Thursday, February 22, 2007

Warrior and Witch - Marie Brennan


Warrior and Witch
Marie Brennan
Warner Aspect

Dark Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

NOTE: If you have not read the previous novel, DOPPELGANGER, this entire review is one long spoiler.

Once upon a time, there was a Hunter called Mirage who went on an assignment to find the assassin of a high-level witch. There was also a witch called Miryo. The two were doppelgangers, since, when a witch is born, a doppelganger is created. In order to access all her powers, the witch must destroy the doppelganger. But this time, something very different happened. The two beings merged into one, now called Mirei.

Some hail Mirei as the next step in evolution, or as a way for the doppelgangers to coexist. Others see her as unnatural, an abomination that must be destroyed. Each side of the question has its supporters, and it isn’t long before debate devolves into bloodshed and war. What no one else knows is that the power and magic unleashed within Mirei when she merged her two halves may be enough to destroy her. Unless she can find a way to control it, everyone else may be fighting for nothing at all.

I would highly recommend reading DOPPELGANGER before WARRIOR AND WITCH. It’s not absolutely necessary, but the story is incredibly good, and lays a great deal of the groundwork for this novel. The world created by the author is completely authentic. The characters that inhabit the world are all drawn in various shades of grey. No one is merely black or white; they’re all trying to deal with an unknown situation in the best way they can. The disagreements and conflicts are organic to this premise. If you’re a fan of dark or urban fantasy, this is one author you won’t want to miss.

Rating: 8 ½
October 2006
ISBN# 0-446-61697-4 (paperback)

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