Cover Artist: Mandie Manzano
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Steampunk, Young Adult
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: January 25, 2016
Pages: 270 (eBook)
My Rating: ★★★★★
“When fifteen-year-old Edna Mather tears an expensive and unfamiliar pocket watch off her little brother’s neck, he crumbles into a pile of cogs right before her eyes. Horrified, Edna flees for help, but encounters Ike, a thief who attempts to steal the watch before he realizes what it is: a device to power Coglings—clockwork changelings left in place of stolen children who have been forced to work in factories.
Desperate to rescue her brother, Edna sets off across the kingdom to the hags’ swamp, with Ike in tow. There, they learn Coglings are also replacing nobility so the hags can stage a rebellion and rule over humanity. Edna and Ike must stop the revolt, but the populace believes hags are helpful godmothers and healers. No one wants to believe a lowly servant and a thief, especially when Ike has secrets that label them both as traitors.
Together, Edna and Ike must make the kingdom trust them or stop the hags themselves, even if Ike is forced to embrace his dark heritage and Edna must surrender her family.”
I adored Edna. Her natural maternal instinct for her brother rivals that of her own mother. She was a mix of tough and naive, which makes a perfect heroine.
Growing up in a Victorian England-esque era, there wasn’t much hope for her other than working as a maid or much, much worse. She was lucky to get in as a maid and provide her brother of employment as well.
Well, at least until she dismisses the sound of twinkling in the night and awakens to an impostor for a brother. One she knows is an impostor as soon as she removes an expensive pocket watch from around Harrison’s neck and he crumbles into a pile of cogs!
Frantic, Edna races off to try to help him until she runs into would-be thief Ike, who recognizes the pocket watch immediately as a device used to power the Hag’s Cogling’s.
Hags are seen as Fairy Godmother’s, so their pleas are pretty much ignored as they battle towards bringing down the Hag’s and their empire.
Ike, now he is the ultimate bad boy. A thief and someone who may or may not have the best intentions at first with Edna. But over time, he reveals his heart and his own secrets. He comes to trust and even love Edna and Harrison.
I knew Jordan Elizabeth had a knack for writing Steampunk and historical stories as soon as I read Escape from Witchwood Hollow. She is truly a phenomenal story weaver and I place her among my favourite authors.
All of the characters were exceptionally well written. Lady Rachel made me want to smack her. The Hag’s were as terrifying as the word “hag” is almost repulsive. However, I would so love to live among the Foxkin’s and have Silver as a pet!
Well done, Ms. Mierek! I look forward to reading and re-reading this novel again!
Cross posted to Good Reads.
Meet the Author:
Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, writes down her nightmares in order to live her dreams. With an eclectic job history of working as a college professor; historic costumed interpreter at Fort Stanwix, Victorian Leisure Fair, and Mayfaire on the Green; office specialist; sales clerk; election inspector; and trainer, she is now diving into the world of author.It happens to be her favorite one.
When she’s not creating art or searching for lost history in the woods, she’s updating her blog, Kissed by Literature. Jordan is the president of the Utica Writers Club and maintains JordanElizabethMierek.com.
She roams Central New York, but she loves to travel. A great deal of time has been spent in a rural town very similar to Arnn, the setting of her novel ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW.
Curiosity Quills Press (CQ) is a small hybrid publishing company specializing in genre fiction of the highest quality. With 150+ titles in our catalog already and approximately 6 new books coming out each month, there’s never a dull moment at CQ. We work with major retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Audible to ensure that you, the reader, can find whatever you are looking for at your convenience.
Founded in 2011 by Eugene Teplitsky and Lisa Gus, CQ was initially a resource portal for writing and publishing, created in an effort to help writers, like themselves, survive the publishing industry. After rapid success, CQ morphed into publishing press that over time has solidified its share in the market. Now we spend our days searching for the next great escape!