- Copertina flessibile: 324 pagine
- Editore: Griffin (15 luglio 2013)
- Collana: Weather Witch
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 125001851X
- ISBN-13: 978-1250018519
- Peso di spedizione: 322 g
Weather Witch (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 15 lug 2013
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Praise for 13 to Life series: Lovers of the genre ... [will] appreciate the virginal sexual tension, the snarled das and nyets, the testosterone-fueled feuds and the titillating glimpses of tragic history.--Kirkus Reviews. A creative twist--RT Book Review. The action is unabated, and several characters continue to share narration duties in another rousing foray into the fantastic from Delany.--Booklist I really loved this installment in the 13 to Life series, and I can't wait for the next one.--TheBookHeist.com. A unique tale with a bright heroine and dark secrets. - New York Times Bestselling YA author Maria V. Snyder pitch-perfect and deliciously paced, this book dishes up your next fiction addiction. Shannon is a rising star!Ann Aguirre, national bestselling author of Grimspace and Doubleblind --Various
Since she was a child SHANNON DELANY has written stories, beginning writing in earnest when her grandmother fell unexpectedly ill. Previously a teacher and now a farmer raising heritage livestock, Shannon lives and writes in Upstate New York and enjoys traveling to talk to people about most anything.
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the story seems to take place in a steam punk early America. were witch's seem to be the new source of energy for the newly made state. but they are less then people in this new world. the rank system only goes to 9, and the lowest of the low are the witchs and they are treated like monsters. the people fear them and want nothing to do with them, even though thanks to the witch's they have power for the whole city.
the ending leaves your heart wanting to the two love bride's together and for Jordan to be either let free, or able to control her power enough to get free from the evil marker and the forest gaint. I look forward to book two!
Delany's werewolf series never caught my attention because werewolves don't work well with me, but steampunk and Weather Witches? Now that sounded fun, especially after a copy of Weather Witch showed up on my doorstep and gave me the pretty-cover equivalent of puppy eyes. There's a lot that needs improvement, but despite it all, Weather Witch is a really fun read and would be especially good for an airplane ride or similar trip.
Delany's strongest suit in her novel is easily the ideas, especially the idea behind the Weather Witches. Their horrible treatment and how society is largely conditioned to be okay with it lends a little dystopian element to the novel, though it's not strong enough to earn it the label. With a little more explanation of terms like Lighting Up, Drawing Down, and other ominously capitalized terms, the Witches could have been even more strongly characterized (though they're pretty well-characterized as they are after the ultimate truth behind their origin is revealed).
I still have one question, though: if a Weather Witch is how the settlers made it safely to the New World and avoided being eaten by the vicious mermaid-like Merrow, why hate them so much and force them into slavery?
The society Delany builds is a little silly with its class system and how people say they're Fifth of the Nine or another number to announce their class to others (First of the Nine being the highest, I believe), but the Victorian-esque society is an easy one to dive into thanks to its familiarity. Not even the sometimes-overwrought prose had the ability to shake me for long! What did shake me was how little time each POV got because there were simply too many POVs in this little book. Two of them really had my attention, but due to the split between those and the four or five others, they didn't get all the attention they deserved.
Finally, I come to the characters themselves. Jordan's story is the one most worth caring about because we're never sure if she's been framed or if she's really a Weather Witch. There's strong evidence on both sides and the eventual explanation of it? Pretty brilliant! I've got no clue if it's even remotely possible, but due to the paranormal elements of it all, I'll let it slide and take the explanation as it is. The Maker's POV is predictable but still sweet. If only his relationship with his long-lost daughter had been incorporated into Jordan's POV so we'd see their growing relationship through her eyes and have more time in her head...
Oh well! Besides all that, Rowen's part of the story may have been the weakest. There's not terribly much that happens in Weather Witch, but his story has the least progress of any of them. Jordan gets taken away, he kills a man in a duel, and goes on a journey to find and rescue Jordan. That's all there really is to his and it's not that necessary. Marion's POV and his desire for revenge aren't much stronger than Rowen's sections, but they've got potential and there's no doubt they'll go somewhere delicious in the next novel!
It may sound like I didn't like Weather Witch much at all, but it's fun enough that I might keep an eye out for Stormbringer, the next novel in the series. Here's hoping it trims down the POVs, focuses more on those few plot lines, and gives the characters the depth they deserve.
Jordan Astraea has lived a life of privilege among the wealthy. During her birthday party, it is discovered that she might be a weather witch. This devastates her family as their home is forced to remove all electricity for harboring a weather witch and Jordan is taken into custody to be shaped with her newfound power. Her imprisonment is cruel as it is thought that torture brings forth the power. Meanwhile, a young suitor rides to her rescue, only stopping to participate in a duel first.
I read it and I finished it, but it didn't hold my attention. I found myself thinking about my next book, and that's never a good sign. It's certainly got a good premise, and the world seems interesting, but the characters that populate the setting are either dull or melodramatic tropes.
I received a review copy of this ebook from St. Martin's Press and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.