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She died at the stake forgiving those who betrayed her. Young Catriona, a beautiful and kind Wiccan healer with an uncanny knowledge of natural and herbal remedies, is trusted and beloved by all in her small Scottish village. As her power grows, a jealous witch hunter begins to spread hate-fueled lies. He paints Catriona as an evil sorcerer. As fear takes hold, the people She died at the stake forgiving those who betrayed her. Young Catriona, a beautiful and kind Wiccan healer with an uncanny knowledge of natural and herbal remedies, is trusted and beloved by all in her small Scottish village. As her power grows, a jealous witch hunter begins to spread hate-fueled lies. He paints Catriona as an evil sorcerer. As fear takes hold, the people Catriona once trusted and cared for now accuse her of being a Spellweaver and call for her to be burned at the stake. Told from five different perspectives, this mesmerizing narrative shows the disastrous consequences that occur when compassion is trumped by human fear and deception.


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She died at the stake forgiving those who betrayed her. Young Catriona, a beautiful and kind Wiccan healer with an uncanny knowledge of natural and herbal remedies, is trusted and beloved by all in her small Scottish village. As her power grows, a jealous witch hunter begins to spread hate-fueled lies. He paints Catriona as an evil sorcerer. As fear takes hold, the people She died at the stake forgiving those who betrayed her. Young Catriona, a beautiful and kind Wiccan healer with an uncanny knowledge of natural and herbal remedies, is trusted and beloved by all in her small Scottish village. As her power grows, a jealous witch hunter begins to spread hate-fueled lies. He paints Catriona as an evil sorcerer. As fear takes hold, the people Catriona once trusted and cared for now accuse her of being a Spellweaver and call for her to be burned at the stake. Told from five different perspectives, this mesmerizing narrative shows the disastrous consequences that occur when compassion is trumped by human fear and deception.

30 review for Spellweaver: A Historical Fantasy Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Hagerty

    Great read I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway. In return for honest review and thoughts. I enjoyed reading this book. To be honest didn't want it to end. This book had two of my favorite things historical and fantasy. Recommend this book of you want a short and quick read. About Book: Catriona is young girl who takes care of her sister and father . Catriona is not like other girls in the village. She is a young healer and who her village love. Until someone in her village gets jealous Great read I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway. In return for honest review and thoughts. I enjoyed reading this book. To be honest didn't want it to end. This book had two of my favorite things historical and fantasy. Recommend this book of you want a short and quick read. About Book: Catriona is young girl who takes care of her sister and father . Catriona is not like other girls in the village. She is a young healer and who her village love. Until someone in her village gets jealous and things start changing for her. Recommend this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    I won this thanks to a good reads giveaway and WOW!!!! Fantasy meets history and I was hooked! 10 stars from me ! This was a true delight to read and I look forward to reading more books by this author!!!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    Unlike the previous reviews of this book, I did not find it to be a 5 star read. I received this as a free Kindle book from Goodreads giveaways. The book took me about an hour to complete, and I found the style of writing kind of annoying to read. As such a short book and the constantly rotating narrators, I really did not get to know anyone in the story or totally understand Catriona's powers. She heals, she sees the future, she does everything for everyone in town and doesn't harbor even a lit Unlike the previous reviews of this book, I did not find it to be a 5 star read. I received this as a free Kindle book from Goodreads giveaways. The book took me about an hour to complete, and I found the style of writing kind of annoying to read. As such a short book and the constantly rotating narrators, I really did not get to know anyone in the story or totally understand Catriona's powers. She heals, she sees the future, she does everything for everyone in town and doesn't harbor even a little resentment in her heart? Every narrator (there's five and you don't know who exactly the narrators are until the very end) blames themselves for Catriona's fate (spoiler alert: she dies, but that's the very first thing discussed by the first narrator) and has the exact same things to say about her...we get it; she was beautiful and pretty and perfect--except when every narrator goes about and says, "that is not to say she didn't have her flaws," but don't actually tell us anything about her being imperfect. I liked the overarching story, but the execution left me kind of disappointed. I just could not get past the writing style to really enjoy this book the way I thought I would. I didn't get to know the narrators or any character besides Catriona and her sister.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Imagine not just plodding through your day but actually living it, enjoying it, loving it! That's how the main character -- Catriona -- goes through life. The author says, "It was like she was making love to life -- every minute of every day." Spellweaver takes readers on a magical tale of a young woman who lives in harmony and brings light to all life - people, animals and plants. When a handsome stranger comes to town, he is immediately drawn to Catriona and a sweet love story begins to unfold Imagine not just plodding through your day but actually living it, enjoying it, loving it! That's how the main character -- Catriona -- goes through life. The author says, "It was like she was making love to life -- every minute of every day." Spellweaver takes readers on a magical tale of a young woman who lives in harmony and brings light to all life - people, animals and plants. When a handsome stranger comes to town, he is immediately drawn to Catriona and a sweet love story begins to unfold. But he is not alone - the darkest souls are also drawn to Catriona's light and want to put it out. Inspiring, romantic and unpredictable, Spellweaver captured my heart.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carla

