Witch Fire

Witch Blood
by Anya Bast
(Berkley Sensation, $7.99, R) ISBN 978-042522043-6
And the first 46 pages were so promising *sigh*.

Water witch Isabelle Novak is running rogue and out to revenge the death of her sister Angela. She's been stalking the warlock leader of the Duskoff Coven, Stefan Faucheux, the man she holds responsible for releasing the demon that killed Angela and many other witches, in an effort to get close enough to take him out. As the story begins, she's playing at being his girlfriend, and hopping into a limo with him for a ride back to his place for a little action.

Unfortunately for Stefan, the kind of action Isabelle has is mind is grabbing the family jewels and using her water witch powers to freeze all the water in his groin, thereby, well, literally freezing his "cojones" off. I enjoyed this unique and creative way of damaging the villain, and thought Isabelle had some potential as a heroine. I was sadly mistaken.

Unbeknownst to Isabelle, her determined stalking/seduction of Faucheux has been noted by the local good guys' coven, who intercept the limo and prevent her from freezing to death their only potential lead in the demon killings, which they too have been investigating.

Of course, she's annoyed at being prevented from maiming and killing Faucheux, but not enough to overlook the fact that her "rescuer" is none other than hottie Thomas Monahan, earth witch and head of the good guys coven, with "eyes that seemed blacker than obsidian" and the obligatory face "like some beautiful fallen angel." Gosh, I'm so surprised.

After page 46, the plot to capture and subdue the demon, which turns out to be blond-haired and blue-eyed with the unlikely name of Erasmus Boyle, seems to serve only as a backdrop for various unimaginative and numerous sexual encounters between Isabelle and Thomas. Bast skips over developing any back story in favor of maximizing the number of sex scenes. As a result, most of the supporting characters are one-dimensional and shallow.

Isabelle is stubborn, ill-tempered, arrogant and reckless. As a result, she ends up in a variety of situations where bad things happen. She isn't very likeable, so when bad things happened I deemed her deserving thereof. Our beautiful fallen angel Thomas didn't get to showcase many leadership skills outside of the bedroom, which is too bad, because what few earth witch talents he manifested during the skimpy plot were interesting.

Needless to say, I can't recommend Witch Blood.

--Jean Ward

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