Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Underground Witch by Debbie Dee

About The Author

Debbie Dee recently moved to southern Idaho with her husband and three children where she is learning how to be a country girl in her favorite pair of blue heels. She adores fairy tales and happy endings, but secretly crushes on the bad guy now and then.

As a dedicated musician who practices way too much, she never expected writing would sweep her off her feet until she jotted down a scene from a daydream, which turned into two scenes, which turned into a messy house and her first novel. Since then she hasn’t been able to let a day go by without writing.

In addition to writing, she plays the piano, harp, violin, and gets in frequent fights with her cello. She loves to read and play board games - when she is winning.


Title: The Underground Witch
Author: Debbie Dee
Publisher: Dolce Books
Released: May 2nd 2013
Pages: 292 (Paperback)
Buy: Amazon UK / Amazon US
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As the last of the Incenaga Witches, Emmeline has been tortured and forced to use her power to kill. But unlike the Incenagas before her, she has survived. With her freedom restored, she should feel safe, invincible even. After all, she has the protection of Prince Erick’s army and a power strong enough to obliterate any enemy. Yet Emmeline lives in fear for the next person who will try to control her, and no one can seem to find the tyrant threatening to claim her. 

Until it’s too late. 

With everything on the line, and the enemy at her throat, will Emmeline be able to use her power like never before? Even if it kills her? 

So I thought the first instalment of this trilogy, The Last Witch, was as good as it got - but guess who managed to prove me wrong? The Underground Witch completely blew my socks off, and I'm now sat here with a crazy big book-hangover. If you haven't heard of this series, add it to your TBR list as soon as possible - you do not want to miss this.

Emmeline is the last Incenaga, otherwise known as a fire witch. Hidden for years in the middle of a forest, Emmeline is finally sent off to be married to the Prince of Dolmerti, a land with a fierce army that will be able to easily protect her. Or so they think - countless men come to try and find Emmeline so they can control her and her power, and more than once she has found herself at their mercy. In The Underground Witch, even more is at stake, and Emmeline must find a way to learn to control her power herself, or all she loves will be lost.

From reading The Last Witch, I knew how good Dee was at characterisation - but I think her skills have improved even more! Although a fantasy novel, I could feel the realism of Emmeline and her situation, and I found I could relate to her. Dee wrote the emotions so thickly that it was impossible for them not to transfer over to the reader. Throughout the novel, Emmeline became more than just a character - she became a friend, and as I read her adventures, I cried when she cried and laughed when she laughed. So I take my hat off to Dee for being able to achieve something like that.

Erick is still a massive bookcrush of mine - how can you not adore him? I loved reading from his point of view, and it was a creative way of making sure the reader got all sides of the story - from the kidnapping to the moping to the training to the rescuing! I felt like I was hovering about the main characters, watching the scene unfold before me.

The plot was just as thick and gripping as it was in the previous book, and there were long period of time where I just couldn't put it down; I always wanted to know what was going to happen next! Dee slipped the reader just the right amount of information to keep them guessing, but not so much that the plot was obvious; anything could have happened, and it would have been a surprise. And I actually was surprised by how many plot twists there really were - and how I didn't see any of them coming! Towards the last 20% of the book, I don't think you could have pried my fingers away from my Kindle - it was packed full of action and revelations, and was an incredible climax to the sequel for this trilogy. I'm now left wondering that if Dee managed to up the anti for this book - well,what is the last one going to be like? I know that whatever happens, it will be amazing, and I am so so so excited for it's release!

As I said earlier, if you haven't read The Last Witch, then you must. It is honestly my favourite indie series going - not only is it a unique concept, but it is interesting and written impeccably. You will not regret reading this, I promise!
Rating: 5/5

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The Last Witch synopsis: For generations the Incenaga Witches have been forced to use their power to fulfill the wishes of others until they are drained of their magic and left to die. Desperate to protect his infant daughter - the last surviving witch - Emmeline’s father escapes with her to the forests where he vows to keep her hidden from the world and from the truth.

Sixteen years later, Emmeline is discovered and finds herself in the grip of a traitor who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, even if it means abusing her power until she dies. She is taken to a distant country and told she must marry the Crown Prince or her own country will be overtaken, its people slaughtered. But what sort of prince would marry a witch? And why would she be the difference between war and peace?

As she fights to regain her freedom, she is faced with a choice between a prince who offers a lifetime of security and a common gamekeeper who has no idea of her power, but offers his heart.

But who do you trust when your power can be used against you?