Book Reviews of Wit'ch Fire (The Banned and the Banished, Book 1)

Wit'ch Fire (The Banned and the Banished, Book 1)
Wit'ch Fire - The Banned and the Banished, Book 1
Author: James Clemens
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780345417060
ISBN-10: 0345417062
Publication Date: 3/1/1999
Pages: 448
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 114 ratings
Publisher: Del Rey
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Wit'ch Fire (The Banned and the Banished, Book 1) on + 99 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 11
This book grabbed me at the first page and never let go. It's an amazing story of magick, and the battle to save a young girl from a black evil intent on using her to destroy the world. There is so much action in this book you hardly get a chance to catch your breath. There is evil cunning, blackness and darkmages. But balancing it out is courage and bravery and the ages old fight of good versus evil. I can't wait to read the 2nd book in this series.
reviewed Wit'ch Fire (The Banned and the Banished, Book 1) on + 412 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
First in the Banned and the Banished fantasy series in which Elena, a young farm girl in Alasea discovers (with the help of her Uncle Bol) that she is the Wit'ch long prophesied to help the world slip out from under the dark rule of Lord Gul'gotha. She ends up banded together with a bunch of people and creatures of legend, they sworn to protect her and she only longing for the simple farm life she once had. Quite enjoyable and while there are some clichéd plotlines similar to many epic fantasy tales, it's also sufficiently different to keep it interesting for the most part. There's a fair bit of graphic violence and gory creatures and such, so best not for those prone to nightmares. LOL
reviewed Wit'ch Fire (The Banned and the Banished, Book 1) on + 88 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
a gripping way to start a series off!
reviewed Wit'ch Fire (The Banned and the Banished, Book 1) on + 204 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
'The Fellowship of the Ring' + a dab of 'The Briar King' = 'Wit'ch Fire,' and I don't mean that in a good way. While there are a few original and impressive monsters, there are other characters, and even scenes, that seem like direct Tolkien rip-offs. Add to that the occasional odd narrative choice -- like a flashback in the middle of a battle scene -- and you have something of a disappointment.

That said, this first book in the series was largely a set up for the larger conflict; as such, I'm allowing that subsequent plot lines in the sequel(s) might be more unique, as 'Wit'ch Fire' did show that much promise at least. That, however, remains to be seen... maybe.
reviewed Wit'ch Fire (The Banned and the Banished, Book 1) on + 204 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
'The Fellowship of the Ring' + a dab of 'The Briar King' = Wit'ch Fire, and I don't mean that in a good way. While there are a few original and impressive monsters, there are other characters, and even scenes, that seem like direct Tolkien rip-offs. Add to that the occasional odd narrative choice -- like a flashback in the middle of a battle scene -- and you have something of a disappointment.

That said, this first book in the series was largely a set up for the larger conflict; as such, I'm allowing that subsequent plot lines in the sequel(s) might be more unique, as 'Wit'ch Fire' did show that much promise at least. That, however, remains to be seen... maybe.
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This is an excellent Book. I went on to the second and it was also excellent. A very good series. The writer is actual James rollins.
reviewed Wit'ch Fire (The Banned and the Banished, Book 1) on + 204 more book reviews
'The Fellowship of the Ring' + a dab of 'The Briar King' = Wit'ch Fire, and I don't mean that in a good way. While there are a few original and impressive monsters, there are other characters, and even scenes, that seem like direct Tolkien rip-offs. Add to that the occasional odd narrative choice -- like a flashback in the middle of a battle scene -- and you have something of a disappointment.

That said, this first book in the series was largely a set up for the larger conflict; as such, I'm allowing that subsequent plot lines in the sequel(s) might be more unique, as 'Wit'ch Fire' did show that much promise at least. That, however, remains to be seen... maybe.
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From Publishers Weekly...
Thirteen-year-old Elena is the daughter of kindly orchard keepers who have no idea their little girl is the reincarnated sorceress Sisa'kofa, "wit'ch of spirit and stone," dead for more than five centuries and now the world's last hope for defeating the dreaded Dark One and his minions. This launch novel of a projected trilogy by first-time author Clemens is another entry into the crowded fantasy adventure field, and the book introduces all the usual suspects: an ancient prophecy; an adolescent with burgeoning magical powers; her loyal multispecies cohort; a power-mad evil sorcerer. Just as Elena's magical ability starts to manifest, the Dark One's servants arrive to capture herAfor the Dark One plans to add her newborn powers to his own. Elena's escape begins a wild chase as she struggles to learn what she is and to come to terms with her growing power. She must eventually embrace her magic in order to save herself in the inevitable climactic battleAand to prepare for further confrontation with the Dark One, in Book Two.
reviewed Wit'ch Fire (The Banned and the Banished, Book 1) on + 204 more book reviews
'The Fellowship of the Ring' + a dab of 'The Briar King' = Wit'ch Fire, and I don't mean that in a good way. While there are a few original and impressive monsters, there are other characters, and even scenes, that seem like direct Tolkien rip-offs. Add to that the occasional odd narrative choice -- like a flashback in the middle of a battle scene -- and you have something of a disappointment.

That said, this first book in the series was largely a set up for the larger conflict; as such, I'm allowing that subsequent plot lines in the sequel(s) might be more unique, as 'Wit'ch Fire' did show that much promise at least. That, however, remains to be seen... maybe.
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Great Series! I couldn't wait to read the next book!