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Traitor to the Crown: The Patriot Witch by C.C. Finlay
Cover Artist: Insert Illustration: Craig Howell
Review by Mel Jacob
Del Rey Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345503909
Date: 28 April 2009 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

C.C. Finlay's new series, Traitor to the Crown, begins with The Patriot Witch. Set during the American Revolution, it follows the adventures of minuteman and nascent witch, Proctor Brown. The New Englander's roots go back to England and Salem including witches. His mother fears discovery and persecution as a witch and tells Proctor little of his heritage. He courts Emily Rucke, the daughter of a rich sugar merchant, but soon encounters difficulties when he meets a British officer wearing a protective medallion. The man cannot be killed or injured, and that leads Proctor to believe it is magical. The officer threatens Proctor and gives him a message for the militia.

From official release/information:

Product Description: The year is 1775. On the surface, Proctor Brown appears to be an ordinary young man working the family farm in New England. He is a minuteman, a member of the local militia, determined to defend the rights of the colonies. Yet Proctor is so much more. Magic is in his blood, a dark secret passed down from generation to generation. But Proctor's mother has taught him to hide his talents, lest he be labeled a witch and find himself dangling at the end of a rope.

A chance encounter with an arrogant British officer bearing magic of his own catapults Proctor out of his comfortable existence and into the adventure of a lifetime, as resistance sparks rebellion and rebellion becomes revolution. Now, even as he fights alongside his fellow patriots from Lexington to Bunker Hill, Proctor finds himself enmeshed in a war of a different sort–a secret war of magic against magic, witch against witch, with the stakes not only the independence of a young nation but the future of humanity itself.

(Source: Del Rey)

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