Two people bound by a powerful curse.
When Sophie Turner finally returns home to the sleepy tourist town of Copper Falls, she imagines the kind of life she's always dreamed of: calm, quiet, and peaceful. After years of having her steps haunted by a powerful and devious stalker, she is now living on land settled by her ancestors. She can feel the magic in her blood responding, and she feels like she finally has the chance to build a life.
Until he comes along.
All of her dreams of peace and calm come tumbling down the second Calder Turcotte enters Sophie's life. The danger he brings threatens everything she's worked for, everything she's tried to build for herself. He gives Sophie an ultimatum: break the curse her ancestor set on his family, or lose the very land that's allowing her to heal. and his strength. Helping him is the right thing to do.
She never would have guessed how much she'd end up losing to save him.
©2015 Colleen Vanderlinden (P)2015 Colleen Vanderlinden
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"A magical tale."
This is the first book I've read by this author but it wont be my last!! I loved this and am impatiently awaiting book 2.
Right from the start I was pulled into the story. The plot was fast paced and intriguing and the mystery surrounding the curse was fascinating. I loved finding out about it along with the characters. It was interesting seeing how the curse came about when Sophies' family are all good witches!!
The characters were all well written and developed and I loved each one. Sophie was a strong capable character with a plucky spirit. She has been through a lot and is trying to figure out why her magic isn't as strong as it used to. Though now that she is back at her home town and living on her ancestors land, she starts to see a change in herself.
Then we have Calder. His family are shifters and have been plagued by a curse for centuries and Calder has finally found out which witch put it on them. He didn't realise that he knew the witches family and that the ancestor is now living across the street from him. His childhood sweetheart is the only one able to help find the cure so he must do anything he can to get Sophie to help.
The curse plays an important part of the book and I found it fascinating. We are taken from the 21st century and transported back to when the curse first happened through flashbacks. It was intriguing to see how and why it happened and by who and the saddening impact it has on the descendants.
Anyway, in all this was a truly impressive book. I listened to this in a day because I couldn't put it down! It is a richly detailed and magical read and one I cant recommend enough. Its a tale of lost love, of heartbreak, of courage and sacrifice and one that will stay with you. With it's twists and turns and it's engaging characters, this is a must read! I can not wait for book 2!!
The narrator Julia Knippen was fantastic. She portrayed both MCs perfectly and brought across their heartache and grief. She really invested her all into the characters and it shows! I will definitely check out more narrated by her.
*I received a copy of this for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
I think so, I loved it...it flowed easily and I was drawn to Sophie,,,,I really like Witches!
The witch aspects, and the love story....Sophie has a good heart....
I thought she sounded familiar, so I checked...and yes I have....and I loved that story too...She is awesome!
This would make a great movie...
** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **
Sophie is a good witch, she lives on a nice little farm she inherited and is happy for the most part....Calder was Sophie's childhood love and he just so happens o move in across the way from Sophie...Calder is a shifter....The town they live in is full of shifters and such. Well Sophie is unfortunate enough to have a lien on her land and it is auctioned...Calder buys it and with ulterior motives....his family is cursed, and was cursed by Sophie's bloodline many years ago...he holds her land over her head to get her to break this curse... but he loves her...Sophie also has been being stalked for many years by a dark witch...and is in a very dangerous situation....but will she have to give in to save the man she loves? GREAT STORY!!! I can wait till book 2! I highly recommend, well worth your time and a credit!
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"A total package for the senses; a wonderful story"
If you are, as I am, a lover of the paranormal; witches, werewolves, shifters, etc., truly original and well written stories can be hard to find. Shadow Witch Rising stands out in a genre crowded with the mediocre and the unmemorable.
The first thing I want to say about this book is that it is thoroughly original. At the heart of the story is the tragic romance between Sophia and Calder which has been suppressed but simmering just beneath the surface for many years. Sophia is a witch and Calder is a shifter so there is just a tiny hint of the Romeo and Juliet tragic romance here. When Calder reenters Sophia’s life after many years, those deep feelings are still there, but the things that have always kept them apart still exist. To make matters worse, Sophia learns that her ancestors are responsible for a horrible curse that has been cast upon Calder.
Author Colleen Vanderlinden has that rare gift of storytelling that is colorful and visual enough for readers and listeners to easily visualize a lush setting without getting lost in the details. The story is perfectly balanced with just the right amount of action and romance. The intimate passages are romantic and sexy and beautifully written.
Julia Knippen is the perfect match for Shadow Witch Rising. It is more of a voice acting performance then a narration. Julia Knippen is flawless and she brings the characters to life. This is the total package for the senses; a wonderful story skillfully performed. I highly recommend it.
* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
"A desperate search for a way to end a curse"
A well crafted tale of good and evil, love and insanity, and a curse that is destroying two family lines. The story line is woven between the 19th and 21st centuries, with the main characters here and now and flashbacks to the original lovers and their struggles. There are shapeshifters, witchcraft, and an evil as old as time. The reader is drawn in and quickly becomes invested in the struggles. I am SO looking forward to the next book. I have never read this author before.
Julia K has a gift for interpreting the range of emotions that the characters experience and enhances the reader's appreciation of what the writer has crafted.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast
"Shadow Witch Rising"
I really enjoyed this book!It was a very good 1st book in a series.Julie Knippen did a great job narrating. Sophie returns to live in her families ancient home on land of her forefathers...or Mothers as we find out. She's trying to come up with money to keep the house going up for auction due to a lean on the property.A new neighbor moves in across the road.As soon as she sees Calder she knows her nightmares are coming true. Their families are connected,she finds out after Calder buys her property.A long ago relative cursed his line and he believes she can erase the curse.
This audiobook was provided to me at no cost for a fair and honest review
"I REALLY LOVED THIS STORY!!!!!!!!!"
I thought this was a really good story!!! It was as good as other similar titles!!! At approximately 10.5 hours, it was a bit long though!!
I especially liked Julia Knippen's reading of this audiobook! She has a very nice, soft voice!!!
I would definitely recommend and look forward to more from both author and narrator!!!!
Audiobook received in exchange for an honest review!!!!
this book was really good until the end. I thought the ending was a little rushed.
"Interesting twists but a little repetitive"
Overall the story is interesting and I will definitely be continuing the series. The narrator is well matched to the book, and did a wonderful job, with this type of main character the wrong voice and reading can quickly make you give up and move on to the next story. While I did find some parts repetitive I am hopeful this was first book story set up and the interesting direction the author has decided to take will keep me coming back for more.
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This book was a disappointment. I feel bad because the basic story was there, it just seemed that there were paragraphs and chapters added just to lengthen the book. It continued to repeat itself over and over. There were times that I thought that it would pick up but then it didn’t. It was difficult to listen to all the way through. And then after fighting my way through it, it didn’t end. I might have felt better had there been some resolution, but there wasn’t, so I didn’t.
"Shadow Witch Rising."
I listen to audio books all the time and know how important it is for the narrator is to the entire book being successful. this book has a great story but the narrator was the same voice for male and female characters.... not good at all.... production people please use male reader for male voices if the narrator is unable to cope.
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