Wit'ch Storm [NOOK Book]

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Elena bears the mark of the wit'ch upon her palm, the crimson stain that testifies to an 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 ...
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Overview

Elena bears the mark of the wit'ch upon her palm, the crimson stain that testifies to an 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 . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Hunted by the Dark Lord because of the wit'ch mark she bears, Elena journeys with a group of trusted companions in search of a lost city reported to contain a way to defeat her enemy. At the same time, a young woman of the sea embarks on an arduous trek that leads her to a rendezvous with prophecy--and with Elena. Clemens (Wit'ch Fire, LJ 6/15/98) embellishes traditional high fantasy conventions with his own unique touches to create a vivid tale of a young woman's battle against the forces of evil. A strong addition to most fantasy collections. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Second in Clemens's fantasy series (Wit'ch Fire, 1998) set in the land of Alasea. Elena, having unexpectedly found herself working magic—her entire hand turned blood-red—has learned that she must travel to A'loa Glen to recover the Blood Diary created by the last Chi mages, Er'ril and Shorkan, in order to defeat the Gul'gotha invaders. Her companions are the usual assortment of beings, each with his/her/its own agenda: one-armed Er'ril, until recently posing as a juggler, mountain giant Kral, the dryad Nee'lahn, the half-og're Tol'chuk, Mogweed and Fardale the shapeshifters, and Meric the el'vin. Elena finds she's slowly being consumed by a vine, until she discovers that her other hand is magic too: one fire, one ice. And the evil d'warf Torwren, seeking the ancient, powerful Hammer of Thunder, wakes the Dark Lord himself. Trite in overall concept, but with fresh, sparky details and enough plot convolutions to keep fans coming back for more. If only the i'diotic apostrop'hes had been banned and banished too.
From the Publisher
"Wit'ch Fire grabs at your heart and tears a little hole, then tears another, and another - a brutal and beautiful ride. I can't put the book down!"
-R. A. SALVATORE

"I loved every page of this book . . . [Clemens's] imagery is so brilliant that every scene comes instantly to life, and while everything seems immediately familiar, the reader soon learns to expect a new surprise with every page. And just as you think he can't possibly come up with anything else, a new character bursts upon the tale, bringing along a whole new level of sorcery!"
-JOHN SAUL

"Full of violence, magical pyrotechnics, and black-hearted villains."
-Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345453693
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/5/2002
  • Series: Banned and the Banished Series , #2
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 126,796
  • File size: 616 KB

Meet the Author

James Clemens was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1961. With his three brothers and three sisters, he was raised in the Midwest and rural Canada. He attended the University of Missouri and graduated with a doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1985. The lure of ocean, sun, and new horizons eventually drew him to the West Coast, where he established his veterinary practice in Sacramento, California. He is also the author of Wit'ch Fire and the upcoming novel Wit'ch War.

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Elena stepped from the cave, pushing aside the leather hanging that kept the warmth of the mountain folk's morning fires snug within the cavern. Even though spring was already a moon old, here among the peaks the early morning hours were still laced with whispers of ice from the mountaintops. Free of the caves, the air smelled crisp, scented with pine and highland poppy, and this morning, a breath of warmth even hinted at the summer to come.

A sigh on her lips, Elena shook back the hood of her green woolen jacket and raised her eyes toward the mountains. Still tipped with heavy snow, they seemed to lean over her as if threatening to topple, and the roars from a hundred waterfalls echoed through the valley from the torrents of snowmelt. After a long winter, where both water and time itself had seemed frozen forever, the spring thaw was like a new birth.

Smiling, she took a step forward--but, as if to remind her that winter had not yet completely given up its grasp on the highlands, her heel slipped on a patch of black ice.

She cartwheeled her arms to no avail and landed on her backside upon the rocky trail.

Behind her, Elena heard the rasp of leather on stone as Er'ril pushed aside the cavern's apron to join her. "Girl, we can't have you breaking your neck before we even leave the Teeth." He reached a hand to help her up. "Are you hurt?"

"No, I'm fine." With her face burning hot enough to thaw the ice under her rump, Elena ignored his hand and struggled to her feet on her own. "I didn't see ... I slipped ..." She sighed and turned away from his stern expression. Under black brows, his gray eyes always seemed to be weighing her, judging her every action. And why was it that he only seemed to acknowledge her when she was burning a finger on a flame or snagging a toe on an unseen rocky outcropping? She wiped a palm over her gray trousers, searching for her dignity but finding only a sodden spot on her backside.

"The others have been waiting a long time," he said as he slid past her, leading the way up the three hundred steps toward the pass where the rest of the party had gathered. "Even the wolf should be back by now."

