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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Jeremy and the Witches’ Medallion: The Witch Hunt, by Randy Gauthier, follows the journey of a young lad trying to retrieve a medallion that was passed down as a family heirloom. A magpie steals the medallion from Jeremy which sets him on a thrilling adventure to retrieve it using a feather that can transport him back in time to the 17th century. The feather also gives Jeremy the ability to communicate and understand animals while in the 17th century. With the help of some furry friends Jeremy encounters along the way, this motley crew travels far and wide to retrieve the medallion.
Gauthier begins the novel by introducing the reader to the political and religious views of 17th century England. The first few chapters tell the story of twelve witches who were sentenced to death by King James I of England. The events that occur throughout the 17th century move the plot along and intertwine with Jeremy’s riveting journey which takes place 400 years in the future. Gauthier blends two different centuries with ease and the reader experiences events in history alongside Jeremy.
Gauthier has a writing style that is welcoming to all. There is humor throughout the dialogue that allows the reader to see the friendship budding between various characters. Each character has its own personality and I believe anyone reading will find a sense of enjoyment getting to know them. The friendship between Mr. Sterling and Jeremy was my favorite to follow throughout the story. Jeremy holds a sense of respect for Mr. Sterling and in return, the owl protects him like a father.
At first I felt confused trying to figure out who the main character was and how the story fits together. I would have liked to have been introduced to Jeremy before chapter five, however, after he is introduced you can follow the connection of both centuries easily throughout the rest of the novel.
With enjoyable characters and an interesting plot, readers will enjoy Jeremy and the Witches’ Medallion as a light but fun read. This story will appeal to readers with a sense of humor and enjoyment of history. If you are looking for a casual read with a well-rounded and entertaining story, then you will find plenty to enjoy in Randy Gauthier thrilling adventure novel.
Pages: 340 | ISBN: 1647501520
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On the day of the execution there were nine accused set to die. Nine bodies entered the mortuary, and nine bodies were prepared for burial. On the morning of the burial, only eight bodies remained. No one knows who entered the room with the bodies–or no one is telling, and absolutely no one wants to be the one to go before King James with this confusing and disturbing news. The body missing? It’s Elizabeth Device, the most outspoken of those accused of witchcraft. The search has begun to recover the body, but no one has noticed the one clue that could lead them to the answers the king has demanded.
Initially set in the 1600s, Jeremy and the Witches’ Medallion: The Witch Hunt, by Randy Gauthier, takes place 12 years following the execution of nine accused witches. With the proposed sale of the land belonging to the woman whose body went missing and the survey of her property begins a sequence of events revealing much about her way of life. Picking up 400 years later in 2012, the author continues the story in present times with a whole new cast of characters young readers will find more relatable. Author Randy Gauthier does a wonderful job of touching on every disturbing aspect of the era when witch trials were prevalent.
The mystery surrounding the magpie is an especially gripping part of Gauthier’s work. I am also intrigued by the use of the present tense. I am generally not a fan of novels written in the present tense, but it somehow works with this particular storyline–it helps to build the right amount of tension and keeps readers engaged.
Jeremy’s storyline is the one that will draw in young adult readers. As a senior in high school with big dreams of becoming an Olympian, he takes readers on a journey like no other. Though the novel is steeped in elements of fantasy and science fiction like time travel, Jeremy serves as readers’ guide through history, stopping momentarily to provide facts and tidbits they will find keep them grounded and invested in the storyline.
Jeremy and the Witches’ Medallion: The Witch Hunt gives young adult readers a fantastic peek into the witch trials and famous historical incidents and manages to blend it well with a good many relevant present day references. The shift from present tense to past tense and back again can be a little confusing, but the time-travel and history lessons more than make up for it. I highly recommend Gauthier’s work to any fan of historical fiction.
Pages: 340 | ISBN: 1647501520
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