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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Jeremy and the Witches' Medallion: The Witch Hunt by Randy Gauthier is a YA fantasy novel that pulls you right in. Engaging and entertaining, here you'll find a wide array of themes--something for everyone--including time travel, magic, some history, animals that talk, and treks across England, Scotland, and Wales. This magnetic tale begins with Jeremy, a London teenager who is given an heirloom from his mother, a medallion, but a magpie steals it and carries it away. It is an interesting opening, to say the least, and the story only gets better from here when he finds himself time-traveling back to the era of King James and witch hunts. He bonds with the animals and discovers that he can talk with them, and they help him in his quest to get the heirloom back.
I like how Gauthier begins with a little history inside the time period of King James and witch hunts. It really sets the stage and lays a nice foundation for the story to come. Then, when we meet Jeremy and follow his adventure, we are somewhat familiar with the setting. The author rings all the bells of a YA fantasy novel and does a good job of engaging the reader from the beginning. You want to go with Jeremy to find his stolen medallion, and you don't know what to expect, but the mystery is what keeps you invested. The story, although it contains many elements, doesn't come across as congested or trying to do too much. It tells a simple story in an entertaining way. Along with the mystery, you have some humor, and this is a nice touch. The author's world-building skills are evident, and Jeremy's character comes through convincingly. If I were to recommend a YA fantasy novel with an entertaining premise that won't let you down, it would be Jeremy and the Witches' Medallion: The Witch Hunt by Randy Gauthier.