The Water Witch
by Juliet Dark (Pseudonym for Carol Goodman)
Series: Fairwick Chronicles #2
Publisher: Random House/Ballantine
Publication date: February 12, 2013
Genre: Adult Paranormal
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After casting out a dark spirit, Callie McFay, a professor
of gothic literature, has at last restored a semblance of calm to her rambling
Victorian house. But in the nearby thicket of the Honeysuckle Forest, and in
the currents of the rushing Undine River, more trouble is stirring. . . . The
enchanted town of Fairwick’s dazzling mix of mythical creatures has come under
siege from the Grove: a sinister group of witches determined to banish the fey
back to their ancestral land. With factions turning on one another, all are
cruelly forced to take sides. Callie’s grandmother, a prominent Grove member,
demands her granddaughter’s compliance, but half-witch/half-fey Callie can
hardly betray her friends and colleagues at the college. To stave off disaster,
Callie enlists Duncan Laird, an alluring seductive academic who cultivates her
vast magical potential, but to what end? Deeply conflicted, Callie struggles to
save her beloved Fairwick, dangerously pushing her extraordinary powers to the
limit—risking all, even the needs of her own passionate heart.
I loved The Demon Lover, book one in the Fairwick
Chronicles and was eager to return to Fairwick and all of the supernatural creatures who reside there. I will confess that in my heart of hearts I
was also hoping that somehow Callie and her succubus lover Liam would be reunited. Dark delivers a beautiful, and enchanting tale that
kept me enthralled. I loved the
characters, the mystery and the magic of this college town.
It is summer and Callie McFay is working on her Victorian
home surrounded by the Honeysuckle Forest. She still dreams of Liam, her
succubus lover that she and her friends banished to fairy world. Callie is
half-witch and half-Fae something she only discovered after accepting a position
at the college. She awakens from another
dream of Liam to discover her friends knocking at the door. They need her assistance
in making the door wider to the Fae world for young ones ready to return home.
As she helps them crossover, she goes with them. There she encounters Liam
and angers a creature. She narrowly escapes through the door but not without
bringing trouble back to Fairwick. The tale that unfolds is riddled in mystery,
danger, secrets and mystical creatures.
We learn more about Callie and some of her indecisiveness is
fully understood. At times she frustrated me and I am still waiting for her to come into her own. The powers of witch
and Fae are running through her. She is very powerful but something is blocking
her and with her friends approval she enlists the help of Duncan Laird an academic who helps her unlock her power. Callie finds herself confused by the men in
her life. Liam, who she wants to love
but cannot; they are together in her dreams. She really struggles with this; she knows she loves him, but respects the more knowledgeable woman in her group with regard to succubus. Duncan who shows interest but whose touch
burns her and then there is Bill the handyman who is sweet and kind. He always
seems to be there when she needs him. I
adore Liam but can you really trust a succubus? Even if he is yummy and a total hero at times?*sighs* Duncan
seems brilliant and wants to help Callie but I was unsure of his intent. Bill was adorable but seemed to know more then he let
on. As clues about Callie emerge she
faces danger and adversaries. All of the creatures and characters we meet add to the tale. The council members are freaks including Callie’s grandmother and
are wreaking havoc for the good folks of Fairwick.
First, I want a door gnome, a mouse who likes when you read Ralph and the Motorcycle to him on rainy
afternoons and a magic stone for reading. I am not crazy these are all very
practical…read the book! *nods head* Dark's gorgeous writing style and the pacing where wonderful. Her imagination is equally delightful as I really enjoyed all of the supernatural
creatures residing in Fairwick. The legends and lore surrounding them were fascinating
While Callie’s problems with her magic reminded me of Diana in Discovery of
Witches the rest of the tale is quite original. The first tale focused
more on Callie and Liam and this second book focuses more on Callie and the town. I found
myself caught up in all that was happening in Fairwick and Callie’s role in
stopping it. Her obsession/romance with Liam tugged at my heart. Dark introduced Duncan Laird into the picture
and I feared a love triangle. The storyline with Duncan, Bill and Liam was, irritating, fascinating,
hot and heart-breaking. While we learned a lot there is so much more waiting to
be discovered and once again Dark ends the book by breaking my heart and then
offering me a ray of hope.
Fans of the All Souls trilogy,
Hogwarts and supernatural creatures
will love the Water Witch and the
Fairwick Chronicles. I cannot wait for
news on the third book. The town of Fairwick is enchanting and I could see myself living in that old Victorian house by the Honeysuckle Forest.
I want to thank Random House for providing this ARC in exchange
for my unbiased review.
Four cups of French roast coffee out of five
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