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Title: The Fire Weaver
Author: Julie Moffett
Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance
The most noticeable thing that kept popping up in my head is how Julie Moffett brings both the time periods to live. She brings the witch trials to the reader and shows them as a person must have experienced them. And let me tell you that is a scary thought. And the 1770’s in which this book is set for the most part is done in the same way. All of Bridget’s fears you can at least understand in the context of that society even if you don’t understand it as we are now.
Throughout the book I was kind of wondering where everything was going. Bridget seemed like a great character who was struggling and I knew there would probably be witchcraft involved but I was curious as to what the prologue had to do with the rest of the book and where it connected. It took a little while to figure things out and there were certainly surprises I didn’t expect in their entirety so that was a good thing about reading The Fireweaver. The reader is shocked at least slightly by some of the revelations.
And yet I also found myself growing frustrated with Bridget. Some of the decisions she was making and why she was making them were frustrating me to no end. I almost wanted to put down the book but then I wouldn’t know what was going on and that would almost be worse.
The romance definitely made me sigh and cheer and want to smack both characters upside the head...not all at the same time. But I really enjoyed having that element as marriage for love isn’t something you often think of when you think of the 17th century. And so I wasn’t expecting that and to have it in The Fireweaver added to my enjoyment of the book.
I enjoyed The Seer mostly because it did contain elements similar to the first book but it also was different. It definitely had very different main characters, and I have to say I almost enjoyed Alexandra a little bit more than Bridget? I’m not certain if I saw something of myself in her or just enjoyed her spirit a little more but it’s true.
There were certainly times I wanted to smack Pierce, the idiot, but at the same time he did eventually come around and make things right. And then there were the fathers. It seems like no matter how old a child is, the parent still feels a need to interfere. I found myself laughing as it happened and couldn’t wait to see if they really did orchestrate this whole plot together.
The Seer definitely ripped my heart out and it physically hurt. At one point I was almost in tears trying not to cry as I didn’t want to creep out my roommate. I couldn’t help but fall in love with the pair and it just hurt. The ending though I almost felt like cursing the author but refrained. Not to spoil anything but that ending is definitely a doozy, one that will have you fooled.
The Seer was a marvellous addition to the MacInness series.
I was glued to my seat for this one. It was really the ending to the series and I was excited and yet nervous to see if the four could pull it off. The author didn’t disappoint and made the reader sweat for the happy ending they so desperately wanted.
And to finally have my suspicions come true was certainly a good feeling of satisfaction although it didn’t last long.
I also enjoyed the way that they took an unexpected route and stuck true to their characters, all of whom wouldn’t do something terrible because of what had been done to them and I loved that.
The only thing I have to say about this book and the series in general was that I wasn’t a big fan of the dialogue, not because it dragged or anything like that. It was just much more formal than I’m used to and that was to be expected for the era. At times I did feel that the dialogue dragged but again that’s mostly because I’m so used to contractions and slang words that were not in use at that time period.
Overall the MacInness series is one that will have you follow an emotional rollercoaster and stick with it no matter how many times you silently wish you could get off if only to save yourself from pain.
Again, there were completely different characters, and by that I mean none of the previous characters were in this novella and that they had completely different personalites as well.
The Bewitching Novella is much more lighthearted than the MacInness series and I almost needed something like that to have settled me down after the whirlwind of emotions in the series. So I was really happy to find this novella attached!
And there was a bit of a surprise that I honestly didn’t see coming but couldn’t help but laugh at.
Bewitching is a nice, lighthearted novella that will give your emotions a bit of a break after reading the MacInness series.