Fardale, in his wolf form, had left at daybreak to survey the trails that led to the distant valleys. Meanwhile, Nee'lahn and Meric had been assigned to tack the horses and ready the wagon, while Tol'chuk and Mogweed hauled and inventoried their supplies. Only Kral still remained below, saying his final farewells to his mountain clan.

"If we hope to clear the pass by nightfall," Er'ril said as he climbed, "we must be off quickly. So keep your eyes on the stairs, rather than on the clouds." As if mocking his warning, a patch of ice betrayed Er'ril's own feet. His one arm shot out, and he had to hop two steps to keep his balance. Afterward, as he glanced back at her, his face was a shade darker than before.

"I'll make sure I watch where I'm going," Elena said, her eyes bowed meekly--but she couldn't keep a grin from her lips.

Er'ril grumbled something under his breath and continued forward.

They managed the remainder of the stairs with care, each in a cocoon of silence. Elena, though, imagined both their minds dwelt on the same worry--the journey ahead, the long trek across the many lands of Alasea to the lost city of A'loa Glen. Somewhere in the sunken city lay the Blood Diary, hidden there by Er'ril centuries ago: a tome prophesied to contain the key to saving their lands from the black corruption of the Gul'gothal lord. But could they reach it, a band of travelers from different lands, each with his own reasons for pursuing this journey?

With much of the last several weeks spent plotting, planning, and outfitting the band of travelers, a mixture of relief at finally being under way and dread at leaving the security of the frozen passes swirled in each member's breast. A heavy silence, like now, hung around the shoulders of everyone, except for--

"Ho!" The call from behind them stopped both Er'ril and Elena near the head of the trail. Elena twisted around to see Kral squeeze his huge frame through what now seemed a tiny opening in the granite cliff face far below. He waved an arm the size of a tree trunk at them, his voice rolling like a boulder through the canyon. "Hold up there. I'll join you."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2002

    Love this series

    I read alot of fantasy. This series is possibly the best series I have ever read. The action is fast paced and the authors imagination is amazing. Dont pass this book up. I was so excited after reading the first book that I had to write the author to personally thank him. That was a first. Now I would like to spread the word and hope Mr Clemens continues his writings for all to enjoy. If you love Tolkein, Jordon, Goodkind and other long detailed series, you will love this work. Also recommended: Wit'ch Gate Wit'ch Storm Wit'ch Star Wit'ch War

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2013

    Two thumbs up

    This is a great series no complaints

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Good follow up from Witch Fire.

    Overall good book, well written with good character build up. Some new characters are intruduced. The plot line continues from the first book so your not getting two different stories. A witch coming into her powers and expected to overthrough an empire what more could be better for fantasy readers.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

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    Good second book

    This is Clemen's second book of this five book series, and I think this book is better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2002

    What a good book

    i loved this book!!! that girl gets her bro back...yey...:smiles: but one of her friends turns bad...this guy is such a wonderful author...one of my very favorites...i love reading every book he writes...:)anyone who hasn't read this book should read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2001

    A great sequel

    This is the best book I have ever read! The first book of the series was really good and this one is even better. In this story, Elena and her companions are journeying to the city of Aloa Glen where the blood diary is supposedly hidden. This Tome holds the answer to what will defeat the Dark Lord. I was impressed with this book as I was with Wit'ch fire. I am looking forward to reading Wit'ch War when it comes out in Mass Market Paperback

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2000

    One of the best books ever

    I just can't recomend this book enough. Clemens is a great writer he is right up there with Tolkien. Anybody who enjoys scifi fantasy will love this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2000

    best book ever

    i love books and have read a lot of them but this is about the best book i've read james clemens is a great writer so read this book buy this book and enjoy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2000

    witch Storm soon to be another

    witch storm, I thought was fantastic, it was well put together and well fantasized. I would recomend it to any who is a fan of fantasy books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2000

    ONE OF THE GREATEST

    WIT'CH STORM IS EVEN BETTER THAN WIT'CH FIRE. I COULDN'T WAIT TO GET HOME FROM WORK TO READ IT THE FIRST BOOK WITCH FIRE STAYED FRESH IN MY MIND FOR SEVERAL MONTHS THEN WITCH STORM CAME ALONG WOW!!! ALOT OF DIFFERENT CHARACTERS I AM ON PINS AND NEEDLES WAITING FOR THE NEXT BOOK. A BOOK YOU WON'T WANT TO PUT DOWN!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2000

    If you liked Wit'ch Fire, you will love this.....

    A great second book. It is another, even better chapter to this tale... A classic fantasy... I couldn't put it down... And I can't wait to see what is next!!!!!! James Clemens does a great job.. He is a true Master... This is a must read, again and again.........

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2000

    A great book!

    This book is captivating! It brings up many enexpected surprises. James Clemens has now become one of my favorite authors because of these fascinating books.

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