Author: Diana Pharaoh Francis
Release Date: October 27, 2010
Horngate Witches Book #1
ISBN: # 9781416598145Genre: Urban Fantasy
SOMETIMES YOU CHOOSE YOUR BATTLES. AND SOMETIMES, THEY CHOOSE YOU...Once, Max dreamed of a career, a home, a loving family. Now all she wants is freedom...and revenge. A witch named Giselle transformed Max into a warrior with extraordinary strength, speed, and endurance. Bound by spellcraft, Max has no choice but to fight as Giselle's personal magic weapon -- a Shadowblade -- and she's lethally good at it. But her skills are about to be put to the test as they never have before....
The ancient Guardians of the earth are preparing to unleash widespread destruction on the mortal world, and they want the witches to help them. If the witches refuse, their covens will be destroyed, including Horngate, the place Max has grudgingly come to think of as home. Max thinks she can find a way to help Horngate stand against the Guardians, but doing so will mean forging dangerous alliances -- including one with a rival witch's Shadowblade, who is as drawn to Max as she is to him -- and standing with the witch she despises. Max will have to choose between the old life she still dreams of and the warrior she has become, and take her place on the side of right -- if she survives long enough to figure out which side that is....
Max is what they call a Shadowblade, she protects her witch with her life. She didn't choose to be a Shadowblade, her best friend and room mate in collage Giselle turned her one night after they went out for drinks. Max has resented and hated Giselle ever since but is bound by Giselle's magic and can not harm nor leave Giselle. Max happens to be the prime shadowblade and is unique as she treats everyone under her super well and all the shadowblades are extremely loyal to her even though Max tries to keep her distance as she still doesn't want to be a shadowblade and is still trying to find a way to get revenge on Giselle. Horngate, their home is under attack and Max seems to be the only one who can save it so she has to start working through some of her issues. I really enjoyed Bitter night. I found the world that Diana built to be strong and unique. There is a bit of romance with a lot of tension between Max and another witches Shadowblade Prime Alexander as they try to work together. Book 2 Crimson Wind comes out December 28, 2010 and I already have it pre-ordered.
I gave it 4.5/5