Published by Enigmatic Books on April 17, 2017
Series: Spelldrift: Coven of Fire #1
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Source: ecopy from Author
I closed the door on magic long ago... the day it made me an orphan.
Ten years ago, the Coven of Fire sacrificed their lives — my mother among them — to hold off an overwhelming demonic force. Now it's back.
As a poorly-paid bartender, how can any of this be my problem? But Callie, another orphan of that battle, swears I'm the key to reviving the coven. And there's an incredibly sexy guardian stranded on my couch who's promising to help me stop the demons and keep the veil between the realms standing.
One problem: I've never been able to use magic. Our local bad boy warlock assures me I have the talent, but even if I did, we don't have enough witches to complete a coven. The only way to survive is to pull together this pack of magicborn misfits, who have more secrets than spells, into a makeshift coven.
Can we — three untrained witches, a sarcastic warlock, and an overly intense guardian — take back the city... before the demongate falls and the forces that killed my mother destroy us too?
Rise is the first book in the new adult Coven of Fire series by author Sierra Cross. It has been some time since I have read an urban fantasy and even longer since I have read an urban fantasy featuring witches, so I was really pumped to read Rise. I love new adult books that are in the fantasy and paranormal genres because there don’t seem to be too many of them. Rise did not disappoint. I enjoyed this read from start to finish. There were a few slow sections of the book, but overall, I flew through this novel and I am anxiously awaiting the second book, which is already out. In fact, the first four books were all released in 2017, which is crazy! You go Sierra Cross! Book 5 is due to come out this year.
Rise follows our main characters, Alix, Callie, Matt, with some great secondary characters as well. I really enjoyed how many people were showcased in such a short book. I think that is going to be my favorite aspect of the upcoming novels as well. We get to watch some of the characters come into their powers and we get to watch everyone as a whole as they try and save the world. We get to learn about their parents coven, and watch as they start their own to try and battle the demons entering their world. The plot was interesting, if not a little conventional and predictable. But it worked with the story. I am interested to see where the author is going to take this series next.
The characters were hit or miss for me. Some of them I loved and some not so much, which I think was intended. But as I said before, I like how many characters we were introduced to in this novel. I think it opens up lots of possibilities for future plot lines and developing relationships. Overall, I think the Coven of Fire series is one that I will enjoy continuing on with. It is a little formulaic but it was nonetheless a good read. If you like witchy urban fantasies and new adult books, give this series a try!
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