Love at first sight, frightening battles, court intrigue and vengeful spirits abound in The Witch Awakening by Karen Nilsen.
This book is a wonderful read. I found it hard to put down as the story of Safire and Merius developed.
Safire is a stubborn, strong willed, youngest daughter of a lower noble house. I have to admit I loved her the moment she graced the page. Her talents, along with her passion and tenacity make her a truly endearing young woman.
Merius is an honorable, if impetuous young man. The only son and heir of a high ranking noble family he has lived his life catering to his father’s whim. His poets soul and warriors heard make up an enchanting package.
As the story progresses and we travel with Safire and Merius through the adventure of their relationship the two of them quickly show that they are bound to be together. The layers of conflicts the lovers face – family, colleagues, environmental and even spirits, though numerous are all very well played out and continue to keep the readers interest to the very last page.
I expected there to be some slow spots in the story, with a book this long it is par for the course, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that every page of this book was engaging and interesting.
An epic story – fantastic characters and a wonderful ending make The Witch Awakening one of my new favorites. I am looking forward to the next chapter in their adventure.
The odor of burning flesh and the screams of those condemned to the flames disturb the dreams of young Safire of Long Marsh. Safire struggles to keep the curse of her psychic abilities secret, lest she be burned at the stake as a witch in her native land Cormalen. Forced to keep her talents hidden instead of learning how to use them, Safire is ill-prepared to face the evil that awaits her. When she meets the rebellious Merius of Landers, a nobleman determined to escape his overbearing father's influence, she finally finds someone who accepts her. But their romance interferes with court plots and family duty and ultimately leads Safire to confront the dark secrets of the House of Landers alone. What she discovers there proves to be a test of her unusual gifts, a test that could free the soul of a haunted man--or end in her death.