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"First in a fantasy series that is off to a very magical start!"

As a Fyne witch, Sophia Maddox Fyne has a three hundred year old curse upon her: she will never be able to know true love without having said love die. Having grown up with out knowing her father, she decided that having sporadic relationships with men, if only to continue the line of Fyne witches would be acceptable to her. When Sophia dreams of a man with green eyes, she knows that its time for her first lover and become a woman.

Kane Varden is a soldier in the rebel army. During an ambush, his brother dies and he is left for dead. After wandering around, consoling himself with alcohol, he finds himself in the woods next to a pond where an angel comes to him and he has the most passionate experience of his life, followed by incredibly good luck. However he can't get the beautiful woman out of his dreams and is determined to find her, if for any other reason to prove his angel isn't as perfect as his memory says she is.

THE SUN WITCH is such an amazing fantasy. The beginning of the story contains a lot of information that for some readers might cause the book to drag, but I think the author did a great job of building the world regardless. The story is full of so many subtle things that can easily be missed that I really enjoyed the book. It has a mixture of medieval history that as a reader you expect, but there are also technologies I wasn't expecting.

In this world, magic and witchcraft were banned for many years, and therefore the outer, smaller communities are still leery of these practices, (but the capitol city thrives with its use). The Fyne sisters live outside a small village that is still very superstitious, so our heroine, Sophia has been very sheltered by her two older sisters Juliet and Isadora. She has her own ideas about how she wants to live her life, but because she has been so sheltered Sophia never actually grew up or developed her magical abilities. When Kane tracks her down her entire life is turned upside down and she has to grow up: their daughter is kidnapped and Sophia is forced to go to the capital city.

I'm actually reading this series in order, THE MOON WITCH is the second story about Juliet and I'm going to recommend reading them in order. Several things happen in SUN that will overlap into the second book. There is Lianas story, (which literally ends SUN) that is just developing and I am hoping will continue through the second (and possibly the third) book. Also, because of the Fyne curse causing the death of a loved one on or before his 30th birthday, you might learn things in the second or third book that would affect your reading of the first book.

For me, THE SUN WITCH sounded interesting but turned out to be a truly great read. I am looking forward to reading Juliet's story next!

Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted January 7, 2006

Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted November 20, 2006

SUMMARY

For 300 years, the Fyne women have called the mountain Orianan their home, inheriting the supernatural arts from their mothers--but a long-ago curse makes true love unattainable for them.

When she meets the green-eyed soldier of her dreams, youngest sister Sophie discovers that she has been gifted with abundant fertility.

Now, she and her lover must call on all their strengths, both earthly and supernatural, to fight the curse which promises to end their happiness.

 

The Sun Witch
(Fyne Witch: Book 1)
by Linda Winstead Jones

Berkley Pub Group (Sensation)
December 1, 2004
Available: December 7, 2004
ISBN #0425199401
EAN #9780425199404
336 pages
Paperback
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Prince of Fire
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The Moon Witch
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