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Jeremy and the Witches Medallion by Randy Gauthier takes place in the 1600’s, during the reign of King James I, 12 years after the execution of nine accused witches when the land of a woman whose body disappeared is put up for sale which unravels a series of events about her life and a new investigation on her whereabouts.
Parallel to this it also follows the story of Jeremy, a high school senior with aspirations of becoming an Olympic champion. When his mother gifts him with a medallion and it is then stolen by a magpie, Jeremy embarks on an adventure laden journey to retrieve it. He soon finds himself a victim to time travel, transported back to the era of King James and his witch hunting frenzy.
This book has incredible historical accuracy. The preface provides the reader with a perfectly summarized context of the era the story is set in, starting with King Henry XVIII and the events that lead up to the reign of King James l.
The novel is not all facts and history though, it has enough drama to keep readers engaged. It is mostly written for younger audiences (teens and young adults) but anyone who enjoys medieval history will most likely be captivated by this magical story.
The first person narration might seem too modern for a story set in the seventeenth century, however the author made it work incredibly well, combining today’s language with a medieval storyline. It was very easy to follow and surprisingly enjoyable.
The characters are complex and well-written, with interesting backstories that the author reveals throughout the book rather than showing it all at once. My personal favorite was Jeremy, who was working on becoming an Olympian and was unexpectedly sucked into a world of magic, witchcraft , and adventure. The author shows Jeremy’s struggle to balance his modern life aspirations with his medieval journey.
Jeremy and the Witches Medallion is an educational and enjoyable novel with unexpected twists, an interesting plot, and complex characters. It is especially attractive for people who enjoy historical fiction and have a hard time finding accurate portrayals of each time period. As one of those history junkies, I rate this book five stars for its originality and wonderful story. It is the author’s debut novel and I’ll certainly be looking forward to reading more of his work.
Pages: 340 | ISBN: 1647501520
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