The Only Sorceress

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The Only Sorceress

The Only Sorceress, 1

Okay, I'm going to say upfront that I liked this, I got the second book and I'm going to read the third book when it comes out -- but whoa trope city.

I like Kora. She's spunky, funny and she's mostly got a good head on her shoulders. She's the sort of person you'd want on your side and who I can see as a friend.

The worldbuilding is also very interesting, with lots of little detail woven in that makes the magic system a lot of fun. Although the Greek pantheon is a bit been there done that, Anya really does put a fresh spin on it. It helps that Trip is not yet another Eros/Adonis/Apollo.

That said...

I'm really tired of love triangles. For those of you who disagree, ignore this part. But, I really am tired of the whole maybe this, maybe that, but oh wait thing that goes on. It's like paranormal romancelandia is filled with nothing but either insta-love-this-is-it-forever or love triangle/parallelograms/whatevers.

Then there's the "I am wildly attracted to you and so therefore I am going to be a dick to you" problem. If I could come up with a handy acronym for that, I would -- it's so prevalent it needs it. It really doesn't help anyone's viewpoint of anyone when otherwise sane people who hold a great deal of power suddenly start behaving like three year old dicks in the face of attraction.

Also, can we talk about the whole "female lead is completely oblivious to the fact that X and Y and Z are completely enamored of her and want in her pants"? It's not even believable at this point, guys. Especially since it's such a trope that if someone is being a douche to you and is constantly in your space they must needs want to sex you that it feels like it should be part of sex-ed or something.

Anyway. Rants aside, I did like this. A lot. Trope city aside, there's a lot to like here and Kora mostly carries things off.


Book Blurb for The Only Sorceress

Self-proclaimed sorceress Kora Walsh knows exactly how to use her shiny new MBA. She’ll open a new age shop in a colony of the country’s most powerful witches. But the town rife with bigots doesn’t want her or her sleek shop tainting their perfect community.

Kora would leave if she had any choice in the matter. She’s trained from childhood for her true task—infiltrating coven leadership as her mother’s mole. Failure to do her familial duty is not an option, not when her childhood nemesis is assured her failed soul for an eternity of torture.

And thanks to the colony’s loudest supporter, the beautiful Desmond Marino, failure is a very real danger.


Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2014 3.50