Magic & Minutemen

The Patriot Witch by C.C. Finlay

patriot witch

First Look:

Meh.  The elements in the illustration are relevant, but while not ugly, it’s nothing special.

Jacket Copy:

The year is 1775. On the surface, Proctor Brown appears to be an ordinary young man working the family farm in New England. He is a minuteman, a member of the local militia, determined to defend the rights of the colonies. Yet Proctor is so much more. Magic is in his blood, a dark secret passed down from generation to generation. But Proctor’s mother has taught him to hide his talents, lest he be labeled a witch and find himself dangling at the end of a rope.

A chance encounter with an arrogant British officer bearing magic of his own catapults Proctor out of his comfortable existence and into the adventure of a lifetime, as resistance sparks rebellion and rebellion becomes revolution. Now, even as he fights alongside his fellow patriots from Lexington to Bunker Hill, Proctor finds himself enmeshed in a war of a different sort–a secret war of magic against magic, witch against witch, with the stakes not only the independence of a young nation but the future of humanity itself.


Yes, there are three books in the series, of which this is the first.

Worth reading?


Yes!  Finlay has written a historical fantasy which stays quite true to the time period (unlike A Knight’s Tale, but don’t even tell me that movie’s not worth watching, because YOU ARE WRONG).

Notable Things:


Revolutionary War!  Proctor takes part in the Battles of Lexington & Concord, the beginning of the Revolutionary War.  And, as I mentioned, Finlay is really good at keeping things time-period appropriate, without overburdening the reader with exposition or infodumping.


Forrest Gump!  By which I mean, Proctor ends up in key places at key historical moments, and is even secretly the person who did The Important Thing at least once.


Appropriate Attitude Toward Witchcraft.  Because this is history-based fantasy, not alternate history, it’s a good thing that Proctor is afraid of anyone finding about his powers or developing them in any way.  It’s just the way that any Revolutionary-era witch would feel.


I wanted to read this book for an unusual reason: one of my favorite YA series was written by the wife of this author.  And I figure that someone who writes something I love so much has to love someone who also writes something awesome, right?  Well, I was right.  I may not have fallen as wholeheartedly in love with Proctor as I did with Elisa, but I still greatly enjoyed his story, and would like to read the rest of the series.  I just have one small complaint: it may be a historically-accurate name, but seriously…Proctor?


Borrowed, because I am poor and live in a small apartment.



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