Witch Blood (Elemental Witches, Book 2)
Penguin (4th March 2008)
The second instalment of the Elemental Witches perhaps unintentionally brings up the question of who’s more evil: demons, or the warlocks who summon them. Or, if you prefer: guns, or the people who use them. The answer in this novel seems to be demons (guns), which is good news for me, who had a thing for hot French warlock Stefan Faucheux in a previous instalment.
Another perhaps unintentional issue is what’s more important: being protected, or being independent? The former prevails in this case, which came as a disappointment because the novel is at its most interesting when water witch Isabelle Novak and earth witch Thomas Monahan are apart.
Witch Blood is a step up from its predecessor (Witch Fire) in terms of stakes and world-building. Be patient, readers, because the action really kicks in with a surprise on page 283. Also stay tuned to the end to catch an excerpt of The Darkest Kiss (which has since been renamed The Chosen Sin), a futuristic romance with what little I’ve read seems to be intriguing world-building. Anya Bast is doing what all authors should be doing: improving with each novel. I’m really looking forward to reading The Chosen Sin, future Elemental Witches instalments and whatever else the author has in store for us.