The 13th Witch by Mark Hayden

#BlogTour #BookReview The 13th Witch by Mark Hayden

My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

Series: The Kings Watch 1

Pages: 253

Publisher: Paw Press

Available: 25th October 2017

Genre: Fantasy / Fiction



Thankyou to Anne Cater of #RandomThingsTours and the Author #MarkHayden for my copy of #The13thWitch I really loved it, and this has easily proven to me once again why #FantasyFiction is my all time favourite Genre!



Did you know that the gods can use mobile phones?

They can, and Odin has a message for Conrad…Conrad Clarke, former RAF pilot and alleged gangster gets a text – and a visit – from The Allfather. Odin has a challenge for Conrad: sign up to protect England from wild magick and get a commission in the King’s Watch. All he has to do is find a missing witch.


Conrad never could resist a challenge. Before you can say “Ragnarok”, he’s plunged into a world of gods, mages, witches, dwarves and one very aggressive giant mole. But the witch doesn’t want to be found, and powerful mages will kill to keep her hidden. Going back isn’t an option. Going forward looks a lot like death. Armed with nothing but a sense of humour and a willingness to cheat, Conrad has to find the Witch and save his life. Treat yourself to a copy now and experience a whole new universe of magick. And moles…

My Thoughts:

If you enjoy Fantasy worlds with lots of intriguing characters and a fun and quick paced plot, you’ll adore this! Harry Potter fans will adore this story, and with a gorgeous cover over it, it’s the perfect addition to any Fantasy and/or YA fans bookshelf!

I loved the variety of characters and personalities that the Author brought into play. Each had their own distinct person, not two were alike in their attitudes and approaches, and each was memorable for a different reason. An impressive feat at the best of times, more especially so with a book that isn’t particularly long.

Conrad is funny, and the premise is just so much different from any other Fantasy that I have come across! If you picture Harry Potter and Lord of The Rings mixing together, with a clever dash of Thriller, you’re about there for what to expect. I enjoyed seeing how he persevered no matter what was thrown at him, and despite the fact that no matter what he did, or what happened, he still tried to laugh about things!

I love the idea of Conrad getting a text from God, that did make me chuckle a bit. Lots of wit, and clever use of modern times mixed in with traditional ideas for stories within the Fantasy Genre, I absolutely adored that mixture.

I loved the way the story progressed, the pace was quick with many exciting and intriguing elements throughout, without feeling rushed or as though things had been missed out. The picture of the world is brilliant painted into the readers mind, so that you can follow the situations without difficulty, although I would recommend checking into the Authors website if you want to learn a bit more about the Characters. I personally did fine with the who was who and didn’t struggle, but I did go and have a nosey for curiosities sake, and I’m glad I did!

The seeming ease with which the Author has brought this place and people to life makes it fun, exciting and yet relaxing to read all at the same time. It’s the perfect sort of story that suits any kind of mood, whether you want a bit of an adventure to take you away from the real world, or you want something to relax and wind down with.

This was actually the third time I had read the book, I enjoyed it so much that after reading it the first time in early December I started it again instantly! And couldn’t resist starting my new year by revisiting again.

The story comes to a wonderful close that left me desperate to get stuck into the next in the series, and will be buying them as soon as I possibly can! I can’t wait to see where this goes, and what situations and decisions our characters are faced with!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mark Hayden is the pen name of Adrian Attwood. He lives in Westmorland with his wife, Anne.

He has had a varied career: working for a brewery, teaching English and being the Town Clerk in Carnforth. He is now a part-time writer and part-time house-husband.

You can find Mark on Goodreads and on the Paw Press website.


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