One Solstice Night by Elora Bishop

Isabella Fox is used to being run out of town.  A mediocre witch-for-hire, eventually her spells always seem to go wrong.  After getting run out of town for the third time by an angry mob, she takes a post in the sleepy mountain town of Benevolence, vowing that this time she will get it right.  And since the townsfolk only need her to do one spell a year, how could she possibly go wrong?

This is a beautifully told story.  The author paints her scenes with a sure brush, combining the innocence of a fairy tale with a mature writing style.  The result is enchanting.  Visual details bring the characters effortlessly to life; the spirit of Isabella’s love interest Emily is embodied by her deer form, reclusive and gentle but with a hidden courage.

Isabella is an instantly likeable protagonist.  She has a generous heart, but she’s also a daydreamer with a romantic streak.  A strong sense of justice propels her through the story and makes her a bit of a rebel as well.  My favorite character, though, is Alice, the young witch’s talking familiar.  She acts as the voice of reason and a source of sharp wit throughout the story.  And what fairytale is complete without a talking cat?

 

Title:  One Solstice Night

Author:  Elora Bishop

Genre:  Fantasy

Publication:  ADP/Create Space, November 8th, 2011

Price: $2.99 (e-book, all formats), $7.99 (paperback)

Author’s Website:  http://elorabishop.wordpress.com

http://www.amazon.com/One-Solstice-Night-Elora-Bishop/dp/1467927287/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322287295&sr=1-1

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