February 23, 2013

The Last Witch Blog Tour: Review & Excerpt

The Last Witch (Incenaga #1)
Author: Debbie Dee
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Release Date: September 12, 2012
Publisher: Dolce Books
Pages: 248

For generations the Incenaga Witches have been forced to use their power to fulfill the wishes of others until they are drained of their magic and left to die. Desperate to protect his infant daughter - the last surviving witch - Emmeline’s father escapes with her to the forests where he vows to keep her hidden from the world and from the truth.

Sixteen years later, Emmeline is discovered and finds herself in the grip of a traitor who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, even if it means abusing her power until she dies. As she fights to regain her freedom she is faced with a choice between a prince who offers a lifetime of security and a common gamekeeper who has no idea of her power, but offers his heart.

But who can she trust when her power can be used against her?

Stay here,” he ordered.

Emmeline nodded and wrapped her arms around herself. This was it. This was how all the other witches lived out the end of their days. Cold, alone, and chained to a relentless master.

“Pace yourself as you near the soldiers, Emmeline. When they recognize you many will try to run. Kill them.”

Emmeline gasped. “Please, don’t make me do this.” But she was already stepping toward the soldiers.

“Wait,” her master said. “Only kill those who run. My men are in need of sport. Detain the remainder until we come to you. You may go.”

Emmeline fought every step, but the need to obey was stronger. Her movements were jilted like a wooden puppet on a string. There was nothing she could do to stop. With the torch still in her hand, her face shone like a beacon. The soldiers narrowed their eyes as she neared. A few drew their heads back, their eyes wide.

“An Incenaga!” one of them shouted. “Run for your lives!”

“No!” Emmeline called out, her voice a strangled cry. “Don’t run!” But they couldn’t hear her and her arms were already lifting in obedience.


The Last Witch is the first book in a young adult paranormal series that follows Emmeline - the last known Incenaga Witch - a powerful witch that has extraordinary powers who usually ends up being drained of their magic before getting cast aside by those more powerful. Emmeline has grown up unaware of her powers and her heritage, until she is sixteen and the men from the neighboring country come for her. Soon she finds herself in the grasp of a very powerful man who is both a traitor and means to use up all her magic until she dies. While fighting for her life and her freedom, Emmeline has to decide her fate - will she choose the prince who can offer a lifetime of security and luxury, or the gamekeeper who knows nothing of her power - but is willing to risk his heart?

This was a really interesting and exciting novel that takes the reader deep into Emmeline's world. We are immediately immersed in her existence - both the good and the bad - and I felt connected to her from the start. Emmeline is a strong female main character - she is loyal to her family and her beliefs and definitely fights for what she believes in. She is also capable of sacrifice, love, and immense power - so she's the perfect mix of vulnerability, flaws, and strength. The world the novel is set in was really intriguing and I liked getting to know the innerworkings of it better. The description and attention to detail were great - I felt as though I was really in the setting of the book during all the scenes. There were definitely some twists and things I didn't see coming - so that kept me on my toes and had me eagerly turning pages to see what would happen. The writing was well done and flowed with a good pace. Overall, this is a wonderful first book in an interesting paranormal series that fans of YA and historical fiction will thoroughly enjoy.


Debbie Dee recently moved to southern Idaho with her husband and three children where she is learning how to be a country girl in her favorite pair of blue heels. She adores fairy tales and happy endings, but secretly crushes on the bad guy now and then. As a dedicated musician who practices way too much, she never expected writing would sweep her off her feet until she jotted down a scene from a daydream, which turned into two scenes, which turned into a messy house and her first novel. Since then she hasn't been able to let a day go by without writing. Her website is www.debbiedee.com 

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