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Book Review: The Mist-Torn Witches (The Mist-Torn Witches #1) by Barb Hendee

The Mist-Torn Witches (The Mist-Torn Witches #1)
by Barb Hendee

Paperback, 326 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Roc

National bestselling author Barb Hendee presents a dark, fascinating new series set in the world of the Noble Dead Saga... the story of two sisters who will discover they have far more power than they ever envisioned...

In a small village in the nation of Droevinka, orphaned sisters Céline and Amelie Fawe scrape out a living selling herbal medicines in their apothecary shop. Céline earns additional money by posing as a seer and pretending to read people’s futures.

But they exist in a land of great noble houses, all vying for power, and when the sisters refuse the orders of a warlord prince, they must flee and are forced to depend on the warlord prince’s brother, Anton, for a temporary haven.

A series of bizarre deaths of pretty young girls are plaguing the village surrounding Prince Anton’s castle. He offers Céline and Amelie permanent protection if they can use their "skills" to find the killer.

With little choice, the sisters enter a world unknown to them — of fine gowns and banquets and advances from powerful men. Their survival depends on catching a murderer who appears to walk through walls and vanish without a trace — and the danger around them seems to grow with each passing night.

"Spell casting Read!"

I have found another favorite author and series in Mist-Torn Witches. From the first page I was attracted to the two main characters of Celine and her sister Amelie, two orphaned sisters with an unmovable loyalty to each other in the hard world of kings, princes and fiefdom. Believing themselves to be ordinary young women without the special powers of their "seer" mother, they survive with their skills of wit, intelligence, and bravery.

Celine, the oldest, learned the art of herbal medicine at the hands of her mother and had watched as her mother gave future predictions to the local residents. Amelie was wise in the ways of combat and was merciless with her sword and dagger. Together they forged a life using their skills until at the age of 15 Celine decided to give a "reading" to a young man inquiring about his upcoming betrothal. Little did she know that the "fake" reading would a few years later have a huge impact on her and Amelie's life.

The sisters became cohersed to aid in a plot by the wicked Prince Damek to wed a rich lord's daughter and gain access to his fortune. When paid to give a "false" reading to the prospective bride, Celine experiences her first authentic "vision" and is unable to follow thru with the heinous plot that would end with the bride's death. (YEA Celine!) That puts them on the run and they are rescued by the evil prince's brother Prince Anton, a sympathetic, caring prince in his own right. They are taken to Prince Anton's castle where they begin their life as the Prince's "seers" and are offered a deal they just couldn't refuse. There they are center stage helping solve the mystery of many young ladies' deaths and the failing health of the benevolent prince. Amelie comes into her own "powers" during this time and the sisters are quite a team as they see both "past and present" visions to help solve the mystery.

I was enthralled with both the lives of the sisters and the mystery unfolding in the story. There was never a lull in which I felt I wanted to put the book down. This story flows easily and you can't help but want to turn the page to uncover what the author has in store for Celine and Amelie.

I will be on this "train" until the end station if the future books are as engaging as this one! Do yourself a favor and buy a ticket to join me on this journey!

Sheep Review of Mist-Torn Witches #1 by Pamela Kinney

I give this 4 1/2 "Misty" sheep!

Jeanie G

About the author:
Like most writers, I've worked at many jobs in my life, including teaching pre-school until I completed my master's degree in Composition Theory. Between 1993 and 2006, I taught college English while writing fiction on the side, some independently and some with my husband and life-long partner J.C.

Over the years, we've lived in Washington State, Idaho, Colorado, and now moved just south of Portland, Oregon. I love the Northwest, and it's a great place to write.

We have a lovely and talented daughter, Jaclyn, who lives in Houston, Texas along with our wonderful and talented son-in-law, Paul.

J.C. and I sold Dhampir in 2001, which changed our lives considerably. It was published in January 2003, and we've published a book in the Noble Dead Saga every year since. In May of 2006, we were both able to quit our teaching jobs and move into full time writing.

In 2008, I sold the idea for the Vampire Memories series to our editor, Susan Allison, at Roc Books. I am so glad our books have found an audience because I love to write fiction more than anything else in the world... and I'm not really good at anything else

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