Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Review - The Celtic Witch and the Sorcerer
Author: Lyn Armstrong
Publishing Date: 2008
Book Disclosure: Won a contest the author was giving.
The Celtic Witch and the Sorcerer is the second book in Lyn Armstrong's Celtic Witch series. I haven't had the pleasure of reading the first book, but I had no problems following this story. Gavenia Roberts, a Celtic Witch has the power to see visions. With this power she sees her death after giving birth to her first child. Gavenia in turn fears finding her true love. Laird Tremayne Campbell is a sorcerer. In order to free his mother he must find a witch and with her death his mother will be set free. When Tremayne captures Gavenia he is immediately taken in by her lovely self. How will this unlikely couple solve these formidable problems?
The Celtic Witch and the Sorcerer had a fairy tale like feel to it with a good vs evil vibe. It's a short story, only coming in at 154 pages. The reader is just dropped into the world in which not a lot of details are forthcoming. The story does have good pacing, so it's a quick, easy read. The reader gets to know the two main characters through good dialogue and action. Thankfully, there is not a lot of telling instead of showing. Tremayne is hard to like at first. He comes across as cold-hearted and selfish. Eventually, he changes as the story progresses. Gavenia is a sweet girl if a little naive about things.
The major weakness for me was a lack of depth to the story. Being short in length there just wasn't enough time to fully develop everything that was going on in the story. Even a few thing were left unanswered at the end of the story, most disturbing was Gavenia's father. I don't know if this was a glaring omission by the author or if it would be addressed in another book.
This book can be purchased in print at Amazon.