Friday, March 23, 2012

Review: The Familial Witch by Bri Clark

Title:  The Familial Witch
Author:  Bri Clark
Genre:  Paranormal
Pages:  34
Published:  February 2011
Publisher:  Astraea Press
Source:  Bewitching Book Tours

Lucien Lemione the clan leader of the feared and revered Eternals is faced with the ultimate betrayal. His second in command for two centuries has not only created the most grievous of offenses but also commissioned the creation of liquid silver. When poisoned by this toxin, an immortal suffers a fate much worse than death, frozen in an internal prison. After being wounded when found spying, he hides deep within the eerie woods that encircle the Triad Mountains. Desperate and in pain, he prays to an offended mother goddess for help. Her answer: a woman, but not just any woman. A witch.

After losing her entire coven at the hands of the Eternals, Aisleen is the last of her kind. She retreats from the world to Trinity Forest where she is giving the opportunity of a lifetime, or perhaps a test of principles. It’s there she discovers the man she heals is the Eternal that wiped out her people. Although she is bound as a healer, she could be creative in her revenge. Aisleen knows who and what Lucien his…but does not speak of it. There can be no future with Lucien for she can only be with a mortal man. Even if she wanted to be with him, can she forgive the man that caused the genocide of her people?

Lucien must act quickly for the survival of his clan is at stake. However, Aisleen’s ethereal beauty and emerald eyes keep pushing those thoughts far from his mind. Determined to find out what secret she hides, he prolongs his time with her. When his people need him most what will he choose…duty, desire, or will he make his own fate?

You can choose love but you can’t choose destiny.

As I reached the end of this novella, I was left wanting more.  The author has created such an incredible story in such a short period of time (and pages), we are introduced to a world of eternals, witches and magic.  And of course the gorgeous cover!

We are introduced to Lucien, clan leader and one of the most revered.  He is betrayed and barely escapes with his life.  He stumbles on Aisleen (LOVE the name!) as he wanders through the forest.   He begs for help and thankfully she doesn't hesitate.  These two seem to be drawn to one another.

When Aisleen finds out what Lucien is, she isn't sure what to do.  Her first thoughts are of revenge, but knows she is must help and heal as she is bound to.  I don't want to give away too much of the story, as it is short!  The story flowed well, I really enjoyed the author's style of writing.

The story is filled with wonderful descriptions and has so much potential.  I hope that Bri will expand the story and we will get to see more of Lucien and Aisleen!  For someone who likes paranormals, or stories of immortals and witches this is definitely something that will interest you. 

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