Friday, February 2, 2018

"Witch Hunter: The Rise to Power" by Dawn Doyle

On her 18th birthday, Diana’s Aunt Alison gives her a locked chest with seemingly no way to open it. What is holding it locked is magic that will only allow it to open for Diana. Even her aunt doesn't know what is hidden inside. It is at this point that Diana learns that she is a witch, and that her parents (who had entrusted her care to their friend Alison should anything happen to them) had magically bound her powers to protect her until she was old enough to learn to control them.

Now that she knows the truth and has been given the trunk that her parents (who had been killed in a car crash a few years earlier) left for her, her magic is no longer bound. Diana must find a way to learn to control it or risk causing serious harm to anyone or anything nearby. When she is angry or upset, these powers are often very difficult to control. She has had storms suddenly blow in out of nowhere and once accidentally set her aunt's clothing on fire, leaving the woman brutally scarred after they managed to put the fire out.

And then one day a few years after Diana has moved into an apartment with two of her friends, things got even stranger. When she was out dancing one evening with her roommates, a Hunter found her. He was from the magical realm where Diana was born, and had been tasked with finding and killing the last witch.

This was an interesting story that I enjoyed reading. It was well written with very few typos. There were a variety of different races of magical beings, (elves, trolls, goblins, humans, as well as a number of others) all with their own strengths, weaknesses, and personalities. The characters came across as “real” people rather than stereotypes, and reacted in ways that made sense rather than feeling contrived. I found this book fun to read. In my opinion, It’s definitely worth it to give this one a try. I think you’ll enjoy it.

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