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Bitter Night: A Horngate Witches Book

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ISBN13: 9781416598145
ISBN10: 1416598146
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SOMETIMES YOU CHOOSE YOUR BATTLES. AND SOMETIMES, THEY CHOOSE YOU...

Once, Max dreamed of a career, a home, a loving family. Now all she wants is freedom...and revenge. A witch named Giselle transformed Max into a warrior with extraordinary strength, speed, and endurance. Bound by spellcraft, Max has no choice but to fight as Giselle's personal magic weapon — a Shadowblade — and she's lethally good at it. But her skills are about to be put to the test as they never have before....

The ancient Guardians of the earth are preparing to unleash widespread destruction on the mortal world, and they want the witches to help them. If the witches refuse, their covens will be destroyed, including Horngate, the place Max has grudgingly come to think of as home. Max thinks she can find a way to help Horngate stand against the Guardians, but doing so will mean forging dangerous alliances — including one with a rival witch's Shadowblade, who is as drawn to Max as she is to him — and standing with the witch she despises. Max will have to choose between the old life she still dreams of and the warrior she has become, and take her place on the side of right — if she survives long enough to figure out which side that is....

Review:

"Francis (Path of Fate) begins her high-energy, gritty new Horngate Witches series by introducing Max, a magical warrior forced to serve her ex-roommate, 'witch-bitch' Giselle. When the ancient Guardians of Earth decide to destroy the mortal world and recover its magic, Max discovers that she has been prophesied to save both her coven home and all humanity, and she must put aside her anger at her servitude to soothe coven rivalries and lead her fellow Shadowblades against powers much bigger than themselves. Emotions run mercurial, flashy and unsubtle throughout, and Max's near-invulnerability, self-healing and possession of an unrestricted wishstone make her more of a superhero than a woman dealing with real internal conflicts. The tough, feel-good, grand-scale supernatural fights, however, will keep action fans coming back for book after book." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

The first book in a dark new fantasy-adventure series recounts the saga of a headstrong woman, imprisoned by a witch, who must come to terms with her enslavement before she can save humanity from complete destruction. Original.

Synopsis:

SOMETIMES YOU CHOOSE YOUR BATTLES. AND SOMETIMES, THEY CHOOSE YOU...

Once, Max dreamed of a career, a home, a loving family. Now all she wants is freedom...and revenge. A witch named Giselle transformed Max into a warrior with extraordinary strength, speed, and endurance. Bound by spellcraft, Max has no choice but to fight as Giselle's personal magic weapon — a Shadowblade — and she's lethally good at it. But her skills are about to be put to the test as they never have before....

The ancient Guardians of the earth are preparing to unleash widespread destruction on the mortal world, and they want the witches to help them. If the witches refuse, their covens will be destroyed, including Horngate, the place Max has grudgingly come to think of as home. Max thinks she can find a way to help Horngate stand against the Guardians, but doing so will mean forging dangerous alliances — including one with a rival witch's Shadowblade, who is as drawn to Max as she is to him — and standing with the witch she despises. Max will have to choose between the old life she still dreams of and the warrior she has become, and take her place on the side of right — if she survives long enough to figure out which side that is....

About the Author

Diana Pharaoh Francis has written the fantasy novel trilogy that includes Path of Fate, Path of Honor and Path of Blood. She has also written The Crosspointe Chronicles, which include The Cipher and The Black Ship. Diana teaches in the English department at the University of Montana Western. She is a lover of chocolate, Victoriana, and sparkly things. For more a lot more information including where to go to read her blog, maps of her worlds, updated news, and other odd and fun tidbits, visit DianaPFrancis.com or follow her @dianapfrancis.

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Oleofox, September 4, 2013 (view all comments by Oleofox)
Lately I've become a bit bored with reading about weres and vampires, so I decided to check out this series. While it does have witches, it also has two unique beings that I have never read about: Shadowblades and Sunspears. So from the start I was intrigued. Plus it is written by an author whose Path books I thoroughly enjoyed and read many times back in high school.

