Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Review: Bitter Night

This is the first of the Horngate Witches books by Diana Pharaoh Francis.

Book Blurb:


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.



Blodeuedd said...

Oh awesome, I wish I could have won my own contest and read this book

Tamsyn said...

Great blurb! I think I need to check out this series!

Patti said...

I've heard great things about this book. WANT!!!

Donna [Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings] said...

My copy just came in yesterday! I can't wait to read it, especially after your review.

Danielle87 said...

I keep reading such wonderful things about this book - your review has sealed the deal, I'm buying it. Thanks!

Michelle G said...


I think you will like it - if you ever get the chance to read it. :) Maybe that wonderful library of yours will get a copy. I am so jealous of your library. :)


Yes, you do. I don't have any info on the next installment - but I am looking forward to it. :)


I look forward to your review. :)


I can't wait to hear your thoughts.


Oh the pressure. :) Now if you don't absolutely love it - I will feel awful.

Thanks for stopping by ladies. Have a wonderful evening.


gapyeargirl123 said...

Ooh, this sounds really really cool! This is the first review I've read of this book, but I'm bumping it to the top of my 'to buy' list. I hope I can get this in the UK!
Thanks for reviewing.