The Witch Awakening

The Witch Awakening


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ISBN-13: 9781451519693
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/11/2010
Pages: 426
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

As a child, Karen suffered frequent bouts of insomnia. The only way she could settle into sleep many nights was to imagine stories that played out like movies on the dark ceiling over her bed. Since her mean parents refused to replace the TV after the cat blew it up by peeing on the cord, all Karen had left to entertain herself in the lone wilds of the Minnesota wilderness were books and her own stories. As Karen grew, the stories grew with her. One day when she was fourteen, she told her mother one of these stories for probably the hundredth time. Her mother, who knew Karen very well, turned to her and said, "You know, Karen, you keep talking about these stories, but you never write them down. You keep saying you're going to write a novel, but I don't believe that you will." This comment infuriated Karen so much that she started writing her stories down and hasn't stopped since.

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Witch Awakening 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
AnaMardoll More than 1 year ago
The Witch Awakening / 978-1-45151-969-3 When author Nilsen first sent me a copy of her book to review, I had expected from the title that the book would fall into the "witch fiction" genre, not unlike several others in my collection, most recently "Daughters of the Witching Hill". I was surprised, however, and delighted to find that "The Witch Awakening" is a rare genre-defying masterpiece, combining the best elements of "witch fiction", historical romance, fantasy, and - delightfully out of left field - a touch of suspense and intrigue. It's an unusual book that so beautifully blends so many separate elements of genre fiction into a masterful whole such as this, with the end result being an epic novel that brings something to the table for every reader. The romance angle - an element that I usually avoid in fiction - is pulled off perfectly, with both the heroine and hero being superbly likeable and satisfyingly "Genre Savvy", to the point that they never descend into stupidity to advance the plot. The historical fiction and fantasy elements are carefully blended to provide a setting that somewhat resembles a European court romance, but with enough of a fantastical setting to make the entire backdrop fresh and new (and to allow the historians to relax and not fret over any small "inaccuracies" in court decorum). Of the "witch fiction" elements and the magical suspense elements, "The Witch Awakening" stands out from the crowd with a heroine who doesn't fear to use her talents (and doesn't angst constantly over her gift/curse), and yet doesn't go the other direction and become absurdly overpowerful in the process - if anything, the "talents" on display here seem very much like what a 'real' witch would be able to do as a supernaturally talented and yet still very human woman. More than anything else, "The Witch Awakening" is truly delightful for the masterful writing employed here. The prose is perfect - detailed and meaningful without ever getting bogged down or tiresome, and with dialogue that is truly delightful to read. The characters are superbly realistic and three-dimensional - each and every 'villain' has a deeper side to their story, and every hero or supporting character has satisfying shades of gray to their persona. The plot is paced beautifully, with each new event unfolding naturally as a consequence of the characterization, and never do the events feel forced or awkward. If I had to compare "The Witch Awakening" to something, I would compare it to Philippa Gregory's "The Wise Woman", but as I would the flip side to a coin. Whereas "The Wise Woman" combined fantastical genre elements with historical fiction in order to show the darkest possible side of the humanity, "The Witch Awakening" combines those same elements and deep characterization to show the very best sides of humanity. And where Gregory was able to set up deeply disturbed and well-characterized people and events and allow them to destroy one another in a deconstructive conclusion, Nilsen goes one step further and provides her characters with the means to redeem each other in a truly cathartic and redemptive conclusion that no reader will be able to forget. ~ Ana Mardoll
Rayven1 More than 1 year ago
The Witch Awakening by Karen Nilsen, is a tale of courtly intrigue, true love and old world adventure with a paranormal twist. I wasn't sure what to expect as I started to read, but was pleasantly surprised to find a fantastic tale that follows young Safire and Merius. The two tempt fate and turn their backs on society and what is proper to follow their hearts. Their relationship is threatened by separation, war and the manipulative plotting of Merius's father Mordric. And if this is not enough, Safire faces an evil that threatens her very life. The story is told from three different characters point of view; Safire, Merius and Mordric. This gives the reader a very interesting perspective and added insight to each of the characters and motives behind their actions. In most novels the reader never gets to see "into" the mind of the villain. In this case we get to see what drives Mordirc to do what he does we discover a very tortured soul. I found all the characters to have depth and believability. The supporting characters were strong and played a very vital role in moving the story along. I want to give kudos to the author for her ability to bring things to life. The battle scenes were written in such vivid detail that I found myself fighting along side the characters. Her attention to detail with regards to weaponry and their descriptions were spot on. Her vivid imagery of the evil that lurks the halls of the Landers' household is one of nightmares. With each encounter I found my self wondering what lurks my halls. You will want to leave a light on after reading the scary bits. The plot moved along in a very natural way as events unfolded. The main characters never lost sight of their goal; to be together even when situations threatened to tear them apart. I thoroughly enjoyed the love story in this book. Karen Nilsen did a superb job of blending many different genres into one story without it feeling forced but flowing naturally. The book is extremely well written and I could find nothing lacking. I was fully satisfied when I finished, except that I did not have the next book " Tapestry Lion ( Volume Two)" in hand to continue reading. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Paranormal Romance with substance and depth. The Witch Awakening is a robust story that will leave you wanting more. I give it a worthy 5 stars!
justablondemoment on LibraryThing 18 days ago
It took me awhile to be able to read this book but once I did finally begin it I could NOT put it down. Wonderful story...very lovable characters. I am eagerly looking forward to more. I received this book thru member give-away and although I think it's a nice thing read and then pass on to someone else this is a keeper in my house and has earned a place on my favorites shelf.
honeydew69862004 on LibraryThing 18 days ago
Not my usual type of book. The First two chapters seemed a little slow to me but by the third chapter I was hooked. Like most stories it is predictable at parts. But it is a great book. The ending leaves you wanting more. I can't wait until the next one in the series is out.
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