Quickie Review: The Gauntlet and The Queen's Witch by Karen Chance ★★★


Image result for The Queen's Witch by Karen ChanceThe Gauntlet and The Queen's Witch by Karen Chance
Genre: Historical Fantasy/Paranormal 
Series: Cassandra Palmer
Publication Date: August 13th 2012
ISBN: n/a
Page Count: 37, 42
Rating: ★★★
Review Copy: Own Purchase
Reviewed by: Lynsey
Synopsis:  The Gauntlet is a Kit Marlowe short from The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 and a companion piece to The Queen's Witch.
The Queen's Witch is a short story connected to the New York Times bestselling Cassandra Palmer and Dorina Basarab series of urban fantasy novels. It features Kit Marlowe in a supernatural thriller set in Elizabethan England.
REVIEW

I decided to review these two in one post since they're basically a continuation of the same story.

The Gauntlet.

The Gauntlet introduces us to a witch named Gillian who is currently in gaol awaiting execution. In steps a familiar (to us, anyway) curly-haired, be-goateed vampire with an offer she would really like to refuse. Madness and mayhem naturally ensues, along with some nice background information on the formation of the Silver Circle in the British Isles. I know it was in the The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 originally, but it's not really a romantic story at all. It's more like one big action scene full of spells, magic and....chickens. 

All in all, it was a fun read, but nothing to write home about and not necessary to read for the Cassandra Palmer series to make sense.

The Queen's Witch

The Queen's Witch picks up just days after the events in The Gauntlet and sees Gillian the witch—this time written in first person from her POV—up to mischief once again. With a plot against the Queen under way involving precious jewellery and magic, who better to assist Kit—willingly or not—than a former jewel thief slash coven witch?

Again, this was a fun read but it could be skipped as it doesn't really progress anything with regards to either the Cassandra Palmer series or the Dorina Basarab series.

3 Stars ★★★
These books are free either on the author's website or Smashwords.

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