Review: Wit’ch Storm. The Banned and the Banished 2 by James Clemens

wit'ch 2Elena bears the mark of the wit’ch upon her palm, the crimson stain that testifies to the awesome power of unimaginable potency: wild, seductive, difficult to control. Only a mistress of blood magick can stand against the foul minions and all-corrupting evil of the Dark Lord. But Elena is not yet the mistress of her magick. Protected by an ageless warrior and a band of renegades, she quests for a lost city where prophecies speak of a mystic tome that holds the key to the Dark Lord’s defeat. But if the Dark Lord finds her first, Elena will become his most fearsome weapon.

Sy-wen is a girl-child of an ocean-dwelling clan, bond-mates to the terrible and majestic sea dragons. But ancient bonds tie Sy-wen to the land she does not know, to a man she has never seen . . . and to a legend asleep in stone deep beneath A’loa Glen–a legend beginning to wake.

Now, as Elena and Sy-wen converge on A’loa Glen from land and sea, will the forces they unleash lead to a future of freedom–or an eternity under the Dark Lord’s yoke?

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

And here we go. This series keeps entertaining me. The little group is still on their way to the Dark evil Lord and is faced with many dangers along the way. I already talked about the weird spider lady, who has spiders crawling into her vagina and doing lots of more yucky stuff, but fortunately this episode was over quickly in the start of the novel. Just something to warm us up..

What I like is, that the characters are slowly getting more distinct and likeable. More time is spend with every single one of them and it definitely helped me get more into the story. Also, our group splits up and follows different paths and we even get introduced to some new characters. One of them is a kind of mermaid (a mer’ai, because apostrophes are life.. apparently) and I did like her, because part of her story plays under the ocean and there are not enough stories that do that! Also, she’s riding a giant dragon who is bonded to her. Me likey.

It’s all a bit bigger and even more action-packed than the first part. It’s colourful, has lots of magic and fighting and interesting settings. Part of the action takes place in a deadly swamp, that is really cool, but filled with snakes, crocodiles and giant poisonous flowers. It definitely didn’t get boring.

Also… apart from the spider lady, we have corrupted twins who pray to an evil D’warf Lord. The evil magic they are subject to makes them quite orgasmic and I almost expected them to have an orgy in the dungeon. Didn’t happen, but they have fat worms crawling out of them and then back inside. Through their skin though. Not like spider lady. Still. Yuck.gordon

And yes. It’s a D’WARF! Because apostrophes are important, guys!

Elena wasn’t too overly powerful in this book, partly because she wasn’t able to use her magic for a while. That on the other hand made her buddies super protective of her and she wasn’t actively playing a big role until the end of the story.

I was really surprised by the fact that one of the main characters died. I didn’t remember that at all!

There was some use of ‘Deus Ex Machina’, which annoyed me and a few things, like characters meeting up, that were too coincidental, but I still enjoy reading the series, although I am not as excited as I was when I was a young teenager.



    1. It has its good and bad sides. The apostrophes and detailed yucky scenes are definitely not cool.. i actually don’t remember at all what happened in the next 3 books but it will probably just get worse 😀


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