The House Witch

The House Witch

by Delemhach

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  • Sexual Content

A mysterious new cook has arrived for the King of Daxaria's household. With his strange appearance and guarded personality, many members of the staff, and even some of the nobility, are curious about him. However, with the rumors of a war on the horizon, and the Queen pregnant with her second child, there isn’t time to worry about an eccentric stranger. Besides, how important could he be?

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Chapter 1: Fin ago
Chapter 2: Mandatory Helpers ago
Chapter 3: Causing A Fuss ago
Chapter 4: Cat and Mouse ago
Chapter 5: Keep Your Distance ago
Chapter 6: Witches and Mages ago
Chapter 7: A Royal Visit ago
Chapter 8: Something's Fishy ago
Chapter 9: Ruffling a Few Feathers ago
Chapter 10: Lord Piereva ago
Chapter 11: A Blast From The Past ago
Chapter 12: Blooming of Beltane ago
Chapter 13: The King's Illness ago
Chapter 14: Stressful Times ago
Chapter 15: Daxaria's Chief of Military ago
Chapter 16: Sorting Life Out ago
Chapter 17: Sunday Woes ago
Chapter 18: Uh Oh ago
Chapter 19: Every Cat Has Its Day ago
Chapter 20: When Witches Lose Their Wits ago
Chapter 21: Kraken's Duties ago
Chapter 22: Sharing Surprises ago
Chapter 23: Condolences ago
Chapter 24: Three Little Drunks ago
Chapter 25: Enemy Eyes ago
Chapter 26: The Walls Have Ears ago
Chapter 27: A Real Day Dampener ago
Chapter 28: Just A Drop ago
Chapter 29: Better Days Were Had ago
Chapter 30: Feel The Burn ago
Chapter 31: Facing Facts ago
Chapter 32: Stating The Obvious ago
Chapter 33: A Dimmed Afterglow ago
Chapter 34: Turn Around ago
Chapter 35: Finishing Touches ago
Chapter 36: Trial and Error ago
Chapter 37: The Good, The Bad, The Fluffy ago
Chapter 38: Thorns and Roses ago
Chapter 39: Batter Up ago
Chapter 40: Stewing Storms ago
Chapter 41: Growing Pains ago
Chapter 42: Strolling Through Strife ago
Chapter 43: A Friendly Face ago
Chapter 44: Man of Mystery ago
Chapter 45: Everything and Nothing ago
Chapter 46: Old But Gold ago
Chapter 47: Mother Dearest ago
Chapter 48: The Kamikaze Cook ago
Chapter 49: Chaos in the Kitchen ago
Chapter 50: Charring Chats ago
Chapter 51: Poking The Wrong Bear ago
Chapter 52: A Little Help ago
Chapter 53: Cinderfella ago
Chapter 54: Words of a Feather ago
Chapter 55: Fin's Finale ago
Chapter 56: Coffee Klatch ago
Chapter 57: The Cat's Meow ago
Chapter 58: Up In Arms ago
Chapter 59: Troublesome Times ago
Chapter 60: Family Feuds ago
Chapter 61: Turning Tides ago
Chapter 62: Road Less Taken ago
Chapter 63: Fin's Kitchen Nightmare ago
Chapter 64: A Daring Debut ago
Chapter 65: Women Troubles ago
Chapter 66: The Height of the Night ago
Chapter 67: Failing Sideways ago
Chapter 68: Winning By Default ago
Chapter 69: Minding the Madness ago
Chapter 70: An Unexpected Guest ago
Chapter 71: Facing Forward ago
Chapter 72: Winded ago
Chapter 73: Colliding Courses ago
Chapter 74: Kraken's Smoke Show ago
Chapter 75: Aftermath Taxation ago
Chapter 76: An Engaging Encounter ago
Chapter 77: A Bad Feeling ago
Chapter 78: Facing The Odds ago
Chapter 79: First ago
Chapter 80: Physician's Orders ago
Chapter 81: Folding Under Pressure ago
Chapter 82: Crossing Yesterday's Stars ago
Chapter 83: Reassigned Duties ago
Chapter 84: Begone or Bewitched ago
Chapter 85: Vexing Visitations ago
Chapter 86: The Queen's Gift ago
Chapter 87: Late Night Talks ago
Chapter 88: Group Therapy ago
Chapter 89: Wardrobe Wonders ago
Chapter 90: Brewing Storms ago
Chapter 91: Rousing A Rebellion ago
Chapter 92: Fin's Fans ago
Chapter 93: Meeting Mathilda ago
Chapter 94: Now You See Me ago
Chapter 95: Women's Woes ago
Chapter 96: Tenuous Timing ago
Chapter 97: Caught Red Handed ago
Chapter 98: Red Sky in the Morning ago
Chapter 99: Taking the Offensive ago
Chapter 100: Filial Friction ago
Chapter 101: Great Balls of Fire ago
Chapter 102: Shelling Out Trouble ago
Chapter 103: Truthfully Terrified ago
Chapter 104: Points of a Crown ago
Chapter 105: Family Support ago
Chapter 106: A Lady's Lament ago
Chapter 107: Boiling Over ago
Chapter 108: Hot Under The Collar ago
Chapter 109: Hellmaker Helmer ago
Chapter 110: Light in the Darkness ago
Chapter 111: Neutralizing Norman ago
Chapter 112: Wedding A Witch ago
Chapter 113: Suspicious Behavior ago
Chapter 114: Farewells ago
Chapter 115: Dodging Drama ago
Chapter 116: Double Trouble ago
Chapter 117: Rocking The Boat ago
Chapter 118: Father Son Time ago
Chapter 119: Interesting Interrogations ago
Chapter 120: Two Sides of the Same Coin ago

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w1w2c3p4
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Yes, it's a good story.

It's wholesome.

 

But,

chapter after chapter of characters radically changing their world view to fit modern values after a day or two of honest empathy, put me off this story.

Seems preachy.

Maybe I just see so many real people in my life that dogmatically double down in the face of the arguments the mc uses that I cant suspend my disbelief. Makes his every sweeping empathetic success embittering.

Thanks to the author for the great recipes, I enjoyed meeting your cat's namesake.

Onyavar
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Heart(h)warming story in an incongruous world.

Reviewed at: Chapter 52: A Little Help

Let me start with the main character: A "house witch" who is employed as the new kitchen chef in the king's castle. He makes sweeping reforms in his domain and remains essentially unchallenged in that respect because he uses great common sense. He has background, he has opinions, and he drives his own story. The support characters are internally consistent as well (...within the abysmal setting described next).

The setting is my big gripe here, and that is what I'm rating as the story score because good worldbuilding is what I expect in stories. My review title calls this whole world "incongruous" because it just is: The main character is a normally educated, liberal man from the 20th century; the castle is a fantasy stone thing like from the 12th century; the King rules over a continent and holds court like in the 15th/16th century; the government's infrastructure is just not there; the young prince freely roams all over the place with no guardians; the King's knights are bastard upstarts from the 8th century and NOT nobles ("Sir Taylor"). In short, the setting is all over the place like the fairytale court of a Disney movie... except that in a Disney movie, the King's court is just a backdrop. In THIS story, we actually learn the ways of the peasants and servants, and delve into the politics of small and great people alike. Under that level of scrutiny, the Disney castle backdrop gets flimsy and my suspension of disbelief ends.

The grammar is good, but even good spellcheck apps can't find the occasional wordchoice error, like "new"/"knew" mixups just for example. Can be read fluently and that is what is important!

The narrative style begins haltingly and especially at the start of the story the reader is left to piece things together by himself. Lots of things are kept mysterious, but in a rather clumsy fashion.

Mikhail Arkash
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Fun read, world and character building lacks depth

Reviewed at: Chapter 62: Road Less Taken

The premise is charming, a man-witch protecting his household, currently the king's castle he's working in as a cook. He influences those around him for good.

There is a lot of humor in the novel, most of which is quite well done.

Also, many details are lovely and well developed: for instance, the food involved in the MC character's job, his familiar (who has a voice in some chapters that reminds me about a novel by E.T.A. Hoffmann).

There are many weak parts present, alas, too.

Character building lacks depth. The MC love interest, the HER, the SHE, should be–if we add the details– somewhere around 35+ years old, which is quite antique for a medieval setting. Unfortunately, her background lacks credibility, and so does the MC's (28 years old). We have people who should have many experiences in their life but feel like a barbie doll freshly out of the box. The hints to their past are by far not enough for a credible character. Both should have been made younger, frankly.

