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Witch Dance: Book 1 (Hopewell Coven) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B01DB49A0C
- Publisher : Elizabeth Burgess (April 26, 2016)
- Publication date : April 26, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1287 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 372 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 153096251X
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,504,740 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I really enjoyed all of the characters and their complexities.
I read A LOT especially fictional books but this one was different, it keeps you drawn in and invested in the story.
Startling Hopewell is a new fan favorite, I love her!
Let's all give a big hoorah for the underdogs.
Previously ruled by love and all things of the light, Morganza was irrevocably changed by her husband's (Rossif) presumed death. In Rossif's absence Morganza has become an embittered autocrat seeking recognition in the ways of false divinities. The secrecy of their power and elements, once guarded and hidden from plain sight, is now used to manipulate those without the gift. In Morganza, recognition and affection are now reserved for only those who show proper reverence, such as her eldest daughter Seraphine and her husband Drake. Earmarked to take over because they bow and bend to Morganza's thirsts, Hopewell Coven could go to them. If successful it will establish a further generation of rulers that will have lost their way.
Distracted by her musings over her crush Harlan, and her bicultural heritage and the unknown choices it brings, Starling's training is presumed to fail. If so this will be seen as proof that Morganza's opinions of impurities will be correct. She would happily see her granddaughter and parents forever banished from the ranks. Starling is due to be trained by her aunts and mother, each proficient in one element more than the rest. Little is known of Starling's abilities as she's only initiated into the circle just before her training begins. Unknown completely is an already active ability she hasn't dared to reveal it to anybody. A guiding voice in her head cautions her not to reveal herself, Starling has the vision that allows her to see darkness touching those around her. Starling will soon learn she's a child of prophecy and with her gift she knows the troubles that have racked the covens stems from her missing grandfather's brother.
Eamon makes himself what ever he needs to be in order to get the things he wants. All he covets was once his brother's. Sixteen years of acting are about to pay off. The seed of doubt was cast over the impurity of Starling's birth. The ancient book of shadows of The Cailleach enlists magic to remove all that wasn't his through a new soul bonding with Morganza. By tying himself to Morganza Eamon can swiftly abolish all that was his brother's and replace it with his own. To succeed he knows he must destroy the Hopewell Coven and Starling in particular. Whatever stood in front of the things he wants has been killed or removed. Now, after years of influencing and contaminating he seeks to use what was once seen as a divine addition to The Cailleach.
Coming of age, coming into one's destiny, and coming to the conclusions of what must be done are integral themes. This is an enjoyable and entertaining story of a girl born of two worlds, united within one vessel to make them both stronger. Starling must needs stop the corruption and darkness that has whittled it's way to the heart of an ancient past bathed in noble blood. A New Breed and the starting path of a warrior of the light, Starling is gifted with the perception necessary to first and foremost recognise her foe. Coupled with the elements of grief, ambition, and covetness Witch Dance shows that the ways to darkness are not always paved with greed, power, and malice.
It is prevalent too that prejudice is the devil's pitchfork from whence attitudes can be manipulated to conform with those that allow people to partake of hurts against those they discriminate without the rightful accompanying guilt. Few if any characters aren't completing their destined paths. Just as destiny can lead to preordained roads to goodness, so too can they lead to darkness. Balance is the essential harmony which keeps the wheels turning, if too much of either opposing force is expressed then the harmony of centrifugal motion becomes skewed to whichever force is responsible. If allowed to continue unchecked then the spinning wheel gains a buckle that inevitably stops it from spinning altogether.
For The Cailleach there's been a buckle developing for at least the past sixteen years. If successful young Starling will be the counterweight to get it back in harmonious motion. Filled with intrigue the plights of characters within captivate your interest and before you can quite fully grasp why, you're finishing the book knowing you'll need more. All the best experiences happen too quickly and leave you wanting more: not to suggest there's anything missing though. Applicable to a great many ages and genres, Witch Dance is an outstanding read. Without necessarily knowing why, you do know you're learning something important, just as the best stories often do.
I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
First, the negative:
While I enjoyed the plot, it may bother some that it's not incredibly original. It follows the pretty common YA fantasy plot of "oh, I'm the Chosen one at the center of this prophecy - better get to work." Again, I enjoyed it but felt it was worth pointing out for you all.
Second, the romance between Starling and her love interest seemed to blossom pretty quickly and also seemed to be too intense to be believable at times. There were a few lines that literally had my rolling my eyes.
Thirdly (and lastly for negatives), while I am wholly unqualified to make any observations on representation of Native Americans (as I could not be much whiter than I am), I thought it was kind of weird for Starling to be portrayed as "half-Apacik, half-witch" as it made Native Americans seem fictional like witches. Other than this I didn't notice any glaring representation issues, but again, I'm not qualified to make these kinds of observations and would be interested to see what Native readers think.
Now for the positives:
The characters were great. I loved how much tension there was between them. Some of them were portrayed as totally sketchy/untrustworthy characters while were portrayed as mostly untrustworhy but had you thinking maybe they weren't that bad. Overall, I really loved seeing how this played out and who could truly be trusted and who could not.
I loved seeing Starling draw strength from her Apacik side of the family despite many of the witches trying to make her feel as though she is "less than" because of it. She was bold and assertive when it came to defending her Apacik heritage. I also liked seeing her excel at her Elementals (tests of her magic) despite many people doubting her.
The pacing was good. The beginning is a bit slow, but pretty quickly picks up and then is difficult to put down. There's a good balance between action and slower scenes that help you get to know the characters and their relationships with each other.
Finally, Burgess added a bunch of fun/interesting/helpful things to the end of the book like glossaries of Apacik and Celtic words used in the book, a character guide, etc. I haven't looked too much at it but plan on going back to read through it. (This would definitely be more helpful if you had a physical rather than eBook copy.)
This was a fun and interesting read and if you enjoy paranormal/fantasy or just like suspicious characters, I'd recommend you check it out.