Bitter Night (Horngate Witches #1) by Diana Pharaoh Francis

This book had actually been languishing on my shelf for quite a while before I eventually sat down to read it. I had it devoured in several hours and I am looking forward to continuing the series.

We leap right into the story with little information given for a backstory. I actually had to check that I was not reading the second book of the series as the first chapter is confusing. I would have preferred more details in the beginning rather than gleaning specifics in drips and drabs as the story progressed.

The Shadowblades and Sunspears are a fresh element in the urban fantasy genre. The use of third person narrative is also unusual to urban fantasy which I preferred to first person. The use of alternative POV was different, however the switch between Max and Alex could be disjointed at times.

In terms of romance, there is only hints of what is to come in future instalments. Hopefully there will be more chemistry than what was conveyed in Bitter Nights. Max and Alexander are believable as partners in business but not romantically. I’m hoping that changes and becomes more believable.

This first instalment comes across as a backstory with the main premise only beginning in the latter stages, but, overall, I found this book to be enjoyable, fast-paced and it left me wanting more.


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