Half-Witch

Half-Witch

In Lizbet Lenz?s world, the sun goes around the earth, God speaks directly to his worshippers, goblins haunt cellars and witches lurk in forests. Disaster strikes when Lizbet's charming scoundrel father is thrown into a dungeon by the tyrant Hengest Wolftrow. To free him, Lizbet must cross the Montagnes du Monde, globe-girdling mountains that reach to the sky, a journey no In Lizbet Lenz?s world, the sun goes around the earth, God speaks directly to his worshippers, goblins haunt cellars ...

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Title:Half-Witch
Author:John Schoffstall
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Genres:Fantasy
Edition Language:English

Half-Witch Reviews

  • Sharon K.
    Jul 14, 2018
    Wonderful book: funny, clever, unusual story or two girls on an adventure to save one of their fathers. Along the way, such characters: like a goblin who eats words. I recommend without reservation to kids of all ages (I'm over 60 and even though it's "young adult", I loved it!) ...
  • Siavahda
    Aug 18, 2018
    Half-Witch, Half-Witch, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. *happy sigh* Genuinely, though, I have no idea where or how I found this book. I can find no mention of it on my favourite book blogs, so presumably none of them recommended it to me. My friends have never heard o...
  • Karyn Silverman
    Mar 27, 2018
    So strange and delightful. This is either very religious or very sacreligious, and I am not sure which; God and Jesus talk to Lizbet, and they are... a little lame? But better than the alternative. This is an ide to friendship and a treatise on virtues, and also a weird and wonderful m...
  • Charles
    Nov 13, 2018
    As a quest-adventure story, Half-Witch is pure entertainment. It takes two characters on a journey through an imaginative landscape full of hardships, dangers, and ever-increasing stakes. Those characters are fully realized and fun to spend time with. One is a hopelessly innocent, empa...
  • John
    Sep 03, 2018
    Superb. The best thing I've read in a long time. Beautifully fun and engaging. Highly reccomended. ...
  • Sandie
    Oct 01, 2018
    A bit too youthful for my taste. ...
  • Annarella
    Jul 06, 2018
    I wil be short: this books is wonderful and entralling. It's a must read. Highly recommended! Many thanks to Big Mouth House and Edelweiss for this ARC ...
  • Esme
    Mar 12, 2019
    What a strange and wonderful little book this is! It really isn't like anything else I've read. It has the feel on an instant classic. I must have found Half-Witch on a Best of 2018 list, but by the time I actually got it I'd forgotten where it'd come from. The artwork on the cover ha...
  • Michelle
    Dec 03, 2018
    I'd never heard of this book or of John Schoffstall, but happened upon it at my local library. This is why the library is an authors best friend, and a readers too! I would maybe never have heard of this book if not for the library. ANYWAY. Half-Witch is delightfully quirky, darker ...
  • Spencer Orey
    Dec 11, 2018
    Lots of fun stuff here and some heavy world building disguised as a friendship story. Huh. Really unique in a lot of things it does well. I'll think about it and write more later. ...
  • Christina
    Jan 19, 2018
    So fun! So charming! Really really enjoyable and creative. ...
  • Erika
    Mar 10, 2019
    This book is weird, in all the best ways, chock-full of so many interesting and unique concepts that it's amazing it managed to be as focused on its main story as it was. The friendship of Lizbet and Strix is one for the ages, all the more so for how it starts off prickly and antagonis...
  • Doctor Science
    Oct 14, 2018
    A very different kind of fantasy. The world is German Early-Modern-punk in style, but with more magical creatures and demons. Lizbet, our heroine, is heading toward a f/f romance (though she doesn't know it yet), but is also sincerely and devoutly Catholic. When she takes Communion and...
  • Marathon County Public Library
    Sep 18, 2018
    Lizbet Lenz and her father Gerhard, a very unsuccessful magician, are always moving from town to town, usually quite speedily before being thrown out. Her father?s spells always seem to turn out wrong so they are forced to flee, but when they arrive in Abalia, Lizbeth, desperately ti...
  • Whitney Emeigh
    Sep 11, 2018
    I tried really hard to like this book. I finished it. I wouldn't say I hated it, but I wouldn't say that I'd recommend it either. I felt that it was trying to do too many things. It was trying to be paranormal/fantasy fiction. It was also trying to be Christian fiction. The main charac...
