Witchy Eye

Witchy EyeSarah Calhoun Is The Fifteen Year Old Daughter Of The Elector Andrew Calhoun, One Of Appalachee S Military Heroes And One Of The Electors Who Gets To Decide Who Will Next Ascend As The Emperor Of The New World None Of That Matters To Sarah She Has A Natural Talent For Hexing And One Bad Eye, And All She Wants Is To Be Left Alone Especially By OutsidersBut Sarah S World Gets Turned On Its Head At The Nashville Tobacco Fair When A Yankee Wizard Priest Tries To Kidnap Her Sarah Fights Back With The Aid Of A Mysterious Monk Named Thalanes, Who Is One Of The Not Quite Human Firstborn, The Moundbuilders Of The Ohio It Is Thalanes Who Reveals To Sarah A Secret Heritage She Never Dreamed Could Be HersNow On A Desperate Quest With Thalanes To Claim This Heritage, She Is Hunted By The Emperor S Bodyguard Of Elite Dragoons, As Well As By Darker Things Shapeshifting Mockers And Undead Lazars, And Behind Them A Power Sinister Still If Sarah Cannot Claim Her Heritage, It May Mean The End To Her, Her Family And To The World Where She Is Just Beginning To Find Her Place Witchy Eye by D.J Butler is a wildly imagined and unique alternate history with wizards, undead, and hillbillies set in colonial America I ve never read a book like it The large cast of characters, historical details, and inside jokes will delight American history buffs The novel, told from many different points of view, has a bit of the flintlock fantasy vibe, but this timeline is wildly divergent from our own.The world is very complicated and filled with many different factions vying for c Witchy Eye by D.J Butler is a wildly imagined and unique alternate history with wizards, undead, and hillbillies set in colonial America I ve never read a book like it The large cast of characters, historical details, and inside jokes will delight American history buffs The novel, told from many different points of view, has a bit of the flintlock fantasy vibe, but this timeline is wildly divergent from our own.The world is very complicated and filled with many different factions vying for control Keeping all the details straight was a big challenge for me There are a lot of terms to remember and this novel needs to be studied The choice to write out the accents was a bold move, and it made it difficult to read sometimes, but the characters came through I know the audio book will be hilarious and I would highly suggest people look into listening to Witchy Eye, as this text needs to be performed.D.J Butler is a storyteller of an epic scale and this is his magnum opus.If you love complicated world building, backwoods characters, and a unique take on American history blended with fantastical elements, you will love Witchy Eye You can find a synopsis elsewhere, so I ll describe the writing itself.It took me a bit to get used to the flavor injected by the foreign words from multiple languages and spelled out accents, but they re a significant facet of the story rather than just tossed in as you may find in other stories Language means something here.The action started out with significant challenges to the heroine, with her life and that of her friends in danger Then it ramped up Then it ramped up again And it ke You can find a synopsis elsewhere, so I ll describe the writing itself.It took me a bit to get used to the flavor injected by the foreign words from multiple languages and spelled out accents, but they re a significant facet of the story rather than just tossed in as you may find in other stories Language means something here.The action started out with significant challenges to the heroine, with her life and that of her friends in danger Then it ramped up Then it ramped up again And it kept ramping up It s a good thing there were calm spots to catch a breath.While you might expect this to be a typical orphan discovers she s important to saving everything story, don t be fooled Dave takes such tropes and bounces them on their heads The old drunk who comes back to serve Yup The faithful companion with unrequited love Two radically different examples, if you look at it sideways.The story is not full of sudden surprises While it has a few, the story builds by letting the reader see what s coming a long way off so the reader can wonder how and when the disaster will hit Many of the surprises are hinted at as well if you know what to look for, which is fun.The ending gives a good resolution, yet makes it clear there isto come For those who hate cliffhangers, fear not This will leave you satisfied with the current story while still wondering what comes next This was a fun read, and I look forward to the next volume in this series Set in an alternative version of 1815, Witchy Eye details the adventures of 15 year old Sarah Calhoun and her constantly shifting band of supporters Raised among the well known Calhoun clan in the Apalachee region of a magic filled frontier, Sarah is rustic, tough and independent Sarah learns that her growing magical abilities and her hidden bloodlines have made her powerful enemies As