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When the fate of the elves rests on the shoulders of an antisocial swamp witch, will a common enemy be enough to bring two disparate races together? The Empire rules with an iron fist. The Valeroot elves have barely managed to survive, but at least they’re not Arthali witches like Elmerah. Her people were exiled long ago. Just a child at the time, her only choice was to f When the fate of the elves rests on the shoulders of an antisocial swamp witch, will a common enemy be enough to bring two disparate races together? The Empire rules with an iron fist. The Valeroot elves have barely managed to survive, but at least they’re not Arthali witches like Elmerah. Her people were exiled long ago. Just a child at the time, her only choice was to flee her homeland, or remain among those who’d betrayed their own kind. She was resigned to living out her solitary life in a swamp until pirates kidnap her and throw her in with their other captives, young women destined to be sold into slavery. With the help of an elven priestess, Elmerah teaches the pirates what happens to men who cross Arthali witches, but she’s too late to avoid docking near the Capital. While her only goal is to run far from the political intrigue taking place within, she finds herself pulled mercilessly into a plot to overthrow the Empire, and to save the elven races from meeting a bloody end. Elmerah will learn of a dark magical threat, and will have to face the thing she fears most: the duplicitous older sister she left behind, far from their home in Shadowmarsh. The Witch of Shadowmarsh is the first installment in the Moonstone Chronicles, an Epic Fantasy series suitable for all ages.


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When the fate of the elves rests on the shoulders of an antisocial swamp witch, will a common enemy be enough to bring two disparate races together? The Empire rules with an iron fist. The Valeroot elves have barely managed to survive, but at least they’re not Arthali witches like Elmerah. Her people were exiled long ago. Just a child at the time, her only choice was to f When the fate of the elves rests on the shoulders of an antisocial swamp witch, will a common enemy be enough to bring two disparate races together? The Empire rules with an iron fist. The Valeroot elves have barely managed to survive, but at least they’re not Arthali witches like Elmerah. Her people were exiled long ago. Just a child at the time, her only choice was to flee her homeland, or remain among those who’d betrayed their own kind. She was resigned to living out her solitary life in a swamp until pirates kidnap her and throw her in with their other captives, young women destined to be sold into slavery. With the help of an elven priestess, Elmerah teaches the pirates what happens to men who cross Arthali witches, but she’s too late to avoid docking near the Capital. While her only goal is to run far from the political intrigue taking place within, she finds herself pulled mercilessly into a plot to overthrow the Empire, and to save the elven races from meeting a bloody end. Elmerah will learn of a dark magical threat, and will have to face the thing she fears most: the duplicitous older sister she left behind, far from their home in Shadowmarsh. The Witch of Shadowmarsh is the first installment in the Moonstone Chronicles, an Epic Fantasy series suitable for all ages.

