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Maybe it s just me, but the title and the cover art of A Nameless Witch and even the blurb on the back had me expecting something almost YA, like Kiki s Delivery Service meets Flight of Dragons or something Then comes the part where the witch realizes that she hungers to devour her true love s flesh This book gets off to a terrific start Martinez s style is fast and fresh and fun, and his protagonist narrates with a very witchly no nonsense pragmatism Where magic is concerned, it s clear t Maybe it s just me, but the title and the cover art of A Nameless Witch and even the blurb on the back had me expecting something almost YA, like Kiki s Delivery Service meets Flight of Dragons or something Then comes the part where the witch realizes that she hungers to devour her true love s flesh This book gets off to a terrific start Martinez s style is fast and fresh and fun, and his protagonist narrates with a very witchly no nonsense pragmatism Where magic is concerned, it s clear that we re playing by the gentleman s agreement in fantasy fiction, as in, I promise not to load you down with pages of tedious explication about the rules of magic, and you promise to be okay with character doing magical things as the plot requires with little or no explanation, and I promise not to use said magic to just up and resolve the final conflict with a sprinkle of fairydust Since the whole book is only 75,000 words or so, there s hardly any space given to world building, but the little bits that Martinez includes are both creative and relevant every other review will tell you about the demon duck, but I much enjoyed the modular troll who can swap out body parts and reassemble himself at need THAT is some good fun.I was most invested when the witch and her duck first went out into the world and started carving out a niche for themselves there because it s a nice idea here s you alone in the world with cool powers and nothing especially much to do, so what strikes your fancy I got less enthused when things settled into The Fantasy Quest To Defeat Evil With the Bunch of Motley Companions It was self consciously written the witch and her friends are as familiar with this trope as we are but having the characters be aware that they re participating in the trope doesn t add much zest for me personally I m not much of one for romance, even when it s well executed, and the fact that it wasn t mentioned anywhere on the back of the book made itunwelcome for me personally than it probably should have been Still, I DID like the element of I love him, but how can I resist eating him alive , which felt fresh and light hearted in a way that forbidden love angst never will Finally, it seemed to me like the story was about the witch, who starts out alone and unique in the world, building up a kind of makeshift family for herself I think I would have liked it better if that element was a bigger part of the book s ultimate conflict you know, if the final showdown involved them all doing something together to accomplish what she couldn t do by herself What happens instead feelslike the plot working at cross purposes with the theme.Still, the world definitely needsof this kind of book, where the characters and the tone are light hearted and entertaining, but still possess some emotional weight I will definitely check outof Mr Martinez s books, and will suggest the same to anyone else who s looking for a fresh take on fantasy 3.5 stars A quick read I just got hung up with other things this month A good mix of genres and a quirky cast of characters Enjoyable and fluffy, with a wry sense of humor. And his spine just sort of came out My kind of jam.Aaaaaamazing book Funny, wicked, a bit carnivore wouldn t you love to take a nice bite of your lovers ear , also a little bit philosophical, quirky, peculiar and equal parts enlightening and telling you absolutely nothing Great for nursing your inner witch or a helping guide how to deal with one I think it s a fairy tale retelling done rightAnd his spine just sort of came out My kind of jam.Aaaaaamazing book Funny, wicked, a bit carnivore wouldn t you love to take a nice bite of your lovers ear , also a little bit philosophical, quirky, peculiar and equal parts enlightening and telling you absolutely nothing Great for nursing your inner witch or a helping guide how to deal with one I think it s a fairy tale retelling done right Quick review for what really is a quick book to read I enjoyed the first half waythan the second half Initially it was original and funny In my comments I had said that if Gaimon, Pratchett and Hendee ever wrote a book, it would be like this and that is what made it fun But in the second half, that humour got a bit old, which is why I have never been able to finish any Pratchett book I have started The story is about an undead witch, who has been cursed with a gorgeous body of an 18 y Quick review for what really is a quick book to read I enjoyed the first half waythan the second half Initially it was original and funny In my comments I had said that if Gaimon, Pratchett and Hendee ever wrote a book, it would be like this and that is what made it fun But in the second half, that humour got a bit old, which is why I have never been able to finish any Pratchett book I have started The story is about an undead witch, who has been cursed with a gorgeous body of an 18 year old, perky breasts and a backside you could bounce a biscuit off She has a familiar, a psycho demon duck and a troll as a friend and they go off on adventures Said witch meets White knight on a crusade and the second half of the book develops into how the witch tries to resists banging and eating the virtous knight It is light and fun, but like many books in this style, I find them a bit tedious after a while If you are sitting by the side of the pool, sipping on a margarita or lying in bed with the flu and not wanting to concentrate much, then this is a good book to cheer you up and put a smile on your face A tale of vengeance, true love, and cannibalismBeing born undead can have its disadvantages, such as eternal youth and flawless beauty things most unsuitable for a witch Hiding behind the guise of a grimy old crone, the witch is content living outside Fort Stalwart with her unlikely band of allies a troll named Gwurm, an enchanted broom, and a demonic duck named Newt She leads a simple life filled with spells, potions, and the occasional curseSo when a White Knight arrives at Fort Stalwart, the witch knows her days of peace are at an end The Knight is just days in front of a horde of