Friday, July 24, 2015
The Witch and the Huntsman
If you're wondering who J.R. Rain is then you haven't been paying attention to Amazon lately. He's one of the top selling e-book authors on there and his books have garnered fans of all ages and genders.
I first ran across his work in the Samantha Moon books and his witch series is a spin off of one of my favorite characters from the Samantha Moon series.
Allison Lopez starts life as being mildly psychic until she takes a vampire lover, Victor, who feeds off of her and by doing so increases her psychic abilities. Allison becomes best friends with Samantha Moon who is turned into a vampire by her lover Victor. If that's not complicated enough for you Allison then investigates a ghost incident where she reconnects with her lost witch soul sister Millicent who tells Allison that she's lived many lives before and her and Sam and Allison have been a triad of witches.
The Witch and the Huntsman is the third book in the Allison Lopez spin off series. If you haven't read the first two novellas The Witch and the Gentleman and The Witch and the Englishman you won't get the full impact of Allison's back story and you'll miss out on Ivy Tanner and Millicent as well but no worries you can still enjoy The Witch and the Huntsman. This novella is 77 pages from start to finish and it's a fast paced, action packed read. One of the things I love best about J.R. Rain's stories is there's no such thing as an HEA (Happily Ever After) for those that aren't up on the literary lingo. HEA's always seem to be just a tad bit out of reach for his characters and it's one of the things that keeps me coming back for more. His endings are organic, and never feel rushed or out of this world. They also leave you panting and begging for more.
The Witch and the Huntsman is a more modern retelling of Snow White. You have the evil witch, the attractive huntsman, and even an evil minion. The story is set in Oregon at a ski lodge aptly named La Chasse. Allison gets a frantic phone call from a young woman named Marisa over the psychic hotline that she works for. This phone call put the events of the story into motion as Allison feels a desperate need to help the young woman. She books a flight out to Oregon and after having her room at La Chasse given away she takes a waitressing job to stay on premises and investigate Marisa's disappearance.
During the course of the investigation she falls for Eric the lodge owners stepson. Millicent the ghostly version of their triad warns Allison that this is all a set up and she's up against something more evil than she can handle. Allison takes Millicents warning to heart but can't let go of helping young Marisa, either by saving her or discovering what happened to her. Millicent warns Allison against falling in love with Eric as his aura is shrouded in secrecy and you'll discover later on why. All I'll say on that front is OH MY STARS!!!
Ivy Tanner shows up toward the end of the story to help defeat the evil witch and save the day. I can't go into too much else on here without giving away spoilers and you know we don't disrespect the story that way on here.
For being only 77 pages long The Witch and the Huntsman packs a full novels worth of action, adventure, mystery, humor, and just enough romance to make you go awwwww. One of J.R. Rains talents is his ability to put so much into so little. He doesn't need 400 pages to tell the story and he won't waste a readers time with unnecessary details or useless dialogue. Every sentence has a purpose and the dialogue is always sharp, witty, and interesting. This is what makes him one of this book reviewers favorite writers.
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If you prefer physical books you can order them from his website as well as other merchandise.
Happy Reading everyone and we'll see you all hear again next month when we feature a brand new author Susabelle Kelmer and her debut novel The Fairest at the Fair.