Sarah travels the ley lines from her mountain home to the strange and dangerous streets of New Orleans, she Set in an alternative version of 1815, Witchy Eye details the adventures of 15 year old Sarah Calhoun and her constantly shifting band of supporters Raised among the well known Calhoun clan in the Apalachee region of a magic filled frontier, Sarah is rustic, tough and independent Sarah learns that her growing magical abilities and her hidden bloodlines have made her powerful enemies As Sarah travels the ley lines from her mountain home to the strange and dangerous streets of New Orleans, she must judge who she can trust to help her on her quest and who intends her harm This isn t an easy task when people have complex identities, conflicting loyalties, and undisclosed abilities Her initial band includes her nephew Cal an able hunter and trapper and her new mentor Thalanes a priest from the North These three must outwit a conspiratorial preacher named Ezekiel Angleton intent on kidnapping Sarah with the help of his crude hawker, Obadiah Dogsbody Butler builds a world that is thickly populated with people of various nationalities British, French, German, Native American, African, Dutch, Spanish, Creole , various occupations bar maids, servants, soldiers, priests, prison wardens, chevaliers , and even various degrees of being human some superhuman, some subhuman These characters inhabit a world that is filled with vivid detail of geography, language, religion, and history all exposing a political intrigue that fuels the novel s central conflict Butler propels the story with a lot of action, but he is clearly a man of letters Consequently, the story is simultaneously fun, informative, and thought provoking Very interesting and entertaining alt history fantasy book I picked up on a whim Solid, fun story, great characters and I really enjoyed the author s different take on our world.I railed last year about young adult books and although I am not totally sure that this falls under that genre, I seem to be changing my mind slowly but surely about them This is totally worth your time to read, and I personally look forward to any future trips into this world. 3.5 Will review at www.fantasyliterature.com 3.5 Will review at www.fantasyliterature.com Witchy Eye is, at its heart, your basic protagonist with a secret destiny story, but what sets it apart is a magnificently conceived and executed world D.J Butler puts so much work into crafting his extremely alternate 1815 North America that I feel bad spoiling any of it, but I ll just say that he essentially conceives of a Holy Roman Empire like political organization that is rife with divisions between differing cultural and religious groups and given that his North America has a farWitchy Eye is, at its heart, your basic protagonist with a secret destiny story, but what sets it apart is a magnificently conceived and executed world D.J Butler puts so much work into crafting his extremely alternate 1815 North America that I feel bad spoiling any of it, but I ll just say that he essentially conceives of a Holy Roman Empire like political organization that is rife with divisions between differing cultural and religious groups and given that his North America has a farcosmopolitan colonial history, these differences are fairly extreme, and that s not even touching on the fact that there s magic all over the place and essentially elves and demihumans It s extremely complicated, but with some very deliberate world building, Butler manages to make sense of this very strange Empire of the New World if you pay attention and know a little history At the same time, Butler uses many major historic characters in unexpected ways It s telling that he casts Martin Luther and Oliver Cromwell, two late medieval early modern figures for whom I have a lot of respect, as villainous figures and rather than being upset, I found that I was absorbed into the universe sufficiently that I was able to accept this transformation within the universe of the story and it didn t really bother me as much as such appropriations usually do In that same vein, while Witchy Eye is full of allusions to real historical figures, Butler skews them enough to make them seem like different people in their life choices but still larger than life, though sometimes in unexpected ways Additionally, I felt that Butler does a good job of making his characters feel authentic to the time and none of the characters, hero or villain, come off as simple cartoonish figures I think that s all I ll say because this is a book that I started with kind of low expectations and it grew and grew on me thanks to the unfolding of its fascinating world, which may seem like a dig on the story, but in truth, the story is intimately tied to the strange world that Butler has developed, and while its concept is simple and trite, it works really well thanks to the characters and the world I was happy to see that the sequel just came out a couple weeks ago If only that was the case every time I found