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"Fantasy satisfying both adventurous and romantic readers"

Jinissa uses her magic to save a child from a fatal fall knowing witchcraft is feared and a crime in Lendiil. Revealed as both Calavrian witch and a spy, Jinissa is sentenced to torture and death. A temporary reprieve comes when Lord Stephan arrives and announces that the king wants to question the witch. A sigil collar is placed around her neck to restrain her magic and their long trip through the mountains begins.

Weather and other natural dangers give Jinny and Stephan time to get to know each other and find they are more alike than they thought. Both have strong integrity and are steadfastly bound by allegiance to their leaders. Their attraction grows to an ill-fated love. To let her go would destroy Stephan's soul . . . to bring her to his king will bring Jinissa to torture and death which will destroy his heart.

I appreciate a heroine who, although clearly terrified, is formidable enough to do what she believes is right and necessary. Jinissa and Stephan work together with honor and still stand strong in their personal obligations. Their growing love and devotion toward each other keeps the reader as fascinated as the story of their adventurous trip. When we finally meet the king, the story continues with a realistic revelation of his power and old-world politics.

Readers will find themselves caught up in the tale and attentively turning pages until the end. Ms. McCullough weaves an adventurous fantasy where two strong-willed people not only face physical dangers, but confront their personal prejudices and preconceived notions of the others culture. The story is hopefully the beginning and not the end of our visit to the lands of Lendiil and Calavaria.

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Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted October 30, 2002

SUMMARY

When Jinissa uses magic to save a child from a bad fall, she reveals herself as both a Calavrian witch and a spy. In the land of Lendiil magic is regarded as evil and its practicers as hopelessly corrupt. Jinny is convicted of witchcraft and condemned to torture and death.

Before the sentence can be carried out, however, a delegate from the king arrives, announcing that the king wants to question the witch himself. Lord Stephan has been sent to fetch the witch. A long trip over the mountains gives Jinny and Stephan time to get to know each other better. In the face of all the things that should keep them apart, including Stephan's deep and well-founded hatred for her people, they begin to learn the truth about each other and fall in love.

Stephan is an honorable man, loyal to his king, and his feelings for Jinny will cause only conflict. And Jinny, for her part, is determined to escape during the trip, because she's sworn to keep her people's secrets, even though her background ensures that she will never be welcome back in her own country. With so much to keep them apart, is there any chance for Stephan and Jinny to find happiness together?

 

Witch's Journey
by Karen McCullough

Imajinn Books
December 1, 2002
ISBN #1893896900
EAN #9781893896901
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Other Books by
Karen McCullough

Beneath a Christmas Moon
Shadow of a Doubt
Wizard's Bridge
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Witch's Journey
A Question of Fire


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