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James Clemens was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1961. He now has a veterinary practice in Sacramento, California, where he shares his home with two Dalmations, a stray Shepherd and a love-sick parrot named Igor. Wit'ch Fire is his first novel.
Thirteen-year-old Elena is the daughter of kindly orchard keepers who have no idea their little girl is the reincarnated sorceress Sisa'kofa, "wit'ch of spirit and stone," dead for more than five centuries and now the world's last hope for defeating the dreaded Dark One and his minions. This launch novel of a projected trilogy by first-time author Clemens is another entry into the crowded fantasy adventure field, and the book introduces all the usual suspects: an ancient prophecy; an adolescent with burgeoning magical powers; her loyal multispecies cohort; a power-mad evil sorcerer. Just as Elena's magical ability starts to manifest, the Dark One's servants arrive to capture herÄfor the Dark One plans to add her newborn powers to his own. Elena's escape begins a wild chase as she struggles to learn what she is and to come to terms with her growing power. She must eventually embrace her magic in order to save herself in the inevitable climactic battleÄand to prepare for further confrontation with the Dark One, in Book Two. Readers who like their stories full of violence, magical pyrotechnics and black-hearted villains will find themselves on familiar ground here. Those in search of something original should look elsewhere. (June)
'With every new book....Clemens' storytelling expertise becomes more compelling' T. Brooks '(the book) grabs at your heart & tears a little hole, then another & another--a brutal & beautiful ride. I can't put the book down!' R A Salvatore 'I loved every page of this book. Clemens has constructed a world of magic that's never been seen before, with a cast of beings who are so engaging & entrancing that you never want the story to end' John Saul 'The action is lively and a-plenty' SFX 'Clemens holds you gripped with these stories, each thrilling in their own right, and becoming more so as the strands come together. WIT'CH STORM is a romp, but the pace of the tale itself never lets up for more than an instant, just giving you enough time to catch your breathe before it drags you onwards. Masterful and compelling.' STARBURST
The sudden reappearance of a long-dead form of magic forces a young girl to undertake a desperate journey in search of the source of her power. Pursued by dark forces who would claim her magic for themselves, Elena attracts a group of exiles and outcasts to her side as protectors and companions in danger. First novelist Clemens demonstrates considerable skill at combining swift pacing with character development in this gracefully written beginning to a projected high fantasy quest. Suitable for most libraries' fantasy collections.