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Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse (The Forerunner Saga Book 1) by Jay Veloso Batista – Review By Julie Johnson

Thorfinn and the Witch's Curse (The Forerunner Series #1)Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse by Jay Veloso Batista
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.75 stars on this one.

I hate to admit but it took me quite awhile to get into this one. Around 100 pages or so as a matter of fact. I kept getting lost in the multitude of characters. However, had I noticed the family tree at the back of the book before I started reading, it would have helped me to keep things a little straighter.

I enjoyed learning about Thorfinn (Finn for short) and his family. They are in the midst of planning a wedding for Finn’s sister when a dark being comes to their family homestead and attacks one of Finn’s brothers. Finn starts to research and try to find this being and in the end, runs into a witch. We all know they generally aren’t good for anything. When he gets tangles up with her, he finds himself in a whole new world of mystical beings.

Once I got the hang of the story, I found this to be a very enjoyable book! There is a lot of Norse and Viking history covered, of which I’m not super familiar with but I am learning! I’ll be covering this series through book 3 here shortly!

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Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse (The Forerunner Saga Book 1) by Jay Veloso Batista – Review By Christen Ware

Thorfinn and the Witch's Curse (The Forerunner Series #1)Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse by Jay Veloso Batista
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beautiful historical fiction with so much research done that you can clearly tell this author put their entire being into this piece. The story and world-building reach heights that most series hope to accomplish without being too overdone and lengthy. This series, the first installment in itself holds the reader well, the plot twisting and winding as we follow Thorfinn’s adventures without the slightest hint of hesitation. The ability to fully immerse the reader is an admirable quality, one that was done well here, and there was just the perfect blend of historical fiction and fantasy.

A great mix of characters’ ages and depictions along with a fast-paced plot has the reader hoping and wishing for more – one that I was excited to see granted! Overall, a very good read, and without throwing any additional spoilers in this review, a very great series.

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Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse (The Forerunner Saga Book 1) by Jay Veloso Batista – Review By Rachel Moss

Thorfinn and the Witch's Curse (The Forerunner Series #1)Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse by Jay Veloso Batista
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a really good read! I was enthralled and the story telling is fantastic. I felt like I was actually there with the characters. It was so easy to get immersed in each characters “story” that come together at the end to weave a fantastic tale. My only complaint is the chapter lengths. It felt like a fast paced book but with each chapter being very lengthy and long, I felt like the story was dragging when in reality it wasn’t. That’s my only complaint. Super long chapters that made the book seem slow paced even though it was not.

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Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse (The Forerunner Saga Book 1) by Jay Veloso Batista – Review By Kylean Sprosty

Thorfinn and the Witch's Curse (The Forerunner Series #1)Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse by Jay Veloso Batista
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hard to follow at first with all the different names and story line changes. Once you get to Thorfinn’s adventures it becomes much easier to follow. I am by no means a history buff, but the book seems to be historically accurate in regards to the Viking culture. Thorfinn must concur the curse that was set upon him through his grandfather’s misdeeds years before. The Raven hopes for Thorfinn’s success in removing his own curse. The magic elements make the very historic world-building much more enjoyable and entertaining. You can tell the story is left open enough for a sequel to continue, hopefully the next book is just as enchanting.

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Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse (The Forerunner Saga Book 1) by Jay Veloso Batista – Review By Megan Watson

Thorfinn and the Witch's Curse (The Forerunner Series #1)Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse by Jay Veloso Batista
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It took me a while to get into this book and every percent was a struggle. This is NOT the book’s fault. I am a mood reader and this was not my mood. The beginning does start off a little foggy; and by foggy I mean that I really didn’t know what was going on. Once you get to Finn’s point of view it starts to pick up and things start to line up a little bit better. I don’t know much Norse mythology or history but the important parts were explained in a well enough way that I was able to keep up. And! Some of the locations from historical shows did ring a bell.This book has a LARGE character list and I had to take side notes to even begin to keep up.
Epic fantasy. Vikings. A beautiful wedding and a pretty epic battle. It starts off a little slow, but keep going and you’ll be swept up in story.

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Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse (The Forerunner Saga Book 1) by Jay Veloso Batista – Review By Sam Rainville

Thorfinn and the Witch's Curse (The Forerunner Series #1)Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse by Jay Veloso Batista
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a great start to a series. Jay Batista really weaves and intricate tale. There are a lot of details and insight to the inner workings of a Viking clan. There are deep characters on great adventure. Thorfinn wins your heart as you find yourself rooting for him while submersed in Viking and Norse culture and mythology. If you are a fan of magical quests, you will be captivated by this tale.

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Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse (The Forerunner Saga Book 1) by Jay Veloso Batista – Review By Shai Flores

Thorfinn and the Witch's Curse (The Forerunner Series #1)Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse by Jay Veloso Batista
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love finding a new series to read! At first I didn’t realize this was a series that was already more than one book long and as I finished this, I found myself wanting to know when the next one was being released. I was really excited to see there are more books already. I am definitely going to be starting the next one asap! This is the story of a boy in 9th century England who finds himself cursed by a witch and living in 2 worlds. It is a combination of historical fiction, fantasy, and ghost story! As a teacher, I thought of a lot of people that would enjoy this book and plan on recommending it to some of my previous students. It was an easy-to-read, original story that kept me turning the pages for sure!

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Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse (The Forerunner Saga Book 1) by Jay Veloso Batista – Review By Misti Maggio

Thorfinn and the Witch's Curse (The Forerunner Series #1)Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse by Jay Veloso Batista
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book very much. It was a nice change of pace from the type of books I normally read. I liked the historical aspect of the book. The world building was great. I loved getting all the different points of view. I can’t wait to read the next book.
Reviewed by @mimimadge

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Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse (The Forerunner Saga Book 1) by Jay Veloso Batista – Review By Taylor K Stephenson

Thorfinn and the Witch's Curse (The Forerunner Series #1)Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse by Jay Veloso Batista
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

~ Excellent Viking Read ~

As a huge fan of YA and all things fantasy, this is a delicious read. Super easy to pick up, get into the story, and follow Finn around for the whole ride. There is plenty of character building, world development, and the author leaves you with just enough to be begging for the next book to be in your hands. If you are a fan of Vikings, fantasy, YA, dark intrigue, or the like then you definitely will want to check this one out.

Happy Reading!

Reviewed by @taylorkstephenson

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Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse (The Forerunner Saga Book 1) by Jay Veloso Batista – Review By Janel Bernotas

Thorfinn and the Witch's Curse (The Forerunner Series #1)Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse by Jay Veloso Batista
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thorfinn and the Witch’s Curse (The Forerunner Saga Book 1) by Jay Veloso Batista – Review By Janel Bernotas

Wonderful book! I personally love Norse mythology and history so this was one I couldn’t put down. It was a little difficult at first to keep the names and families straight. Thorfinn inherits the generational curse imposed by a witch and receives the ability to morph between being a human, and being a ghost. As a ghost he can eavesdrop on conversations. He can learn of planned attacks on his family, as well, in his ghost form. The tale leaves you turning pages late into the night. I really loved this one, and look forward to reading more books by Jay Veloso Batista! Highly recommend!

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