The Mist-torn Witches is the first in a series of 4 books by Barb Hendee. Published in 2013. The titles in order are;
- The Mist Torn Witches
- Witches in Red
- Witches with the Enemy
- To Kill a Kettle Witch
When I first started reading about Céline and Amelie Fawe, a pair of orphaned sisters, I felt it was a bit cliched. Céline, the oldest of the two is beautiful and talented whereas Amelie is a slightly awkward tomboy. For any Game of Thrones fans, I kept thinking of Sansa and Arya Stark! However, as I continued to read, I found the characters were deeper than I assumed.
The sisters have only each other and their late mother’s apothecary shop. To help make ends meet, Céline pretends to see into the future in exchange for goods and money. They unwittingly get drawn into a conflict between 2 brothers; princes who are trying to prove to their ailing father that they are the rightful and deserving heir to the throne.
Their apothecary shop is destroyed by one of the princes and they are left vulnerable with nothing to their names. Against their better judgement, they seek refuge with the apparent kinder of the two princes, Anton. They are thrust in to a world of opulence and gifted a shop, but at a price. Anton wants Céline to use her gifts to help solve murders that have been plaguing his village. Could Céline’s gifts be real after all? Could Amelie potentially have a gift too?
I really enjoyed this series which focuses on the choice between good and evil. It definitely has an underlying romantic theme which was done subtly and believably. I was sad when it came to an end.