a book that I loved D.J Butler starts his quest tale in an unusual America in the third decade of the nineteenth century Because of the first souled who can work magic, America is an empire ruled by Thomas Penn who has tortured the old empress, his sister, to discover the whereabouts of Sarah, the girl with the Witchy Eye hard from Baen , who is the oldest daughter of the Empress Chased by a magic using Priest and company of the Blues Sarah and friends are helped by a wizard monk and are chased from Nashville D.J Butler starts his quest tale in an unusual America in the third decade of the nineteenth century Because of the first souled who can work magic, America is an empire ruled by Thomas Penn who has tortured the old empress, his sister, to discover the whereabouts of Sarah, the girl with the Witchy Eye hard from Baen , who is the oldest daughter of the Empress Chased by a magic using Priest and company of the Blues Sarah and friends are helped by a wizard monk and are chased from Nashville to New Orleans in quest of the one man who knows where her brother was hidden Also chasing her are zombie Lazars, and sometimes helping is the Heron King, a magical being with beast men followers Along the way Sarah learns how to use her magic and find the missing magical items buried with her father I m eagerly waiting for the next part of this exciting tale.Review printed by Philadelphia Weekly Press Had some severe pacing issues in the 2nd half in fact, felt about twice as long as it needed to be , but ultimately a very fine piece of worldbuilding with a wondrous take on superstition and myth as magic. The first chapter of this book opens up an interesting alternate history fantasy set in historical early 19th century of what would be America Sarah Calhoun, the daughter of an Appalachian military hero and important political figure, encounters one of the many religious sects as she sells tobacco in Nashville But the preacher she runs into has connections to the Emperor Thomas Penn, whose power is predicated upon an uneasy alliance of powers There are no real states, united or otherwise t The first chapter of this book opens up an interesting alternate history fantasy set in historical early 19th century of what would be America Sarah Calhoun, the daughter of an Appalachian military hero and important political figure, encounters one of the many religious sects as she sells tobacco in Nashville But the preacher she runs into has connections to the Emperor Thomas Penn, whose power is predicated upon an uneasy alliance of powers There are no real states, united or otherwise there are many independent kingdoms territories from various European colonists to native American tribes to even some non human beastmen , and the schisms and cultural exchanges among them are a big part of what makes this book so interesting.The story itself is fast paced, although some points felt rushed Sarah and her companions ready acceptance of a change in her status seemed somewhat inauthentic But it was good, and there was much less chosen one prophecy than I had feared I bounce between 3 and 4 stars the world is 4 stars interesting but it mostly read like a three starrer.A note I had previously enjoyed D.J Butler s Rock Band Fights Evil series, so I didn t pay that much attention to the blurb Only after I started it did I notice the acknowledgement for and the blurb from Larry Correia, the creator of the Sad Puppies campaign attack on the Hugos I hope Butler isn t a sad puppy himself I probably won t continue the series if I find out he is I am going to copy what Wm Morris said Butler conjures up a compelling, rich world ripe with poetics and myth and compelling, unique characters I found the pacing spot on, but it may be a wee bit slow for core genre readers and a wee bit adventurey for core lit fic readers What I like best is that the politics and theologies and economies are many Butlter s alternative 1815 America is, an amazingly rich world Butler knows his 18th 19th century history very well, and deploys it to great eff I am going to copy what Wm Morris said Butler conjures up a compelling, rich world ripe with poetics and myth and compelling, unique characters I found the pacing spot on, but it may be a wee bit slow for core genre readers and a wee bit adventurey for core lit fic readers What I like best is that the politics and theologies and economies are many Butlter s alternative 1815 America is, an amazingly rich world Butler knows his 18th 19th century history very well, and deploys it to great effect, creating an America divided by different groups and religions including British, French, German, Native American, African, Dutch, Spanish, Creole , including one in which Black Africans and Native Americans control their own powerful kingdoms And non humans as well I am excited to get home and start reading volume 2, Witchy Winter

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  • Hardcover
  • 561 pages
  • Witchy Eye
  • D.J. Butler
  • English
  • 15 August 2019
  • 1476782113