Title: Called by Fire
Author: Delwyn Jenkins
Publisher: Momentum Moonlight
Release Date: April 22, 2014
Copied received: NetGalley
Kamryn Vale is a Dahnan witch who wants nothing more than to complete her studies in the World Between and return to her normal life. But when a sister-witch is murdered and another kidnapped, Kamryn discovers a dark magic so terrifying it threatens the safety of both her worlds. Driven by the need to help in the investigation, Kamryn must deal with the complications of working with the mysterious Watchtower Knights.
After two hundred years in exile, the Knights have been invited back to protect the Witches at the Collegium. They can’t afford any mistakes, and Alex knows his attraction for the fire witch has trouble written all over it. With one eye on the investigation and the other on Kamryn, Alex must balance his obligation to duty with the needs of his heart.
This was such a fun read. It kind of reminded me of an adult Winx Club — the first version, not the later one that’s on Australian TV right now. The plot is similar, in that it follows a group of young witches who are completing their magical training at a special college in the In Between, a dimension which separates magical beings from The World Below, or Earth. Most of the witches and their families live on Earth, only staying in the In Between to complete their training, and those who choose to live in the In Between permanently seem to have a slight sigma attached to them.
The heroine of the book, Kamryn, is a fire witch, and she’s certainly fiery in temper. All witches are grouped into Quartres, a group of four witches, with the elements of fire, water, earth and wind being represented, to make a strong team. Life is just the normal run of things until one of the witches at the college disappears, and then turns up on the college steps, dead. And another witch has just gone missing.
Desperate to solve the puzzle, and prevent another witch’s death, the leaders of the college call in the Watchtower Knights. Banned from having anything to do with the witches for the last two hundred years, they are finally back, and they couldn’t be happier about it. Watchtower Knights only came into existence to protect the witches, and they have been starving for contact for a long time.
Here is where things got a little messed up for me. The reason why the Knights were kicked out is sort of explained as a complex plot to deny witches and Knights the bond that strengthens them both, and while I was happy not to have the mystery completely solved, I’d have liked at least have an inkling as to why this would be. How did this bond threaten the power of the witches who rule? It seems only to strengthen witches, so I was left wondering if it wasn’t just a plot device. I’m sure there will be a sequel to this book, though, so perhaps more will be revealed later.
My other gripe is the maturity of the protagonists. All them, including the main secondary characters. For a final year college student, Kamryn seemed a little young, and for a knight who’d lived a full life on Earth and then been transformed into a Watchtower Knight and lived another two hundred years, Alex also came across much younger than seemed likely.
That aside, though, I enjoyed this fun race against time to rescue the missing witch, and the blooming of love and trust between Kamryn and Alex.
Reviewed by: Tara