Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Review: Witches

Witches by Ednah Walters

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

If you are new to this series, you should start from the beginning. It is filled with YA drama, sigh-worthy love stories, and oodles of mythology. The author really knows how to create a world so rich and diverse that even the most jaded of PNR readers get completely sucked in.

This book happens somewhat in parallel to Souls (from the Grimnirs series), only with different POVs. I would recommend making sure you read the series in order to get the full effect (and also Losing It!). That being said, we start with Raine in her Seeress/Witch/Teenage Girl glory. She’s being pushed around by annoying Norns and being forced to make a choice for a war that might not happen for a while. In typically Raine fashion, she makes her own decisions and throws them all in everyone’s face. While a lot of the action is related to this, the most compelling parts of the book were about the character relationships. At the start of the book, Raine’s dad is still fighting cancer. We watch the struggle and acceptance that goes along with it and it is just as heart wrenching as you’d expect. Torin and Raine are also struggling to figure out a path forward. They love each other, but at times it seems like their destinies are at odds with one another. Through it all, there’s the usual teenager drama, sizzling chemistry, and fun twists we’ve come to expect from this series.

If you’re looking for some truly unique world building, look no further that the Runes books. Overall, this book’s story was interesting but a slight repeat (if you’ve read Souls). The twists and turns still kept me guessing, though. I’m sad to see the sort-of end of this set of characters. They’ve come to be some of my favorites and now the series is said to focus more on the other ones. I’m excited about that too, just in a different way.

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