Title: A Witch Alone (Winter Trilogy #3)
Author: Ruth Warburton
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books (7th February 2013)
Where do you go when your heart has been ripped out?
For Anna there is only one answer; into her past, where the truth about her mother, her power, and her real identity lie hidden.
Rating: *** (3 stars)
A WITCH ALONE brings Ruth Warburton’s WINTER TRILOGY to a conclusion. After the events of A WITCH IN LOVE (review), Anna is left adrift, but the desire to know more about her mother – does she still live? – draws her forward and into a series of events that threatens everything – and everyone.
A WITCH ALONE is my favourite book in the WINTER TRILOGY, but at the same time it is also in this book that I find Anna her least likeable. Warburton does a brilliant job at building the tension in this book, and slowly revealing what is really going on as well as the truth about Anna and her mother.
The plot of A WITCH ALONE seems pretty simple to begin with – it’s obviously going to focus on the mystery of Anna’s past that was hinted at in A WITCH IN LOVE, but it’s not quite that simple. Warburton has cleverly been building on events that happened in A WITCH IN WINTER (review) and brings everything to a head in this book. There has been a lot more going on in the background of the WINTER TRILOGY than there appeared. As such, there are a LOT of revelations that occur in this book and all of them took me by surprise.
As I mentioned earlier, I found Anna at her least likable in this book. There were a couple of reasons for this, one being the way she seemed to fall apart after the events of A WITCH IN LOVE – it was almost à la Bella in TWILIGHT – and I felt very frustrated with her. The other was that I found Anna to be a very selfish character at times. However, I did enjoy Anna’s relationship with both Abe and Emmaline in this book. I also liked the way Anna’s relationship with her grandmother grew and changed.
A WITCH ALONE is a good conclusion to the WINTER TRILOGY. If you are a fan of the paranormal romance genre, then you should give this series a try.