Title: the Witchstone Amulet
Author: Mason Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 27, 2019
Genre(s): fantasy, adventure
Page Count: 293
Reviewed by: Larissa
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
That’s what rugby player Hunter Best’s mother told him before she died. But when Hunter surprises an intruder in his Chicago apartment, he discovers her amulet stolen. Hunter pursues the thief—all the way through a strange vortex. He wakes in a bizarre and violent world, a benighted realm on the threshold of civil war.
The queen has become a ruthless tyrant, punishing any who oppose her, weakening the kingdom’s defenses against the brutal Henerans. To survive, Hunter must depend on the man who robbed him, a handsome former spy named Dax, now a leader of the resistance that believes the queen is an imposter—a Heneran disguised by magic… who also looks identical to Hunter’s mother.
There’s no love lost between Hunter and Dax, and even if Hunter grudgingly agrees with the resistance, he just wants to reclaim his property and go home. But he might be the only one who can oppose the queen and end her reign of terror.
The Witchstone Amulet is a fantasy story by new-to-me author Mason Thomas. It’s a fast paced, stand-alone story with an intriguing plot and characters.
I was surprised by how much I liked The Witchstone Amulet. Going into the story I expected a romance and adventure. While there was a romance, this story is predominantly a fantasy adventure story.
Witchstone Amulet starts with a celebration, but ends with our main character Hunter falling through a portal into a whole different world that he knows nothing about, stuck with the thief who stole his mother’s amulet. He becomes an unknowing and slightly unwilling pawn in a bid to save this new world world from the brink of war and an imposter queen. And then there is the thief who’s not really a thief, but something… Can Hunter trust Dax?
I thought this story was well written with a well developed plot. While the plot itself and the thrope of falling through a portal into a different one is certainly nothing new, it’s what is made of it that counts. The author clearly knows how to draw a reader into a story and keep the plot engaging.
The story is fast paced, but it doesn’t rush the story. I liked how Hunter stood his ground in this new world and doesn’t let himself be bullied. At the same time Dax is a character of mystery, but not so mysterious that the readers doesn’t get to know him. He certainly is prickly though.
The world Hunter falls into is a pseudo medieval world complete with magic and other races and a war brewing and an evil queen, though all is not as it may seem. In that regard I liked the twist at the end. It was a little predictable, but nicely done.
To conclude, Witchstone Amulet is a nice fantasy read with a little romance on the side, that was well written.