  • Mills College Library
    Aug 24, 2018
    Fiction S3673h 2018 ...
  • Amanda Kespohl
    Mar 07, 2019
    As a lawyer, I read hundreds of pages of documents a day. By the time I get home, the idea of reading more, even for pleasure, makes my eyes want to roll out of my head and run away. Perhaps they'd live in my couch cushions with all my spare change and missing remote controls. Generall...
  • Morgan
    Feb 26, 2018
    This is a fun adventure and coming of age tale. I enjoyed the weird mixture of Catholic mysticism and fairy-tales. In Lizbet's world, everyone can talk to God (and get answers) just by taking the Eucharist. Unfortunately, God isn't very helpful and mostly wants to talk about how to...
  • Sarah
    Sep 21, 2018
    Other reviewers (esp. Kirkus) explain this wonderful book well, so I'll focus on the spiritual aspect. I was drawn in by the cover art, though I failed to notice some of the beautiful details until the book revealed them. But I felt troubled by the embrace of witchcraft. Here's my take...
  • Abigail Bok
    Feb 26, 2019
    Fantasy fiction often seems to me like sci fi that plays it safe--but in a good way. There's a trick to taking familiar elements of folklore, especially Western folklore, and creating from them a world that feels original and surprising. The reader has the comfort of familiar landmarks...
  • Owlishly
    Sep 05, 2018
    I didn't really expect to love this, but it was splendid. Schoffstall manages to take the elements of a European-based fantasy and twist them around into something new and highly inventive. The episodic adventure structure coheres nicely and the magic is delightful and original. Enough...
  • Hailey Stalter
    Sep 19, 2018
    This was very very good, though the verbage was a bit much to chew through as opposed to my regular fare, and the pacing was a bit slower than I'm used to as a result. A very fulfilling read, nonetheless, and entirely different from anything I've encountered before. Almost like a more ...
  • Rowe
    Dec 30, 2018
    I liked this book! Though a tad tedious to read at times, I thought it was creative and adventurous to combine with Christianity and Paganism, using complex characters. ...
  • Allen
    Mar 02, 2018
    Note: I read an Advanced Readers Copy (arc) obtained at the American Library Association Mid-Winter conference. I really enjoyed the book, especially after the midway point turn. It is a fun exploration into the unknown. There are a few character twists that were definitely unexpect...
  • Miranda
    Sep 28, 2018
    "People say all sorts of things to be polite, without worrying about the theological implications." "I don't think I would want a prince's heart at my feet. Ew." "So! Not for you the mawkish insincerities of a decayed and foppish aristocracy? I knew you were made of better stuff the m...
  • Jas Kempner
    Jul 30, 2018
    I?ve heard it say ?it?s raining cats and dogs,? but never mice. By the time mice started to rain in this book, I was completely hooked, an unusual development for an old fart who doesn?t read young adult or fantasy. Half Witch is a delight to read. To a large extent becaus...
  • H.A. Callum
    Jul 27, 2018
    As I drifted through the pages of Half-Witch, I found my eyes slowing down, word by word. It was intentional, because it is one of those stories you don?t want to end. Finishing Half-Witch was bittersweet, but the journey from cover to cover was one of the most enjoyable fantasies I?...
  • Megan
    May 19, 2018
    This book isn't coming out until July, which is a tragedy because I just want to talk to everyone about it now. Half-Witch gave me the same atmospheric shivers that the Bear and the Nightingale gave me; it's got that same fairy-tale quality that makes every word seem a little bit l...
  • Fran
    Dec 30, 2018
    Are you looking for a fun, sad, thought-provoking story, beautifully written fantasy book. Half-witch is all that and more. Schoffstall is as courageous as young Lizbet and Strix in exploring the nature of friendship and the difference of being good and being religious as they travel t...
  • Natalie Dyen
    Jul 27, 2018
    One is never too old to enjoy a young adult fantasy novel if the story is imaginative, the plot compelling, the protagonist memorable, and the writing exceptional. John Schoftstall?s novel Half-Witch is all that and more. Reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland and the Wizard of Oz series...