Smoke on the Water, Lori Handeland
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
What a fantastic trilogy this has been. It reminds me very much of Nora Roberts fantasy trilogies. I’ve read several of those, and the pacing, format and writing style in this series feels very similar though of course the actual story content is very different.
I’ve really enjoyed the first two stories, they could be read as standalones but there’s an overall story arc involving the three sisters, one of which is main feature in each book, that ties the three books together. I felt for Willow – the main character in this book. She’s had water based visions all her life, been bounced from foster home to foster home, and after attacking a man she’d seen would try to kill her in a vision she’s now in a secure psychiatric unit. No-one believes her visions are real so she must be mad….and that’s such a genuine scenario. I often think if Jesus were here today, going around proclaiming himself the Son of God, he’d be locked up PDQ….we fear what we don’t understand, and that’s the mainstay of many fantasy reads, how we treat those who have powers/talents outside the norm.
Anyway, back to the book. Willow is shocked when Sebastian comes as new Doc in the facility – she “knows” him, intimately, from her visions, but of course he doesn’t know that. All he knows is he’s attracted to her in a way he shouldn’t be, and yet can’t seem to stop himself. Willow makes friends with Mary there – Owen’s mum from the last book. Part of the story takes a slip back in time in that at the end of book two she’s dead but here she’s still alive, and we see the other side of what was happening with her in that book. All three sisters and their partners ( though Sebastian doesn’t get together with Willow properly until later in the book) are here, along with Henry and Prudence. They face a huge battle against Roland. He needs to be stopped but the events of last time have left him corporeal and incredibly strong. Its means they’re in for much danger and need to work closely to use their magics and find a way to destroy him.
Stars: Five, a fabulous read, and a perfect wrap up to the trilogy. .
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