Monday, May 6, 2013

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Mist Torn Witches

Barb Hendee lives in a quirky small town just south of Portland, Oregon. 

She is the author of the Vampire Memories series and the upcoming Mist Torn Witches series, as well as the Noble Dead Saga which she writes with her husband J.C.

J.C. and Barb share a home office with their desks pushed up against one another.

They garden year-round and grow a good deal of their own food.

They also seem to spend a good deal of time researching myths and folklore about vampires.

The Mist Torn Witches, Book #1 of THE MIST TORN WITCHES series
by Barb Hendee

National bestselling author Barb Hendee presents a dark, fascinating new series set in the world of the Noble Dead Saga... the story of two sisters who will discover they have far more power than they ever envisioned...

In a small village in the nation of Droevinka, orphaned sisters Céline and Amelie Fawe scrape out a living selling herbal medicines in their apothecary shop. Céline earns additional money by posing as a seer and pretending to read people’s futures.

But they exist in a land of great noble houses, all vying for power, and when the sisters refuse the orders of a warlord prince, they must flee and are forced to depend on the warlord prince’s brother, Anton, for a temporary haven.

A series of bizarre deaths of pretty young girls are plaguing the village surrounding Prince Anton’s castle. He offers Céline and Amelie permanent protection if they can use their "skills" to find the killer.

With little choice, the sisters enter a world unknown to them — of fine gowns and banquets and advances from powerful men. Their survival depends on catching a murderer who appears to walk through walls and vanish without a trace — and the danger around them seems to grow with each passing night.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:
*ARC provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review

Let me just start out by saying that the writing of Barb Hendee never fails to amaze me...

Mist Torn Witches combines the same type of incredibly vivid characters and heart that I've come to know and love from Barb's Vampire Memories series, with the superb fantastical world, danger & action that I seek out & devour in Barb & JC's Noble Dead Saga. The combination in this series debut was an utterly compelling & captivating new Fantasy with characters I can't wait to follow for a good long time, & an intriguing & mysterious world I will happily get lost in again & again!

Our leading ladies, Celine and Amelie, are exactly what I love in my heroines - they're independent, strong, perfectly flawed, and despite the fantasy, undeniably 'real' and relatable. Following their journey as they each followed their head and/or their heart, as they made mistakes and learned from them, as they loved and lost and grew as people was wonderful. You couldn't help but feel what they felt and root for them at each turn.

The story was steadily engaging with the perfect arc and never a lag. It had just the right amount of twists and turns, a wonderful number of surprises, and plenty of action. And while it is a fantasy series, there was no cliffhanger. It wrapped up nicely, but left a world of possibilities for the next books; exactly what a good serial debut should do!

LITERAL ADDICTION gives The Mist Torn Witches 5 Skulls. I am so happy to have another Hendee obsession to follow. :)

The Mist Torn Witches

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