“I really loved The Demon Lover and really love the writing style of Juliet Dark. The Water Witch was no exception and was another addictive and fast paced read. I love Callie and love watching her grow with each book and the wonderful friendships she has made since moving into the...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I really loved The Demon Lover and really love the writing style of Juliet Dark. The Water Witch was no exception and was another addictive and fast paced read. I love Callie and love watching her grow with each book and the wonderful friendships she has made since moving into the town.
After banishing Liam into the Borderlands, Callie is still trying to piece back together her broken heart. Still not able to truly love him and turn him human, Liam is now stuck for eternity in the Borderlands. Callie must be careful not to desire him too much or he could escape again. Callie is still having hot and sweaty dreams about Liam and doesn’t know if they are real or just fantasies.
Callie is going to help her friends show a batch of undines the doorway to Faerie before they die. As Callie is the doorkeeper, she is the only one able to help guide them through. But Callie gets more than she has bargained for. One of the undines grabs a hold of Callie and pulls her into the water; the only way she is able to escape is to show the undines their way through the passage into Faerie. Travelling the passage is dangerous and finally making it through the other side, Callie is beside herself.
Callie is now in Faerie and watches as the undines turn into beautiful women, with legs and watch as they join their relatives. Callie has an argument with Lorelei, she is extremely angry and wants Callie to open the door for her to return to the human world, where she can breed. Callie doesn’t want to allow this angry, crazy undine back in and Lorelei is hell bent on taking revenge on her.
After returning back home and having a dangerous storm follow her through the doorway, Callie finds trouble and her house is torn apart. Looking for a new handyman, Bill turns up and Callie has an instant liking to him.
The witches in town have found Duncan, a renowned specialist and help to train new witches. Callie can’t but help be attracted to Duncan and with the hopes that he will be able to show her her full strength and witch abilities; Duncan has become her new friend.
With the threat of the doorway to Faerie being closed forever and Aelvesgold being taken away, the witch world will have no more magic. Callie is on a tight schedule to find a way to be able to keep the door open.
Who/what is the handyman Bill? Who/what is Duncan? Will Callie be able to get over Liam finally OR truly accept that she loves him? Who is the Water Witch? Can the door be kept open?
This was a great sequel to The Demon Lover and a fantastic continuation. I really love this series and the unique world that Ms Dark has created. There were a lot of surprises throughout this book and I was amazed and awed by the ending. I cannot wait to read book 3, The Angel Stone, due for release early September 2013.
“Read on March 07, 2013
"You have only to call my name to bring me back", he whispered, his breath hot in my ear. "You have only to love me to make me human". Callie McFay is the guardian of the last gateway between the world of Faerie and mankind. Seduced by a powerful incubus demon, she has succeeded in banishing Liam to the Borderlands but he still haunts her dreams, tempting her with the knowledge of how to bring him back. But loving an incubus usually ends in death for a human. For her own sake Callie must learn to control her desires and ensure Liam remains trapped for all eternity in his watery prison. Only there is a more dangerous creature than Liam in the Borderlands. The Water Witch is also looking for a way back...
Flat out this second book was for me easier to get into, easier to stick with and easier to follow the flow of all the threads that the author wove together! Now I am familiar with the world she has created, comfortable with all the characters and their different roles to play and totally immersed in Callie's dilemma and hoping against hope that she can finally find a way to free herself from the incubus so she does not end up a victim as did others before her.
This book is shorter therefore it is a faster reading experience as well, do not be fooled by that though as there is still a lot going on not the least of which is Callie trying to figure out how to harness and utilize correctly her unstable powers so she can prevent having the last gate between mankind and Faerie being closed and thus losing all her supernatural friends and colleagues at Fairwick if they choose to leave rather than being trapped in the world of humans. Between that challenge and trying hard to keep her sanity after banishing her Incubus lover Callie truly has quite a tough row to hoe but this time she also has more at stake than her heart as well!
This time my focus on the story was uninterrupted and since the world in which it takes place is familiar that made it not only more enjoyable but a faster read as well. I also have to admit that the plot lines wove together much more smoothly in this story and even though it ended in another cliffhanger and with Callie once again bereft there is hope that the next story The Hallowed Door will finally bring Callie closer to her longed for and much deserved HEA!
[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]”
“Good series ”Anne W wrote this review Sunday, March 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Four Stars: An engaging sequel filled with magical paranormal entities!
Callie wades through the stream with her three companions. The ladies of Fairwick are needing her help. The Undine, water nymphs, are hatching and must be returned to Faerie or they will die. Callie is the doorkeeper and she is the one with the power to herd the Undine back home. Unfortunately, Callie still has not mastered her magic, and she makes a horrific blunder. She is snared in the Borderlands and nearly killed, until her incubus lover, Liam, pulls her free. Their reunion is joyous and short lived, for soon a powerful Undine,Lorelei, becomes enraged when Callie tries to deny her passage back to the mortal world. Lorelei unleashes a powerful storm, and again Callie barely escapes only with the help of Liam. Once safely home, Callie learns that her magical mistakes have created some problems in her world. As Callie attempts to rectify her errors, she realizes that she must gain control of her magic, but that seems impossible, especially when her heart is still aching for her lost incubus lover. Her troubles increase ten fold when Callie learns that The Grove, a powerful witch organization led by her Grandmother Adelaide, are coming to Fairwick to close the gate to Faerie forever. The clock is ticking, and Callie is quickly running out of time. Can she master her magic and prevent The Grove from closing the Faerie door?
