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To Kill a Kettle Witch by Barb Hendee
Published by Roc on May 3, 2016
National bestselling author Barb Hendee returns to the world of the Mist-Torn witches, as two sisters who can see the secrets of the past and the mysteries of the future begin a quest to save the family they never knew existed.…
Powerful prince Malcolm is facing ruin in the wake of a curse that has destroyed his harvest. He blames the band nomadic Móndyalítko who summer in the meadow below his castle—and he is determined to root out the people who caused the blight by any means necessary.
When Céline and Amelie Fawe, descended from the Móndyalítko, learn that their mother’s people are under suspicion of sabotage and treason, they set out to use their magical gifts to save their estranged relatives and learn about their own origins.
Now it’s up to the sisters—along with their motley escort, including a prince’s lieutenant, a shape-shifter, and an old woman with a murky past—to discover the source of the curse to restore life to the ravaged land and protect the innocent from unfair vengeance.
It was a pleasure to read To Kill a Kettle Witch and it did move things along with the characters and their lives. I continue to be surprised by how much I enjoy this when typically I haven’t been big on historical fantasy.
This is the fourth book in the Mist-Torn Witches series. You do need to read them all in order or some of my review will be a spoiler of sorts. Finally, there is more about Mist-Torn witches, their history and the family of Celine and Amelie. It’s exciting to get some answers here. Our girls go to another kingdom to help in a time of troubles.
Jaromir goes on the journey with them, so he and Amelie have time together to further their relationship. However, since Prince Anton is back in Seone, he spends little time with Celine. The Fawe sisters run this investigation mostly on their own with some help from Jaromir or their newfound family ties. Mostly, the people are not really bad or really good, but there are some very selfish and hurtful things happening. The trouble is so stupid really but it is human nature.
This seemed such a quick read in a separate location, so it feels like a step away from the questions I had after the last book. It has character / relationship growth and a mystery. BUT. I want to know more about Prince Anton and his plans. There is a big political story with the elections of the Grand Prince coming up in the next year and that is bypassed here. It’s a wait and see as to whether the new friends the sisters have made will connect in with the overall story in the series.
Book 1 – The Mist-Torn Witches
Book 2 – Witches in Red
Book 3 – Witches with the Enemy