Thursday, May 16, 2013

Review: Mist-Torn Witches by Barb Hendee

Mist-Torn Witches
Author:Barb Hendee
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Roc
ISBN:  0451414152
ISBN13: 9780451414151
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Publicist

In a small village in the nation of Droevinka, orphaned sisters Céline and Amelie Fawe scrape out a living selling herbal medicines in their apothecary shop. Céline earns additional money by posing as a seer and pretending to read people’s futures.

But they exist in a land of great noble houses, all vying for power, and when the sisters refuse the orders of a warlord prince, they must flee and are forced to depend on the warlord prince’s brother, Anton, for a temporary haven.

A series of bizarre deaths of pretty young girls are plaguing the village surrounding Prince Anton’s castle. He offers Céline and Amelie permanent protection if they can use their "skills" to find the killer.

With little choice, the sisters enter a world unknown to them — of fine gowns and banquets and advances from powerful men. Their survival depends on catching a murderer who appears to walk through walls and vanish without a trace — and the danger around them seems to grow with each passing night.

Alright I admit it, I was skeptical. I didn't think I would like MIST-TORN WITCHES. It didn't seem like a book I would enjoy, I was wrong. Not only did I like it, I'm excited to see what will happen next!

Celine has been taking care of Amelie since their mother died. She fakes being a seer to make money and put food on the table. She has a good reputation as a seer and when someone pays her to tell a client something she has no problem agreeing, only when she touches the client she actually sees her future and can not lie to her. Even though Amelie is the youngest of the sisters she is the protector. She is fierce, determined and loyal. The two sisters are the opposite of each other but fit together perfectly. They both have their issues but a lot of situations that present themselves in the book for them to grow and change. There are a few love interests but no real romance in MIST-TORN WITCHES. I'm sure things will develop in a later book though. Lets talk about the cover. The setting is great and Celine I could picture spot on but I had a hard time picturing Amelie looking like the model. She just didn't fit with what I had in my head.

MIST-TORN WITCHES was a great mix of introduction, mystery and conclusion. There was plenty of story to read and plot to build on for future books. The characters were easy to follow and invest my time in. I was not disappointed and I'm confidant you won't be either.

I gave it 4/5 stars