The Water Witch (Fairwick Chronicles, #2) By Juliet Dark

    The Water Witch
    4 Stars

    The enchanting town of Fairwick, New York is not as tranquil as it seems. Home to the last door to Faerie, the town is being threatened by the Grove, a secret and sinister coven of witches determined to seal the door and banish the fae from the human world forever. Half-witch-half-fae professor, Callie MacFay, is caught in the middle while still struggling in the aftermath of banishing her demon lover. In an attempt to release her bound powers in order to help her friends, Callie agrees to accept the aid of Duncan Laird, a seductive academic who might have his own agenda. Will Callie be able to save the people she has come to love like family?

    So often the second book in a series fails to live up to expectations, but this is not the case for The Water Witch for this sequel is equally as rich in atmosphere, faerie-lore and romance as the original.

    It should be noted that readers eager for action-packed urban fantasy or a thrilling paranormal romance might be disappointed. Yes, there is fascinating world building, smexy love scenes and exciting moments, but these are not the focus. Rather the story revolves around Callie learning more about her magical past, discovering her powers and trying to move on from the loss of her incubus.

    The plot is comprised of several parallel threads involving a vindictive undine, a an injured Norse demi-god, a secretive cult with a menacing agenda and a dangerous faerie drug. Each is well-developed and all ultimately coalesce into a satisfying climax and resolution.

    The events of the previous book are seamlessly interwoven within the new narrative and the reader is never lost or inundated with repetitive detail.

    All in all, a beautifully written and captivating story with an appealing heroine and charming secondary characters. The book does end on a minor cliffhanger so be sure to have the final installment handy. Highly recommended for fans of Deborah Harkness's All Souls trilogy. 9780091940201 Demon Lover made me a fan of Juliet Dark (Carol Goodman). I really enjoyed the dark, gothic romance of that book and I eagerly picked up a copy of The Water Witch. I was glad to be back in the Catskill town of Fairwick, back with Callie and her eccentric circle of friends.

    The author sets the mood so well in the prologue. The writing is both beautiful and descriptive and it is easy to imagine yourself in that town watching all of the magic and action. The previous book is recapped well, without feeling repetitive.

    In The Water Witch, Callie is trying to get over the loss of her incubus lover Liam however, he still appears to her in her dreams. And oh, what dreams…If she loves him, he’ll become a real man. In the meantime, the mysterious Bill the handyman appears as does Duncan, a visiting professor sent to train Callie to use her powers.

    Callie is the doorkeeper to Faerie and as doorkeeper she must escort a group of undines back to Faerie. Something goes awry and the undine Lorelei wreaks havoc on the town of Fairwick. Meanwhile, Callie’s grandmother and The Grove with the help of IMP(Institute of Magical Professionals) campaign to close the doors to Faerie permanently. This action would have an immediate consequence for the town of Fairwick and its citizens as half the town would need to leave.

    This was an action packed book, yet it had a laid back relaxing feel to it. Callie’s character is stronger in this book. She is coming into her powers and she has a lot of support from her neighbors and friends.

    Callie’s grandmother is one scary lady. Almost as scary as the zombie beavers. (Yes! There are zombie beavers in this book! Really!)

    If you haven’t tried Juliet Dark/Carol Goodman’s books yet, I recommend that you do. Especially if you enjoy dark, gothic books full of intriguing characters with all sorts of magical powers.

    There is another book planned in the series: The Angel Stone. I can’t wait!

    Thank you to Edelweiss and Random House for a review copy of this book.

    Review posted on Badass Book Reviews.
    9780091940201 I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler-free way. Unfortunately, there is still always a risk of slight spoilers despite my best efforts. If you feel something in my review is a spoiler please let me know. Thank you.