ravenous goblings, and Fort Stalwart lies right in the horde s path But the goblings are just the first wave of danger, and soon the witch and the Knight must combine forces on a perilous quest to stop a mad sorcerer from destroying the worldFilled with menace, monsters, and magic, A Nameless Witch is a properly witchly read by the award winning author of Gil s All Fright Diner and In the Company of Ogres A Nameless Witch is yet another of Martinez humorous novels awash in the supernatural The humor in this book isquiet than his previous two and tends toward the wry.A nameless witch is on a quest a quest of vengeance and, hopefully, self discovery But mostly vengeance She takes along her contentious familiar, a demon duck Ok, let me say that again A demon duck With a bad case of blood lust As my husband noted at dinner the other night, this duck is probably the funniest duck in A Nameless Witch is yet another of Martinez humorous novels awash in the supernatural The humor in this book isquiet than his previous two and tends toward the wry.A nameless witch is on a quest a quest of vengeance and, hopefully, self discovery But mostly vengeance She takes along her contentious familiar, a demon duck Ok, let me say that again A demon duck With a bad case of blood lust As my husband noted at dinner the other night, this duck is probably the funniest duck in all of recent literature And his name is Newt.Along the way, a troll and a knight join the quest The troll is rather endearing and the knight is virtuous He is a White Knight A dark skinned White Knight to be specific.Nameless is a very beautiful witch Of course, everyone knows that witches look like hags right So every attempt is made by Nameless to hide her incredible beauty underneath rags and dirt and a carefully placed wart or two Wyst, the White Knight, is able to see beneath the hag routine and falls in love She too is smitten, but knows she must hide her increasing attraction to the knight in order to protect his virtue and his life You see, Nameless is a witch who can not tell the difference between a smitten heart or accursed appetite She is afraid she will lose control in the heat of passion and eat him, literally Ok, so moving on One of my favorite bits pokes fun at the old Norwegian tale of the Three Billy Goats Gruff The questing party comes to a bridge guarded by a pack of surly elves, goblins and ogres who demand a toll As a troll, Gwurm knew something about bridge tolling so, of course, he negotiates Various demands and threats are made by the leader of the surly bunch who ends his diatribe with a laugh meant to send chills down the spines of the hearers Unfortunately, elf voices are terrible for sinister cackling Not in the least intimidated, Newt asks Can I kill him On thethoughtful side, Martinez includes some passages like this one Your conscience is your misery Conscience is my burden, but all worthwhile gifts have their price But it could be so simple the ghoul hissed Why hold on to that which only makes your life difficult Because life is complicated and difficult Anyone who says otherwise hasn t truly lived Martinez throws in a few philosophical musings in A Nameless Witch making it a bitthoughtful than his previous books, but it remains overall a dark comedy Several reviews describe this book as quirky, and I m certainly not going to argue there It plays with tropes to the level of parody a witch cursed with beauty and a hunger for flesh , a demon in the body of a duck, a thoughtful troll, a wistful broom, and a true White Knight.It starts out being a sort of revenge story, but it s reallya coming of age romance kind of book And there s definitelyin the way of romance than I was expecting Not that I mind, as it s the story book k Several reviews describe this book as quirky, and I m certainly not going to argue there It plays with tropes to the level of parody a witch cursed with beauty and a hunger for flesh , a demon in the body of a duck, a thoughtful troll, a wistful broom, and a true White Knight.It starts out being a sort of revenge story, but it s reallya coming of age romance kind of book And there s definitelyin the way of romance than I was expecting Not that I mind, as it s the story book kind of romance that I like as opposed to the euphemistic kind , I just wasn t really prepared for it.I think my overall verdict is cute I liked the characters in a hey, they re pretty cool funny kinda way, but never really connected with them Part of this is the narration, I think, which, while written in first person, is also rather distant That said, there was a fair bit of wry, slightly twisted humor, which I certainly enjoyed I never laughed out loud, or anything, but I did find myself smirking from time to time.As to the quest, I would ve liked for their to beat stake The witch is nigh immortal ageless and also very hard to kill I never really felt like there was any real peril, until the end, and even then it was sort of short lived.The focus, to me, definitely seemed to be on the romance and the coming of age stuff The quest is sort of a vessel for thatthan anything So, yeah, cute, quirky, darkly wry, and mostly sweet with a side dish of wistful longing The only reason this book didn t get a one rating is because the Witches familiar is a demon duck I found this to be a boring sketch of an idea rather than a story Martinez was trying to say something about the nature of belief and reality in the form of a somewhat spoofy fairy tale and he just simply fails miserably Gil s All Fright Diner succeeds for me because it afleshed out setting and a coherent story that develops characters you care about Nameless Witch does none of these thing The only reason this book didn t get a one rating is because the Witches familiar is a demon duck I found this to be a boring sketch of an idea rather than a story Martinez was trying to say something about the nature of belief and reality in the form of a somewhat spoofy fairy tale and he just simply fails miserably Gil s All Fright Diner succeeds for me because it afleshed out setting and a coherent story that develops characters you care about Nameless Witch does none of these things By the end of the novel I had developed such a dislike for the main character that It was impossible care what happened to her Still, demon duck This book is adorable and awesome A cursed witch sets out on a journey of vengeance but instead finds purpose, friendship, and love Martinez writes in a humorous fashion I thought this book wasfleshed out both in plotline and characters than Gil s All Fright Diner Definitely recommend. 2.5 stars