- Title: Witchy Eye
- Author: D.J. Butler
- ISBN: 9781476782119
- Page: 404
- Format: Hardcover
Sarah Calhoun is the fifteen year old daughter of the Elector Andrew Calhoun, one of Appalachee s military heroes and one of the electors who gets to decide who will next ascend as the Emperor of the New World None of that matters to Sarah She has a natural talent for hexing and one bad eye, and all she wants is to be left alone especially by outsiders.But Sarah s worldSarah Calhoun is the fifteen year old daughter of the Elector Andrew Calhoun, one of Appalachee s military heroes and one of the electors who gets to decide who will next ascend as the Emperor of the New World None of that matters to Sarah She has a natural talent for hexing and one bad eye, and all she wants is to be left alone especially by outsiders.But Sarah s world gets turned on its head at the Nashville Tobacco Fair when a Yankee wizard priest tries to kidnap her Sarah fights back with the aid of a mysterious monk named Thalanes, who is one of the not quite human Firstborn, the Moundbuilders of the Ohio It is Thalanes who reveals to Sarah a secret heritage she never dreamed could be hers.Now on a desperate quest with Thalanes to claim this heritage, she is hunted by the Emperor s bodyguard of elite dragoons, as well as by darker things shapeshifting Mockers and undead Lazars, and behind them a power sinister still If Sarah cannot claim her heritage, it may mean the end to her, her family and to the world where she is just beginning to find her place.
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You can find a synopsis elsewhere, so I'll describe the writing itself.It took me a bit to get used to the flavor injected by the foreign words (from multiple languages) and spelled-out accents, but they're a significant facet of the story rather than just tossed in as you may find in other stories. Language means something here.The action started out with significant challenges to the heroine, with her life and that of her friends in danger. Then it ramped up. Then it ramped up again. And it ke [...]
Witchy Eye by D.J. Butler is a wildly imagined and unique alternate history with wizards, undead, and hillbillies set in colonial America. I’ve never read a book like it. The large cast of characters, historical details, and inside jokes will delight American history buffs. The novel, told from many different points of view, has a bit of the flintlock fantasy vibe, but this timeline is wildly divergent from our own.The world is very complicated and filled with many different factions vying for [...]
Very interesting and entertaining alt history/fantasy book I picked up on a whim. Solid, fun story, great characters and I really enjoyed the author's different take on our world.I railed last year about "young adult" books and although I am not totally sure that this falls under that genre, I seem to be changing my mind slowly but surely about them. This is totally worth your time to read, and I personally look forward to any future trips into this world.
Set in an alternative version of 1815, Witchy Eye details the adventures of 15-year-old Sarah Calhoun and her constantly shifting band of supporters. Raised among the well-known Calhoun clan in the Apalachee region of a magic-filled frontier, Sarah is rustic, tough and independent. Sarah learns that her growing magical abilities and her hidden bloodlines have made her powerful enemies. As Sarah travels the ley lines from her mountain home to the strange and dangerous streets of New Orleans, she [...]
Had some severe pacing issues in the 2nd half (in fact, felt about twice as long as it needed to be), but ultimately a very fine piece of worldbuilding with a wondrous take on superstition and myth as magic.
D.J. Butler starts his quest tale in an unusual America in the third decade of the nineteenth century. Because of the first-souled who can work magic, America is an empire ruled by Thomas Penn who has tortured the old empress, his sister, to discover the whereabouts of Sarah, the girl with the Witchy Eye (hard from Baen), who is the oldest daughter of the Empress. Chased by a magic-using Priest and company of the Blues. Sarah and friends are helped by a wizard-monk and are chased from Nashville [...]
In his latest book, Witchy Eye, D. J. Butler introduces us to an alternate history of the North American continent in the 1700s. It is hard to describe the book in much detail without giving spoilers (and I don't want to repeat the book jacket), but here are a few things that can be said.The Alternate History TwistHow would events have progressed differently if magic and religious mysticism existed throughout the recorded history of man?It is easy to tell that Butler created a rich backstory. Th [...]
The author came with HIGH recommendations, and so I grabbed the book, even though the genre of magical fantasy isn't my favorite.If I read many more books like this, though, I may find myself opening up my selection criteria a bit.It's immersion history. We discover what the world is like by being placed in the middle of a market day, with hucksters and pot-bellied farmers swinging loads of cured tobacco, and stray dogs running between the mules' feet. And noise, and conflict.A person with more [...]
A colorful alternate history America, which reminds me somewhat of Kipling's Kim in the sense that the reader gets to tour vibrant people from different subcultures, with a sense that those subcutures are all part of a larger entity--in this cast, Flinlock Fantasy North America--without academic infodumps to break the flow of the story, The author leaves you wondering about the back story of the beastmen, the Igbo Free Cities, Cahokia, Memphis and more.Another thing (of many!) that I especially [...]
