I received this book as part of the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program and quite enjoyed it. I wasn’t aware until I got the book that it is the second book in the Fairwick Trilogy by Juliet Dark, but not having read the first book in this series, it didn’t detract a whole lot from the overall story. Enough recapping was provided throughout the book that I wasn’t ever “lost”. My main fear when I picked up this book was that it would be too “dark” since the first novel in this series is titled Demon Lover and that kinda put me off, but it really wasn’t too bad. There were parts where it was bit too “witchcrafty” for my taste (which is saying something since Fantasy is my favorite genre) but I just skimmed over those parts and didn’t miss anything of importance. The Water Witch was a super addicting read and I finished it within a day, a busy day. However, be prepared for a doozy of an ending where you scramble to find out when the last book in the trilogy comes out. (If anyone has more luck finding out, let me know!)
Callie, the main heroine, is having trouble controlling her erratic magic and seems to keep causing problems within the mortal world by accidentally letting not-so-nice fey creatures through the doorway. Now the Grove, the all female witch counsel, wants to permanently close the doorway into the fey world so no more fey can get out, but not all of the fey creatures are evil and some of them need to enter the mortal world to survive. And Callie just so happens to be a doorkeeper, which means she is able to open and close the doorway if she can learn to control her magic. However, gaining power over her magic isn’t the only problem she’s facing; Callie still doesn’t know what it is to love. She doesn’t know if she loved the incubus she is trying to get over or if she maybe still wants to love him. There are many interesting characters within this story too (however, I couldn’t keep their names straight) like Norse demigods, brownies, a creative version of knitting Norse fates, a Faerie goddess, and many, many more. Overall, a pretty fun and very fast read.
I was reminded of Harkness’ All Soul’s Trilogy, but not so dense. So if you want a quicker read like that, read this.