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July 12, 2014

WITCHES IN RED by Barb Hendee

A Novel of the Mist Torn Witches
Barb Hendee
(from Amazon)
Céline and Amelie Fawe can see into anyone’s past and future simply by touching him. They have used their powers to secure sanctuary—and a fine apothecary’s shop—in the village around Castle Sèone. But their continued safety has a price....

Far to the north, the men of an isolated silver mining community are turning into vicious “beasts” that slaughter anyone in sight. The mines belong to the noble family of Prince Anton—ruler of Castle Sèone and Céline and Amelie’s patron—and Anton’s tyrannical father has ordered his son to solve the mystery as a test of his leadership. He has no choice but to send the witches into the perilous north to use their abilities to discover the cause of the transformations. Given how much they owe the prince, the sisters have no choice but to go.

Together with the overprotective Lieutenant Jaromir, Célene and Amelie enter the dark world of a far-off mining camp tainted by fear, mistrust, and enslavement—and haunted by men turning into massive mad wolves without warning. Now the two must draw upon strength and cunning they never thought they possessed not only to solve the mystery, but to survive....

  • Series: Mist-Torn Witches
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451414160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451414168
This is the second book in The Mist-Torn Witches series. I enjoyed this book so much. I didn't get a chance to read Book One of the series but I would suggest any other reader do so.
We start with two main characters, Amelie and Celine who are sisters.  Both of them are very different, having different personalities.  The book is in third person and the reading keeps going from one of them to the others.  Once you get into the book a little, it's easier to keep them straight.
Celine is sweet, rather timid and has a tender manner.  Amelie is the tougher of the two, the protector.  She most often dresses down, usually in pants and she keeps her hair short. Amelie has been working on being more at ease with her abilities while Celene doesn't have a problem with them.
I've found that there is almost always a lot of romance in these books.  This book has more what I would call strong feelings instead of romance.  It's getting there, but not quite yet.  I feel this gives the author room and time to develop the romance slowly instead of you turning the page and there's full blown romance.  It's sweet and charming when it is developed slowly.
The fantasy world they live in is very easy to understand without worrying about how something happened or why did that happen. I'm sure if I had read the first book, some of this book would have made more sense to me.
The author wrote in such descriptive terms that you could almost see the castles and you could picture yourself wearing the clothing they wore then.  The author took a few words and made it a lot in your imagination.  The book was a fairly quick read, easy to read and understand and has that mystery that every reader wants to solve.
A great fantasy novel for young and old.

I was given a complimentary copy of WITCHES IN RED from the author, Barb Hendee and NightOwlReviews for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.
I would give this book 5 STARS.
Barb HendeeAUTHOR
Barb & J.C. Hendee live in a quirky small town just south of Portland, Oregon. They are the authors of the Noble Dead Saga. Learn more at:

Barb is also the author of the Vampire Memories series and the upcoming Mist Torn Witches series. Learn more at

J.C. and Barb share a home office with their desks pushed up against one another.

They garden year-round and grow a good deal of their own food.
They also seem to spend a good deal of time researching myths and folklore about vampires.

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