30 review for The Witch of Shadowmarsh

  1. 5 out of 5

    Laura

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  2. 5 out of 5

    Katter

    This story begins with the MC busting out of her shackles while on a slave ship. Some foolish pirates thought it was a good idea to try and sell off an Arthali witch. Oh how wrong they are! Elmerah then proceeds to reluctantly free the other young women who are chained up. And I say reluctantly because Elmerah is a rather self serving person and cares not for others. Arthali witches are relatively hated by most, so she in return dislikes them. However after being scolded by a Faerune elf named Sa This story begins with the MC busting out of her shackles while on a slave ship. Some foolish pirates thought it was a good idea to try and sell off an Arthali witch. Oh how wrong they are! Elmerah then proceeds to reluctantly free the other young women who are chained up. And I say reluctantly because Elmerah is a rather self serving person and cares not for others. Arthali witches are relatively hated by most, so she in return dislikes them. However after being scolded by a Faerune elf named Saida, Elmerah sets the ladies free. Then she and Saida fight their way through the mass of pirates. After winning the battle, the group of women go off in their own little boat to the capital, while Elmerah and Saida uneasily make their way into the main city. Caution is mandatory at this point because it may not be safe for either of them to be there. Arthali and Faerune elves are a minority in the human Empire and prejudices from the past run deep. Saida has been to the capital with her parents once before, but her family was well guarded. Now that she is alone, how safe is she really? And why would someone want to kidnap her? Elmerah thinks the same thing, especially after finding a couple scrolls in the pirate captain’s cabin. Her sister Rissine sent out the order to have both her and Saida captured, but why? What does she want? There is bad blood between them so surely this can’t be good. And somehow Saida is involved in all of this too, but Elmerah can’t imagine what her sister would want with a Faerune elf. Something strange is going on and it’s making the grumpy witch antsy. Hesitantly, they both decide stick together for the sake of safety and answers. On their journey, the two keep bumping into a mysterious Valeroot elf that seems intent on helping them. The fellas named is Alluin, and he maintains that he just wants to keep them safe. Which appears to be the truth once he identifies Saida as being a priestess of her people. Though once again, why would a Valeroot elf stick out his neck for a Faerune elf? Well the answer to that question is a complicated one. Alluin knows a lot about the corrupt ongoings of the capital, but he has no idea how bad it really is until the girls follow him into the city. Then soon enough nasty plots come to light and everything goes butts up! Political backstabbing and mystery rule this story, and it’s all due to the machinations of one power hungry Emperor. Terrible actions have been set in motion, and both Saida and Elmerah are stuck in the thick of it. The King wants them both for his nefarious purposes and will do all that he can to obtain them. Feeling honor bound to see this through, Alluin stands by them, even though it would be wise to run. And that is the core plot line of the story. Which I have to say isn’t bad! I was actually pretty entertained while reading this book as it’s full of action, adventure and excitement! One of the few things I wasn’t a fan of though was Elmerah’s temperament as she’s kind of a bitch, however there is a surprisingly good side to this. As the story goes forward, the author details the witch’s change of heart. And thank goodness for that! If Elmerah’s heart never changed, I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed this book as much as I did. Plus it really shows that this author has talent! Many nowadays don’t know how to properly evolve their characters as the story goes on, so kudos to Roethle! The other thing I wasn’t a huge fan of was all the back and forth and back and forth. First it’s to the capital, then away from the capital and then it’s back to the capital again. Make up your mind people! Also the flip flopping bad guy thing. Is Rissine evil or not? What about her faithful minion? I of course do not trust Rissine and her goons, so I was a bit perplexed by the whole 180 her character seemingly does. It was a bit odd! Other than those few instances, the book's pretty great! The ending leaves a lot a things up in the air and really sets up for a big showdown in the second novel. Unless of course our three heroes and a new unlikely friend can help stave it off by finding a very important person. If they’re lucky. But this is a series, so we all know they won’t be that lucky and the journey will not be easy. Can't wait!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tiera McMillian

    3.5 ish. I thought this was a really good start for the series. The flawed FMC, Elmerah, was a bad A and a snarky thief, but also damaged and was out for #1 which was a surprising twist. It was an enjoyable read with lots of action. Elmerah one of the last shadowmarsh witches, only wants to be left alone. She is tired and angry at being racially persecuted and now cares only for herself. We start with Elmerah being kidnapped to be sold in the slave trade. She makes an unexpected ally of fellow P 3.5 ish. I thought this was a really good start for the series. The flawed FMC, Elmerah, was a bad A and a snarky thief, but also damaged and was out for #1 which was a surprising twist. It was an enjoyable read with lots of action. Elmerah one of the last shadowmarsh witches, only wants to be left alone. She is tired and angry at being racially persecuted and now cares only for herself. We start with Elmerah being kidnapped to be sold in the slave trade. She makes an unexpected ally of fellow Prisoner Saida an elf and gains a whole world of problems. It seems as though they stumble into a major uprising, betrayals, and some horrid luck, and some even scarier allies. I’m not really sure yet we’re this is headed yet to many loose ends here in this book. Despite the multiple POVs I feel like the characters have a lot more development to come but I feel like the author is moving them along at a pretty steady rate. We are missing a lot of backstory and it’s a little slow in coming but I feel like the characters are striving for it now so I’m trying to be patient. Still to many unanswered questions. We weren’t exactly left with a cliffhanger but the book does kind of end abruptly with hardly anything resolved yet. I’ll have to read the next one and see where this is going.

