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The author of the book: Paula Brackston
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In short: Lilith is a young witch who has been thrust into leadership over the Lazarus Coven after her father dies. Almost immediately she is challenged by the dark side who have come to reclaim their elixir and gain their power back. In the midst of adapting to her new position and fighting off the demon spirits, she falls in love with a mortal man (she is already engaged to a fellow witch).
Okay...I started off really liking this book. I mean, I was excited about it. At around 15%, I thought, wow this is so intense and so early on...but nearly the moment that the thought surfaced, I wanted to take it back. Here are my reasons:
1. Her father taught her of "Faith in Silence"...
"If you do not speak your secrets aloud, others will not have the chance to betray you with them. Keep the faith, and keep silent. It is what I have been trained to do all this time."
She meets and falls in love with a mortal and after being together for a short time, she spills the beans to him. This is the woman who is the Head Witch and she is breaking the creed and carelessly! It comes across that she has no respect for her followers or their safety. She also proves this when she is challenged during her induction. She doesn't have to accept the challenge thrown at her, but it is almost like she has way too much pride and puts people close to her in harms way.
2. She tries to come across as self-righteous by doing things that goes against the coven and choosing a name that translates to Lucifer to her fellow-witches. I mean if she came off as someone who went against the coven for good reason, then I would understand, but it seems she is always making decisions that are unwise and usually costs others their lives. She seems more reckless than rebelliously wise. For instance:
a. She reveals the covents secret to a mortal that she "scarcely knows".
b. She conjures up her father's spirit to rub it in his face.
c. Instead of preparing the coven of what she has done, she goes for shock value and introduces him to her fellow witches without warning, at a gathering, no less.
d. Not only does she cheat on her fiance, but then expects him to work with her new beau to bring her back to life when she has once again made poor decisions.
e. The WHOLE situation(s) with her brother
f. The list grows...
3. She is a hypocrite...example:
"There is a price to pay, I understand that. And I will see that nothing is taken that is not paid for. I will not give away the Great secret, and I will see to it that no one is harmed through my actions."
This is when I started to loathe the main character. She is all over the place and I hate it when characters say one thing and do another. She gives away the "Great Secret" and people close to her DIE because of her actions.
Also, what I have a hard time with in this book is how the witches are guarding their elixir, when in truth, they stole it from the Sentinels. Yes, they were bad people, but stealing from them doesn't make them any better, especially when they somewhat taunt them with it. They should just get rid of it or something. I don't know.
4. At one point Lilith mentions that the Sentinels don't have any female members because they believe that when it comes to matters of the heart, that women are weak.
I really would have loved for Lily to have proven that women are NOT weak when it comes to the matters of the heart (her name is Lilith, for God's sake), but I felt that she failed me when the first sign of her heart fluttering, she blabbed it all. Not only that, but she went against other's wishes, didn't discuss IMPORTANT decisions with her peers, did spells that she was forbidden to do, and put others at risk for the matters of her heart. Meh.
I don't like writing unfavorable reviews, but when I don't like the main character of a book, it really grinds at me. There were parts that I liked about the book, but I grew to resent Lilith, unfortunately. Maybe now that she is the "Queen of the Night" there is hope that I could look past what I just read and give it another chance. If the next book in the series is good, then I will chalk this one up as she was just immature and luckily some people survived, but if she continues to be a hot mess, then I will give up. So, I guess I am still in to try the next book...
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Read information about the authorPaula Brackston (aka PJ Brackston)is the New York Times bestselling author of The Witch's Daughter, The Winter Witch, and The Midnight Witch(2014).
Paula has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University, and is a Visiting Lecturer for the University of Wales, Newport. In 2007 Paula was short listed in the Creme de la Crime search for new writers. In 2010 her book 'Nutters' (writing as PJ Davy) was short listed for the Mind Book Award, and she was selected by the BBC under their New Welsh Writers scheme.
Paula lives in Wales with her partner and their two children.
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