Witch Fire by Anya Bast
Series: Elemental Witches #1
Published by Berkley Sensation
Published on: June 5th 2007
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Mira Hoskins doesn't know she's a natural-born witch who possesses the rare—and powerful—element of air. And she never expects to find herself tied to a mahogany bed frame, captive of a man who aches to fulfill her every desire and let loose the magick that dwells inside her.
Heat emanates from elemental fire witch Jack McAllister. The Coven, a governing authority of witches, has sent him to protect Mira from a band of warlocks who drain witches of power...and life.
Witch Fire sickens me. I was, as many probably are, intrigued by the cover. It exhibits strong diagonals, a hint of texture and glow in the curtains, and great play between the lights and darks.
Within its covers, however, I should not have been so surprised to find such graphic, explicit romance. Although this intermingling of two bodies follows very vanilla routes, I could have done with several levels less detail, mostly because the supernatural elements could have used the spare change.
Do not get me wrong! In terms of construction, there is a mastery of the basics. Where I feel a failing reveals itself is within the world of witches mythology. There basically lie four flavors of magic on the compass of this world: the water, fire, air, and earth.
Through a complicated match of rock, paper, scissors, the four elements duke it out, but really now…will that matter? Jack, the fire witch, works well with Mira, the air witch. Huh? She’s like the fuel to his fire…? She’s like the wind sweeping through to knock out his candles? No. Anyways, let’s just say whoever wrote this, not being an earth witch, set none of her rules in stone.
The conflict is simple (how many times have you heard that before and been chafed?). Those who want power must accumulate four witches of varying elements and get them to sit in a circle to summon a demon who grants wishes. The man who would collect a set of them wants Mira, a supposedly powerful air witch. Jack works to stop him.
Practically everything I just told you will be benched so that the author may use the verb “shafted” to imply “the shaft” has been given. Bleugh!
It would not be fair to encourage the introduction of more imagination. It has been provided to the wrong sector (and this has everything to do with the degree of paranormal romance reader I am).
Which of the four elemental witches work love? That would be the type that wrote this Kama Sutra spawn.
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