When Max learns that Karl helped spring him from Schwarzburg’s dungeon during the first game, he feels obligated to return the favor. Not only because it’s the right thing to do, but supposedly Max is the one who rescued Karl from Hanstein in 1473 and helped him return home.
When at last Max finagles a way into the castle, Bero is less than pleased to see him, Lady Clara is near death and Juliana is not meeting his eyes. Can Max sway his friends, help Karl and stay out of Schwarzburg’s clutches? And will he ultimately stop Dr. Stuler’s evil computer game?
REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS
At Witches' End is the third and final book in the Escape From The Past series! When Max learns that Karl, a former gamer had help him escape from the dungeon the first time that Max had played the game, Max feels the need to return the favor to go back and rescue Karl from his fate within the game. With Karl's help, Max returns to the game but having two years pass since the last time he was in the Middle Ages, nothing is what it seems anymore.
As Max soon discovers that nobody really wants him around but soon discovers an old enemy is still hunting for his capture. With secrets coming out about what had happened in those two years and discovering that a friend isn't what she claims she is, it all leads to an epic showdown between good and evil. As Max gets out of the game for the last time, it's up to everyone that had their life turn upside down to put an end to the game once and for all!
This book was perfect in the sense that it wrapped up everything that had happened in this series that lead to this book. It was awesome to see what some of the characters have been up to since the first book and to have certain things happen, was perfect for how it needed to end. You don't see many books with a theme like this one very often but if you ever get a chance to read this book or series, you would be glad that you did. Now if we can only get a TV series going for this series, that would be perfect just to see everything happen on the big screen!!
Thank You to Annette Oppenlander for writing a pretty good finale to a series that I love!! ~ Country Girl Bookaholic, Blog
When Max is approached by Karl in present day 2015 to travel back in time to 1473 in the Middle Ages again by playing a computer game Max is really against playing again until he learns that he owes Karl a favor from the first time he played the game. With Karl’s help and against his better judgement Max decides to travel back in time once more to return the favor he owes Karl. Besides he will get to visit his old friend Bero and his sister Juliana who Max has a crush on.
But Max runs into a little trouble upon his arrival that may cause him to have to stay in the game for ever or better yet lose his life. Max is always on the run and hiding from someone in the game for one reason or another. He is not sure who exactly he can trust well except for the exception of Bero and Juliana.
Max has to complete his missions and find somethings that were taken from him before he can return home again that is if he can stay out of trouble and alive along enough.
Bero and Juliana’s sister is taken by Ott and Max feels as if it is his fault so he has to rescue her before it is too late. Every time he tries to rescue Adela he ends up in trouble or in a dungeon somewhere and needs someone to bail him out.
Can Max complete his mission; find all of his belongings and save his friends before it is too late? Will Max every see his home again?
The Escape from the Past novels is like a bottle of wine they just get better with time. I fell in love with Max, Bero, Juliana and all the other characters in the first book Escape from the Past: The Dukes Wrath. Then I enjoyed meeting up with Max on his next journey when he met Billy The Kid in book two of Escape from the Past: The Kid and in the third book Escape from the Past: At Witches’ End we get to go with Max to see Bero and Juliana again. Although I have loved traveling with Max on all of his journeys through the past I think that his last journey in Escape from the Past: At Witches’ End is my favorite.
Would I recommend Escape from the Past: At Witches’ End? You bet I would to anyone who loves a good book and likes to travel back in time with a great historical fiction novel.
~ The Avid Reader, Blog
This is the last of the Escape from the Past Novels from Annette Oppenlander and even though it came to a fabulous conclusion, it has still left me wanting more, but that's just me being greedy. This author has such a fantastic way of describing and bringing alive each character through her skillful use of narrative that it has left me feeling as though I have lost a bunch of friends. I know that this story will stay with me for a good while and for me, that's the sign of a great book. ~ Debbie - NetGalley Reviewer, Goodreads
... Gamers and general readers alike will find the Escape from the Past trilogy unputdownable. I sure did, and so did my teen boys. ~ Daniela I. Norris, author of Recognitions
Playing a computer game for fun is one thing…playing it for your life is something else!
Max Anderson feels forced to re-enter the Earthrider game which has nearly killed him before to repay a debt to the man who saved him. All he needs to do is find his old friend Bero, seek the help of Lord Werner of Hanstein and get Karl out of the game as quickly as possible. He may even get to pick up where he left off with Juliana!
But life has moved on in the Middle Ages. It is now 1473 and two years have passed. Duke Heinrich von Schwarzburg is still after Hanstein’s land, possessions and power and Max has to face hostile friends who were baffled at his sudden disappearance two years earlier. Even best friend Bero is wary of Max, taking a lot of convincing before he’s willing to help.
Max’s plan of getting Karl out starts to crumble as he comes face to face with Schwarzburg’s violence once again. He discovers more about the dangers of Stuler’s Earthrider game and its consequences as he risks losing those close to him. He just has to come up with something better if he’s to complete his mission and get home alive.
At Witches’ End is a cleverly crafted fast moving adventure, combining medieval rawness with a modern perspective. It portrays developing friendships that transcend time, historical detail that makes the setting powerfully real and shows the sometimes perilous journey of teenage coming-of-age.
~ S. Y. Palmer, author of May’s Moon
Max’s second medieval adventure in this third Escape from the Past book is just as fascinating and fast paced as his first – if not more so. In this gripping story that will appeal to teens and teens-in-spirit alike, Max goes back in time to continue where he left off in The Duke’s Warth – but he is eighteen months older and many years wiser.
With Karl’s programming help Max reluctantly agrees to enter the game a third time. At least he can visit his old friends and get cozy with Juliana while he’s at it. But two years is a long time in the Middle Ages. Something foul is in the air. Lord Werner is mysteriously absent and the new guards refuse Max entrance. Even Bero’s mother is terrified to see him. With no place to stay, Max soon finds himself on the run from Schwarzburg who hasn’t forgotten Max’s miraculous escape two years earlier.