This is not normally the genre that I like to read but I had heard such good things about the trilogy that I decided to give it a try. Honestly, I almost quit this first book about 1/3 of the way through--but, due to the urging of a buddy, I plodded on. Jones creates characters that a reader can emphasize with, cheer for, and love. She has the ability to weave a story that is intense and suspenseful. Her erotic scenes would make a virgin blush. BUT, having named all those wonderful qualities about this book I have to say that the repetition of the same sentiments and thoughts over and over and over made this novel tedious. How many times does Jones have to remind me that the Fyne witches have a curse upon them? Oh, and one other thing--the replacing vowels with y in many of the names and the use of "creative" spelling to try to invent names made the novel tedious as well. Over all, I'd recommend this book just as a backdrop for the other two, which are much better.
Stephanie S. reviewed The Sun Witch (Sisters of the Sun, Bk 1) on
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I was originally looking for some witch-themed fiction, and I didn't realize this was more of a romance book until I got it in the mail. It wasn't too graphic, which I appreciated, and it was a story line with (not-to-terribly-graphic) love scenes sprinkled in it rather than what my friend refers to as a "Crotch Novel."
The one thing that bothered me was the names of people and places. It was as if the author was forcing the face that this was a made up place by using the letter 'y' to change the spelling of a name instead of it's traditional spelling.
Some examples include: Columbyana, Merryl, Galvyn, Sebestyen and Ryn.
It may have been just a pet peeve of mine, but I did enjoy the story itself. Definitely worth reading.
So apparently I'm somewaht of a minority in not loving this book. It was recommended by a friend, who raved about it using words liking "enchanting" and "erotic". Reviews I've read had praise along the same lines. I feel like I read a totally different book from everyone else because, while I didn't hate this book, it's not going on my five star books list.
Plot: The setting is your typical fantasy kingdom, ruled by an all powerful magic fearing emperor. Sophie Fyne is a witch, and she and her sisters are under a curse. Any man they truely love is doomed to die young. Thus, they've made the decision never to love and instead live alone in a cabin on a mountain. Sophie is the youngest and she's a bit more promiscuous minded, because she decides to follow in her mother's footsteps and seek out anonymous lovers to give her children. The first such lover is Kane, a rebel soldier. She dreams of him, seeks him out, heals him, makes love to him, and leaves him. She has a baby girl, as was the plan, and expects never to hear from Kane again. But of course, he discovers her and wants to marry her...then the baby disapears under mysterious circumstances and she needs his help to get her back. The plot is slow, especially in the beginning. I was cautioned that it takes about 100 pages to get going, I argue that it took more like 180 for me to get truely invested.
Characters: Sophie actively irritated me most of the time. What good are magic powers if all you can do is cry and whine and make flowers grow: that's how Sophie spends most of the book. I sympathized with her problem, but wished she had more of a backbone. And rather than slowly developing her strength and power, it comes all at once at the climax of the story, a very shoddily explained phenomenon. Kane was similarly underdeveloped. He has serious problems that ought to take time and struggle to get through. But nope, it happens all at once. Plus there are inconsistencies in his character that had my head spinning--like one minute, he'd make the decision to keep Sophie forever, and the next be determined to take his baby and leave without her. As a couple they were just barely believable. Sizzling in the bedroom perhaps, but otherwise flat and phoney.
I was probably more intrigued my the story of Lane the concubine and Sebastian the emperor. Their characters aren't precisely likeable, but they are more entertaining. It's never a good sign when I look forward more to the secondary plot then the core one, but that was how I felt about this book.
Overall: I just don't think it really achieved what it set out to do. The world building was vague. The romance was barely believable--hot, but unemotional. I'll probably at least try to read the second one, because I was told that the series improves. But I would say, try this one at your own risk.
I enjoyed this book. The magic the sisters possess, especially that of the Sun Witch, is interesting. I liked the characters. I have only 2 complaints. My first revolves around the curse. It is very clear upfront what the curse is, and how it came to be. However, it is not even 1/2 way resolved (or should that be 1/3 way) by the end of this first book. It's really obvious that the author intends for the reader to move on to each of the books in the series for the resolution. I don't mind that there's a hook into the next, as I do intend to read it. It's just that I would have liked there to be some part of the solution to have been discovered in the present story with the present heroine. My second minor complaint has to do with the introduction of another female character. I didn't like that the story moved to another point of view and another place out the blue. I didn't particularly like the placement. I know this technique is used in thrillers, but the placement within this storyline was jarring. I wish it would have been worked a bit more skillfully.
Other than these things, I recommend this 1st book in the series.
This book was surprisingly good. I really liked Sophie. Though she grew up sheltered, she was able to realize her potential to rescue her daughter. I thought Kane was a pretty good hero and a perfect match for Sophie.
The side story dealing with the war and the emperor was very intriguing and kept me on the edge of my seat. I can't wait to read the next book in this trilogy
It is well devaloped book in this series but all the 3 Fyne Witches are a good read.
There is a steady decline in the quality of the books though, from the best (Fyne Witches) to the 'manufacturing' worst.
(Emperor's Brides). So enjoy this series and check the other books out before you get them.
The next series (Children of the sun) rent them, only two of the 3 books are good to OK read.
The third series (Emperor's Brides) is a total bummer all 3 of them flat and without a spark.
There is indication that there will be another series, (in the 22 nights for sure).
And with the steady decline in this authors writing and imagination I'm pretty sure I will pass on those...
Too bad..... ;0(
Easy book to read, quick and fun. The Sun Witch is the 1st book in a series of three. It is about the Fyne sisters who have an ancient curse on them. They dare not love a man, for when they do the man shall surely die by his 30th birthday.
Sophie and Kane....She comes from a family of cursed witches and he was a survivor of an ambush! She had decided to just experience lovers and not love so finding Kane was a wonderful boon! She would make love and heal him send him on his way!
Kane still thinks about the woman in his dreams and struggles to remember if it WAS a dream and one day, he unfortunately for Sophie, stumbles upon her and their infant child.....now the adventure begins....
Someone steals the child....her sister betrays her trust and Kane and Sophie must use all of their strength and powers to fight to get their child and happiness back!!!