    This became something I wasn't prepared for ... Wow! This is the second book I have read by Ann Crawford, and all I can say is WOW! At first I thought it was going to be depressing, but Ann's writing gifts are to shine light on the unexpected. Ann has tremendous insight into the complexities of human nature, but what is more amazing is her gift to inspire, uplift and enlighten in the ways of a true master. After I finished reading this book in record time, I just had to sit there and let my heart a This became something I wasn't prepared for ... Wow! This is the second book I have read by Ann Crawford, and all I can say is WOW! At first I thought it was going to be depressing, but Ann's writing gifts are to shine light on the unexpected. Ann has tremendous insight into the complexities of human nature, but what is more amazing is her gift to inspire, uplift and enlighten in the ways of a true master. After I finished reading this book in record time, I just had to sit there and let my heart absorb it all. This is a very powerful book and will be with you for a long time

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carla

    A beautiful young woman, a healer seen from the viewpoint of five of the people who knew her. How she was loved by the entire village and yet betrayed by all of them to be tortured and murdered by the witch hunter. How she forgave them all as she burned to death at the stake. Be sure to have a box of tissues handy. Beyond the story is the tale of how humans can be influenced by those "in power" to do what they would never do on their own. The influence of mob mentality. A beautiful young woman, a healer seen from the viewpoint of five of the people who knew her. How she was loved by the entire village and yet betrayed by all of them to be tortured and murdered by the witch hunter. How she forgave them all as she burned to death at the stake. Be sure to have a box of tissues handy. Beyond the story is the tale of how humans can be influenced by those "in power" to do what they would never do on their own. The influence of mob mentality.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dana Swift

    I read this book almost two years ago and then opened it again today and couldn’t put it down. From crescendo to crescendo, this engrossing story offers raw sensuality, angst, fury, grief and mercy as it amplifies the contrasts of invincible ignorance and absolution. This powerfully orchestrated story offers a path forward in releasing ourselves from the grips of all perceived forms of injustice. Absolutely love it!

  8. 5 out of 5

    I.M. Redwright

    Spellweaver is the story of Catriona, a girl who is accused of being a Spellweaver by a jealous witch hunter. This was an amazing story, with some unexpected twists. The characters were well built and the main character is easy to relate with. It is hard to explain, but Spellweaver radiates positive energy, in a sort of way that makes you want to keep fighting for your dreams.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Josephine Spire

    Completely spellbound! As soon as I read 1597 Scotland, I was immediately hooked as I knew this was going to be a great read. Ann Crawford doesn’t disappoint with this nicely flowing well written book. The main character is a beautiful soul with incredible gifts. The positive energy I’m this story leaves you enveloped in love. A book worth reading indeed!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Becker

    Great read!!! This book was recommended by a relative....He said it would be a good read. At first I was sceptical, but the longer i read...the better it got....Be sure to try it!!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    John S. Jones