The story kicks off right away and so it did take a little while before the world-building aspect began. Overall though that aspect of the book takes a back seat as it's Max's personality and thoughts that really take center stage as the story develops. Which is actually a nice change of pace because it is Max and the other characters that drew me into the story. While I have read other books whose characters and world building captivated me; the environment in this series did not grab my attention and I tended to skim over the details of the landscapes and buildings etc. But for some strange reason, that was ok with me this time. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Bitter Night and will definitely be reading the rest in this little series. I must find out what happens as everyone at Horngate faces what could be the "end of days" for life as they know it.

So if you need a change of pace and like a well written story check this book out.
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tdfangirl, November 10, 2009 (view all comments by tdfangirl)
I’ve had one of Diana Pharaoh Francis’s fantasy books on my bookshelf for ages, but I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. So I jumped at the opportunity to review this book, and I’m very glad I did.

The story is tense and gripping, and the characters are fascinating and likable even in their flaws–of which there are many. But the characters, even the most fantastic of them, are all very believable and realistic. Max’s bitterness at being bound to her witch, Giselle, is well-constructed and believable in its intensity. She is comfortable being angry and hating Giselle to the point where it has blinded her to how important her impromptu family of Horngate Shadowblades and Sunspears–and even Giselle herself–is to her.

Alexander, on the other hand, is almost alien in his detachment from others around him, and it was very enjoyable to read his attempts to integrate into the Horngate group. After discovering that the last hundred years of his existence have been pretty much a lie, he finds Max and her relationship with her group fascinating and alluring. He wants nothing more than to be a part of a group that close knit.

The story itself definitely reads as the first chapter of a much larger series, and the ending isn’t so much an ending as it is a pause before the next shitstorm. It left me impatient for the next book, heh.

I really enjoyed this and think it’s a great entry into the urban fantasy genre. Some of the action does get very gory, so if you have a weak stomach, there are a few scenes you might want to skip (the torture scene at the Conclave, in particular), but the violence never seems gratuitous. It adds to the tension that pervades the narrative and winds the reader up as tight as Max and Alexander. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416598145
Author:
Francis, Diana Pharaoh
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Author:
Francis, Diana P.
Subject:
Fantasy - Contemporary
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Contemporary
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in 6.51 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Francis (Path of Fate) begins her high-energy, gritty new Horngate Witches series by introducing Max, a magical warrior forced to serve her ex-roommate, 'witch-bitch' Giselle. When the ancient Guardians of Earth decide to destroy the mortal world and recover its magic, Max discovers that she has been prophesied to save both her coven home and all humanity, and she must put aside her anger at her servitude to soothe coven rivalries and lead her fellow Shadowblades against powers much bigger than themselves. Emotions run mercurial, flashy and unsubtle throughout, and Max's near-invulnerability, self-healing and possession of an unrestricted wishstone make her more of a superhero than a woman dealing with real internal conflicts. The tough, feel-good, grand-scale supernatural fights, however, will keep action fans coming back for book after book." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , The first book in a dark new fantasy-adventure series recounts the saga of a headstrong woman, imprisoned by a witch, who must come to terms with her enslavement before she can save humanity from complete destruction. Original.
"Synopsis" by , SOMETIMES YOU CHOOSE YOUR BATTLES. AND SOMETIMES, THEY CHOOSE YOU...

Once, Max dreamed of a career, a home, a loving family. Now all she wants is freedom...and revenge. A witch named Giselle transformed Max into a warrior with extraordinary strength, speed, and endurance. Bound by spellcraft, Max has no choice but to fight as Giselle's personal magic weapon — a Shadowblade — and she's lethally good at it. But her skills are about to be put to the test as they never have before....

The ancient Guardians of the earth are preparing to unleash widespread destruction on the mortal world, and they want the witches to help them. If the witches refuse, their covens will be destroyed, including Horngate, the place Max has grudgingly come to think of as home. Max thinks she can find a way to help Horngate stand against the Guardians, but doing so will mean forging dangerous alliances — including one with a rival witch's Shadowblade, who is as drawn to Max as she is to him — and standing with the witch she despises. Max will have to choose between the old life she still dreams of and the warrior she has become, and take her place on the side of right — if she survives long enough to figure out which side that is....

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