Wit'ch Fire (The Banned and the Banished, Book 1)
A classic tale of growing up, of ripening to power, and of defeating an evil “dark lord”, such is the story of Elena, a girl who one day discovers that she possesses a great and terrible power, and she gets her period all at the same time! Elena discovers her ability and immediately her world is begot with death and destruction. Her family is killed and her childhood home burned down and to top it all off she is being chased by a hoard of terrible creatures looking to capture her and bring her back to the dark lord, probably to be killed.
James Clemens writes a terrific story, one that cannot be put down easily. Wit’ch Fire is a book filled with suspense, action, magic, betrayal and adventure. Reading Wit’ch Fire was a very pleasant ride through the doomed land of Alasea. Dark creatures, unforgettable characters, and a story that every person who has ever grown up can relate to in a way, James Clemens creates a world of magic that has never been touched by the eyes of the unenlightened, and every page in this gripping fantasy novel is entertaining and rife with powerful language.
The writing of Wit’ch fire is first rate, and the story is something else entirely. Clemens writes about a world full of strange magic, creatures, and people; and yet it invokes a sense of familiarity characterized by the trials of growing up.
However, if you are looking for an original story with plot twists galore and a never done before story that leaves you breathless and clamoring for more then I suggest you look elsewhere. The story itself is cliché and lends itself to the hundreds of other series that involve gaining an untold power and defeating a dastardly ruler who threatens to destroy the world.
The only truly innovative thing about the story is the method by which Elena uses her power, she must “dip” her hand into an unseen force by reaching into nothing and pulling her hand out, after which it is stained a deep red getting lighter as she uses her magic.
To enjoy this book, one must look past the its cliched story and focus on enjoying it in the way that one enjoys hearing about triumph over evil and the coming of age. Recommended over plenty of other unimaginative stories especially for its characters and entertaining writing.