Title: The Water Witch
Series: Fairwick Chronicles #2
Author: Juliet Dark
Reading level: Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Size: 352 pages
Release Date: February 12th 2013
Publisher: Random House/Ballentine Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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After casting out a dark spirit, Callie McFay, a professor of gothic literature, has at last restored a semblance of calm to her rambling Victorian house. But in the nearby thicket of the Honeysuckle Forest, and in the currents of the rushing Undine River, more trouble is stirring. . . .
The enchanted town of Fairwick’s dazzling mix of mythical creatures has come under siege from the Grove: a sinister group of witches determined to banish the fey back to their ancestral land. With factions turning on one another, all are cruelly forced to take sides. Callie’s grandmother, a prominent Grove member, demands her granddaughter’s compliance, but half-witch/half-fey Callie can hardly betray her friends and colleagues at the college.
To stave off disaster, Callie enlists Duncan Laird, an alluring seductive academic who cultivates her vast magical potential, but to what end? Deeply conflicted, Callie struggles to save her beloved Fairwick, dangerously pushing her extraordinary powers to the limit—risking all, even the needs of her own passionate heart.
Juliet dark drew me right back into the world of Fairwick with The Water Witch. I daresay that Dark’s command of the written word and her amazing ability to paint a picture and create a world both gothic and beautiful, dark and charming at the same time is a large part of why I am so in love with this series.
The setting once again pulled me right in…who wouldn’t want to live in a large somewhat ramshackle Victorian at the edge of a woods called Honeysuckle Forest? I know that I certainly do! There are so many small details buried within this story that it and the setting simply come alive in the imagination.
I had no difficulty at all feeling as if I was right there with Callie as she works to fix up her new home, exorcize her memories of Liam and make new friends all while exploring her newfound powers and dealing with all of the politics that surrounds her. And once gain the secondary characters breathe extra life into each scene and help create the feeling of a true small town and witches coven.
The pacing of the novel did seem a bit slow to me during certain sections…luckily the lyricism and beauty of each scene kept me intrigued until the action picked up yet again. The quasi love triangle (or quadrangle as it were) also frustrated me a little bit. I just wish that Cassie were a little more decisive or better able to know her own mind. Every man that crosses her threshold seems to hold some attraction for her…but perhaps that is simply becaue she is desperately searching for Liam in each one.
Although I didn’t love The Water Witch as much as The Demon Lover, it was an immensly enjoyable read and, on the whole, I was quite pleased with the developments in this edition of the Fairwick Chronicles. And once again Dark leaves us astonished and desperate for more. I can’t wait until I can dig in to her next book.