    On the surface, this is the story of a beautiful woman with knowledge of the healing arts and a witch-hunter with a compulsion to destroy her. At a deeper level, it’s a tale of good mistaken for evil, evil disguised as good, and bystander guilt.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    This is a beautifully written novel about times long past but it has a strong and powerful message today about how we treat those who are different than we are, and also about the power of love to last beyond death. Much wisdom woven between the words and among the pages.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Veronica Entwistle

    Such a beautiful story. You can't help but fall in love with Catriona. She is so full of light and the way she experiences life inspires and reminds us to do the same. I highly recommend this book! Such a beautiful story. You can't help but fall in love with Catriona. She is so full of light and the way she experiences life inspires and reminds us to do the same. I highly recommend this book!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Queenbeesbookhive

    This magical tale took me far into the world of Catriona who is described as the love and light of love itself. Every waking moment is filled with harmony and love for everything living and she is adored by everyone. The Arrival of a handsome stranger begins a sweet love story about two souls meant for each other. Alas, the darkest of souls lurks all around, wanting Catriona’s love and is drawn towards her eternal light. This unpredictable, fantasy captivated me from the first paragraph. It was m This magical tale took me far into the world of Catriona who is described as the love and light of love itself. Every waking moment is filled with harmony and love for everything living and she is adored by everyone. The Arrival of a handsome stranger begins a sweet love story about two souls meant for each other. Alas, the darkest of souls lurks all around, wanting Catriona’s love and is drawn towards her eternal light. This unpredictable, fantasy captivated me from the first paragraph. It was made all the more real as I has the audio book read by the wonderful author, Ann Crawford. Thank you for sharing your wonderful words with me Ann.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stefanie

    This was a Goodreads Giveaway, which I was very happy to receive. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy the book. The style of writing felt empty to me. Descriptions without depth or feeling. The book felt like skimming surfaces without ever getting the substance. It reminded me of reading stories teenagers are given assignments to write and do their duty technically but without any heart behind it. I’m uncomfortable with giving a poor review on a Goodreads Giveaway book but truly could not recommend thi This was a Goodreads Giveaway, which I was very happy to receive. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy the book. The style of writing felt empty to me. Descriptions without depth or feeling. The book felt like skimming surfaces without ever getting the substance. It reminded me of reading stories teenagers are given assignments to write and do their duty technically but without any heart behind it. I’m uncomfortable with giving a poor review on a Goodreads Giveaway book but truly could not recommend this book to anyone.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jim Hardison

    Well-written and uplifting I found this short, historical fantasy about the tension that can exist between spirituality and religion, between love and fear, engaging and uplifting. The writing is powerful, the characters are well-drawn, the historical perspective is thought-provoking, and the plot is well-conceived. There are a few moments in which the transcendent wisdom of the central character diminishes the sense of the conflict and struggle she faces, but these are few and ultimately outweig Well-written and uplifting I found this short, historical fantasy about the tension that can exist between spirituality and religion, between love and fear, engaging and uplifting. The writing is powerful, the characters are well-drawn, the historical perspective is thought-provoking, and the plot is well-conceived. There are a few moments in which the transcendent wisdom of the central character diminishes the sense of the conflict and struggle she faces, but these are few and ultimately outweighed by the meaning her perspective underscores.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I won this book through goodreads. I wanted to love this book, but the writing style drove me mad. Just getting through the first chapter was a struggle. I felt like I couldn’t connect with any of the characters.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Adi

    Kindle Giveaway - This book was fine. It was a quick read and the messages resonate today. I agree with a previous review that the story felt superficial and had too many narrators. I would have prefered the story for the main character's voice. Kindle Giveaway - This book was fine. It was a quick read and the messages resonate today. I agree with a previous review that the story felt superficial and had too many narrators. I would have prefered the story for the main character's voice.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    DNF. The writing just didn’t keep me interested.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bruce

  21. 5 out of 5

    Leigh Ann

  22. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

  23. 5 out of 5

    John Aceto

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bernice Wajda Wajda

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christina

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gail Benker

  28. 5 out of 5

    Athena

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Corn

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

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