept of bigotry and injustice were powerful messages. However, I consistently found myself disappointed when the tension/action appeared to be gaining strength only to fizzle out prematurely. I saw so many opportunities for incredible conflict throughout the story, but the author always seemed to settle for an antagonist who was not as evil as she or it could be. Thus Talitha, the heroine, never had to face seemingly overwhelming odds. Her core sense never seemed to be fully challenged. I liked the story, but find myself wishing it could have been more.
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and Mystical 21 September 2014
By Jim Murdoch - Published on
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The Witch Within is about a young woman in medieval Bohemia accused of being a witch. The author has written in first person through the eyes of the girl. This gives the reader the chance to see the thoughts of those innocent women who suffered because of fear and ignorance. However there is also a mystical element as ancient myths are remembered and the girl discovers a deeper connection to the past than she is prepared to face. A very entertaining read, with real feelings and reactions. Iva has used a real historical setting and added some magic. If you like mysticism, magic, love and real life stories, then you will enjoy this book.

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