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Witches with the Enemy: A Novel of the Mist-Torn Witches Mass Market Paperback – May 5, 2015
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PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF THE MIST-TORN WITCHES
“Terrific.”—Bitten by Books
“Complex characters, relationships, and interesting stories…plenty of suspense, danger, intrigue, and a bit of romance. Barb Hendee’s novels are not to be missed.”—SciFiChick.com
“A great page-turner.”—Open Book Society
“[An] engaging fantasy novel.…Clues as to the sisters’ magical heritage, hints of romance, threats both supernatural and human, and courtly intrigue combine for a fun fantasy mystery.”—Locus
“[The Mist-Torn Witches] will hold readers spellbound.”—RT Book Reviews
About the Author
Barb Hendee is the author of the Novels of the Mist-Torn Witches, including Witches in Red and The Mist-Torn Witches. She lives in a quirky little town near Portland, Oregon, with her husband J. C. Hendee, with whom she writes the Noble Dead Saga (A Wind in the Night, The Dog in the Dark, Between Their Worlds). Barb’s short fiction has appeared in numerous genre magazines and anthologies. She is also the author of the Vampire Memories series (Ghosts of Memories, In Memories We Fear, Memories of Envy).
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Top Customer Reviews
The two sisters are embroiled again in the doings of the high and mighty, this time to help the man they hate and fear the most, the man responsible for the death of their father, Prince Damek. The relatives of Damek's bride-to-be keep dying, and Damek's brother, the admirable Prince Anton, asks them to help solve the mystery using their ability to read the past and future of those they touch. And it is worth the read just to see Anton interact with his bully of a brother--I cheered in one particular scene! I don't want to say much more, because I don't want to spoil the story. Just know that this is a fun, fast read, full of sympathetic characters, villains both foul and pitiful, and a solid mystery. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
I love Amelie and Celine. They’re so different and yet so close to each other. Their differences also make it easier for them to seek out information in different ways and from different sources. I love the idea that the kind and optimistic sister is also the better deceiver. It’s interesting to see how they interact with people at various levels of society, and how they gradually learn new ways of dealing with people. I enjoy seeing how they and their relationships with others shift and change in both small and large ways.
The murder mystery is fun. Particularly given Celine’s supposed ability to read people I got a little frustrated when both sisters completely fail to notice some aberrant behavior on others’ parts beyond just “huh, that’s weird.” However, there were still some delightful red herrings that kept things interesting.
On the whole I very much enjoyed the milieu and the murder mystery, and I look forward to more books in the series.
NOTE: Book provided for review by publisher
What I really enjoy about this series is that each book holds within its pages a complete, well-crafted story, but each book also leaves enough open so that it builds upon the last, creating a fascinating larger story that integrates a variety of complexities. The navigation and seamless integration of magic, romance, politics, and mystery create a world that is full of substance and interest for readers.
The character development in this book continues to progress at a satisfying and natural rate. The individual characterization as well as the sisterly dynamic of Celine and Amelie are just as captivating as every. There is a reliability found in both women that allows readers to really engage in the plot without fear of feeling purposely manipulated by coy tricks. When things happen unexpectedly, the sisters experience the surprise along with the reader, and most importantly this surprise feels genuine and not contrived at all. Another character that is important to mention is Prince Anton. He is central to this installment and he really comes forward as a character that worthy of attention. His development adds even greater substance to the intricate web of political and emotional connections being weaved through this book and the series.
Mystery plays a major role in both previous books, and this does not change in Witches with the Enemy. Hendee has a talent for crafting intersecting possibilities that kept me guessing, literally, until the culprit was revealed to the protagonists. Again, this happens with out coy tricks or obvious smoke screens. At no point did I ever feel like I was lied to or manipulated; it always felt like natural progression according to clues and circumstances that were uncovered.
It is refreshing for me to read a series that continues to build as it grows. There is much more to be told, I'm sure, so I don't feel like there isn't enough or that anything is missing from this book. Major character development takes place here, which is vital to the success of any book or series. I can honestly say that it has been quite a while since I've found a series that I am so excited about. Every book thus far has pulled me deeper into the world of Celine and Amelie Fawe as I have come to care about these, and other, characters. Witches with the Enemy is no exception as it has certainly increased the emotional investment I already have in the story unfolding from book to book. This, for me, is definitely a sign of a five-star, must-read novel.