DEMONS, WITCHES AND A LIBRARIAN
This story begins a short time after the events of the first book in this series, The Witch and the Gentleman. However, the events in this novella also take place after those in the Samantha Moon novel, Moon River. Specific actions from that novel are mentioned as well as major events from at least two other Samantha Moon entries. While this novel could stand alone, the character of Allison is originally from the Samantha Moon series and still appears in it regularly. Thus, reading the books in the overlapping series, in order of publishing date, makes them much easier to understand and relate to.
Our story begins with Allison receiving a call through the psychic hotline she works for. Unlike many of her coworkers, Allison is a true psychic, with both remote viewing and touch talents. She is also a witch and has been a witch over multiple lifetimes.
The call is from Billy Turner, a British film director whose daughter has been jailed for a murder she has no memory of. When Allison visits him shortly at his home, she realizes the true nature of the problem and that it is beyond her current skill set to resolve.
The remainder of this short novella – and it is short, only about 120 of the advertised 150 pages in the e-book version – is concerned with two elements. The first concentration is on who Allison is and how she got that way. The second concentration is on how she acquires the knowledge and skills to defeat the evil entity with which they are faced.
The author bounces between these two elements throughout the novella. These bounces are often verbose and repetitive in content. We do get more information on Millicent, the spirit witch. Plus, we are introduced to Ivy Tanner, the young witch who will replace Samantha in the ancient witch’s triad. But overall, we only have about four actual action sequences in which forward progress is made toward resolution of the problem.
Essentially, the book was boring – too much theory and not enough application. The author’s attempts at romantic or sexual content were uneven and, at times, antagonizing. There is a token scene with Conn, a man with whom Allison will only have a long-distance relationship, that is quite short and frustrating. Perhaps, in a later work, we will be told why she does not want him to love her and why she will not remotely view his face. And if the author had used the word “crush” one more time to describe Allison’s reaction to anything in pants, I was going to scream.
If it is Rain’s intention to create stand-alone entries within a series, he might want to reconsider that intention. Few people want to pay for constant repetition of previously published events. If it is his intention to publish as often as possible, in as many series as possible, he might want to consider reverting to the concept of quality over quantity.
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