Books Worth Your Buck -- The Witch's Salvation by Francesca Pelaccia, book review

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The Witch's Salvation by Francesca Pelacci, book reviewBook Description

A witch who demands humanity.

The immortal families who denied her of it.

Two mortals commanded to right the wrong.

That is the fate of the urban princess Anasztasia and the renegade prince Matthias, born shockingly mortal to two immortal families. If they go back in time and restore the witch’s humanity, she will grant them immortality. She will also break a 550 year-old curse that imprisons Matthias’s family in their ancestral homeland and exiles Anasztasia’s family from it.

But to make their lives their own, the heirs must return to the most dangerous day in their families’ past, Easter Sunday, 1457, the day Vlad III, aka Dracula, massacred nobles. How can they change the day when their families won’t speak of their wrongs? How can they refuse when the witch owns their lives?


Skillfully weaving history and folklore with romance, adventure, and magic, Francesca Pelaccia has crafted a tale of depth and character in her book The Witch’s Salvation.

Over five hundred years ago during Vlad the Impaler’s reign of terror, two feuding families turned a gypsy into a witch, the Strigoaic of the Carpathian Mountains. She cursed them with immortality. The catch: one family, the Barbats, can never leave their ancestral home and the other, the Senestis, can never return.

Anasztasia Senesti is a teenager, a mortal teenager born of the immortal Senesti line. All of her life, she has done her best to please her family, to make up for her mortality. No matter what she does, though, she will never be good enough. On her eighteenth birthday, she returns with her family to meet the Strigoaic and hopefully end the curse.

Mathias Barbat is also a teenager and a mortal born to the immortal Barbat line. All of his life, he has fought against the expectations placed on him by his grandfather, the patriarch of his family. Mathias is a disappointment no matter what he does.

Mathias’s father has disappeared into the time cave in an attempt to right the wrong perpetrated against the Strigoaic. But immortals are not meant to time travel, and he never returns. All believe him to be lost, except Mathias.

Hoping to bargain with the witch and to secure his father return, Mathias goes to see the Strigoaic, who charges him with bringing to her a specific young woman. The woman is Anasztasia. When he does, this sets into motion a high-octane adventure steeped with supernatural events, history, time travel, chases, and a budding romance.

The book is obviously well researched, the characters are believable and grow as a result of their trials. The ending is satisfactory, leaving room for a sequel, which I hope Ms. Pelaccia will write. It’s certainly worth your bucks.

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