What I Liked:
*Once again, Ms. Dark manages to plunge the reader back into her creative world populated by witches, faeries, incubus, brownies, undines and more. Every type of paranormal you can imagine, and then some, reside in the quiet confines of Fairwick and behind the Faerie door. I absolutely love the wide array of paranormal entities that spring from the pages. I thought I was well versed in all things paranormal, but Ms. Dark has shown me there are many more paranormal creatures out there that I have yet to meet. I thoroughly appreciate the amount of detail and research that she must have endured to bring forth her vision. If you are a fan of all things paranormal, and you want to stretch beyond the current, tired out, familiar entities, definitely pick up this series!
*I was pleased to find that the plot of this book was a bit more focused as opposed to its predecessor The Demon Lover. This time around, the story sticks to a main theme, and isn't as easily deterred. The majority of the book follows Callie's journey to unlock her magic and maintain an open doorway to Faerie. There are plenty of side plots, but I didn't feel like they drew the attention away from the main story, they all managed to intertwine neatly.
*I am always a fan of the cozy small town setting, and this book has the perfect setting in Fairwick. Not only is Fairwick a close knit community, but it is inhabited by an array of paranormal beings, all interconnected and working together. It is a place where everyone knows each other, and the histories, especially since many of the citizens have been around for a few hundred years or so. The town has a long, rich history. I love the town of Fairwick and can't wait to spend more time there.
Along with the fantastic setting, there are many wonderful and fascinating characters. There are so many secondary characters that have captured my attention. From the wizard, who is undercover, to the Brownie, and deer sprite and the sucubus. Even the handyman, Bill, is intriguing, not to mention my favorite sidekick, Ralph the mouse. I love that there is such a diverse population in these books.
*I am always appreciative of creative and lovely writing, and Ms. Dark certainly delivers with her vivid descriptions and imaginative world building. If you enjoy books with gorgeous writing, get this one.
And The Not So Much:
*While I do enjoy Callie, the heroine, she is at times increasingly frustrating. She banished her incubus lover, only to find herself constantly second guessing herself and longing for him one moment, and then hating him the next for lying to her. She is very wishy washy and it gets a little irritating after awhile. I appreciate that she makes mistakes, but it seems that she never can get anything right from her love life to her magic. I was expecting a bit more growth with her character this time around, and it didn't progress as quickly as I hoped. Granted, she is a fun and likeable character and I have high hopes for her the next time out.
*I am not a big fan of the romance in this series, since it is focused on a human entering into a taboo relationship with an incubus. It is difficult and it is becoming repetitive as Callie continues to wrestle with the same conflicts over and over. I personally would like to see her take up with Frank or Brock for a change.
*Both books have used a bait and switch type tactic, leading you to believe that someone is the bad guy, when instead it is really someone else. Unfortunately, I was not fooled either time, and I was able to guess what was really going on.
*I am still disappointed that there was not much further detail on Callie's history, I still don't have an idea as to what exactly happened with her parents, and what her parents' abilities were. Furthermore, her grandmother is a character that really needs development. She is underdeveloped and I really wanted to know her story, especially since she appears to wield a great deal of power in The Grove.
*The Grove, a powerful guild of witches, are the villains in this one, but there is so little detail on this organization. I would very much like to know more about The Grove.
*Finally, this one ends with a bit of a cliffhanger. Nothing that is too jarring, but it was still frustrating to get to the end and have so many unresolved questions. I much preferred the ending of the first book, as it had a satisfactory conclusion.
The Water Witch is a worthy sequel to Demon Lover. Once again, Ms. Dark manages to craft an interesting and complex story line, full of magical characters and set in a cozy small town. This is a smart and fun series, not to mention it has lovely detailed writing and creative world building. I am thrilled that I discovered another fantastic paranormal series, and I will certainly be looking forward to the next book.
"I'd taken one look at his sad eyes and forgiven him all the lies he told me, brushed my face against the rough stubble on his cheek, and shed my panties."
"The storm had passed, leaving a freshly scoured blue sky and polished green leaves. The world looked newly made and invested with an otherworldly radiance, the thick swaths of sunshine lying on the fields and woods like a coating of honey..."
"I heard among the human voices, the ululations of owls and the howling of wolves and saw in the light every color of the rainbow-and a few colors that weren't. There was moonlight and sunshine, the tender blush of dawn and the cobalt blue of twilight, and the whirl of stars before they became stars."
"How can you be safe if you love?" She touched my face, brushed my tears away, stroked my hair. "But there are some things better than safe."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
Posted@Rainy Day Ramblings.”
