Hammer of Witches

Hammer of Witches

by Shana Mlawski


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ISBN-13: 9781600609879
Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date: 04/20/2013
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 Years

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Hammer of Witches 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific, exciting and original!! Great read.
Davnew More than 1 year ago
Religious texts, history, myth - they all tell the story of the mess that is the human family. Shana Mlawski puts these all together in a fast moving mystical fantasy for young adults that is at once informative and thought provoking. For, if we should ever pioneer into the round world of enlightenment we must understand the raw flatland of intolerance, greed and ignorance from which we come.
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
To be honest with you, this book was the slightest bit confusing. From what I figured out, Baltasar Infante is an apprentice bookbinder who can always tell good stories. But the monsters from the stories aren't always made up in Baltasar's world. When a monster from one of Baltasar's stories is seen one night, Baltasar is in for trouble he can't smooth talk out of for the very first time. A witch hunting army called the Malleus Malificarum has captured him, and put him to question about Amir al-Katib, the infamous Moorish sorcerer who can take monsters from stories and make them appear in real life. Baltasar takes a dangerous journey to uncharted lands with Columbus, and learns some stories aren't just stories.  I couldn't connect to any characters, but I'm sure somebody can connect with them. I thought of this book as a historical-fantasy book that was more fantastical than historical. The book wasn't annoying, but I didn't adore reading it. It was an ok read. It was interesting in the beginning, but as I went on I got slightly bored. Maybe it's just me, because I get bored of historical fiction easily.  It ended with a story, and it was a good way to wrap up a book about Storytellers. I liked the ending. I might read other books from this author, maybe as an over the summer read. Hammer of Witches is written in first person, which I like, but the way it's written can be confusing at some points in the book. The flow was ok, but slightly confusing at some points in time. I might reread this when I'm a bit older, so I recommend this book to 7-9 graders.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shana Mlawski's "Hammer of Witches" is a nicely conceived and well executed fantasy set in an historical context. With the Spanish Inquisition and Columbus's first voyage to the New World serving as the backdrop, we join young Baltasar Infante on his quest for his father and his destiny. Ms. Mlawski does a superb job of maintaining the dramatic tension throughout the entire story. You really do want to know what happens next. I particularly liked the end note inserted by the author informing the reader of what we know, as well as what we don't know, about the historical persons appearing in the book. This is Young Adult fiction at its best - both entertaining and informative.