Book Review – Witch Bane by Tim Marquitz (2013)

Witch Bane
by Tim Marquitz
Release Date: January 8, 2013
Publisher: Self-published

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Ok, I have to confess: half the reason I wanted to read this book is because of its kick-ass cover. I know you’re not supposed to judge by that and what not, but just look at it! There’s no way a sane person could not want to check this out. And I’m happy to report the story lives up to the cover and then some; WITCH BANE is a thrilling fantasy tale that will grab you by the throat and force you into submission

If you are not familiar with WITCH BANE, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Amazon.com:

Sebastian is whisked away at birth, just moments after his mother’s death. He returns nineteen years later, a warlock trained in the arts of war. Raised in secret and fed on tales of revenge, he seeks redemption against the witches who betrayed and murdered his mother.

I am stunned and pleasantly surprised by the caliber of self-published works I have been running across lately. With this book, author Tim Marquitz proves you do not necessarily need a publishing house in order to produce a visually appealing, well-edited work.

WITCH BANE is written very well and flows easily off of the page. The dialogue is crisp and the action scenes are intense. The characterizations are well thought-out and believable. And as mentioned above, the cover artwork is eye-catching and evokes immediate interest.

In short, WITCH BANE is a great book. The main character, Sebastian, is a dark protagonist, with undertones reminiscent of Jorg Ancrath in Mark Lawrence’s Broken Empire series. A tortured soul, Sebastian is consumed by the need to avenge his mother’s death. The depths of his insecurities are ultimately revealed throughout the story, giving the reader many reasons to sympathize and eventually like the dark hero.

I particularly enjoy how fast-paced the book is. There are no slow, drawn-out scenes that drag on for eternity in between the action. Instead, the reader gets small breaks, which continue to set the stage for the next scene. This allows the reader full immersion into Marquitz’s world and thus gives a more fulfilling reading experience.

WITCH BANE is an excellent read and I highly recommend it. This book is a glimpse into what epic fantasy foundations are made of; I would not be surprised if Marquitz continued to write within this world (I hope he does, anyway). Give this one a look for sure.

MSB

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