by Juliet Dark
Series: Fairwick Chronicles #2
Published by Ballantine Books Release date : February 12th 2013
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
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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.
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Better than the first!
I was nervous going into this book. Although I liked the first book in the series, The Demon Lover, I was overwhelmed with the lore and wordy world building. The writing is still very detailed but not to the point of drowning.
We are whisked right back into the interesting magical town of Fairwick from the start. We have a lot going on in The Water Witch. We are introduced to some new creatures right off that bat, the undines, who need assistance traveling through the door into Faerie. We also have the Groove, who decides that the world would be a better place with the last remaining door into Faerie closed. Callie is still dealing with the loss of her incubus lover, Liam (who still haunts her dreams) We also learn A LOT more about Callie’s powers and her parental background. Not to mention,
something someone has traveled through the door and has take it upon herself to reek havoc on the town.
Although there is a lot going on, I wasn’t overwhelmed like I was in the first book. Everything flowed smoothly and I was more interested in the story and characters than I was reading The Demon Lover. That’s not to say I wasn’t interested; I was just able to connect more to Callie and as I said before, I wasn’t overwhelmed with details. She has created an interesting, creative world and I love learning all about these creatures, the town and complicated relationships.
Callie is one tough cookie. She has a lot on her plate and she is dealing a lot emotionally; learning about her history, her powers, her feelings for Liam and all the pressure surrounding her Doorkeeper duties. She’s a lot stronger than she gives herself credit for. At some point though, this girl needs to get a stronger back bone. Her friends are constantly thrusting her into sticky situations without giving her any knowledge about what she is getting into. And she LETS them. (A little warning and she might not SCREW things up) Not only that, I feel like they should mind their own damn business. On more than one occasion, they have mislead her, berated her about Liam and held her with such high expectations (with NO KNOWLEDGE on what she is doing, mind you) that she should have put her foot down and told them to lay off. That being said, she has come a long way, I just wish she would stick up for herself more.
The ending left me feeling a little hallow. I had lot of questions about what happened which I have no doubt that that was the intention. Poor Callie NEEDS a break!
Overall- Great sequel. I am looking forward to continuing on and seeing what Dark throws at us next.