REVIEW: Storm Witch by Alys West!

Hi everyone, so it’s been a few days since I left a review and that is because I have had my head in this latest book which is quite a bit longer than your average book but worth EVERY second! I hope you enjoy 🙂


Cover for Storm Witch by Alys West


Although not a witch herself, magic had always been part of Jenna’s life, guiding and nurturing her childhood. Her mother, Nina was a member of The Order of Spellworkers and Druids, enforcing the laws of the magical community. But six winter solstices ago Nina was murdered. Six winter solstices ago the other members of The Order died or disappeared. And six winter solstices ago Jenna banished magic from her life, fleeing back home to Orkney.

Jenna thought she had re-built a calmer world for herself until her ex Hal returns, and someone starts to practice dangerous magic on the islands. When water, sea and sky elements are being manipulated to destroy, maim and kill, how can she deny handsome druid, Winston’s plea for help?

As seer, Zoe Rose foretells of a catastrophic storm which will engulf Orkney, Jenna and her friends must race against the elements to stop the storm witch. Only through chaos will Jenna find the answers she’s been searching for. Only through chaos can her heart decide who is the right man for her. And only through chaos will she finally discover who killed her mother.

My Review

The length of this book did not worry me at all, it’s long at 200,000 words however it’s not the first time I’ve read a long book and actually I sometimes quite enjoy them as you can really get engaged in it!

Anyway this book is fascinating, astonishing, breath taking, brilliant and captivating! The list just goes on!

This book takes you on a journey following the main character Jenna who is on a quest which is dark and dangerous to find out who killed her mother 6 years before.

Along the way a local young woman struggles to control her powers of the elements which has devastating consequences! Poor Rachel has had such a hard life at such a young age and needs someone to help her control her AMAZING but potentially deadly powers!

Jenna finds it hard when her ex Hal comes back to town and battles with how she feels about him, as well as how she feels about the new Druid in town Winston!

Her uncle is still pushing plans forward to build in an area of land that her mum disagreed with and fought against to stop it happening and Jenna is feeling the same way, but gets confused along the way.

Grace was Jennas mum’s best friend and although elderly and suffering from arthritis proves to be very helpful to so many characters along the way! I love Grace, we all need a grace to support and help us on our lives!

Throughout this book I was so to and fro about who I wanted Jenna to end up with, I really couldn’t decide! However I ended up so happy with the outcome!

This book takes you on a real emotional rollercoaster, thinking you have it all sussed and worked out when actually you couldn’t be more wrong. You feel heart ache for the characters, anger at some of their erratic and devious decisions, devastated with certain events and choices, happy when things go to plan! You never know if you are up or down!

For a book this long there is always the worry that some things needn’t be said, that some chapters may be slow or irrelevant but in this book that is NOT the case! At no point did I struggle with any of the chapters! Each one was as important as the last or the next!

I could not put this book down and found it so engaging! Its a really easy read and one you can get hooked on straight away!

It’s such an exhilarating, exciting and mystical read that it EASILY gets a ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ from me! I’m hoping there is a another one on the cards and now I want to read book 1 in the spell worker chronicles series!

Thank you for this amazing read Alys and let’s hope there are more on the cards!

About the Author:

Author Alys West

Alys West writes contemporary fantasy and steampunk. She lives in York but loves to travel especially to Scottish islands. Her stories grow out of places and the tales which people tell about places.  Her work draws on her own experience of surviving trauma but always with the possibility of a hopeful ending. 

Alys has a MA in Creative Writing from York St John University and teaches creative writing at the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of York. She’s also a book whisperer (like a book doctor but more holistic) and mentor to aspiring writers. 

When she’s not writing you can find her at folk gigs, doing yoga and attempting to crochet. She occasionally blogs at, intermittently tweets at @alyswestyorkand spends rather too much time on Facebook where you can find her at Alys West Writer. She is also on Instagram at @alyswestwriter. To keep up with Alys’s news you can join her Facebook readers’ group ‘Druids, Spellworkers and Dirigibles’.

Where to pre-order this book:

Storm Witch will be published on Friday 17th April and is available to purchase/pre-order here.

I absolutely adored this book and it’s one that I will definitely read again because it’s one of those where if you read it again you will learn and pick up different bits you may have missed last time!

I hope this inspires you to head over and pre order as it’s an incredible read and I could not support this Author more for her amazing writing!

Have a lovey day everyone!

Lynne @the_book_reviewing_mum



Welcome to my blog, I am a mum of 2 beautiful boys, who lost all of her passions and hobbies by dedicating all of my time and my life to raising my 2 boys. It’s taken me 3 years to realise I can still enjoy some of my hobbies as well as raise them and even involve them to! I love to read, I always have from children’s books, to factual crime, to local and world history (although my knowledge is terrible), to all fiction especially crime, thriller and horror. I have decided to start blogging and reviewing books, and meeting some of the authors that may be starting out like myself and my blog to maybe even some of my favourite Authors! I hope you enjoy this journey with me and support me along the way! Please sit back and enjoy my reviews and here is to a new start of making sure we look after ourselves as well as our children!

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