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Book Review: The Witch Collector

by | Apr 15, 2023 | Book Reviews, Fantasy, Fantasy, New Adult, Romance

Rating: 5/5 stars
Age Rating: New Adult
Spice Level: 2/3 chili pepper rating

From the moment I picked up The Witch Collector by Charissa Weaks, I was drawn into the magical world of Winterhold and its fascinating characters. The story is so engaging that I couldn’t put it down. I loved to engage with a book where the main character is mute, communicating solely through sign language. Combine that with powerful witches, mysterious (and attractive) allies, and dangerous foes; I found myself eagerly anticipating each new challenge and twist in the story. 

As I followed the adventures of Raina Bloodgood and Alexus Thibault, I found myself fully immersed in their journey and the obstacles they faced together. I couldn’t help but cheer them on every step of the way and eagerly awaited the development of their relationship. The Witch Collector is an excellent example of how a well-crafted story can grab your attention and spark your imagination. If you’re a fan of fantasy and romance, this is a book you’ll enjoy.

Tropes in this Book

  • Enemies to lovers
  • Forced proximity
  • Touch her and you die
  • One bed/floor

The Witch Collector Synopsis

Every harvest moon, the Witch Collector rides into the valley, selecting one villager to be whisked away to the home of the immortal Frost King, never to be seen again. Raina Bloodgood has watched this chilling ritual unfold for twenty-four years, always escaping the Witch Collector’s grasp. This year, however, Raina is determined to end the nightmare by killing the Frost King and the Witch Collector, who had taken her sister long ago.

But fate has other plans in store for Raina. On Collecting Day, an even more dangerous threat appears, and Raina’s world is turned upside down. Out of the chaos emerges the Witch Collector, Alexus Thibault, the very man Raina vowed to destroy. Now, he is the only one capable of helping her rescue her sister. Together, they venture into a world of ice, fire, and ancient gods with the fate of their empire at stake.

To save her sister and their world, Raina must put aside her burning desire for vengeance and forge an uneasy alliance with her sworn enemy, the Witch Collector. As they work together to save the Frost King and his kingdom, Raina must face the challenges of trust, loyalty, and what she’s willing to give up for the ones she loves. In a battle against powerful forces and a struggle for control, Raina has to confront her fears and the sacrifices she must make for the greater good.

My Review

From the beginning, Charissa Weaks drew me into this magical book where witches have unique tattoos representing their powers. I followed Raina and Alexus on their dangerous journey through a world filled with magical creatures and powerful forces as they fought to rescue Raina’s sister and save Winterhold.

Weaks’ vivid descriptions and detailed world-building transported me into the mysterious woods Raina and Alexus journeyed through. The story’s protagonist, Raina Bloodgood, captivated me with her determination and strength as a witch. Her unique sign language and unwavering desire to defeat the Frost King and Witch Collector made her a relatable character. Raina’s transformation from a vengeful witch to a selfless hero willing to risk everything for her kingdom and sister showcased Weaks’ writing talent.

The growing bond between Raina and Alexus had me wholly invested in their story. Their relationship was a slow burn enemies-to-lovers that kept me flipping through the pages to see how it would develop. 

Speaking of which, I couldn’t help but adore Alexus Thibault. His complex personality, mysterious background, and evolving relationship with Raina made for an enthralling read. The slow-burning romance between Raina and Alexus was expertly crafted, transitioning from animosity to trust and affection.

The villain, Prince of the East, was also entertaining. He was cunning and mysterious, with unique powers, like controlling crows. His thirst for control set the stage for a thrilling showdown in future installments. 

What struck me most about The Witch Collector was its exploration of themes like love, vengeance, and the complexities of good and evil. Weaks’ characters are multidimensional, with blurred lines between heroes and villains, compelling me to question my perceptions of morality.

The Witch Collector combines magic, adventure, and romance in a richly imagined world. With unforgettable characters, a slow-burning love story, and a gripping plot, this book will surely captivate fans of fantasy and romance. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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