May 10, 2013

{Review} of The Mist-Torn Witches by Barb Hendee

The Mist-Torn Witches by Barb Hendee
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

GENRE: Fantasy
THEME: Magic, Mystery, Adventure
RECEIVED: Publisher
AUTHORS BLOG: Barb Hendees' Site

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.

This was my first book by Barb Hendee and definitely won’t be my last. The Mist- Torn Witches is her latest series that dives deep into a creatively mysterious fantasy world that was not only wonderfully written, but also brought to life many memorable characters to which I cant wait to follow in the next book. I love stories that surprise me by easily hooking me right at the start, before I knew it was was half way through the book and didn't want it to end.

The Mist-Torn Witches follows sisters Celine and Amelie from a young age of loosing their mother and learning to survive on their own. Celine follows in her mother’s footsteps as an Apothecary and so-called seer. Though her mother had the true gift, Celine pretends to be a seer to keep her sister and she afloat. But that is until one reading changes everything and Celine soon realizes she’s not pretending anymore.

Celine takes over her mothers Apothecary shop with her sister Amelie, they both have learned how to keep each other safe and stay away from trouble. Celine has a vision that changes everything. She is a go with what her gut/vision type of girl. I enjoyed watching Celines character mature, she has a lot to learn about herself and her gift. She isn’t perfect but she is follows the rules and tries to do what is best and help when she can. The only true person she trusts is her sister and their dynamic, and differences were so believable. For me having a sister myself I was able to connect to them both.

Amelie is the opposite of her sister; she is the more tomboyish one and always read to battle. Throughout the story she and her sister learn a lot about their mother and their family history, it was interesting to see how she connects to the magic and mystery behind their family. I liked how Amelie was never wanting to get all dressed up, she had the tougher attitude and she beat all the men in a game of cards.

There is a lot of magic and mystery, the plot take some interesting twists; the sisters must help a young prince who is surrounded by a darkness. There was action and spooky moments, I never knew who was behind all the terrible occurrences, but the sisters kept on helping until they could find out the truth. There are slight hints of romance; just attractions between the sisters and two men that I feel may get focused on in the next book. Hendee knows how to hook her readers with beautiful detailed settings, and. This could be read as a stand-alone since the story ends at a solid note and a great beginning to enter into the next book. After reading this in one sitting, I will gladly be continuing this series and look forward to reading more from Hendee.

This is a fantasy series that will allow you escape to another world while you read it. Fans of Robin LaFevers His Fair Assassin series and M.J. Scott’s The Half Light City series will love The-Mist Torn Witches series by Barb Hendee.

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