    This is my third time reading this book. I still love it. This series is amazing, I ran across it by chance when I was browsing shelves at my library the first time I ever read it and has made as one of my favorites still. 9780091940201 Let me start by saying I really enjoyed this book. The Water Witch is the second novel in the Fairwick Chronicles and by far the most exciting. Given how well written The Demon Lover is, I had high hopes for The Water Witch as well. Dark/Goodman does not skip out on any opportunity to paint a vivid picture of the enchanted town of Fairwick. The imajery and attention to even minor details just enhances the experience of reading this book. I find my self lost in Fairwick as well as Faerie with every turning page.

    The town of Fairwick is being threatened by the Grove. A group of powerful witches that Callie and her grandmother belong to. This group of witches are hellbent on closing the door to Faerie. The dangers of closing the door will be a loss of Aelvesgold which is a necessary source for the fey and witches of Fairwick. So the fey of Fairwick are faced with deciding whether or not to stay in Fairwick or return to their home in Faerie. For many of the fey, this depletion of Aelvesgold means their race. Callie, being a doorkeeper is in the position of being able to help her friends in Fairwick by keeping the door open.

    When the novel begins, it's a few months later from where The Demon Lover left off. It's becoming apparent to Callie that if she wants to go up against the Grove, she needs to enlist the help of someone who can help her summon her magical powers. Enter Duncan Laird. Of course he's handsome, dreamy, and whenever he's around things get a little hot between the two. And now we find my major issue with this novel.

    understand that this book is primarily a romance novel and a lot of the romantic preludes help in tying together some loose ends in the climax. I felt that our little sex-kitten Callie is doing/getting WAY too much. I'm no prude but this girl gets luckier than Hugh Hefner. It is almost distracting where and when Dark decides to place the sex or sexual innuendos in this novel. Don't get me wrong, the sexy scenes are vivid and all too well described. I just didn't think there would be so many. I thought once she banished her incubus Liam, she wouldn't have so many... um... hookups.

    In conclusion, this novel leaves us with a great cliffhanger and I can't wait to continue this journey with The Angel Stone I must advise that anyone reading this novel before reading The Demon Lover should stop. I can appreciate The Water Witch so much more because I get to see the growth in strength and resolve in our heroine Callie. The Water Witch is a must-read for lovers of paranormal romance and fantasy enthusiasts. Dark/Goodman is extremely gifted and I can say I am a fan. 9780091940201 (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine, and Netgalley.)
    This is the second book in the ‘Fairwick Chronicles’ series, and picks up 4 months after the end of book 1.) **Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘The Demon Lover’**
    At the end of book 1 Callie banished her boyfriend Liam, (who turned out to be incubus) to the borderlands of Faerie, and is now getting on with her life.

    The problem in Fairwick this time is that the ‘Grove’ are trying to permanently close the last door to faerie, which means that those faeries still in this world would die, and those in faerie would be unable to come back.

    Obviously the faeries are in uproar, and the witches are in uproar, and everyone is generally pretty hacked off.

    I’m not even sure I can bring myself to finish writing the summary for this book. I just had so many issues with it, not least of all that it was so dull! And Callie just made some stupid decisions. I gave the first book the benefit of the doubt – it wasn’t a favourite, but it was okay. This one was definitely not better. In fact, I had trouble finishing it. I was actually finding other things to do instead of reading it! It was totally one of those sort of books!

    So what didn’t I like? Anybody who saw my status updates on Goodreads, will have caught a few of these already, but here goes.

    Firstly; Callie is off to open another gate (yes – there is only 1 gate to faerie (the one in book 1), but conveniently there is also a second gate – just for the undines in the water to pass through) - Why say that there is only 1 gate to faerie, and then go and invent another one! Check your own story here for heaven’s sake!

    Secondly – Callie goes to open said second gate, gets dragged into the water by the undines, and goes for an underwater swim through to fairie. Hang on a minute – Callie is human-ish –surely she needs to breathe? How many people can ride underground streams without drowning? Come on!

    Thirdly; once Callie makes it through to fairy, she bumps into said ex-boyfriend – Liam the incubus who was killing her, and who she banished to the boarder-lands of faerie for good. So what does Callie do? Obviously, she unchains him, and has sex with him on the river bank. Exactly what every girl in their right mind would do. NOT. Why go to the trouble of banishing him, to then immediately unshackle him and have sex with him. Give me a break.

