I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Warrior Witch (The Malediction Trilogy, #3) by Danielle L. Jensen
Series: The Malediction Trilogy #3
Published: May 3rd 2016 by Angry Robot
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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Warrior Witch is the third book in Danielle Jensen’s Malediction Trilogy. As a brief recap: the protagonist, a young human named Cecile, is married against her will to a troll prince in book one, in order to try to break a curse that doomed all of the trolls to life in a subterranean prison. But Tristan (the prince) becomes Cecile’s unlikely ally, and the two of them do end up falling in love and taking control of their own destinies. The trolls aren’t really evil, so much as victims of circumstance and racism. Some of them are evil, but like people, the vast majority are not. Fast forward to book three, where Cecile and Tristan have succeeded in freeing the trolls, believing that they should be able to control their own destiny, despite the risk to the humans. Now there’s a war, because Tristan’s father is leading an army to take over the human capital, meanwhile there are angry fae from the Selkie court manipulating events. Cecile and Tristan have to work together to make peace and prevent the slaughter of any of their people.
One of the things that I love about this trilogy is the way that Danielle Jensen blurs the line between good and evil. Sometimes characters have no good choices in front of them, and have to make do with the best of bad options. For example, freeing the trolls–Cecile knows that freeing the trolls will mean that people will die, but at the same time, keeping the trolls imprisoned is wrong. And that doesn’t just extend to main characters–my absolute favorite character in this book was Tristan’s father. For most of the book, Tristan’s father is a giant douchebag who oppresses his people and is not a very nice person. But in Warrior Witch, we see that his character doesn’t occur in a vacuum, and that even he is making the best of a very bad situation. And seeing that level of complexity makes this trilogy such a delight to read, because even characters you think you know well can continue to surprise you with their depth. And if that’s something you enjoy, you should also check out the guest post Danielle did a few weeks back about moral ambiguity in her work.
Overall, Warrior Witch was a stunning conclusion to the Malediction Trilogy. Once I started reading it, I could not put it down. This is one of those series that you don’t want to ever end. Lucky for me, there is a prequel coming in June! 😀