Starred Review in Publishers Weekly

Mar. 2nd, 2009 | 09:52 am

I tried to write a couple different leads to this post but they all dissolved into enthusiastic shouting. So it seemed best necessary to keep it simple.

The Patriot Witch received a starred review in the latest edition of Publisher's Weekly. I have to quote it:
Traitor to the Crown: The Patriot Witch C.C. Finlay. Del Rey, $7.99 (352p) ISBN 978-0-345-50390-9

This spellbinding historical fantasy, first of a series, takes Proctor Brown, ready minuteman and reluctant witch, through the opening battles of the American Revolution. Caught between the demands of a loyalist girlfriend and the needs of his aged parents, Proctor is eager to join the American cause and put his hidden abilities to good use. As he learns more about witchcraft, he finds it employed by both rebels and Royal Marines, and he struggles to master his talents without being exposed. Finlay (The Prodigal Troll) provides enough well-researched minutiae of daily life in colonial America to make this a fine historical novel, while offering a magic-tinged view of the happenings at Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill that impressively restores suspense and uncertainty to long-settled events. (May)

It's incredibly gratifying when the book you read about in the review is exactly the book you were trying to write. Between this and the Nebula, I don't know if I had a weekend with this much to shout about since January 2007. They come together in another way as well: the Nebula Awards banquet is the last weekend in April, just a couple days before the release of the book. I keep checking my pockets for some spare luck. I don't want to run out of it before then!

Meanwhile, if the PW review persuades anyone to check out The Patriot Witch, they can still do it for free with the download at my website.

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