The Water Witch, the second novel in Juliet Dark's Fairwick Chronicles Trilogy, picks up six months after the events of the trilogy's first installment, The Demon Lover (click here to read my review). The focus of this novel is on an attempt by the Grove, a society of witches, to close the last remaining door connecting the human world with the world of the fey. This door is found in Fairwick, a small town in upstate New York that is home to many fey. As a door-keeper, Callie McFay, a half-witch/half-fey professor at Fairwick College, does not support the Grove, even though she herself is a member. Helping to stop the Grove, however, requires Callie to successfully unlock her astonishing powers. Assistance is provided in the form of Duncan Laird, a powerful warlock to whom Callie is immediately attracted. But Duncan may not be everything he seems, and Callie finds that heart is still tied to that of the incubus she banished from her life in The Demon Lover. Will Callie succeed in stopping the Grove and ensuring the door between the worlds remains open?
The strength of this novel, and the series in general, lies in the characters. Callie McFay is a likeable heroine. She's smart, strong and willing to do whatever it takes to help her friends. The supporting characters are equally well-drawn and interesting, especially Callie's friends and colleagues, whose interactions with Callie illustrate why she is so willing to help them out even if it puts her own life in jeopardy. The only character I wish more had been done with is that of Callie's grandmother, an important member of the Grove who I don't find to be fleshed out as well as some of the novel's other characters. Given Callie was raised by her grandmother, and the two are at odds over the intended closing of the door, I would also have liked to see more interaction between them.
The novel is well-written and, as a result, the plot moves along relatively quickly. While I liked the premise of this novel more so than I did the first installment in the series, I did grow increasingly tired of reading about Callie's rather erotic dreams involving her exiled lover. In addition, while I enjoyed learning about the fey and the world from which they come, I didn't particularly enjoy the sections of the novel involving Callie's visits to the land of the fey, which jolted me out of the main story. For this reason I haven't rated The Water Witch quite as highly as I did The Demon Lover. Nevertheless, I am looking forward to reading the conclusion to this trilogy.
Recommended to fans of paranormal romance.
Note: I was provided with a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.”
“If you liked the first book in the series, The Demon Lover, you'll undoubtedly enjoy the second installation because it provides a seamless transition with well-woven re-capping details. The voice, flow and characters stay true to themselves. However, they don't necessarily grow that much, but Callie does figure out a few things before all is finished. I wish I could share a quote from the book as an example to theme, but since this is an advanced reader copy, I'm not allowed. As I got deeper and more involved in the chronicles, I began to notice complex thematic developments occurring. The English Lit. nerd in me gets excited when I can connect a modern hot topic or current event with something linked to a piece of literature I'm reading. Specifically, the idea of a group taking advantage of a crisis to push through an agenda. Persecution, rights, villainization and politics all play a role in the Fairwick Chronicles and can be discussed and compared to recent headlines. For example, we can all generally agree that no one pro violence, but at what length are we as a society willing to go to prevent it from happening? What limitation, persecution, villainization and boundaries are we willing to cross, close or commit? Most importantly, are certain groups, clubs, parties, institutions taking advantage to sway popular opinion? Also, similarly in the first book, sexuality is a prominent topic and although it can be graphic in nature, it does serve a purpose and connection adding to the thematic depth of the piece. As a reader, you can approach the inclusion either as entertainment, romance or as a literary commentary about sexuality, gender, love and social behavior. There is a definite conflict between the old and new values, and this can be analyzed and applied in various aspects throughout the novel. Given the sub-themes, The Water Witch poses some interesting perspectives that lean toward the literary and would make for a lively progressive book club or group discussion. Eagerly awaiting the third book because that last line was a whopper! My fingernails might pop off if I'm left hanging for too long.”Courtlandia wrote this review Friday, February 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Book two in the Fairwick Chronicles Series has built on book one, The Demon Lover, and created a much more in-depth, detailed story! I was immediately drawn in, knowing the characters already, I connected and saw how much the main character, Callie McFay, the part witch/part fey college professor has grown into her budding powers, also discovering that, as a child, these powers were bound to hide them from her grandmother, an accomplished and overbearing witch. Finally, I can say I like Callie! She is fighting back, trying to unbind her powers any way she can! The changes in her character seem real, her insecurities are still there, just not so 'in-your-face' and overpowering. I felt like she was finally learning to actually LIVE.
Supernaturals again abound, throughout the book, but they are far more 'human' and fleshed out, working together to save their way of life when caught in the middle of two factions fighting over the gateway to the other realm where the fey are from. Should the gate be destroyed? Is it worth the costs to all involved? Is there a sinister agenda behind those who want to destroy the last link to a long and rich history?
Meanwhile, Callie is still finding herself attracted to mysterious men who seem a little dark, still choosing poorly...until Bill comes along. He seems almost too good to be real. Who/what is he?
I found this book to be the best so far and hope to see more like it! Four well-earned stars for a great plot!
This ARC copy of The Water Witch was given to me by Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. ”