Book Review: Nature of the Witch by Helen T. Norwood

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Plot almost always comes first for me when I choose a new book. I don’t often venture into the fantasy and/or science fiction genres, but occasionally the story just calls to me. When I read a description of Nature of the Witch by Helen T. Norwood, I was intrigued. I love a true battle between good and evil, especially when the lines between which is which (no pun intended) falls into a murky oblivion of where to place your trust. Norwood’s novel is a prime example of why it’s good to chance something new!

There are witches — sometimes they’re good, sometimes they’re not so good. They are protected by a secret society of strong men, the Gwithiaz — sometimes they’re good, sometimes they’re not. {Side note: the questions come up with the characters whether witches can be men and the protectors can be women — I do love a good analytical discussion!} But then there are the Creatures who hunt the witches. From the beginning, I know enough to be afraid from the earliest descriptions of the wrath that they bring to any encounter. But who sent them? And why do they hate the witches? Lots of questions… yet the physical battle between all involved is carefully avoided until the very end of this book.


The story is told from the perspective of a new witch and a new Gwithiaz, each being taught by what are supposedly the last of each’s own kind. But everyone knows what we’re told in fairy tales and fables is never the final or complete story. And that’s certainly the case here… Norwood weaves a spiderweb of deceit and confusion all throughout the first 90% of the book. It’s unclear who is telling the truth, but it forcibly pulls you into the story on the edge of your seat siding with each of the groups. Beyond the primary story evolves a growing relationship between the two newly anointed souls responsible for carrying forth the destiny of the witches. It could be friendship, love or just a pure family connection. Both lost their parents at a young age and have been searching for that unconditional love to no avail.

Until now. Yet that’s where it all comes crashing together in the end. I hadn’t know this was going to be a series until I read the last chapter and thought… wait, I need more… and then I turned the page to find a note from the author who was working on Book 2. WOW, she got me! I’m very excited to see what happens in this series. Between the vibrant descriptions, fantastic world-building and complex sense of loyalties, it’s a drama to the fullest extent. It reminds me of tv shows I’ve watched like Grimm and Sleepy Hollow, not to mention countless short stories and books about witches and battles – I felt like it was Hansel & Gretel seeking out evil! {Reference to a movie in case you’re confused about what little children from a forest have to do with the Creatures!}

Kudos to Norwood for enticing a new fan of the fantasy world! I’m a sucker for anything with witches, but this took it to a whole new level!


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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


10 thoughts on “Book Review: Nature of the Witch by Helen T. Norwood

    shalini said:
    June 30, 2018 at 1:49 PM

    Nice to see you reviewing fantasy and magic. I would love to read this. Is it on kindle unlimited

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    Ooh! I love stories about witches, and your comparison of this to Grimm and Sleepy Hollow has clinched this as a must read for me!☺️

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    June 30, 2018 at 9:55 PM

    So exciting to see this genre featured here 😉
    It does sound like a good one.

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    Rae Longest said:
    July 10, 2018 at 8:09 PM

    The story sounds great, and the cover is marvelous, but I don’t think I want to take on another series. Great post (as usual), Jay.

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    thebookwormdrinketh said:
    July 16, 2018 at 7:45 AM

    I was looking back to see what posts I’ve missed. I’m so sorry I’ve been slacking a bit… Super shitty week at work and I was a little lost with the new format of your blog (it took me almost a week to realize that I could click the dates on the calendar on the bottom of your page to get to posts from that day… Have I mentioned I’m bad with computers?? 😂😂)
    Anyways, I thought “.. Jay is reviewing a supernatural fantasy?? What year is it? How long have I been away??!” 😂😂 this book does sounds really good though! I also love a good battle between good and evil! And, so what’s the consensus in the debate as to whether men and be witches and women protectors??

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 16, 2018 at 8:00 AM

      You have nothing to apologize about. I have been awful at keeping up. I’m not on a once a week schedule where I purposely go and look for people and try to catch up, hence why you see so many likes from me within 15 to 20 minutes on yours! LOL

      Computers can be painful. Did it work out?

      And yes, somehow, my reading list from June and July contains 50% fantasy or scifi. Someone swapped my TBR, I do believe.

      I think personally women can be protectors and men can be witches. I’d be one damn fine witch! 🙂 And I’d rather come up with spells than beat people up.

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