Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bitter Night

Bitter Night by Diana Pharaoh Francis

This is book #1 of the Horngate Witches series.

And it is a best book ever!

I couldn't put it down because I didn't want it to end! I didn't want to go to sleep and miss something even though I had to get up in five hours to go to work. I wanted to read more, yeah this one hit me like that. My love told me to put the book away and go to bed - ouch! All I could say to him was, "But it's... so good" yeah, I know, whine, whine, whine, it was a surprise to me too because I didn't expect this book to be that good.

When I started reading this book and saw "Shadowblade" and "Sunspear" I thought to myself that this was going to be a book with all sorts of words that were made up by the author. I really did not have the patience for a book like that and most times I try hard to stay away from them. I do not like searching through guides to understand who or what a particular character, or word is. A Shadowblade and a Sunspear are trained assassins who protect the witch and coven. They are altered with magic to be stronger and faster so add a weapon to the mix and they are virtually unstoppable.

Max is a Shadowblade Prime, the leader of the Shadowblades. She is a kick butt, strong women who hates her witch. And the only thing keeping her going is her strong desire to find a way to kill her witch named Giselle. Now I cannot speak for anyone else but I have had jobs along the way where I wanted to yell at my boss - but I cannot imagine how much hatred Max must feel to want to kill her boss. Okay, Max is compelled to protect Giselle with her life and she can never do anything against Giselle or she will experience pain. And Giselle is a master of torture and Max will never be free - okay that will make someone want to kill their boss.

Max is sent into another witches territory to investigate a potential crime when she gets caught by the rival witche's Shadowblade Prime. She eventually escapes only to meet the Shadowblade and his witch again at a meeting. The story took off from there and never wavered - it was good until the last page.

I liked the characters and the way they interacted. Ms. Francis created believable and lovable assassins. The teams worked well together and the story is very good. I started reading this book and never intended to get hooked from the first page until the last. I downloaded the next book in the series before I finished this one and I am looking forward to reading it.


Once, Max dreamed of a career, a home, a loving family. Now all she wants is freedom...and revenge. A witch named Giselle transformed Max into a warrior with extraordinary strength, speed, and endurance. Bound by spellcraft, Max has no choice but to fight as Giselle's personal magic weapon -- a Shadowblade -- and she's lethally good at it. But her skills are about to be put to the test as they never have before....

The ancient Guardians of the earth are preparing to unleash widespread destruction on the mortal world, and they want the witches to help them. If the witches refuse, their covens will be destroyed, including Horngate, the place Max has grudgingly come to think of as home. Max thinks she can find a way to help Horngate stand against the Guardians, but doing so will mean forging dangerous alliances -- including one with a rival witch's Shadowblade, who is as drawn to Max as she is to him -- and standing with the witch she despises. Max will have to choose between the old life she still dreams of and the warrior she has become, and take her place on the side of right -- if she survives long enough to figure out which side that is....

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