Monday, January 30, 2017

Review: Till Death and Beyond (Witch World #1) by Lyn C. Johanson

Book Blurb:

Till Death and Beyond is a sizzling tale of two souls bound by destiny in a cruel plot to separate them forever...


Amira is the strongest witch on the face of the earth, with psychic abilities no others possess. And yet, she is but a slave to the whims of the gods. Forced to be born anew every time she fails in fulfilling an ancient prophecy, Amira is desperate to break the vicious cycle.


Plagued by the memories and guilt over his family’s demise, Raven lives for the sole reason of restoring his younger brother. And kidnapping a witch is only the beginning—for he intends to right the wrongs of his past by any means necessary.


While the gods might have planned for her to be captured, surrender is not something that comes easy to Amira. Yet one glance into her captor’s eyes, and she is swept away by emotions long ago denied to her. She decides to play along. For a while.

Despite the hatred Raven harbors for their kind, he is intrigued by the witch. One taste of her lips, and she becomes his obsession. Soon, he discovers that fighting against the passion they ignite in one another is futile. But as they strip each other’s secrets, a powerful force threatens to destroy them both.

For in this game of gods nothing is simple—the whole universe seems to conspire against them. And no matter how fiercely they fight, or what they are willing to endure to save each other ... the path they travel is paved with loss.

Will they survive the ultimate test, if even their determination—to fight till death—might not be enough?

My Review:

3 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Another-World, Mystery, Romance, Royal-Court, Supernatural, Witches--

Amira is a witch like no other, having lived many lives before always having tragedy befall her, yet her powers are unmatched. While sent on a mission from the Gods, Amira ends up being captured by a witch hunter named Raven. The two are attracted to one another, both appalled by the connection and refuse to act on it. Amira wants the chance to finally life this life, where as Raven wants to free his brother from his curse. Can the two work together instead of at odds to find what they are looking for?

The heart of the story was a romance, no doubt about it. I think I went into the story expecting a fantastical adventure with hints of romance, and that was not really what this was so I was slightly let down. Don’t get me wrong, this was a good book and there is a highly complex magical system and world the author was able to create was very developed. I was just hoping for something else than what I got, so it is probably my fault. But to be honest, there were chapter in the start of the story after the two main characters meet where they just sit and stew about their attraction and how they refuse to give into it.

The book is narrated by Raven and Amira, alternating chapters with the character view points. I am a big fan of romances told from both points of view, so I was really happy to see that both the characters were clearly represented. There are so many side characters in this story that help the character development of the main characters as well as help with the plot. The side characters are almost as well developed as the main characters and I found myself invest in their lives, and I can’t help but be concerned by Ciaran (but that is for another story in another book).

Overall this was a good romance with fantastical elements weaved in the story. I was a little surprised by the path the book took, but overall I think this was a good start to what has the potential to be an epic story.

I received this title from the author in return for my honest review.

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