Jeremy and the Witches' Medallion

The Witch Hunt

Young Adult - Fantasy - Urban
340 Pages
Reviewed on 04/14/2021
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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.

K.C. Finn

Jeremy and the Witches' Medallion: The Witch Hunt is a work of fiction in the fantasy, historical, and adventure sub-genres, and was penned by author Randy Gauthier. The work is intended for the general reading audience, and is accessible to many different types of readers, containing no graphic or extreme content. Our protagonist is the titular Jeremy, a teenager from contemporary times who finds himself transported to the seventeenth century with a rare opportunity to see life from another perspective. As Jeremy befriends a series of animals and finds that he can communicate with them, the plot thickens and his adventures take him across the different countries that we now know to be the United Kingdom.

Author Randy Gauthier has crafted a historically detailed, interesting, and immersive work of fiction with plenty of facts, fantasy, and adventure to offer readers. As an adult reader, I initially found it a little jarring to go between some quite heavy historical content and complex lexis into what is essentially a more youthful and action-packed idea of a young man talking to animals, but the more the story went on, the better these ideas gelled together and came to a very satisfactory conclusion. The dialogue was also a very effective feature of the work, serving to display the unique traits of our protagonist, his charms and insecurities, whilst moving the plot forward in a natural way that felt historically resonant. Overall, I would highly recommend Jeremy and the Witches' Medallion: The Witch Hunt to readers of inventive combinations of history and fantasy concepts, engaging dialogue, and for fans of the Stuart period everywhere.