Saturday, January 28, 2012

A Nameless Witch by A. Lee Martinez

A Nameless Witch
by A. Lee Martinez

3 out of 5 stars

A tale of vengeance, true love, and cannibalism.

Being born undead can have its disadvantages, such as eternal youth and flawless beauty; things most unsuitable for a witch. Hiding behind the guise of a grimy old crone, the witch is content living outside Fort Stalwart with her unlikely band of allies: a troll named Gwurm, an enchanted broom, and a demonic duck ...more

Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Tor Books
0765315483 (ISBN13: 9780765315489)
original title
A Nameless Witch

My Thoughts....

The Nameless Witch is a quirky, comic, fantasy about a witch cursed with eternal beauty and a cannibalistic appetite who undertakes a quest to destroy an evil sorcerer and save a town. This clever story opens with the nameless witch living locked in a basement until she is eighteen years old because of her "undead" curse, but is rescued by Ghastly Edna, who becomes her witch mentor. This book had an amusing cast of characters including Newt, a wisecracking demon duck familiar with killer instincts, a troll named Gwurm with interchangeable body parts, Wyst of the West, a White Knight sworn to a vow of chastity, and Penelope the animated broom.he Nameless Witch journeys to Fort Stalwart with Edna's familiar Newt on a quest to avenge her mentor's death, adopting a troll named Gwurm along the way and meeting the handsome White knight.I loved the witch and her emotional and moral struggles.She was so falling for the White Knight knowing his vow of chastity.Love the banter between her duck familiar, Newt, and Gwurm the troll it was very funny at times. The quest is hers to fulfill to right a wrong (Edna's death)but, also to realize the extent of her full abilities to take down the evil sorcerer. It seems that Edna has been grooming this nameless witch her whole life for this one fight.Being sheltered her whole life she has now found someone to love her the White knight. The White knows he will lose his powers if he ever acts on those feeling he is beginning to feel for the nameless witch and she knows this but, can't seem to help her self.The passion flares between them but, there is nothing but heartache ahead for both of them.This cast of odd characters give you quite a few laughs as they journey to battle and engage in other smaller battles along there way leading to the winner take all one.A different kind of fantasy tale .This story was not the kind of plot I am used to reading but, it was different and refreshing for a change to try something new.The nameless witch makes the ultimate sacrifice that is heart-wrenching to see , you feel her pain.She's lead a lonely life and I for one was rooting for her happiness.Light fresh teen /young adult read which gave me quite a few chuckles along the adventure of this hodgepodge cast.