Thursday, July 19, 2007

Witch Fire - Anya Bast

Witch Fire
Anya Bast
Berkley Sensation

Paranormal Romance

Mira Hoskins is just getting her life back together after the implosion of her marriage. She’s waiting on tables in a diner and saving money to continue her education. She may be living in a crummy basement apartment, but the place is all hers and she’s proud of that. Everything is moving along in a very normal way until Mira spots Jack McAllister sitting in the diner. She’s instantly attracted to him. On the plus side, that means maybe she’s ready to move on; on the minus side, she’s pretty sure she’s not.

That decision is taken out of her hands when Jack rescues her from a kidnapping attempt. It falls to Jack to tell Mira that she is a natural elemental witch. Her element is air, and her magick is the most rare and sought after of all four elements. Unfortunately, her power is sought after by warlocks, male or female witches who have gone rogue and use elemental witches in rituals to summon demons. As a child, raised by his warlock father, Jack witnessed one of these rituals, which results in the deaths of the witches involved. Jack witnessed the death of Mira’s mother.

Mira’s godmother kept the truth from her so she could have a normal life. I particularly appreciated the fact that Mira does not immediately believe Jack when he tells her about her heritage. Who would? Mira is a great character; she’s got a real backbone and an innate intelligence, but doesn’t go haring off and putting herself in needless danger. Fans of the tortured hero won’t find one much more tortured than Jack. He’s doing what he feels he has to do to keep Mira safe and atone for his inaction as a child. The system of magick set up here is clear, and everything seems to work by the rules, avoiding the annoying ‘it works like this, except when it doesn’t for plot convenience’ trap. The first in a proposed series, this should put the author on the map and have fans of paranormals eagerly waiting for the next installment.

Rating: 8
June 2007
ISBN# 978-0-425-21614-9 (paperback)


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