    Fourthly; when Callie gets back from Faerie, she finds that the storm created by one of the undines knocked her handy man off her roof and killed him. Do they arrange a burial? A cremation? No, they decide that his spirit is hovering nearby, and they’ll try and put it back in his body. So do they get to it? No, they decide to wait 24 hours, just because. Sorry, but either let the bloke die or do something now. Can you say brain damage????

    Fifthly, god this is getting old. When they then decide to put said spirit back in its body, they decide to let Callie join the circle, even though her magic is ‘untrained and volatile’. Great idea when you’re trying to un-kill somebody. And then, when everything goes wrong (I wasn’t surprised), they decide to hire someone to teach Callie, so hire someone they’ve never met, who tries to teach her to shapeshift. I mean seriously, that’s where every witch in training should start eh? Shapeshifting? What happened to lighting sticks on fire, and taking petals off a flower or something. I mean, Callie is enough trouble as it is without adding shapeshifting to the pot!

    Okay, that was the first 35%-ish of the book. After that, it was just dull. So dull, and the decisions didn’t get any better! By 50% the dusting was looking like something more interesting to do (which is not a good thing).

    Overall; somebody else might enjoy this book, but after this book and the first in the series, you are going to have to put a gun to my head to get me to read anything else this author writes. Save yourselves now and steer clear of this one.
    3.5 out of 10.

    “You have only to call my name to bring me back,” he whispered, his breath hot in my ear. “You have only to love me to make me human.”

    Seduced by a powerful incubus demon, Callie has succeeded in banishing him to the Borderlands but Liam still haunts her dreams, tempting her with the knowledge of how to bring him back.

    But loving an incubus usually ends in death for a human. For her own sake, Callie must learn to control her desires and ensure Liam remains trapped for all eternity in his watery prison.

    Only there is a more dangerous creature than Liam in the Borderlands. The Water Witch is looking for a way back… The Water Witch (Fairwick Chronicles, #2)

    I enjoyed the first book, The Demon Lover, a great deal. I thought the author's use of the Gothic genre was excellent. These books are, admittedly, about the sex with a magical background, and little else, in my opinion.

    This book, The Water Witch, didn't enthrall me like the first book. My biggest gripe is that the Gothic elements are gone. This book is mostly sunny woodland. Nothing scared me, put me on edge. In fact, I seriously couldn't care about the undines at all. Dark tells us we are supposed to care without giving us cause to. Callie cares, so we are supposed to as well. There is so much going on with the Aelvesgold but I agree with the initial sentiments of the Grove. Aelvesgold gives extra perks that they can live without, with the exception of one character who uses it to help her daughter. I found too much emphasis was placed on the Aelvesgold and I seriously got sick of hearing about it.

    My second biggest gripe happens too much in any work of media geared towards. Everybody is in love with Callie. Everybody wants to have sex with Callie. And they basically do. Let's face it: Callie just isn't that interesting. She has zero personality (albeit more than Bella Swan) and I suppose she is supposed to be gorgeous. She can probably be a reader stand-in to live vicariously through, but it doesn't do anything for me. If I wanted to read about a girl getting it on with many men for no reason other than they can, I'll go read a different kind of book.

    Like the first book, I felt that this one is also too bloody long for the story it is trying to tell. Considering that there is far less racy bits in this book, how did this book get so long? It was long and boring. There are way too many characters, too many plots, and too many subplots going on. There's IMP, the Grove, her issues with her house, her pet mouse, the wards on her, her power, her learning how to use magic, her issues with Liam, her sex dreams, her co-workers, other people getting hurt, much more. It's too much. You know how Harry Potter did a fantastic job of giving us many vibrant characters, issues, and concepts? JK Rowling did it in a way that was ordered and clear. The Water Witch was so jumbled I sincerely doubt the author had a clear vision of what the story was going to be about before going in. Remember, your story can't be about everything in your head.