  4. 4 out of 5

    TSN ☮

    DNF 55% The writing is pretty and the story is nice as well, but I think that it's just to young adult for me. The story is just so "naive" that it was actually annoying me. I had a very hard time reading it, and after having fought my way about halfway through I decided not to bother anymore. Sure, I could struggle my way through to the end, but why? When I didn't really enjoy it. I'm sure a lot of people are going to love it, but it's not for me. DNF 55% The writing is pretty and the story is nice as well, but I think that it's just to young adult for me. The story is just so "naive" that it was actually annoying me. I had a very hard time reading it, and after having fought my way about halfway through I decided not to bother anymore. Sure, I could struggle my way through to the end, but why? When I didn't really enjoy it. I'm sure a lot of people are going to love it, but it's not for me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    I read this book, because it was recommended by another author in his newsletter. It turns out, we don't agree on what makes fantastic reading. :) The story was good enough, and it was even interesting for the most part, but epic, no, and definitely not something that would cause me to not stop reading until I was finished. There are some books I can't put down until I finish them, but this book wasn't one of them. However, hype aside, this was a decent book, and one I'd not mind reading at all if I read this book, because it was recommended by another author in his newsletter. It turns out, we don't agree on what makes fantastic reading. :) The story was good enough, and it was even interesting for the most part, but epic, no, and definitely not something that would cause me to not stop reading until I was finished. There are some books I can't put down until I finish them, but this book wasn't one of them. However, hype aside, this was a decent book, and one I'd not mind reading at all if I'd run across it myself, so there is that. I'm mildly curious as to where the story goes from here, but not enough to worry about it. If I run across the next book in the series, then I'll pick it up when it's out, but otherwise, it didn't hook me enough to make me need to continue with the series, though I'll certainly do so if the opportunity presents itself.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lana

    This is the first book in the Moonstone Chronicles; it is a book full of magic, adventure, treachery, deceit and camaraderie. The unlikely heroes are Elmirah, the Arthali Witch, Saida the Faerune elven priestess, Alluin a Valeroot elf and Merwyn an Akkeri elf, these were pitched together through circumstances beyond their control but now they have decided to do their utmost to bring down the empire. They want to kill the emperor and his second in command and in their place to put Isara Saredoth. This is the first book in the Moonstone Chronicles; it is a book full of magic, adventure, treachery, deceit and camaraderie. The unlikely heroes are Elmirah, the Arthali Witch, Saida the Faerune elven priestess, Alluin a Valeroot elf and Merwyn an Akkeri elf, these were pitched together through circumstances beyond their control but now they have decided to do their utmost to bring down the empire. They want to kill the emperor and his second in command and in their place to put Isara Saredoth. The Emperor has betrayed the elves of Faerune and has allied with the Dreilore and the Nokken who were ready to cause havoc on the Faerune. The world building is amazing and the characters are so lovable, Siada so kind and naïve, Alluin so heroic and always wanting to do what is honourable and loyal, Merwyn kind and such an idealist and Elmirah brash and angry yet with her heart in the right place even though she wants no one to realise this. Each of our heroes had their own aim to reach yet they decided to work together, one wished to lift his people’s curse, one wished to save her homeland, one would fight for what was right and one just wanted to seek adventure. For better or worse they had become allies with a common cause to bring down the empire. Can our heroes see this through? We will have to wait for book 2 to find out as the adventures continue! Sword and sorcery at it’s very best.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christine Scotney

    I have read a few of Sara’s books/series and they are all really good reads, this one is great as well. Pirates kidnap Elmerah,a shadow witch living in the Marshes, also kidnaped is a Faerune priestess, Saida, the two band together to overthrow the pirates and escape. THAT is just the beginning of their adventure. They meet up with Alluin, a Valeroot elf, and later Merwyn, an Akkeri elf,(he stinks like fish).A band of strangers join together to save each other and the lives of other people. It h I have read a few of Sara’s books/series and they are all really good reads, this one is great as well. Pirates kidnap Elmerah,a shadow witch living in the Marshes, also kidnaped is a Faerune priestess, Saida, the two band together to overthrow the pirates and escape. THAT is just the beginning of their adventure. They meet up with Alluin, a Valeroot elf, and later Merwyn, an Akkeri elf,(he stinks like fish).A band of strangers join together to save each other and the lives of other people. It has a lot of adventure, it just flows from one scene to the next.I really enjoyed this story, and liked the characters straight up, you didn’t have to warm to them. I will definitely be reading the next book.(hope it’s not to far away). Recommended reading if you love other worlds,witches,Fae, Magic, fantasy and bad emperors. Fantastic story.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gabbigeoyahoo.Com

