Book Review & Giveaway: The Warlock’s Curse (Venificas Americana #3) by MK Hobson

Posted November 19, 2012 by Melissa in Book Review, Giveaway | 12 Comments


Title:  The Warlock’s Curse
Series:  Venificas Americana #3

Author:  M.K. Hobson
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: October 31st 2012
Size:  390 pages
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THE YEAR IS 1910. Eighteen-year-old Will Edwards has landed a prestigious apprenticeship at Detroit’s Tesla Industries, the most advanced scientific research center in the United States. It’s a plum prize for a young man who dreams of a career in the new science of Otherwhere Engineering.
But his father doesn’t want him to go. And he won’t tell him why.
Determined to get there by any means necessary, Will finds unexpected support along the way. His old friend Jenny Hansen—daughter of a San Francisco timber baron—is eager to help him for reasons of her own. And so is his estranged brother Ben, who he hasn’t seen in over ten years.
But running away turns out to be the easy part. On the first full moon after his eighteenth birthday, Will is stricken by a powerful magic—a devastating curse laid upon his ancestors by the malevolent sangrimancer Aebedel Cowdray. Will must find a way to control the magic that possesses him—or the vengeful warlock’s spirit will destroy everything and everyone he loves.


I’m not accepting a lot of review books lately but am so glad that I made an exception for this one.  I was drawn in from the first page by M.K. Hobson’s amazing writing style. Reading each word was simply a pleasure…in that aspect it read to me a bit like literary fiction–which is a great thing!  Her prose is rich and descriptive, her dialogue realistic and believable…from start to finish it was a pleasure.

The world building was a bit confusing to me at first but I soon caught on and was amazed by how well fleshed out and imaginative it all was.  The Warlock’s Curse seems to be a mix of historical fiction, steampunk, fantasy, mystery, romance and coming of age and Hobson manages to pull it all off exceptionally well.

I will admit that although the characters of Will and Jenny are very well drawn…I did have a lot of trouble actually connecting to them…and had a bit of a difficult time even liking Will at certain points.  I’ll chalk that up to growing pains as Will tries to stretch his wings and become independent from his family…not always making smart choices along the way.

This is definitely adult reading–it is a very atmospheric tale with gritty grim details and some heart wrenching moments as well as magical moments. On the whole, I was so pleasantly surprised by this one!  Although it is the third in a series…apparently the characters and the time period are all new.  I did not feel as if I was missing anything at all…though I will say that after finishing it I added the fist two in the series to my wishlist.  I definitely need more M.K. Hobson!


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M.K. Hobson’s debut novel, THE NATIVE STAR, was nominated for a Nebula Award in 2010. She lives in the first city in the United States incorporated west of the Rockies. Her favorite authors are Theodore Dreiser, Sinclair Lewis, Booth Tarkington, Gore Vidal, and William S. Burroughs. THE WARLOCK’S CURSE is her third novel. You can find out more at her website,
Connect with the Author:  Website  | Twitter | Facebook 



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12 responses to “Book Review & Giveaway: The Warlock’s Curse (Venificas Americana #3) by MK Hobson

  1. Great review! I just stumbled on your site and after looking around I will be back. I guess I like your “eclectic” bookshelf! I just finished a book that was such a good read. It is called, “Shadow of the Sun” by author Merrie P. Wycoff. This a paranormal fiction thriller written in the time of ancient Egypt during the reign of Pharaoh Ahkenaten and Queen Nefertiti and told through the eyes of their daughter, Merit-Aten.

    For me it was impossible to put down! I’d love to know what you think of it!

  2. pc

    Thanks for the wonderful review…this sounds like a wonderful book I’d definitely love to read!

  3. That is an eclectic mix – yes I see the irony in that. I’ll read the first 2 books before I begin THE WARLOCK’S CURSE. Thank you for your review.


  4. So glad you enjoyed it! I’m a huge fan of her writing as well. If you liked this one you will love the other two even more! The first was on my favorites of the year when I read it.

    Thanks for hosting a tour stop!

  5. It’s a funny thing to point out that the dialog is believable – it seems like that should just be a sort of a given, but you’re so right and that is definitely not always the case. When the dialog is cheesy or overdone or any number of various other things, it yanks me right out of the story and I just can’t ever quite get on board. I’m so glad that’s not an issue here! Glad you enjoyed this one Melissa!

  6. This sounds like a really good book and seeing as how you enjoyed it so much I’d love to give it a try. I had also heard good things about Hobson’s other book, The Native Star, and it’s been on my radar for a while.

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