Witchling by Ari Harper

Witchling by Ari Harper
Publisher: Lycaon Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (256 Pages)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

Nera is a normal teenage girl living in Ireland, or so she thought until she discovers the family secret.. now her world is forever changed.

Descended from a long line of witches, she discovers she is the one who has to stop the curse that has taken the life of every girl before her.

And if that isn’t enough, she must learn to use magic from the man called Bones. He is the son of Mari, Queen of the Witches…and a god. It is Bones who has been entrusted to teach her the skills she needs to stay alive, which wouldn’t be so bad if he didn’t have an uncanny knack for pushing her buttons.

Can Nera succeed and resist the charms of the man who gets under her skin at every opportunity?

Nera has always had strange terrifying dreams, but now she is having them during the day. She is awakening to her power as a witch, without any knowledge of her family history. Turning to her Uncle Jasper for help and answers, she discovers that she is supposed to stop an eight hundred year old curse.

Ari Harper does a good job of telling a compelling and intriguing story. Nera is a strong heroine and her character is well portrayed. She has two close friends, Brie and Sully, who stand by her as she is faced with the challenges of learning strong magic, and learning it quickly.

Harper’s writing is overall strong and effective, with just a few editing flaws, or times when there is too much telling rather than showing. However, I feel that Harper could have given the reader more help with the family history. I like a book which makes the reader think, but there were missing details which even at the end, I couldn’t figure out. We are told in the beginning, for instance, that Jasper is eight hundred years old and has always lived in his current home. I couldn’t help but wonder why the villagers never noticed this. I’m sure there is an explanation, and I think Harper could deepen her story with more details about the family history.

Nevertheless, this was a very enjoyable read. I was quickly drawn into the story and Nera’s journey from typical teen to powerful witch was intriguing to watch. The interactions with her family and best friends were believable and her fights with Bones, her protector and instructor, as well as Bones’ reactions to a teenage girl, were very realistic.

This is the first novel in a series, and it ends at a good point, but with plot lines yet to be explored. I look forward to reading more in this series.

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