Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Review: Bitter Night
This is the first of the Horngate Witches books by Diana Pharaoh Francis.
SOMETIMES YOU CHOOSE YOUR BATTLES. AND SOMETIMES, THEY CHOOSE YOU...
Once, Max dreamed of a career, a home, a loving family. Now all she wants is freedom...and revenge. A witch named Giselle transformed Max into a warrior with extraordinary strength, speed, and endurance. Bound by spellcraft, Max has no choice but to fight as Giselle's personal magic weapon -- a Shadowblade -- and she's lethally good at it. But her skills are about to be put to the test as they never have before....
The ancient Guardians of the earth are preparing to unleash widespread destruction on the mortal world, and they want the witches to help them. If the witches refuse, their covens will be destroyed, including Horngate, the place Max has grudgingly come to think of as home. Max thinks she can find a way to help Horngate stand against the Guardians, but doing so will mean forging dangerous alliances -- including one with a rival witch's Shadowblade, who is as drawn to Max as she is to him -- and standing with the witch she despises. Max will have to choose between the old life she still dreams of and the warrior she has become, and take her place on the side of right -- if she survives long enough to figure out which side that is....
Bitter Night is an awesome read!! I can't wait for the next installment.
This witches in this book are like none I've read about before - they are powerful and power hungry. Each witch worth her salt has Shadowblades and Sunspears to protect her and her covenstead. Shadowblades and Sunspears are humans who have been magically manipulated by the witch to gain the strength and abilities needed to defend the witch.
Max is a Shadowblade Prime and she was made so without her consent - this has caused a rift between herself and her Witch - Giselle. Max has one goal in life - to live long enough to kill Giselle for forcing her into a life she did not choose.
Bitter Night is fast paced and action filled. Simply a great read. :)
I give Bitter Night 5 out of 5 stars and look forward to the next installment.