The House Witch
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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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Superbly written, interesting story, likable characters, just overall well done. Fantastic.
The story and characters work for me. The writing is sometimes meh but unless you're critical of the style then you'll probably gloss over it. You'll notice in the first chapter and how it starts (funny world building sentences but still odd not to start with a character) so you'll know if it's your cup of hot chocolate.
Haven't felt the need to leave a reveiw in a while but this was such a pleasant unexpected surprise that i felt as if it required one.
A welcome change from the litrpg action focused novels I normally read.
It's a well written slice of life that, while it could use some slight editing to make it slightly easier to read, has an extraordinary amount of potential and a few gems of characters that leave you wanting to know more about them.
The author tackles various potentially touchy subjects in a well done and thought out manner letting them flow naturally in the story.
The 'redemption' arc for certain characters has made me go from almost genuinely despising them to now thinking that they seem like decent human beings and it's done in a beleiveable manner.
Overall an engrossing read that was a brilliant change of pace and could be shaping up to be one of the greats on the site if it carries on in this fashion.
I haven't had such laugh since reading Terry Pratcht's Discworld series.
An excellent and very well written story. The author has created a believable world and though we've not gotten far into it yet, has done an excellent job of explaining it without large dumps of information. (Which many stories on RR and other similar sites fall prey to.)
All of the characters are well written and their personalities are stable (where applicable) and believable. The interactions between them help to explain not only the characters themselves but the world around them and it's history.
The systems of magic are relatively well defined and interesting. I will say again that we're not far into the story yet, so not having all the details is to be expected.
The politics aren't overwhelming but are still interesting. The King and his family make for engaging characters and the (love?) interest fits into their circle very well.
I would say that this story is worth reading and I would encourage everyone that reads this review to at the very least mark it as a read later.
Title of my review is purposefully misleading. This story is absolutely phenomenal, I've been reading all kinds of stories throughout my life and it is now very rare for one to truly hold my interest. This one has.
The characterization and inter character actions is flawlessly done, making the reader able to relate with every single character. I found myself able to be invested in characters that were barely even mentioned!! Just beautifully done.
The grammar is very well done, I didn't notice any issues although I would probably have to read through a second time to find any. To my enjoyment, I was simply so caught up in the story that grammar didn't matter!
The story pace--typically this is probably the easiest point to mess up as an author and I have to say that the pace is moving along perfectly. The chapter length and setup is paced just right so that you can read a chapter and it gives you that feeling of excitement for the next one but also content at where you're at.
To end my review I'll expand a little on my title/first point. I absolutely LOVE this story, I had teetered on the brink of reading it for a week or so and then I finally did and I'm so happy I did but also wished I'd waited longer because I NEED MORE CONTENT!!! PLEASE READ THIS STORY!!
Everything about this is damn good. The only thing that stops it being perfect is the pacing at the start is a little jarring, get through the first few chapters and it is entirely worth the journey however. Seriously if your looking for something that's good but not in the mood for hack and slash this is amazingly well done.
It's just a lovely and heart warming story so far.
I have hugged myself thrice so far whilst reading.
Characters drive this story. The new chef has a secret, and his methods of food production are almost comically difficult to hide. The supporting cast are given just enough time in the spotlight to get a sense they are real people with real hang-ups and real motivations.
The main players are interesting and full of complex flaws and motivations. Along with bits of humor and drama, it makes for one entertaining chapter followed by another.
The magical system and character motivations interact to produce a story I will gladly continue reading. If you are in need of a reading experience similar to a good cup of hot cocoa, you need look no further.
It's a fairly well-executed romance novel, with the twist of being from the perspective of the gruff, misanthropic brooding male love interest instead of the wounded generic woman with trust issues learning to love again.
I mean, if you read that as a bit mocking over how stock the plot and characters are you read it correctly, but I'm also sincere about it being well executed and the twist largely holds up because of how cartoonishly, hilariously misanthropic generic brooding male #35 actually is and how it's portrayed as a genuine flaw more often than a sexy flaw that can be fixed by the love of a good woman.
The story does sometimes overshoot the mark on what characters can actually get away with and be easily redeemed/forgiven and occasionally misses entirely on what's a cute foible versus a creepy/horrifying/rapey behavior (coughmindcontrolcough), but, y'know, welcome to romance novels, they are what they are.