Wit'ch Fire

by James Clemens

2 avg rating
Book 24 of 37 in the Worst Fantasy Books Ever
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On a fateful night five centuries ago, three mages made a desperate last stand, sacrificing everything to preserve the only hope of goodness in the beautiful, doomed land of Alasea. Now, on the anniversary of that ominous night, a girl-child ripens into the heritage of lost power. But before she can even comprehend her terrible new gift, the Dark Lord dispatches his winged monsters to capture her and bring him the embryonic magic she embodies.

Fleeing the minions of darkness, Elena is swept toward certain doom--and into the company of unexpected allies. There she forms a band of the hunted and the cursed, the outcasts and the outlaws, to battle the unstoppable forces of evil and rescue a once-glorious empire . . .

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6 comments
Anonymous | 2013-09-18 09:17:08
I have read this series twice. The first time was about 8 years ago and the second was last summer. I do agree that the relationship between Elana and Eril was creepy and to be honest they are not even on the list of my favorite charters in this series. However I feel that the reasoning for this series being on this list is very weak as it only talks about the creepy relationship. I feel this series has a lot to offer from cool supernatural beings, to awesome magical powers (not Elena's) and it also has some dark parts to it that I couldn't believe what I was reading. Granted it was the first darker series that I had read so I could have placed it on a pedestal, however like I said I reread the series and still found I could not put it down. Please do not discount this book due to a creepy relationship as it has so much more to offer. I do not want to give away details on what makes this book so captivating but I can say that it picks up fast and I do not feel it should be on this list...unless someone can offer me a better explanation on why its so bad.
Anonymous | 2015-08-24 11:49:39
Oh, my God. What a horrible book. I couldn't even finish the first book, let alone the series. What the hell is with all those apostrophes? How do you pronounce Wit'ch? Is it different than Witch? Let me see, it might be something like Wit... pause... ch!!! I don't know. In most cases apostrophes are unnecessary; if you put them in, you better have a darn good reason. Overall, thumbs down on this disaster. The author should take writing lessons, but I wonder if even that would help.
Bakasura | 2015-12-01 06:07:23
The main flaw of this series is that the main characters (Elena and Er'ril) are among the least interesting. SPOILER WARNING Elena summarized : constantly complaining about how she doesn't want her powers, then falls in love with a much older guy she initially viewed as a fatherly figure. Er'ril ? Lived for half a millennia, still has the least wisdom in the group (a good thing that nobody listens to him when he tries to lead). In fact, every other characters are better and have more depths than those two. Tol'Chuk, the metamorphs, the elf, the dwarf lady with nature powers (forgot her name), Joach and Greshym, even the Dark Lord himself, and so on are much more interesting characters than Elena and Er'ril. And when they start to have their relation, they just become creepy and boring. The second flaw of this series is those apostrophes. Da'mn ! Why do'es the auth'or have to put apo'strophes every'where ? Like calling them og're instead of ogre will make it sound more original. Well... no. Most of these apostrophes are completely unnecessary and are just annoying. Third flaw : the ending. Yes, the main plot with the Dark Lord ends, we know who the narrator is, but... what happens to the non-humans races ? After coming to the conclusion during the stories that races are of no importance and only acts are, we have the description of a generic world with only humans and no magic in the epilogue. Why bother to invent a world with magic and magical creatures/races to make all of it vanish at the end of the story ? We don't even know what happens with elves, metamorphs or ogres. Also, the way the Dark Lord became the Dark Lord makes little sense. The Earth was angry because he managed to get a child despite he shouldn't (what an unforgivable crime, isn't it ?), and as a punishment "cursed" him by making him more powerful, giving him the possibility to destroy Earth. But still, I wouldn't put that series in the "worst fantasy" list. Despite the flaws I mentioned, it's not that bad. It's still readable and there are interesting passages with the secondary characters.
Anonymous | 2016-02-15 05:01:46
Having read this series, its a lot better than others that are passed of as fantasy. As previous reviewers noted, it has its flaws, but I don't think it really deserves a spot on this list.
Anonymous | 2016-07-19 06:42:01
Right on every mark. I slogged through the first book at the behest of my wife. It's easier if you make fun of it in your head while reading. The apostrophe thing is easily overlooked when you realize the pronunciation doesn't change, it's just a writer's quirk. Thankfully, I chose audiobook versions in lieu of reading the remainder of the series, and even though it's bad, still enjoyed this series better than many others I have read. It really is terrible writing though, not many people have ever even heard of it. I would have been disappointed if it weren't on the list.
Anonymous | 2018-01-04 11:38:47
Not a good book, but this is another pseudonym for the fabulous author James Rollins of Sigma Force fame!!
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