Witch Fury – A Book Review
Amidst reading The Two Towers, I felt the need to get through something light – as in something with not too much depth to it that I could breeze through and give my brain a break from everything else I’ve been trying to do. So I picked up Witch Fury by Anya Bast which had been sitting on my bookshelf for most of the summer. This is actually the final book in her Elemental Witches series (and I’ve read the other three also, that was just before I’d started this blog so they didn’t present themselves for a review, though they are also worth the read).
This book builds off of the world and characters established in other three. Basically, it’s full of good witches (the Coven), bad witches (the Duskoff), and daemons, a bunch of kick-ass magic, and some sex peppered in. This is the first romance series I’ve read (I’m not counting the young adult romance books that all girls read in middle school — because Twilight… *shudder* any who…). And I thoroughly enjoyed reading this series. Bast’s stories are not all about the romance, though it holds a strong presence in the novels. There is a strong story line, occurring along with the romantic moments, that has nothing to do with romance.
I also found myself loving the minor characters in every book. Each story focuses on one couple, but the others show up in each of the following books. I will say my favorite character though was Micah, a minor character throughout the entire series – though I do believe Bast has written a novella about him. He’s just a geeky, history loving, scientist (basically), earth witch, but he was my favorite man in the series.
Anyways, besides characters, I like the world Bast has constructed for her characters. Similar to many other supernatural stories, the witches are in hiding in the mundane world. And Bast incorporates her own myths and lore into how the witches came to be, what their powers are, the balance of power, where daemons come from, etc. She gives you just enough to keep the story moving, introducing relevant information at the appropriate time, and not overdoing it. There are plenty of questions I have about the world, but none that inhibit my enjoyment or acceptance of the stories and the world’s logic. There is certainly room for her to develop the world further (maybe if she wrote some non-romance novels this would be a perfect world to work in).
I certainly recommend this to any supernatural lover looking for a romance novel that keeps things interesting. It’s good to get in some light reading every now and then.