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Linda Nelson published her first YA romance in 2013. She is a self-published author who began her writing career in 2010 as just a Fantasy & YA Writer. Now it is all about the romance, a huge career change that took place in the past couple of years when she discovered RWA. Fantasy is her favorite genre to read and write, and her favorite way to escape the day to day life. When she writes YA contemporary she loves to infuse them with conflict, the more, the better. Linda works a full time job by day and writes at night and on the weekends. When she took the plunge into publishing, she jumped into the stream of self-publishing, learning everything the hard way. She is a native of Massachusetts but migrated to Southern New Hampshire later on in life.
on Aug. 23, 2012 :
Our story begins with Monika, a young witch, that has to practice in secret thanks to Lord Ky'debaul taking them to his castle. Monika is preparing for her first rite of passage bonding with an imp familiar. She is proud of her binding cloth now finished waiting for Lunar Ceremony. Little does Monika know that her cousin Darmin covets what Monika has. Darmin secretly wants all the attention that their Aunt Grecha lavishes on her cousins Monika and Wenda. Darmin feels that she is the better witch and cannot understand why her Aunt Grecha only teaches Wenda and Monika instead of her. Darmin switches her poorly made binding cloth with Monika's binding cloth then she asks her Aunt Grecha to be included in the Lunar Ceremony in two days time. Aunt Grecha reluctantly agrees to Darmin's request wondering what she's up to now. Monika discovers that the binding cloth she has is not her own yet can't prove it to her Aunt Grecha before the ceremony. The Lunar Ceremony moves forward as plan, Monika knows that her binding cloth is not her own, when the demon Belial appears in sacred circle instead of an imp. Monika is heartbroken and crushed by these turn of events where she flees to her room after the ceremony. Monika is unable to sleep and seeks out a spell to prove that she is not lying about the binding cloth not being the one she made. Wenda warns Monika about proving Darmin switching binding cloths to be dangerous for Monika. The truth is revealed yet Aunt Grecha won't hear of it at all and tells Monika that she can no longer teach her magic. Monika resolves to leave that very day to find a teacher stronger in magic. Monika feels that she is being guided by the Moon Goddess in her quest. Eventually Monika makes her way Cut Back Bay and Paniz's house. Paniz is surprised to find Monika at her doorstep two months earlier than expected but maybe tha is for the best. Paniz slowly teaches Monika about the magic she has within herself. Meanwhile back at Aunt Grecha's, Darmin is seeking more and more magic around her. Wenda stays out of Darmin's way much to Darmin's dismay. Aunt Grecha suddenly dies which frightens Wenda to no end. Wenda sends letters to her brother and Monika about her fears. Darmin is searching for a powerful grimoire called Hestate which has been in her Aunt Grecha's possession and now is nowhere to be found despite Darmin's efforts to finding it. Who are the imp's familiars belong too? Will Darmin find the grimoire? What will Monika learn from Paniz? What does Lord Ky'debaul do about human witches? Can Wenda and Monika escape Lord Ky'debaul's grasp? Will Darmin get what she wants? Your answers await you in Witch Book.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on June 07, 2012 :
I picked up this book because I had read the first book and enjoyed the story. This is the second book in the Orgarlan series. You can find my review of the first book, Aaron & Keja, here.
This story began with a totally different main character. I had been expecting the characters from the first book, but they did not appear in this book at all. Now, don't take this as a bad thing as it's not meant as such. The character that was focused on in this book was a logical choice.
After her cousin caused things to go wrong in a ritual, she left home and this is the story about her travels.
The story itself was again good, but once again in this book, the grammar and spelling mistakes were present. The mistakes were less and didn't appear until later in the story, so I think the author took the previous criticisms of her English usage into account when starting this book. Again, spending a little bit of money for a good copy editor is recommended.
Overall, I enjoyed the story and am looking forward to the next book of the series to see how the two stories will be tied together. While the grammar and spelling improved in this book, I would hope the author would take into account these criticisms and improve even more.
For the story line, I will rate the story a 4 out of 5, but once again the grammar and spelling issues reduce my enjoyment of the book, but not quite as badly as the first book. I think I will reduce the rating by a half point, so that makes my overall rating a 3.5 out of 5.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on May 25, 2012 :
I just finished this. I didn't read book 1, but book is good on it's own. I can't wait for the next book. This is one of those books that just holds you attention and you don't want to put it down until you finished it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on May 14, 2012 :
I enjoyed the second book much better than the first book.
Three cousins live with thier Aunt Grecha in the jungle learning magic.
Monika is her favorite niece and is learning how to make a binding cloth
to bind an imp. It will be an important ceremony if she can do it right and
an embrassment if she cannot.
Wenda has already passed this level but chose to bind a hawk over an imp
Darmin was not taught how to make one. She does not know why her Aunt
quit teaching her and Monika is her favorite. She watches in secret as Monika
makes her binding cloth. Then sneaks down at night and makes her own but thier is not quite enough of the silver thread. She finshes her and then trades
hers with Monika's cloth.
At the ceremony Monika fails to catch an imp and she is the last in the circlem
when a bigger imp appears. Everyone laughs at her and no one believes that
was not the cloth she had made. In fact the next day her Aunt tells her she can no longer teach her magic at all.
Monika decides to leave her Aunt house and leaves following the jungle path.
The two books only talks a little about the humans from another world and that it is important for Monika to help Aaron.
Darmin dreams of being more powerful than Ky'debaul and wants to be his queen.
I guess the next book would have the characters from both books mix more. Have to wait and see I guess.
I was given this ebook to read in exchange for honest reviews from librarything.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)