Review: Wit’ch Fire. The Banned and the Banished 1 by James Clemens

On a fateful night five centuries ago, three mages made a desperate last stand, sacrificing wit'ch 1everything 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 . . .

  • Wit’ch Fire
  • Wit’ch Storm
  • Wit’ch War
  • Wit’ch Gate
  • Wit’ch Star

The cover is lying – there are no dragons! Flying monsters, yes. But no dragons! Just to let you know…

This is, again, a Re-Read. I read the whole series many years ago. It’s classic Fantasy, very much like ‘Lord of the Rings’. Let’s do the check list:

  • A prophecy? Yes, even more than one!
  • A mysterious Dark Lord? Oh yes!
  • A group of heroes? Sure!
  • The bearer of the ring? In the form of a 13-year old farmer’s daughter
  • Elves and Dwarfs and Orcs? Calling them El’vin and Og’re doesn’t make them any different! So, yes!
  • A sword-fighter? A one-armed one, who is about 500 years old!
  • The shifty dude, who will eventually betray you? Yes!
  • Let’s throw in an animal? Make it better – it’s a Shape-Shifter, stuck in his current form of a wolf!
  • the guy who teaches the hero and sacrifices himself in the end? Kinda, yes.
  • The Spiritual guide? Aye!
  • Magical artifacts? Tons!

I could go on, but I think you get my point. It’s gimmicky. VERY much so. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a lot of fun! If you are into classic Fantasy tropes, here you go – the book is written for you. If you are tired of them, don’t touch it, you just get annoyed. What I like in Fantasy is constantly changing. I just recently got into ‘Standard’ Fantasy again. A while ago I only wanted to read innovative stuff, but nowadays I do not mind a good old quest.

The heroine might be a 13-year old girl, but this is not a YA book. It’s very bloody & brutal and later on in the series I remember some explicit sex scenes as well. Oh, and torture. Very detailed.

This book is an introduction of the several characters who come together in the end. We learn their backstory and how they ended up being part of Elena’s group. While I liked reading about them, most characters are not really ‘fleshed out’ just yet. Apart from the Og’re. He’s so nice & polite, I like him.

Elena shows some signs of a Mary Sue, she’s super powerful and also the long lost descendant of some el’vin King. What! That was a bit too much.. Especially the elv thing, she’s just a human, no el’vin. I get that she’s special. I still have to say, that I liked her development throughout the series. She still can’t do everything, has to learn how to use her magic and master her fears & doubts.

The whole action of book 1 takes place over just 2 days and it doesn’t stop. There’s constant action and fighting, magic, elemental magic, drama, some bonding etc. It never feels boring.

This is not high literature but very entertaining!

The only thing that still pisses me off so much… THOSE HORRIBLE APOSTROPHES IN ALMOST EVERY NAME!!! WHY ARE THEY THERE?? ER’RIL, NEE’LAHN, OG’RE, WIT’CH! WIT’CH!!!!! Do the characters really say ‘OH, LOOK, SHE’S A WIT …… CH!’? There’s even one name, that has 2 apostrophes! TWO!

I will never accept that πŸ˜‰

..But will continue re-reading!



    1. I agree!! πŸ˜€ Not sure what’s up with those misleading covers at the moment.. They should realize they just make people mad when word gets around they’re lying πŸ˜‰
      Poor James Clemens would be so broke right now if that rule was there!!

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