    Sara does it again. I loved The Tree of Ages series, and the latest installment as a break away in that series as well. This book is just as enthralling, the characters just as diverse, and the storyline just as riveting. From the very first chapter you are drawn in so that you might think you'll finish this last chapter before going to bed but instead find yourself turning the pages long after. There are some moments that seem slightly contrived, such as the addition of a particular character t Sara does it again. I loved The Tree of Ages series, and the latest installment as a break away in that series as well. This book is just as enthralling, the characters just as diverse, and the storyline just as riveting. From the very first chapter you are drawn in so that you might think you'll finish this last chapter before going to bed but instead find yourself turning the pages long after. There are some moments that seem slightly contrived, such as the addition of a particular character that I predict will serve as a sort of dues ex machina in the future, but with his added background it doesn't seem to terribly far fetched. There are also moments that leave you scratching your head a bit as the lead does something out of character. Really though those few rare moments only serve to highlight the complexity of the character, which enrich the story immensely as it makes it hard to guess what her next move might be. And really, who likes one dimensional characters that can be easy out into a box? No one who is a fan of Roethle's books for sure. This is definitely worth a read, whether you're a fan of Roethle's previous books or simply a fantasy fan, particularly a fan of fantasy with strong female leads, this book will entertain. And if you haven't already read Sara Roethle's Tree of Ages series check it out, it is equally complex and entertaining, with the benefit that you need not wait 3 months for the second book!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Allis

    Good but missing some elements The start is good, but there is not really enough description about various elves and witches backstory at the start. I like the action, but it was both treated as a “normal” occurrence and was placed in awkward points in the story where violence didn’t fit in well. It’s like the author was trying to bring in readers with action yet had no idea how to do it. I like how the main characters is portrayed as “wanting to get away” like people would in real life. On the o Good but missing some elements The start is good, but there is not really enough description about various elves and witches backstory at the start. I like the action, but it was both treated as a “normal” occurrence and was placed in awkward points in the story where violence didn’t fit in well. It’s like the author was trying to bring in readers with action yet had no idea how to do it. I like how the main characters is portrayed as “wanting to get away” like people would in real life. On the other hand, this divides the characters apart before they even really know each other or the reader knows them. Obviously the characters have very important backstories, but we never learn what it is for the entire book. I get this is a way to make us read on, but the author does the “mysterious past thing” in a very inexperienced way. The characters have decently shown relationships but those are changing way too quickly. The writing is not bad. However, there are many awkward and weird plot choices. The many POVs work out well but don’t tell us enough all the time. The writing style is generally emotionless and doesn’t give too much motivation to read on.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Crystine Fujimoto

    A nice complicated story. I enjoyed this fantasy. It was a fast-paced, whirlwind adventure with well thought out world building. This book was told from several POV's. I found it interesting that each chapter (or section) was often told from a different protagonist. There were several subplots and some were not resolved. I guess Sara C. Roethle had to find someway to keep her readers interested enough to purchase the rest of the books in this series, without resorting to a cliffhanger. (Which I H A nice complicated story. I enjoyed this fantasy. It was a fast-paced, whirlwind adventure with well thought out world building. This book was told from several POV's. I found it interesting that each chapter (or section) was often told from a different protagonist. There were several subplots and some were not resolved. I guess Sara C. Roethle had to find someway to keep her readers interested enough to purchase the rest of the books in this series, without resorting to a cliffhanger. (Which I HATE.) I was under the impression that this was a romance, but this book contained no romance. Although there might be something building between two main characters, none of the them showed romantic interest. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Epic Fantasy, Elves, Witches, Magic and Adventure.

  11. 5 out of 5

    The Mysterious Reader

    I’ve enjoyed other book by Sara C. Roethle so it was an easy decision to try out The Witch of Shadowmarsh, the first of her The Moonstone Chronicles series. I’m glad I did. Elves, witches, pirates, an evil empire, magic, betrayal, intrigue, treachery and, of course, a fantastic lead in Elmerah, the eponymous Witch of Shadowmarsh. Yup, this book has all the best of ingredients, and then they’re cooked to perfection. Pure enjoyment. But for the fact that I’m literally dictating this review my husb I’ve enjoyed other book by Sara C. Roethle so it was an easy decision to try out The Witch of Shadowmarsh, the first of her The Moonstone Chronicles series. I’m glad I did. Elves, witches, pirates, an evil empire, magic, betrayal, intrigue, treachery and, of course, a fantastic lead in Elmerah, the eponymous Witch of Shadowmarsh. Yup, this book has all the best of ingredients, and then they’re cooked to perfection. Pure enjoyment. But for the fact that I’m literally dictating this review my husband from my hospital bed I could go on and on with praises - the book definitely deserves it. Since I can’t do that I will simply note that the book is most definitely one to read, it is easy to highly recommend. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in this series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Frank Bertino

