It's a darkness that doesn't want to let go....
After being banished from her coven five years ago, Sarah vowed to stay away from black magic forever and instead tried to embrace the life of a white witch. However, now a family death has brought her back to her hometown of Raven's Cove, and the good little witch is in line to inherit a powerful gift.
Peter is invisible. Voiceless. Imprisoned in the little cottage in the woods with no way out, waiting for the day that someone will set him free, even as his hope fades. He comes from a coven of white witches yet was always tempted by the power of dark magic.
Sarah and Peter find themselves drawn together, and they soon learn that to escape the dark magic that controls them, they must first learn to embrace it.
Because the only way to rise out of the ashes is to first burn everything down to the ground.
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Can you believe it? Yes, you can!
I already have. There were some interesting points in the plot that I wanted to relive.
This is a new genre to me, although I have read some Xanth novels. The romance factor was not in those books as I recall. There is a quirky nature to this novel, that is also present in the Xanth series. Example: A black witch who wants to do good. A white witch being pushed, virtually forced to go dark, and the unexpected results as the story plays out.
Any attempt to bring authenticity to a reading takes theatrical skill. In the fantasy genre what you do to “make it real” and “make it supernatural” at the same time, requires a bridging a gap. Shae Lynn brings a voice that is able to bridge this gap and deliver on the words of the author. The clear compelling lilt in her voice as the story progresses urges the listener to want to know more. Her tone lends an authenticity to the story which elicits the listener’s emotions in the scenes as they play out. As an example: Sarah seems like your ordinary girl next door, but she anything but ordinary. She is a potentially powerful dark witch, something she keeps under tight control. Shae Lynn imbues the text with the voice of a seemingly normal young woman under the ordinary stress of returning home, to honor her grandmother at her funeral. Even when the story becomes somewhat convoluted, with Sarah seeing someone she should not see, touching someone she should not be able to touch, the narrator bridges this with her matter of fact style.
The author teases us with the power of the forbidden love of the protagonists. The Romeo and Juliet reference is unmistakable, but with a “twist”. The love of these two could potentially annihilate the Capulets and the Montagues, not just each other. Shae Lynn’s reading builds with the tension of coming funeral, her inevitable encounter with the coven, and her dilemma about the mysterious Peter. During the narration, it is clear which character’s voice we are hearing, with Shae Lynn’s ability to provide believable and different voices for the characters. She was particularly good during the encounter between Sarah and her mother and does well portraying Peter’s frustration at being in an impotent position with respect to Sarah.
I did not laugh or cry, but I was mad to find out how Sarah would solve her problem. I have to say I was surprised by the outcome.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from the narrator, but my opinions are my own.
- Philip Martin Zastrow
The start of something good.
- TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer