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From a brilliant new voice in fantasy comes a band of heroes, a world in peril, and an unforgettable heroine whose unexpected gift of magic awakens an ancient, slumbering evil.On a fateful night five centuries ago, three made a desperate last stand, sacrificing everything to preserve the only hope of goodness in the beautiful, doomed land of Alasea. Now, on the anniversaryFrom a brilliant new voice in fantasy comes a band of heroes, a world in peril, and an unforgettable heroine whose unexpected gift of magic awakens an ancient, slumbering evil.On a fateful night five centuries ago, three made a desperate last stand, sacrificing everything to preserve the only hope of goodness in the beautiful, doomed land of Alasea. Now, on the anniversary of that ominous night, a girl-child ripens into the heritage of lost power. But before she can even comprehend her terrible new gift, the Dark Lord dispatches his winged monsters to capture her and bring him the embryonic magic she embodies.Fleeing the minions of darkness, Elena is swept toward certain doom-and into the company of unexpected allies. Aided by a one-armed warrior and a strange seer, she forms a band of the hunted and the cursed, the outcasts and the outlaws, to battle the unstoppable forces of evil and rescue a once-glorious empire......

Title : Wit'ch Fire
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ISBN : 9780345417060
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 448 Pages
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Wit'ch Fire Reviews

  • Kate Cornett
    2019-02-10 18:58

    This is one of my favorite fantasy books of all time. I was stunned and completely entranced by the introduction of the story. It starts out in such a unique and impacting way, and then get's better and better. It is a page-turner for sure, making it extremely difficult to put down.The characters are interesting, complex, and well thought-out. They definitely add to the reason why this is such a great book. There are some characters that I will never forget--Such as one of the heroes, Er'ril of Standi, whom I instantly fell in love and sympathized with. And of course, one of the villains, Greshym, whom is one of the most interesting and bad-ass dark wizards of all time in my opinion.James Clemens' writing is superb. If your a writer, you might wish you could write as well as he does after you read this book.As for his fantasy world, it is definitely one that you can get sucked into and wish to be a part of. The lands he creates are magical and beautiful and, as always, insert beautiful pictures in your mind.The only thing I had a problem with in this book were all of the unnesessary aposthrephies. He uses them a lot in character names. Though they aren't distracting, I don't see why they need to be there most of the time.With that being said, this is a worthwhile book to check out. If you like this book, then you will most likely enjoy the rest in this series.

  • Nick
    2019-02-12 20:05

    Trope, trope, trope, trope....... Oh man did I dislike this book. For those who are unaware, James Clemens is the fantasy pseudonym for the best-selling action author James Rollins. The same weaknesses that Rollins displays in his action writing are even more present in his fantasy writing. Weak characterization, unrealistic plot scenarios, deus ex-machina endings, and the worst kind of fantasy tropes repeated over and over (see the beginning of this paragraph). It's like he took a template for how to write a standard fantasy story from the internet and followed it verbatim but just plugged in his character names. I kept feeling like this story put in a more capable author's hands would have turned out so much better. I guess I will just never be a Clemens/Rollins fan because I've tried a number of his books up to this point and they all left me wanting in the end. But it works for him apparently since his action books have sold millions and millions of copies. Just not my bag though.

  • Becka Sutton
    2019-02-13 17:50

    This book falls into a very unusual category for me. Books I don't especially like that I manage to finish. Since I only review books I finish this is one of the rare times you'll see a broadly negative review from me.It took me two attempts. When I first bought it I tried to read it and gave up about a third of the way through. A few months later I uncovered it while tidying up and gave it another shot. This time I finished it, but I still wasn't entirely impressed.This is Fantasy by the numbers in the worst possible way. Dark Lords, near human races, innocent protagonist with strange powers they didn't ask for and don't want, wise councillors, evil monsters - how many times have I read this story under other titles and names? Enough that I'd like to see something different for once.The characters are interesting enough and there is good dose of plot tension in spite of the clicheness of the story - Clemens even pulled off a couple of surprises but the ending and most of the "twists" were predictable. And for some reason beyond the cliches and the predictability it grated on me. This I suspect is a personal foible, so if you don't mind formulaic fantasy this might float your boat.I won't be buying the rest of series though. Two stars.

  • هادی امینی
    2019-02-05 21:50

    فقط بگم برای خودش ارباب حلقه‌هایی بود.النا دختر مزرعه داری است که ناگهان در یک بعدازظهر متوجه می‌شود قدرت جادویی دارد و بلافاصله در همان شب درگیر ماجراهای جادویی می‌شود. او نخست پدر و مادر، سپس خاله و برادرش را از دست می‌دهد. اما دوستانی پیدا می‌کند و به کمک آنها پیش دایی‌اش می‌رود و آنجا می‌فهمد که وظیفه دارد با قدرتش در مقابل جادوی سیاه ایستاده و سرزمینش را آزاد کند. اما در شروع سفرش دایی خود را هم از دست می‌دهد.در این سفر با یک شمشیر زن یک دست به نام ارریل، یک دختر نیفای به نام نیلهام، یک مرد کوه‌نشین به نام کرال، یک دورگه اوگره به نام تولچاک، یک شاهزاده الوین به نام مریک و یک دوقلوی سیلورا به نامهای فارداله و ماگوید همراه می‌شود و تقریبا همه این افراد به نوعی به او کمک کرده و هم‌قسم می‌شوند تا شکست جادوی سیاه همراه او باشند.

  • Paul Nash
    2019-02-06 21:45

    I love a good fantasy series! Lord of the Rings and the Sword of Truth series have always been my favorites.But THIS I can say is WOW!!! One of my all time series of any genre! If you're a fantasy fan...don't miss out on this series! It's truly one of the best!! In case you didn't know, this author now writes under the name of James Rollins. I like the Rollins books...they just don't hold a candle to his Clemens Fantasy series! 5 outstanding stars!!!

  • Rose
    2019-01-31 21:03

    This is possibly my favorite fantasy series (next to Tad Williams and Tolkien) and it starts out in a captivating manner. The world is entirely original and beautiful and the characters are beyond wonderful and endearing. It's been a while since I read them, but my experience with reading these was phenomenal.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-02-18 15:46

    The synopsis said it grabbed you and wouldn't let you go...I didn't find that. I've read a lot of fantasy and I suppose that after a while when you start one there is always a danger that you'll just get the feeling, "ya I've been here before". i suppose that might be what happened here, I'd seen it all before. It just didn't catch my interest.I was in a pretty stressful time when i opened this book, but I was looking for something to read and ready for a good fantasy, a good epic fantasy as it would mean that I had a good long story to look forward to.I got into Jim Butcher's Codex series after starting this and like it a lot....oh well.I don't plan to follow it up with the rest of the series.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-02-10 19:39

    Wit'ch Fire (The Banned and the Banished #1), James Clemens From a brilliant new voice in fantasy comes a band of heroes, a world in peril, and an unforgettable heroine whose unexpected gift of magic awakens an ancient, slumbering evil.

  • Gaijinmama
    2019-01-29 23:05

    I agree with both the positive and negative reviews on this one.It was captivating, or I wouldn't have bothered finishing it. I liked several of the characters or at least found them compelling.I was REALLY bothered by the awkward, stiff dialogue and a few writing-tics the author has, such as needing to emphasize a point by repeating it. ("He found himself completely immobilized. He could not move." Like that. Grrrrrrrrrr!) I will be continuing with the series, though, because I am particularly drawn to the idea of a destructive book of power, and a young woman coming into her dangerous powers and not being just 100 percent altruistic about using them. Yes, Elena has to save everybody's collective butts, but she actually ENJOYS the feel of power, of making her enemies hurt, watching the baddies squirm. That adds a note of complexity that makes me want to keep going and see if Clemens gets more comfortable writing dialogue.

  • Plumes de lune
    2019-02-13 15:43

    Chronique entière : J’ai beaucoup apprécié cette lecture ! Si le pitch de base est très classique, les péripéties et la narration m’ont bien emballée. Le style de l’auteur est très fluide, on entre rapidement dans l’histoire et les personnages sont suffisamment développés et profonds pour qu’on s’attache à eux. Paradoxalement j’ai trouvé l’héroïne, Elena, très effacée par rapport à ses acolytes, comme si l’auteur avait du mal à cerner lui même ce personnage. J’ai trouvé ça dommage, elle est finalement assez creuse, mais c’est peut être voulu pour qu’elle puisse évoluer dans la suite de l’histoire, donc on verra bien dans les tomes suivants.En bref : un début épique de saga ! J’ai hâte de lire le tome 2 !

  • Nathalia
    2019-02-19 19:01

    I absolutely loved this series. What first caught my attention was not just the vast amount of characters in each novel, but also the wonderful characterization and the beautiful world building. However, if you have a terrible memory with names or if you just have a difficult time remembering what ability each character possesses, then I would move swiftly along. I give this novel and the series 5/5.

  • Willow
    2019-02-11 16:58

    This is not good, and you shouldn't read it. The plot was lacking in originality, but honestly my main problem was with the author's writing. And the bizarre tendency to insert apostrophies in the middle of words in order to make them exotic (that's my best guess, in any case). This series is comparable to a badly written romance series. Fantasy trash.

  • Danielle
    2019-02-02 19:39

    I liked this series, but seem to remember cringing at some prtty sexist plot-lines. (But apparently it wasn't enough to throw me off the series - which is something I am known for doing.) It was a pretty well-paced, original and interesting story.

  • Terence
    2019-02-09 20:36

    I just couldn't connect to this book. I am a big fan of James Clemens later series The Godslayer Chronicles and I thought I needed to read his earlier work, but reading this felt like work. Also what is with the apostrophes in the middle of so many just seems weird.

  • Kirk
    2019-02-14 19:36

    This is part one of a 5 part series called "the Books of the Banned and the Banished". its JRR Tolien's "lord of the Rings" on steroids mixed with acid. Unstoppable fantastic read.

  • Kass Rippee
    2019-02-10 20:49

    This series is amazing, so easy to slip into the place of the main character and get tangled in the story. When I start reading, I just can't put it down.

  • Shera (Book Whispers)
    2019-02-05 21:47

    Thoughts:This book had a really fun beginning. Showing that the book we are about to read is a history of how the old world ended, and that it is nothing but lies. Promising, right? How many fantasy books start off like that? Not many so I was really excited to start out.Within 20 pages, nothing big really popped out. The reader has read the prologue that gives us some history, and we're rushing on to meet our young heroine. Who is just coming into her powers and is now a hunted girl because of them.I've read a lot of fantasy books, and it's only natural to hit the same story over and over again. The thing with good fantasy books if they don't have a new idea, then the author takes the same old tale and spices it up. Spices it up by the writing style, characters and how they interact, and so many little factors. This book didn't really have any of that.After 175 pages I can confidently say this book has solid writing, really good and descriptive. However, after that many pages all of the characters introduced, and still being introduced, I just couldn't connect with them. I was not interested in them, I could profile all of them in to standard fantasy character catergories. For all of the great writing, the characters never developed. I know it takes time for you to connect to the characters especially when some are still be introduced. After 175 pages, there should be some characters you care about, the author should be able to make you want to know the new ones. After 175 pages, nothing new was being added to the plot and I was bored. Book Boredom is a rare thing that I have rarely visited, and quite frankly don't like to stay in too long. So out of self preservation, I stopped.Then picked it up again and tried last week to read it. Maybe I wasn't in the mood (which can some times happen with fantasy), maybe I just didn't read enough, and so many other excuses.First off no matter the fantasy book, or how many times the same old tale is being told. It should still give you something to make it new.175-200 pages should be more then enough time to connect with a book, if it takes more the author is not doing their job.Bottom Line:This book had a great beginning and fantastic writing. Swiftly it falls into the standard fantasy plot and it doesn't distinguish itself from the other books out there. I found myself not caring about the characters. After 175 pages Book Boredom set in hard, and trying to pick it up again after starting did not cure it. For long term fantasy fans, stay away from this one. New fantasy adventurers, there's better things out there. Sexual Content:Nothing within a 175 pages, not even a kiss. Rating: 1/5 –Couldn't even finish it, or wish I hadn't.

  • Emilie
    2019-02-13 18:43

    I'm not a reader of this kind of high fantasy (epic?), the only other series I can link this one to is The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien... it says a lot about my high fantasy culture *lol*. But I truly loved reading it.Just like in TLR, we have a long and perilous quest to deliver the world of darkness, a bunch of different but allied characters, mythical creatures and of course a young hero/heroine whose destiny is bound with their world's fate.But Wit'ch Fire has two things that Tolkien's saga doesn't have:- Not too many descriptive passages... maybe not enough? Let's face it, TLR and especially The Fellowship of the Ring has a lot of descriptions. That's the reason, it took me so long to get into that book but once I was into it, I couldn't stop reading. That's not a problem in James Clemens' novel so the reading is fast-paced which is quite nice.- An excessive amount of apostrophes. It is a bit distracting at first but I quickly got used to it. It's an aesthetic choice like any other.Wit'ch Fire is a fast-paced, action-packed, gripping, surprising, exciting novel... yes, I did say I loved it XDThe characters are well-defined, complex and captivating. For once, there wasn't a character that annoyed me, not even Elena. For a 13 years old girl who has her life turned totally upside down, she takes it rather well compared to other heroines.The other thing I appreciated about that book is that it doesn't end in a cliffhanger so even if you don't have the following installment it won't make you crazy. I've already ordered the rest of the novels but I can survive until they arrive lol.To summarize: Awesome, brilliant, must-be-read! Even if usually you're not a reader of this genre, give it a try. TOTALLY RECOMMENDED.

  • Michael
    2019-02-22 20:40

    I had to debate a lot between two and three stars, but I'm coming down on the side of two.Clemens has a pretty beautiful story here, and there are some very interesting races and characters. The plot itself is actually pretty involving, except for the how familiar as it feels to fleeing the shire because of the Nazgul errr I mean fleeing the village because of the Ra'zak errr I mean fleeing the village because of the Skal-tum (Talk about recycled!)The novel suffers though under two things:1. An absolute deluge of characters. I'm serious, the entire book is filled with introducing characters. Since I was a kid I have always read three or four books at the same time, but the sheer number of introductions in this novel made this one hard to follow along with. Sick of the author introducing a new character at every major plot point? He will step it up by introducing two at a time, then splitting them up. Read this with a pad of paper, you're going to need it!2. Sticking an apostrophe into names doesn't make them different. The Dw'arfs, the El'vin, and the Og'res are all still completely recognizable, and the gimmick of apostrophes doesn't add ANYTHING to Wit'ch Fire.I meant it when I said there is a wonderful plot buried in here to get through. I love the Chiric magic system, I love the dichotomy of light and dark, and I especially like the story of the Og're. It is some work to get through it though, and I can't say that it would be of average enjoyment to the average casual reader, hence the two stars.I'm up in the air about the sequels... we will just have to see how my "To Read" list progresses.

  • Travis Simmons
    2019-01-27 16:39

    I read this book years ago (so many I don't want to count them) and loved it. I had read the second book as well, but couldn't remember if I got any further than that. I decided to go back and give it a chance again, from the beginning, so that I could read it in its entirety.I am glad I did. It was still very enjoyable. There were a couple complaints, but not anything to do with the storyline or the writing. Well, a little to do with the writing, but not much. One was description, while it was very colorful and helped me envision the scene's beautifully, I think at times it was overdone. The other thing was Elena being so weak, which I'm sure changes. Of course, you have to remember that she is just a child, coming into adulthood, so when you put it into that perspective, it's all good.It starts out with an invading force to the land, and a plot to destroy it. However, with magick having left the lands, the wizards can only do one thing: create a book that will bring about a prophesied wit'ch. Skip forward a few hundred years and we meet Elena, a girl with a rose red hand, who is able to do some pretty strange things when she lets her mind wander. Danger, death, and intrigue follow Elena on her quest, and she meets up with some pretty awesome (and well built) races along the way.All in all, a good book, check it out! You won't be disappointed.

  • landon
    2019-01-25 15:59

    This was one of those slog-through books. Sure, there were cliff-hangers; sure, there were some cool-featured characters; sure, some of the fantasy concepts were pretty interesting--but the writing itself reminded me strongly of my first completed novel...somethin I wrote in fifth grade. It was very wearisome, and the weak prose led to weak story elements...Things just went downhill from there. The pacing was thrilling enough at times, but mostly it felt uneven--like when all the characters were in the caves. I thought that was just something that would contribute to the beginning...and then I thought it was something that would just contribute to the middle...and eventually, I realized most of the book had been the characters wandering through the woods or underground with fake suspense being induced irregularly with fruitless one-line sentences and abrupt chapter endings. This isn't one I'll be lingering over.

  • Marc
    2019-02-15 19:59

    Fini il y a quelques jours, j'avoue garder un avis assez mitigé à son sujet. L'histoire est sympa, on est dans de l'heroic fantasy de base donc il n'y a pas trop de surprise. Beaucoup d'action aussi, peut-être au détriment des personnages, mais en même temps ça n'est qu'un tome de présentation.Au niveau du style de l'auteur, il est assez simple et fluide mais, justement, un peu trop simple à mon sens (à moins que ça ne vienne de la traduction). Du coup, entre le jeune age de l'héroïne, le manque de profondeur des personnages et le style de l'auteur, j'aurais tendance à dire que c'est une série davantage destinée aux adolescents. Une bonne introduction à l'univers de la fantasy avant de se lancer dans quelque chose de plus sérieux.

  • Linda
    2019-02-05 17:00

    I struggled through this book. The story was good, but dragged on for so long that I just wanted to give up. I believe the entire story could be amazing if the author would pick up the pace a bit. That being said, I don't see myself perusing this story in the other books, I don't think I could bring myself to drag through another one. It should NEVER take an entire book just to bring the party together to start the story.

  • Vivian
    2019-01-24 17:37

    A creative combination of mythical creatures adapted to fit James Clemens Wit'ch Fire. Heartpounding action and suspense keep you hanging onto every last word. I didn't like the way that Clemens jumped from this character to that character especially when something unexpected happens. The gruesome and vivid descriptions allow the readers to become more engaged to the plot.

  • Sammy Smith
    2019-02-17 18:57

    This series ranks in my top fantasy books of all time. They're old school fantasy - good vs bad. With a strong female MC and a band of characters who are neither black or white. James Clemens writes characters that are complex, interesting and full of depth. I think this was his first book, and now he writes as James Rollins.

  • Traci Loudin
    2019-01-23 19:36

    After reading some of James Clemens later stuff (Godslayer), I decided to pick up some of his earlier works. Stay away from this book if you were impressed with the Godslayer series and haven't read his earlier stuff. The story seems alright enough at first, but within the first few chapters, it falls flat. I couldn't even get to the end of the first book... glad I didn't buy the series.

  • Andrea
    2019-02-17 21:53

    It was good but I'm really tired of getting hold of books that leave off like cliff hangers. I want to read authors who are confident enough in their craft that their readers will pick up book two because they liked one so well...not because they have to read more just to finish an original plot.Grrrr

  • Randy
    2019-02-10 17:58

    One of my favorite writers as Rollins. It's okay, but haven't yet gotten to any of his other fantasies.

  • Debrac2014
    2019-02-05 19:46

    Wit'ch Fire was another BookBub buy. I enjoyed it for the most part but I found it too wordy, too long.

  • Ursula
    2019-01-27 22:37

    I liked this story even though it was slow and the Author used a lot of punctuation marks. I've never read a book with so many punctuation marks.!