Author: Juliet Dark
Series: Fairwick Chronicles #2
Published by: Random House
Publication Date: February 12, 2013
To stave off disaster, Callie enlists Duncan Laird, an alluring seductive academic who cultivates her vast magical potential, but to what end? Deeply conflicted, Callie struggles to save her beloved Fairwick, dangerously pushing her extraordinary powers to the limit—risking all, even the needs of her own passionate heart. (less)
Okay, I’m starting off by saying that I loved The Demon Lover, and The Water Witch is one of the books I was most looking forward to this year. Unfortunately, I struggled with this book for various reasons. The Water Witch started off hot and heavy, but then quickly got painstakingly slow. I had to give myself pep talks to keep reading. Yet, I found it interesting at times. It’s one of those books that made me work for it and left me feeling all mixed up.
Callie has banished her demon lover to the Borderlands, but she still doesn’t know if it was the right thing to do. She could so easily bring him back and make him human if she loves him. That’s the million dollar question, though: whether she loves him or not. While she struggles with that, The Grove, led by Callie’s grandmother, is determined to close the last door to Faerie by any means possible. That would leave every supernatural creature with the decision to stay, or return to Faerie permanently. Both would have dire consequences. It will be up to Callie to keep the door open, but she may not be ready in time.
I did enjoy getting to know some of the new creatures that were introduced in The Water Witch, and the mystery surrounding them. I also enjoyed the secondary characters. However, I did not like Callie nearly as much in this book. I can completely understand when a reader can see things for what they are before a character, that’s not a big issue. But Callie was slapped in the face so many times with the obvious, but couldn’t figure it out. It was driving me crazy. Not even the women who should have been able to figure it out, or at least been a lot more suspicious, caught on. Then when one of the male characters figures it out within 2 seconds, I had to curse out loud. Honestly, it felt like the women were too stupid to see what was staring them in the face, but the man saw it immediately. It just rubbed me the wrong way.
There were other things that made me want to shake the snot out Callie, but I’m going to let it be for now. So yes, The Water Witch frustrated the hell out of me, but I still enjoyed it. Weird, right? I think there is something about the author’s writing that makes me want to keep reading, even if it’s almost torturous at times.
The more I think about it, the more bitter I get about this book, though. I will read the next one, because I feel invested now. Plus, the ending… grr. It’s probably a good thing there will be plenty of time between this book and the next, because hopefully some of the irritation I feel will dissipate by them. Fingers crossed.