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Witch Fire (The Banned and the Banished, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1999
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Wit'ch Fire grabs you in the first scene, and doesn't let go until the very end. This is the beginning of a new fantasy series--the Banned and the Banished--by first-time author James Clemens, but its sophistication and style are reminiscent of experienced fantasists such as Guy Gavriel Kay and George R.R. Martin. Elena is "the wit'ch of spirit and stone," born of a deadly alliance between three powerful mages in fulfillment of prophecy. But can she learn how to use her powers in time to resist the forces of the Dark Lord? She is joined in her battle by some unlikely allies, but the motley crew may be the only hope for a threatened world. Clemens handles plot and characterization deftly, but the addition of lots of un'neccesary apos'trophes to let you know you're reading a fantasy is a little distracting. Still, Wit'ch Fire is a fast-moving, entertaining read that's definitely worth your time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Thirteen-year-old Elena is the daughter of kindly orchard keepers who have no idea their little girl is the reincarnated sorceress Sisa'kofa, "wit'ch of spirit and stone," dead for more than five centuries and now the world's last hope for defeating the dreaded Dark One and his minions. This launch novel of a projected trilogy by first-time author Clemens is another entry into the crowded fantasy adventure field, and the book introduces all the usual suspects: an ancient prophecy; an adolescent with burgeoning magical powers; her loyal multispecies cohort; a power-mad evil sorcerer. Just as Elena's magical ability starts to manifest, the Dark One's servants arrive to capture herAfor the Dark One plans to add her newborn powers to his own. Elena's escape begins a wild chase as she struggles to learn what she is and to come to terms with her growing power. She must eventually embrace her magic in order to save herself in the inevitable climactic battleAand to prepare for further confrontation with the Dark One, in Book Two. Readers who like their stories full of violence, magical pyrotechnics and black-hearted villains will find themselves on familiar ground here. Those in search of something original should look elsewhere.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As far as the apostrophes stuck into common words, I didn't find it bothersome. Clemens was trying to give this world a slightly different feel than some of the other fantasies with elves, ogres, and nymphs. It was gimmicky, but it didn't take away anything from the story itself or distract from the reading. And there are plenty of unique aspects to this world for Clemens to get away with using some of the normal fantasy tropes. Recommended for a light and easy foray into a mostly-typical fantasy world.
I would also like to say, in response to other reviews, the use of apostrophes didn't bother me. Sure, they exist. But once you realize that, you can move on - or at least I could.
The only note I would like to make and the reason my review isn't as raving as it could be is that I have mixed feelings about this series. Whereas I am an avid and voracious reader and normally can't put a book down once I start it (regardless of its quality, honestly!), in this book series I've stopped for months at a time and gone on to other books entirely, which is unheard of for me. I do always pick this series back up (for example, I definitely do intend to read the 4th and 5th books, but it's been many months since I finished the 3rd), but the fact remains that mid reading the books and between each book in the series, I've stopped for great spans of time, which is very unlike me. Normally if this ever happens, I find something I didn't understand that put me off it just before I stop reading a book, but in these books the only common denominator was that each time I left the books was when it focused for any length of time on the bad guy(s) and their thoughts, plans, etc. I found it to drone on for too long and while yes, I think it's important to get a feel for the villains, they do not hold my attention enough for me to want to continue to read and read about them.
So while I absolutely DO recommend this book series to others and am looking forward to finishing it myself, I have slight reservations about wholeheartedly saying you all should rush out (or rush onto the internet as the case likely is) and buy it right now! But for the most part, do I think it's an impressively well-written, highly entertaining piece of literature and absolutely worthy of the 4 stars I'm giving it? Yes!
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Makes you want to continue reading and look forward to the sequel.