Many reviews point to the main weakness: the world-building is disjointed. The MC feels like an isekaied modern character, yet he's not. The elements are incongruous, and he does modern "good" with contemporary language and modern values all over the place. Think GoT in reverse.

That said, it still is a fun read.

torac
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Okay story, weird use of whom, MC saves everyone with modern morals

Reviewed at: Chapter 14: Stressful Times

As of chapter 14 I’m unsure if the MC is supposed to be someone from a modern western country reincarnated in fantasy-land or whether he is supposed to have gotten his modern values and morals somewhere else.

 In any case, the MC is extremely confident in his modern-day understanding of "justice" and such values. The way the MC takes it for granted that the purpose of "punishment" is to mend the harm of the injured party and how casually he interacts with everyone from peasants to nobility feels a bit incongruous with the fantasy world at the moment.

It screams "Look at me, I’m the MC and I know better than you!" This impression is not helped by doing things like giving the pregnant Queen orders not to drink alcohol despite that apparently not being common knowledge in the kingdom. Even if it was common knowledge, he is just a cook. How can he order the royalty around, at most it should be a strong recommendation or something like that.

pyroxcat
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It has a good primise with a unique story, but it just feels like it is missing something thats really important , something that would put everything together and make it a better story, not exactly sure how to explain it. 

I can only give it a 3.5 with how it is at this point in time. 

xcares
Overall

The plot leaks out like a sieve. 

Everyone is incompetent but the MC. The previous royal cook was running a pigsty without anyone caring about it. The Knights captain never heard his rape-y subordinates were openly terrorizing the female staff. Those moronic wannabe rapists were doing everything in the open. The majordomo fat lady only cares about "authority". The resident spymaster and friend of the queen doesn't vet new staff. The royal mage fails to make definite  identification of the MC as a witch just cause he couldn't get close enough without being rude?!?(wtf?!) The queen has problem keeping her pregnancies but kept having alcoholic drinks....
And i bet i forgot more.

Then comes the hero MC to save the day by plot contrivance cause he's really incompetent otherwise.Let's just say he's not much of a thinker. Did i mention he is very pretty 👀?It's pretty obvious this mc was female yuri protagonist that was turned into a male for some reason.

There is also the dissonance of what you're "told" with what you're "shown".
For example you are "told" everyone cares about the well-being of the female staff that was constantly harassed by the rape prone knights, while you have witnessed in the previous chapters how openly they did so and nobody gave a damn.

No thank you. I really can't understand which novel is everyone else reading

Nerocarson
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I'm loving this story so much. I havn'et come across a story that explores the greatness of food, it's always alchemy or blacksmithing yet food is what's used everyday and most important. Looking forward to more!

Olympic
Overall

You won't find many grammar mistakes if any, the story itself is incredible, and I found myself actually laughing out loud and legitimately wanting to cry at places... AND ITS ONLY AT CHAPTER TWENTY!

needless to say, I'm very excited for the rest of this book if the author so chooses to continue. Also I love kraken.

Garrdor
Overall

Exactly as advertised, and fantastic.

Reviewed at: Chapter 15: Daxaria's Chief of Military

Exactly as advertised, and fantastic. 

That's all I really wanted to write, but its a romance focused around a magic cook as he interacts with a loveable royal family and their court and servants. He's not macking on the queen, the king and queen are happily married, and most of the main characters have a refreshingly earned moral high ground. There are some more serious themes below the surface, but for the most part it's just delightful campy fun. I don't really enjoy romances, but it's a story like a marvelous farmer: out standing in it's field.

I'm taking a half star off cuz I'm not sure if the food is geographically/historically accurate (I'm not sure if cantaloupes existed close to sauerkraut, physically or in point in time). Its mostly a penalty for my own ignorance, but if I don't find something to complain about I'm pretty sure my head will explode.

ILoveEatingFF
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i have binged this story in like a day and now it has become one of my favorities so far. Writing is very good and while I was reading I didn't find any points that can break your immersion here. Characters are very well developed and feel alive. The selling point for me here is the uniqueness of our MC as a "house witch".