Simple, Fun, and Full of Mystery – Review: Witches With the Enemy (The Mist-Torn Witches #3) by Barb Hendee
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Witches With the Enemy by Barb Hendee
Series: The Mist-Torn Witches #3
Published by: ROC on May 5th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Mystery
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About the Book:
The national bestselling author of The Mist-Torn Witches returns to a world of princes and power, magic and mystery, where two women have the ability to reveal the future and uncover the past…
When seers Céline and Amelie Fawe fled Shetâna under threat of death, they vowed never to return. Yet, less than a year later, they are summoned back—to aid the man who once tried to kill them.…
The cruel prince Damek is on the verge of closing marriage negotiations with the powerful family of a young noblewoman when his intended’s sister is murdered. To keep the engagement from falling through, Damek must expose the killer quickly—and he needs the seers’ powers to do so. Though the Fawes’ patron, Prince Anton, fears that bringing Céline and Amelie to Shetâna places them in grave danger, he is honor-bound to help his brother Damek.
Only none of them is prepared for the peril that awaits them at Castle Kimovesk—for someone in the court is determined to prevent the marriage from happening, no matter how deadly the cost…
When I began Witches with the Enemy, I had ZERO expectations. Heck, I don’t even remember requesting the ARC from NetGalley, or downloading it to my kindle. And I’ve always been forthcoming with how I chose my next read: I dive into the first chapter of three random novels and see which story seizes my attention (and holds it) first. However, when I read the prologue of Witches with the Enemy (before I even reached chapter one), I knew could not stop. I HAD to know more. I HAD to see where this crazy beginning was going. Truth is I couldn’t put the novel down even when I tried. Barb Hendee exceeded my expectations, and left me in complete awe of her simple, yet delightful writing.
Witches with the Enemy is the third novel in The Mist-Torn Witches series and told from multiple perspectives. Having begun the novel without knowing this, I can say that as a reader, it is not necessary to read the first two novels before diving into this one. I was so enraptured by the wildness of the storyline I didn’t care about any of the relationships/friendships that might have formed in Hendee’s previous two books. The author does a wonderful job of weaving in backstory, though sometimes too much, without making me feel as though I missed key elements from the characters’ lives. Witches with the Enemy is easy to slip into, and it’s even easier to get lost in the world. The simplicity of Hendee’s writing allows the reader to just sit back and enjoy the story.
The novel centers around two sisters each with a special power. With a single touch, Céline can see a person’s future and Amelie, the younger sister, can see their past. The two women are strong, independent, compassionate and are not afraid to speak their minds (or hold their tongues) when necessary. I enjoyed following their story and watching them use their talents. The sisters are asked by the man who essentially gave them refuge in his territory, Prince Anton, to travel to their homeland and help his brother, Prince Damek, solve a murder so he can get married. Because of their history with Damek and his ruthlessness, the sisters are understandably reluctant, but cannot refuse the man they feel indebted to. Once Céline and Amelie arrive at Damek’s castle it becomes evident how much they truly have to fear from this deranged man.
Overall, I fell in love with these sisters and the rest of the novels ensemble. My only two criticisms are Hendee’s long elaborate passages of backstory sprinkled within and the fact that I had trouble pinpointing a time period for the story. Sometimes, the author would use words or phrases that made me believe this society was advanced, and then other times the characters would use objects like lanterns and I’d feel like it was set in some ancient time. It wasn’t enough to cause me to forgo reading the entire book, but it happened enough that I had to pause several times and get my bearings. I should also mention that if you are looking for heavy drawn out romance, then this might not be the fantasy for you. There are hints of love interests but no elaborate relationships other than some kissing and mild romps by secondary characters. However, if you enjoy juicy stories with great female leads and a mysterious plot that will keep you guessing, I highly recommend giving Witches with the Enemy a try.