I was lucky enough to receive a pre-publication copy of this contemporary fantasy novel which follows the development of Holly's discovery that she possesses witchlight, inherited by her mother. The problem is that she has lived into her thirties being unaware of this fact. Abandoned in a cardboard box, she was adopted at birth and her adoptive parents live mundane lives in Croydon, Surrey.
The revelation comes from male witch Partridge Mayflower who pops up one day and offers to be her mentor. Holly knocks him for six when they both discover that she has far more power than most witches and now it is important that she traces her birth mother to discover her bloodline.
This light read has a good dose of humour and a little romance. Holly is no push-over and will not be ruled by the Coven who want to keep her on a tight leash—she’s prepared, as she always has, to do things her way. When her grandmother “dearest”, Ninanna, appears I couldn’t help imagining her as Endora from the American sit-com “Bewitched”.
This is no sparkly fairy-tale story. Holly’s angst and some rather fiendish characters set Witchlight aside from other books of its ilk in which the reader would love to become part of the witchy community, and Ms Watts’s “Witchlight” is not a spin-off of other witch-fantasy books on the market. On the contrary, it sits squarely in its own niche and provides an enjoyable and suspenseful read with a surprising ending.
"Harry Potter for the grown-up crowd."
"Witchlight is an enchanting read that will tickle the reader with its humor and adventure." ~ Darcie Cameron, The San Francisco Book Review
In this humorous urban fantasy, Holly has been mortal all her life. Now at thirty-eight, her fairy godfather arrives to tell her she’s a witch, and suddenly she's having to come to terms with the uncertainties of an alarmingly magic-fuelled world. Magic is not like it is in the books and films, and Holly starts to doubt whether her fairy godfather, Partridge Mayflower, is the fey, avuncular charmer he appears.
As a new romance blooms, appearances become magically deceptive, and Holly can’t afford to trust those closest to her, including herself. Accidents start to happen, people die, Old Magic is on the hunt, but in the age-old game of cat and mouse, just who is the feline and who is the rodent?
An unusual take on the fantasy chick lit genre, Witchlight is no ordinary paranormal romance, and Holly is no ordinary witch. J.S. Watt proves that wonder, magic ― and love ― wait around the corner at every stage in life. And just when we think we have it all figured out, fate sets us on another unexpected adventure and has us fighting to protect our own.
“Holly girl, you are all too human, I can assure you. Prickly and awkward and human, because that's what witches are ― human, that is. Not necessarily the prickly and annoying bit. That's just you.”
Fans of strong female characters in a magical world ― like Terry Pratchett's Granny Weatherwax and Tiffany Aching, or J.K. Rowling's Professor Minerva McGonagall and Hermione Granger ― will love Holly Jepps in Witchlight.
"I was a fan of Holly from the first page." - GoodReads Reviewer