Review – The Water Witch by Juliet Dark

From Goodreads – “After casting out a dark spirit, Callie McFay, a professor of gothic literature, has at last restored a semblance of calm to her rambling Victorian house. But in the nearby thicket of the Honeysuckle Forest, and in the currents of the rushing Undine River, more trouble is stirring. . . .”

The Water Witch was an enjoyable and fun read. When I requested it from Netgalley, I didn’t realize that it was the 2nd book in a series. But, it was easy enough to read as a stand alone and I will probably go back and read book one to find out more of the backstory.

My favorite part of the story involved Callie learning to unlock her powers. How frustrating to know you have something inside you but you can’t get to it.

The love story was ultimately sweet and sad but I will admit that there were times that I was a little confused about who was who. The political factions, including the Grove, were all too familiar and probably a little too true to real life. Even witches want to eliminate others who are different and may be, therefore, a threat.

Almost every sort of mystical creature is represented – witch, troll, fairy, succubus, incubus, etc. I would prefer to have had fewer creatures with more development of each and their powers.

4/5 stars. Thanks to Random House- Ballantine for providing a copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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