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“You have only to call my name to bring me back,” he whispered, his breath hot in my ear. “You have only to love me to make me human.”

Seduced by a powerful incubus demon, Callie has succeeded in banishing him to the Borderlands but Liam still haunts her dreams, tempting her with the knowledge of how to bring him back.

But loving an incubus usually ends in death for a human.
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Paperback, 339 pages
Published September 13th 2012 by Ebury Press
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Demon Lover made me a fan of Juliet Dark (Carol Goodman). I really enjoyed the dark, gothic romance of that book and I eagerly picked up a copy of The Water Witch. I was glad to be back in the Catskill town of Fairwick, back with Callie and her eccentric circle of friends.

The author sets the mood so well in the prologue. The writing is both beautiful and descriptive and it is easy to imagine yourself in that town watching all of the magic and action. The previous book is recapped well, without
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Patrice Hoffman
Let me start by saying I really enjoyed this book. The Water Witch is the second novel in the Fairwick Chronicles and by far the most exciting. Given how well written The Demon Lover is, I had high hopes for The Water Witch as well. Dark/Goodman does not skip out on any opportunity to paint a vivid picture of the enchanted town of Fairwick. The imajery and attention to even minor details just enhances the experience of reading this book. I find my self lost in Fairwick as well as Faerie with eve ...more
Fani
4.5 stars

Well, there's something about this series that make me want to read them like crazy, when there are so many better written books out there! I mean, the writing can be a bit convoluted sometimes, the explanations more complicated than the initial questions, and still I couldn't put the book down if the house was on fire:) The plot itself, with the complex world building, the feud between the two organizations and the romance between Liam and Cailleagh, is one of the best crafted and inte
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Nafiza
Dec 06, 2012 Nafiza rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, edelweiss
I quite enjoyed Demon Lover, the first in the series so I expected to like The Water Witch just as much. Unfortunately, some elements in the novel prevented me from immersing myself into the world as fully as I wanted to and this in turn affected my enjoyment of it.

I think there were too many things occurring in the novel and not enough attention given to all of them. There are a lot more supernatural beings added to the mix, the Nordic (I think) handyman gets badly hurt and is stuck somewhere i
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Dianne
Book two in the Fairwick Chronicles Series has built on book one, The Demon Lover, and created a much more in-depth, detailed story! I was immediately drawn in, knowing the characters already, I connected and saw how much the main character, Callie McFay, the part witch/part fey college professor has grown into her budding powers, also discovering that, as a child, these powers were bound to hide them from her grandmother, an accomplished and overbearing witch. Finally, I can say I like Callie! ...more
Courtney
I enjoyed the first book, The Demon Lover, a great deal. I thought the author's use of the Gothic genre was excellent. These books are, admittedly, about the sex with a magical background, and little else, in my opinion.

This book, The Water Witch, didn't enthrall me like the first book. My biggest gripe is that the Gothic elements are gone. This book is mostly sunny woodland. Nothing scared me, put me on edge. In fact, I seriously couldn't care about the undines at all. Dark tells us we are sup
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Lucy Saint-smith
Dec 19, 2014 Lucy Saint-smith rated it liked it
This is a really terrible book, but I sort of liked it... It is a paranormal romance/urban fantasy in the style of the Southern Vampire series. The main character Cailleach (pronounced Kay-lex, as we are constantly reminded) McFay (McFay - really?) is a half faery half witch professor in a rural American university situated in Fairwick - a town with the sole remaining door into Faerie.
The story follows her trying to resolve her romance with an incubus from the last novel, help out some undines
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Melissapalmer404
Apr 29, 2014 Melissapalmer404 rated it really liked it
Book #41 Read in 2014
The Water Witch by Juliet Dark

Juliet Dark is a pen name for author Carol Goodman. This book is the second in a paranormal trilogy. It is a really good read, as was book #1. Callie is a doorkeeper...a witch who can open and close doors between the human world and the fairy world. She is also a college professor....along with several other paranormal beings. Her small town is magical and has become her home...but it is being threatened by the Grove, an organization in which he
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Maria
Jan 06, 2013 Maria rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Another great book in the very interesting series by Carol Goodman. “Water Witch” is a modern fairytale. Placed in a small but enchanting town with very interesting characters and world-building, this story is absolutely captivating and worth reading!

