Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton Review

Witch Finder

Author: Ruth Warburton

Star rating: 3.5/5


An enjoyable read.

Witch Finder is a story set in Victorian London. But is a London a little different from the one we think we know. One where Witches roam amongst the masses, unseen and on the most-part undiscovered; except of course for the Malleus – a brotherhood of witch-hunters sworn to rid the world of the blight of witchcraft.

The story follows Rosa and Luke: One sworn to kill the other or face death themselves.

The world is well written and descriptive. It draws out the contrast of the vast divide between the class systems of Victorian England and delves into the difficulties and horrors of life for the poor. On a personal level the novel also explores the nature of mental and physical abuse at the hands of family. The subject matter is handled well and helps the reader to understand that prejudice often inhibits you from seeing the person beneath your preconceived stereotypes.


This is a great book for teenagers. Dealing with pertinent issues as well as presenting a sweet romance with an exciting climax to the action.

Jess's Review:Witch


Title:  Witch Finder (Witch Finder, #1)

Author: Ruth Warburton

Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

Release date: 2nd January 2014

Pages: 384

Star rating: 3.5/5 stars

So what's it about?

An orphan as the result of his parents being murdered by a witch, Luke Lexton joins a brotherhood of witch hunters - the Malleus Maleficorum. 

The final test of his initiation is to choose a name in a book of witches and kill that witch within a month. 

The witch he chooses is Rosa Greenwood, a young girl who is being forced to marry Sebastian Knyvet, a cruel and rich young man, in order to save her familiy from bankruptcy. 

As Luke poses as a stable boy in order to kill Rosa, he realises that murdering a witch won't be as easy as he thought.

Love it or hate it?

Witch Finder is set in 1880's London and I enjoyed the setting.

The plot was rather predictable but despite this I found the book enjoyable and liked the author's writing style.

Note: I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and Ruth Warburton.

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