    Fire And Lightning What is more formidable than an Arthali witch? Two Arthali witches! Elmerah is looking for her older sister, Rissine. Does she want to have a sisterly talk with her, or does she want to kill her? A Moon Priestess, Saida, helps and is in turn helped by Elmerah in escaping from pirate slavers. Alluin, a Valeroot elf, meets both at an inn and ends up involved as well. Merwyn, an Akkeri, becomes Saida's protector. All in all a rather diverse group. I like the action, Elmerah's snar Fire And Lightning What is more formidable than an Arthali witch? Two Arthali witches! Elmerah is looking for her older sister, Rissine. Does she want to have a sisterly talk with her, or does she want to kill her? A Moon Priestess, Saida, helps and is in turn helped by Elmerah in escaping from pirate slavers. Alluin, a Valeroot elf, meets both at an inn and ends up involved as well. Merwyn, an Akkeri, becomes Saida's protector. All in all a rather diverse group. I like the action, Elmerah's snarky dialogue, and the hint of romance. Will Elmerah discover the Emperor's secret? I look forward to the next book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kari Chapman

    The story had an exciting beginning, enough to persuade me to buy the book after finishing the free sample. However, after that exciting beginning things quickly deteriorate. At 20% in our three main characters have separated and are actively distrusting and disliking each other. I'm not really sure where the plot of this book is trying to lead us. One character has kind of a goal, but the other two don't. Then I realized - this feels like someone decided to novalize their D&D game at a YA readi The story had an exciting beginning, enough to persuade me to buy the book after finishing the free sample. However, after that exciting beginning things quickly deteriorate. At 20% in our three main characters have separated and are actively distrusting and disliking each other. I'm not really sure where the plot of this book is trying to lead us. One character has kind of a goal, but the other two don't. Then I realized - this feels like someone decided to novalize their D&D game at a YA reading level. And it just isn't working.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bangtan Stole My Jams

    DNF. This book started out with such potential. It quickly went downhill with characters that did not connect, a weak plot, and just overall lack luster. The witches of Shadowmarsh are supposed to be these strong, magic filled women. But Jesus; Elmara swings her sword a few times and she's out of steam.... AFTER THEY ALREADY HYPED HER UP AS SO STRONG. Anyway, I made it halfway through before I realized I was forcing myself to read it. And there are too many good reads (no pun intended) for me to u DNF. This book started out with such potential. It quickly went downhill with characters that did not connect, a weak plot, and just overall lack luster. The witches of Shadowmarsh are supposed to be these strong, magic filled women. But Jesus; Elmara swings her sword a few times and she's out of steam.... AFTER THEY ALREADY HYPED HER UP AS SO STRONG. Anyway, I made it halfway through before I realized I was forcing myself to read it. And there are too many good reads (no pun intended) for me to unhappily endure a book that I do not like.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dena

    Acquired taste This definitely had some action. The characters have their own bitterness and hatred to deal with which comes to a head because of the emperor. There was no romance which is a bummer because it would have added some intense emotion to this story. I mean don’t get me wrong I felt for the elf and his family. I thought that was horrible but that was the only strong emotion that this story brought forth.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Wow! Very reminiscent of Terry Brooks Well-written storyline and characters, and a nicely defined world. Kept me on the edge of my seat right to the end. What reminded me most of Terry Brooks is the author is brutal to her main characters. They suffer greatly for their cause, and there is serious doubt they will all make it through their quest. Hopefully, that doesn’t give anything away.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Donald H Smith

    Pleasantly surprised! Honestly, by the cover i didn't think this was going to be one I finished, not being rude, I just read so much that the current trend in "romance the Far way" just doesn't get me enthused but I respect the author & have it a go, glad I did. Enjoyable read, I finished & I'm going on to the next adventure and I really liked the diminutive Akkeri, lol, true hero, ugly but true, & true companions are hard to find, even in books, lol!!! Pleasantly surprised! Honestly, by the cover i didn't think this was going to be one I finished, not being rude, I just read so much that the current trend in "romance the Far way" just doesn't get me enthused but I respect the author & have it a go, glad I did. Enjoyable read, I finished & I'm going on to the next adventure and I really liked the diminutive Akkeri, lol, true hero, ugly but true, & true companions are hard to find, even in books, lol!!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christi Juarez

