Rise is the first instalment in the Coven Of Fire series by Sierra Cross. It’s a new adult, urban fantasy that was published on June 15th, 2017.
I closed the door on magic long ago…the day it made me an orphan.
Ten years ago, the Coven of Fire sacrificed their lives—my mother among them—to hold off an overwhelming demonic force. Now it’s back.
As a poorly-paid bartender, how can any of this be my problem? But Callie, another orphan of that battle, swears I’m the key to reviving the coven. And there’s an incredibly sexy guardian stranded on my couch who’s promising to help me stop the demons and keep the veil between the realms standing.
One problem: I’ve never been able to use magic. Our local bad boy warlock assures me I have the talent, but even if I did, we don’t have enough witches to complete a coven. The only way to survive is to pull together this pack of magicborn misfits, who have more secrets than spells, into a makeshift coven.
Can we—three untrained witches, a sarcastic warlock, and an overly intense guardian—take back the city…before the demongate falls and the forces that killed my mother destroy us too?
Rise is a fast-paced, urban fantasy, witchcraft & spells focused story that despite of being ridden with predictable twists, wins your heart with characters who you’ll gradually care about.
I loved this for the characters, particularly two, if that isn’t evident already. The plot is interesting with Alix, an orphan who couldn’t excel her magic skills after her mother sacrificed herself in a Coven of Fire, setting out to close a veil between the realms that has worked as a demon-entry point. There are concepts that were new to me because I haven’t yet been indulged in many witch stories but I enjoyed it all the more for that reason. There are terminologies and settings that resonate with the targeted idea, thereby drawing me in.
Alix is a relatable character, for me. She’s this confused, frustrated young bartender who wants to get that wont(normal human without magical powers) tag off her but is saddened when she doesn’t see any possibility of that wish being granted. But while feeling all this inside, she keeps up her personality topped with confidence and temper that somehow impressed me most of the times. This might not be impressive to many readers, I totally understand, but it worked for me, so yay! In addition, the narration is as a first-person through Alix’s head and that makes her more alive to me.
Moving on, the supporting characters are as imposing as the main character herself. Each of them has a role to play but my favourite had to be Matt, the guardian who initially gets saved by Alix—won’t elaborate since this is supposed to be spoiler-free. This incident was another thing that made me happy since heroine saving the hero trope needs more and more stories, and I’ll be appreciating every little sequence that says this out loud—even if the sequence is super small and not being as much highlighted. Matt, as a character, was intriguing yet sweet and one of those bookish guys I get a huge crush on. His chemistry with Alix, and how it all unexpectedly blossoms, was fun to read, too. The other characters were important to the story, no doubt, but not all of them left as much impact as these two. Though, there’s an entire series waiting to spotlight them so I won’t be quick to judge that factor now.
The story fell flat to me at a few places where some things turned out as I has expected them to be, though ending revelations did take me slightly by surprise, but the writing held me throughout. Especially in terms of world-building and the sassy attitude of the protagonist. Overall, this was a fun to read and I would try to get my hands on other instalments in this series.
I would recommend it to all those who are looking for a witchcraft themed urban fantasy that’s guided by characters who make up for an otherwise good story line.
Spells and skyscrapers. Warriors and warlocks. Coven secrets and forbidden romances. Sierra Cross lives for urban fantasy, for modern magic and the bold supernatural beings who stalk our contemporary world. Her Spelldrift universe stars kickass witches and their heroic guardians, as well as vampires, shifters, mages, Fidei, and the dark demonic forces that threaten them all.
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I received a digital copy of this book via participation in a blog tour but that in no way, influences my rating and/or opinions about it. Thank you Enigmatic Books, Xpresso Book Tours and Sierra Cross!