The Greenworld is ruled by many powerful women…
…and sixteen-year-old Danny can’t help falling in love with the most beautiful one.
With his mum as head witch of the Greenworld, Danny has a lot to live up to – he can’t spend all his time chasing girls. And, as the outside world begins to threaten his community, Danny must draw on reserves of magic he didn’t know he had.
But with the beautiful sorceress Saba at his side, he thinks maybe this witch thing isn’t such a bad idea after all…
…because for Danny, magic might be mundane, but love is never boring.
I had good expectations of this novel. I enjoy fantasy worlds involving magic, the Greenworld being ruled by women suggested it might be a feminist novel and whilst I don’t read romance novels per se, I do love romance within novels, I just prefer it to run concurrently with rather than be the whole story.
I absolutely loved the world-building. The Greenworld exists without any use of fossil fuels, and the extensive impact that would have on daily life had been thoroughly thought through and was woven throughout the story. The author either is pagan or had done considerable research as all of the witchs’ practices are rooted in genuine pagan tenets.
The writing style relied heavily on metaphors and they were so clunky that they jerked me out of the story. Given the fantasy setting and how much I enjoyed the world-building it was frustrating to be so roughly pulled out of the setting.
Unfortunately where the book really fell down for me was the characters of the protagonaists. Danny and Saba are not particularly likeable, which is not in and of itself an issue – I’ve read numerous books where the protagonist isn’t likeable but the reader is still invested in their story. Sadly this wasn’t the case for me.
Danny talks about being in love with Saba but his narration starts and ends at how beautiful she is and her long tawny hair (I get it Danny, she has nice hair). His emotions seemed superficial and he was one-dimensional. Saba is, frankly, a duplicitous attention-seeker. I simply could not bring myself to care about whether they ended up together other than feeling that anyone else that might be interested in either one of them probably deserved better.
So, a mixed review for this one. On the one had the book made me want to learn more about pagan witchcraft and eco-living so it held a certain power, but was let down by inadequate character depth.