Sunday, October 26, 2008

Review: Witch Fire (Elemental Witches #1)

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...

Witch Fire, by Anya Bast, is the first book in the Elemental Witches series. Mira Hoskins is just another ordinary woman who is recently divorced and trying to make ends meet as a cafe waitress in the Minneapolis area. Orphaned at birth, her aunt raised and introduced her to the Wiccan way of life. Mira does not seriously believe in magick, but she has no idea there is something very special and magikcal inside her. She is a rare and powerful air witch who inherited her powers from her parents. Although Mira is unaware of her powers, others know about her true gifts and want to use them for evil reasons.

She meets a mysterious, drop-dead-gorgeous and muscular hunk who leaves a handsome tip for just a cup of coffee in the cafe. She wonders who is he and why she feels so sexually attracted to this man. Jack McAllister is a fire witch who was sent to monitor and protect Mira from the Duskoff, a group of rogue witches who summon demons, led by his wealthy and wicked father, William A. Crane. Things don't go as planned when the Duskoff try to kidnap Mira from her apartment. Jack rescues and takes her to his penthouse apartment under magickal security wards until he receives a message from Thomas Monahan, leader of the Coven, a governing authority of witches.

When Mira learns the real truth about her parents' death, everything begins to make sense to her. Crane wants to use her magick to heal his life-threatening cancer, and will summon the demons to do so. At age 10, Jack ran away from his father, who forced Jack to witness the death of Mira's mother. While Jack trains her how to use her magick properly, he warns her that fire and air are sexually compatible elements. The two find themselves almost irresistibly hot and attracted to each other! He knows not to seduce her, but the eroticism is too much. Furthermore, Jack does not want Mira to learn his true identity. It could break her heart. As Mira learns more about her family origins with the Coven, she must decide if her heart truly belongs with Jack.

One of my friends recommended I check this series out. I am starting to read more novels about witches, since I often cover and review vampire fiction. I believe we live in a very spiritual world, and there are people who possess gifts and encounter the supernatural. You could say these paranormal authors provide an excellent introduction to the elements and powers around us. In this series, Elemental Witches, we encounter young women with hidden spiritual powers who must face danger and self-realization in their own paths.

I really enjoyed this novel. It is very erotic (if you love sexual imagery) and there were times I had to control myself! The story centers around Mira Hoskins, an air witch who is unaware of her powers. I grew attached to her personality, growing up as an orphaned only child with her aunt by her side. Suddenly, she meets extended family she has never envisioned she had all this time. Jack, who loves Mira deep down, cannot imagine hurting her with his dark secrets -- his own past and his biological link to his wicked father. How these two overcome these obstacles and true feelings is the final test in this novel.

There is adventure, mystery, suspense, and sex packed in this series. I enjoyed watching Mira grow as a young woman over time with her inherited powers and independent ideas. Bast does an excellent job with the character development and story pacing. I highly recommend this new series to paranormal fiction readers.

Stay tuned for the next book in the Elemental Witches series, Witch Blood
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