Imagine if you will a nameless witch cursed with beauty, the inability to die and a hunger for flesh. Such a life would not be an easy one and indeed, for our nameless witch, it means a tortured childhood filled with little but neglect until she is found by her mentor. Time passes as it does and our witch wakes to discover that today is the day her mentor is going to die. The witch now has a choice to make, she can seek revenge for the one person she ever loved, in the process taking on a quest that will force her to confront her true nature, perhaps find love and actually die, or she can take a different road. Nothing is ever simple in the life of a nameless witch, even with companions like a demon duck, a troll, an animated broom and an honest to goodness White knight for a love interest, events might demand more from her witchly nature that she can possibly defeat.
As you might have guessed from my synopsis, A Nameless Witch is quirky and ridiculously delightful. It is clearly set in an alternate world because the witch, does not cause much of a concern to the residents of Fort Stalwart. The humans are in fact more concerned that the witch just might be a prostitute in disguise because the prostitutes outnumber the men 3:1 and this of course has over saturated the market. Since the economy of Fort Stalwart is largely based in prostitution, one can easily see how this is a problem.
The nameless witch is a fascinating protagonist. Though she is a witch who consumes raw meat and has a forked tongue, she is cursed with beauty. Her hair shines, her breasts are perky and her behind round and firm. The nameless witch goes to much effort to hide her curse by covering herself in dirt, ugly clothing and affecting a limp. The beauty she despises makes her quest to live a good witchly life difficult. Through it all, people still see through her mask, making her more determined to hide. I found this to be quite the interesting twist on the well known trope of the beautiful woman bemoaning her perfect ddd breast size.
There are three strong female characters in this novel. The relationship between the nameless witch and Sunrise while loving, does fixate far too much on the the nameless witch's infatuation with Wyst. That means that it does not come close to passing the Bechdel Test. Though we are told that the Nameless Witch and Ghastly Edna have a long relationship, we don't actually see them spend much time together. We are however are informed throughout the novel about the lessons which Ghastly Edna taught her protege and its clear that the love between the two women is strong.