Book Review: The Water Witch – Juliet Dark

Title: The Water Witch
Author: Juliet Dark
ISBN: 9780345524249
Pages: 352
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5


Callie McFay has recovered from the events that almost led to her death in Fairwick and things have finally calmed down around her. That is, until she’s told that the Grove, the association of witches, is determined to close the door into the Fey land once and for all. Callie must figure out a way to keep the door open, and to do so, she knows she must unlock the magical power within her once and for all.


The Water Witch is the sequel to The Demon Lover and is the second book in Juliet Dark’s Fairwick trilogy. Once again, the reader is transported to Fairwick, an enchanted academic town full of witches and magical creatures. Dark (or Carol Goodman, who Juliet Dark is a pen name for) does an excellent job with her atmosphere; she creates an aura of mystery surrounding the town, and it does well in drawing the reader in and making them want more.

Once again, The Water Witch is a sensual novel, but less so than the first installment. Callie is coming into her own, beginning to trust herself and her powers in this novel. As she’s exploring her new world, it makes her vulnerable to manipulation and deceit, as she doesn’t quite know the rules to follow. This makes her dangerous. It’s interesting to watch Callie’s character development, though it is frustrating that she’s constantly being duped. Here’s hoping that Callie will finally become smarter than those around her in the final novel.

Juliet Dark has created a fun series with The Fairwick Chronicles. These novels aren’t deep, and readers may feel that they need more in terms of world building and exploration, but they’re great as quick, light reads that will keep you entertained from beginning to end. A word of caution: it is important to read these novels in order. Many of the storylines carry over from the first book, and you may be lost if you try to dive directly into The Water Witch.

Other books by Juliet Dark:

The Demon Lover

Other books by Carol Goodman:

Arcadia Falls
The Drowning Tree
The Night Villa

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