    The reason why I gave this book three out of four stars is because as I read, I still hoped that Callie might go back to her demon lover. Will she say his name and bring him back? Will she love him and make him flesh. Or is he actually evil like everyone keeps telling her? I was actually mildly interested in whether or not the last door to Faerie would be closed or remain opened. I was invested. Unfortunately, the ride to the answers we receive (or not) is slow, long, and sometimes boring. I am not sure if I will ever read the last book in this trilogy. 9780091940201 SO MANY THINGS GOING ON. MY BRAIN.

    Callie is possibly the dumbest literary character with a Ph.D I've ever read, with a sexual attention span of a gnat. I have no problem that she sleeps around. I am not up for slut shaming. I enjoy it when it's done right, and the rate at which she falls in and out of love and lust during this series is just stupid.

    I really don't know why I keep on reading these series that I know are going to be bad. I really don't. My masochistic tendencies are a mile long, apparently. 9780091940201 4.5 stars

    Well, there's something about this series that make me want to read them like crazy, when there are so many better written books out there! I mean, the writing can be a bit convoluted sometimes, the explanations more complicated than the initial questions, and still I couldn't put the book down if the house was on fire:) The plot itself, with the complex world building, the feud between the two organizations and the romance between Liam and Cailleagh, is one of the best crafted and interesting I've read and I'm looking forward to the next book, though I'm a bit angry about the huge cliffhanger ending. 9780091940201 I quite enjoyed Demon Lover, the first in the series so I expected to like The Water Witch just as much. Unfortunately, some elements in the novel prevented me from immersing myself into the world as fully as I wanted to and this in turn affected my enjoyment of it.

    I think there were too many things occurring in the novel and not enough attention given to all of them. There are a lot more supernatural beings added to the mix, the Nordic (I think) handyman gets badly hurt and is stuck somewhere in the ever after, Callie gets dangerously addicted to a faery drug (or not, I wasn’t quite sure), there is another supremely hot male who has ambivalent plans for Callie, Callie’s grandmother waltzes into town, there are Elves who call themselves Seraphim and oh, Liam makes another appearance in the form of someone I won’t tell you who and there’s a handyman called Bill (I am not making this up).

    For all the events populating the plot, the story itself seems to lack tension. It’s not gripping and I found it difficult to find myself caring. Even though the odds are high, the door to faery could close, Callie assures the reader she has it under control when that is the last thing she does. I wished the author had chosen one thing out of all the things happening and worked to develop it as much as was possible before introducing something else.

    The ending is just too simplistic and not in a good way. I didn’t like the ending and I didn’t like the way the romance angle played out. It seemed a bit too cliché. I don’t know, you guys, the book wasn’t for me. I may still read the third one because I am curious but I certainly didn’t think much of the sequel to the Demon Lover – especially when I think about what the demon lover ended up as. 9780091940201 Book two in the Fairwick Chronicles Series has built on book one, The Demon Lover, and created a much more in-depth, detailed story! I was immediately drawn in, knowing the characters already, I connected and saw how much the main character, Callie McFay, the part witch/part fey college professor has grown into her budding powers, also discovering that, as a child, these powers were bound to hide them from her grandmother, an accomplished and overbearing witch. Finally, I can say I like Callie! She is fighting back, trying to unbind her powers any way she can! The changes in her character seem real, her insecurities are still there, just not so 'in-your-face' and overpowering. I felt like she was finally learning to actually LIVE.

    Supernaturals again abound, throughout the book, but they are far more 'human' and fleshed out, working together to save their way of life when caught in the middle of two factions fighting over the gateway to the other realm where the fey are from. Should the gate be destroyed? Is it worth the costs to all involved? Is there a sinister agenda behind those who want to destroy the last link to a long and rich history?

    Meanwhile, Callie is still finding herself attracted to mysterious men who seem a little dark, still choosing poorly...until Bill comes along. He seems almost too good to be real. Who/what is he?

    I found this book to be the best so far and hope to see more like it! Four well-earned stars for a great plot!

    This ARC edition was given to me by Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine for an honest review. 9780091940201

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