Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
In 1880s London, Luke Lexton is the latest recruit of the Malleus Maleficorium, a secret brotherhood devoted to eradicating witches. As part of his initiation, he must pick a name at random from the Book of Witches and kill the witch he chooses by the end of the month - or face death himself. His chosen target is a challenging one: sixteen-year-old Rosa Greenwood, who has connections to some of the most powerful and feared witches in London.
Meanwhile, unaware of her fate, Rosa has struggles of her own to face, under pressure to agree to marry the handsome, rich and cruel Sebastian Knyvet, an important member of the Ealdwitan, in order to save her family from bankruptcy. But when Luke and Rosa meet, they quickly develop a powerful bond that will change everything for them both.
From its gripping first pages describing Luke's initiation, this entertaining historical fantasy will engage readers' attention, leaving them keen to know more about Luke and Rosa's world. Ruth Warburton beautifully evokes the atmosphere of Victorian London, from elegant society balls to the grime of the East End - and whilst the love story between the two young leads may be a little predictable, it's nonetheless full of gorgeous romance.