Butler conjures up a compelling, rich world ripe with poetics and myth and compelling, unique characters. I found the pacing spot on, but it may be a wee bit slow for core genre readers and a wee bit adventurey for core lit-fic readers. What I like best is that the politics and theologies and economies are many. It's not just a matter of not being good against bad--there are clearly some bad characters and some good characters and some gray characters--but rather that things are complicated and [...]
Dave Butler has weaved the ornate tapestry of a fantasy epic from the history of early America and it is simply wonderful. WITCHY EYE is a great read. Full of detail, historical veracity, and charm. The characters - protagonists and villains alike - spring from the page.Butler's "America" is never referred to as such and there are no states - united or otherwise. There are territories and empires and the wild untamed wooded frontier. In this world, magic is real - from simple hedge-witch hexing [...]
I'm incredibly glad that Weird West is becoming its own genre, because that means that a lot of good authors are taking it in fascinating and unexpected directions.I never anticipated that Weird West/Epic Fantasy would work as a genre mashup, but this does - and it's better than I ever would have anticipated. I could have done with a couple fewer characters and a little more detail on the world itself, but as it stands it was still fascinating, complex, imaginative, and unique. I care about the [...]
This was a really fun alt-history urban fantasy type story. Lots of interesting characters but the tale stuck to the main ones (I hate when multi POV is overdone) and interesting alt history events. Only things that detracted from the book for me were the way speech was presented for people speaking in accents and some passages seemed like a repeat of something already stated five pages before. Other than that it was great and I had trouble putting it down. Definitely recommended for fans of spe [...]
An entirely fantastic reimagined 19-century America featuring an Empire rather than a Republic, Faery folk, free natives, and of course magic. The syncretism of folklore and Christianity is a fascinating case study into might-have-beens, and the way that magic works in this universe is elegant and requires very little exposition. There's a lot going on, but it remains easy to read, and the only bad part came when I was out of pages to turn.
This book is truly a masterpiece of historical fiction. Set in an alternate eastern United States, the environment seems familiar and yet always keeps you guessing. The characters are brilliant and intriguing and fit perfectly into a well crafted story. Butler’s writing will draw you in and keep you begging for more. This quickly became one of my favorite reads and I enjoyed it since page one. Do yourself a favor, you will want to reread this book again and again.
Took awhile to get into, as the author makes great use of dialect and employs lengthy sentences that can sometimes be difficult to interpret, but a good story.It's an alternate version of 1815 in the U.S but with magic, necromancy, and a TON of religious factions, and all of the different religions have different powers and whatnot. Well-developed characters on both the protagonist and antagonist side. Warning: It ends on a semi-cliffhanger.
Witchy Eye leverages history, culture and language to deepen a world embellished with rich details like stars in a midnight Appalachian sky. Dynamic, true-to-life characters struggle under ignorance and adversity, never knowing more than they should while solving problems with innovative solutions and purest grit. This novel is a regal addition to the fantasy genre. It's a rich feast, sating us yet leaving us salivating for the next decadent course.
As always when a book tries to get different dialects across i strugle as a non native speaker. But the story got me anyway. Nice worldbuilding and i was more then once really tempted to look up why that name sounds so familiar and what did he/she do in the real timeline.Now i want to have the next one!
This is a great mix of myth, magic, swords and gunpowder set in an mythical North America that never existed but a part of me believes that it exists somewhere in the multiverse. The story is action packed and the world that D. J. Butler is rich in detail and complexity. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Phenomenal story and worldbuildingYou need to read this book. Butler creates a rich, funny, poignant tale with characters who become important to the reader, set in a brilliantly imagined version of the 1700s in North America. Epic Flintlock Fantasy. Go read it!
Nice blend of magic and early alt USA history
Very good read would recommend it to anyone who likes a different view of America. Loved
Denser than an 8-dollar protein bar, but full of intrigue and intersecting interests. Butler put a lot of homework into this one.
Not bad! An interesting setting. The first few chapters might feel awkward, but it builds into a good read.
I thought it started off a bit slow, but once the story hit its stride I enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Alt-History and an interesting alt-theology. Characters sustain it.
Best historical fantasy I ever read. Butler is smart and he writes intelligent fiction that makes you think. The existence of magic creates an alternate timeline in early America which is in itself a commentary on humanity and diversity. The ensemble of characters expresses amazing depth, but I loved each one as much as the next. This complex system expresses the importance of both the depth of the individual and the breadth of human culture, yet it is fun and engaging to read.Also, I HIGHLY rec [...]
i really liked this book. Dave has a unique view of history and blends a lot of elements that could have been and makes you believe they really were. good character and world building although it's our own world just slightly shifted. You can put yourself in the moments and live along side Sarah as she moves through adventure after adventure. I won't give anything awsy but it's one doozy of a ride, can't wait for the next one.
Alternate history was never my favorite genre. But this book is bad ass!
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