    Surprisingly very good story. I liked the friendship that grew between the 3 main characters. The action was exciting and never dull. Can't wait to read the next series. Great book, loved it all. I will recommend this book to friends . Very fast pace, exciting, and funny. Kept me interested throughout out Surprisingly very good story. I liked the friendship that grew between the 3 main characters. The action was exciting and never dull. Can't wait to read the next series. Great book, loved it all. I will recommend this book to friends . Very fast pace, exciting, and funny. Kept me interested throughout out

  19. 5 out of 5

    Janet Phillips

    Fun read Character development needed. Too repetitious in use of words such as smirked, in affect description . “The perils of Pauline” is a good description of plot development. I look forward to reading more of the authors novels do as to observe her growth in writing skills.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gina Shoen

    I got this through Bookbub, I can't remember if I purchased or if it was free. I would have liked more resolution before it ended for the next in the series, but it is what it is. I will look for the next in the series when it's on sale as well. I really enjoyed the character relationship development. I got this through Bookbub, I can't remember if I purchased or if it was free. I would have liked more resolution before it ended for the next in the series, but it is what it is. I will look for the next in the series when it's on sale as well. I really enjoyed the character relationship development.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Karen Lloyd

    Very enjoyable I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. I came to care for the witches & elves, to hate the emperor & to wish I was there sharing the adventure. Hurry up with the next book Sara!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Can't wait to read book 2 Love this author she does great with female leads and relationship building. She's very creative and does a good job drawing you in early on so you want to read more. Cannot wait for the next book in this series. Can't wait to read book 2 Love this author she does great with female leads and relationship building. She's very creative and does a good job drawing you in early on so you want to read more. Cannot wait for the next book in this series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia G. Garcia

    Good read It has a great start! I had read another of her series and I was also hook by the series but by the third book I got bored and I put the series on hold. I hope I finished this one

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    This is a good book to read. I liked the characters but wish they were developed a bit better. Story line is good, had several very slow/boring spots which were hard to continue, but I pushed through. I will read the next one when it comes out. Good reading everyone!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    So much action you will not be able to put this book down. Really entertaining story no real romance but so many different characters you won't miss it. The action is non stop and I can't wait too see what happens in the next book. Please make it soon. So much action you will not be able to put this book down. Really entertaining story no real romance but so many different characters you won't miss it. The action is non stop and I can't wait too see what happens in the next book. Please make it soon.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Fun read with strong female characters I enjoyed this book very much, especially the author’s clever spin on the classic lovable rascal main character. It’s a nice change to see it played out as a female character! Looking forward to the next book in the series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    The Mysterious Reader

    I’ve enjoyed other books by Sara C. Roethle so it was an easy decision to try out The Witch of Shadowmarsh, the first of her The Moonstone Chronicles series. I’m glad I did. Elves, witches, pirates, an evil empire, magic, betrayal, intrigue, treachery and, of course, a fantastic lead in Elmerah, the eponymous Witch of Shadowmarsh. Yup, this book has all the best of ingredients, and then they’re cooked to perfection. Pure enjoyment. But for the fact that I’m literally dictating this review my hus I’ve enjoyed other books by Sara C. Roethle so it was an easy decision to try out The Witch of Shadowmarsh, the first of her The Moonstone Chronicles series. I’m glad I did. Elves, witches, pirates, an evil empire, magic, betrayal, intrigue, treachery and, of course, a fantastic lead in Elmerah, the eponymous Witch of Shadowmarsh. Yup, this book has all the best of ingredients, and then they’re cooked to perfection. Pure enjoyment. But for the fact that I’m literally dictating this review my husband from my hospital bed I could go on and on with praises - the book definitely deserves it. Since I can’t do that I will simply note that the book is most definitely one to read, it is easy to highly recommend. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in this series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    LUAYNE

    Pretty good read. I like the characters, the action, and the developing friendship. The book needs a deep editing for words missing and other minor mistakes.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Eva

    3.5 stars. It reads like the start of a D&D campaign and I love that.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Heather Kurilla

    Excellent This is the start of what appears to be a great series! Her other books are great too - the tree of ages series. Write faster Sara!

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