The story continues from where the first book ended. Callie is hunted in her dreams by her incubus lover while another very dangerous creature is trying to be free in this world.

Callie is very good as she was in the first book but she’s mor
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Chibineko
May 20, 2013 Chibineko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pretty excited to read this once I finally got around to cracking it open and for the most part, Water Witch delivers. There are a few downfalls to this that will probably push some readers away, notably that the book's plot isn't really all that streamlined- it sort of gently ping-pongs its way through the book. Not enough to where I really thought it detracted, but at times it did seem a little distracted, as if there were too many things to include in this second volume.

The good thing i
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Charlotte Phillips
Nov 12, 2012 Charlotte Phillips rated it it was ok
I can't say that I really enjoyed this book. Perhaps it was because I hadn't read the first one in the series, or perhaps it was because it seemed like a whole bunch of twaddle like there wasn't too much purpose, depth or meaning to it. It was an irritating kinda book because of all the stupidity in sexual references. It was almost like I was reading fifty shades of grey again but a teenage version. I think at least half the book was based on the girl having an orgasm over and over again by some ...more
Sarah
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine, and Netgalley.)
This is the second book in the ‘Fairwick Chronicles’ series, and picks up 4 months after the end of book 1.) **Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘The Demon Lover’**
At the end of book 1 Callie banished her boyfriend Liam, (who turned out to be incubus) to the borderlands of Faerie, and is now getting on with her life.

The problem in F
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Mary
Mar 03, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

From Goodreads – “After casting out a dark spirit, Callie McFay, a professor of gothic literature, has at last restored a semblance of calm to her rambling Victorian house. But in the nearby thicket of the Honeysuckle Forest, and in the currents of the rushing Undine River, more trouble is stirring. . . .”

The Water Witch was an enjoyable and fun read. When I requested it from Netgalley, I didn’t realize that it was the 2nd book in a series. But, it was easy enough to read as a stand alone and I
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Anthi
4.5 Stars

I hate HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE cliffhangers!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I loved the book!
Erin Tanner
Feb 18, 2013 Erin Tanner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How am I going to survive until the next book comes out?
Charlie
Feb 08, 2013 Charlie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you liked the first book in the series, The Demon Lover, you'll undoubtedly enjoy the second installation because it provides a seamless transition with well-woven re-capping details. The voice, flow and characters stay true to themselves. However, they don't necessarily grow that much, but Callie does figure out a few things before all is finished. I wish I could share a quote from the book as an example to theme, but since this is an advanced reader copy, I'm not allowed. As I got deeper an ...more
Bookmom
Dec 29, 2012 Bookmom rated it liked it
Callie McFay is still struggling with the idea that she had to trap and bind Liam to the Borderlands when thinking the incubus had killed some college girls, only to find out later he’d had nothing to do with it. Liam still visits her in her dreams and she feels guilty that she couldn’t love him enough for him to become human.

She needs to open a door to Faerie to let newly hatched Undines pass over there before they die, but in doing so, let’s a rather angry one back into her world and humans ar
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Lucie Paris
Dec 16, 2012 Lucie Paris rated it liked it
I was excited about "The demon lover" and I waited with impatience and eagerness to dive into the adventures of Callie and her lover. Unfortunately, I has not been sweep off feet by this sequel.

After reading the first volume, I was wishing for more magic. This is quite what I have gotten: incantations, grimoires, transformations and explanation about the magical and enchanting world but the charm has not operated.

I found Callie too angry, too tempted to forget Liam by all means. In parallel, she
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Christy LoveOfBooks
2.5

Okay, I’m starting off by saying that I loved The Demon Lover, and The Water Witch is one of the books I was most looking forward to this year. Unfortunately, I struggled with this book for various reasons. The Water Witch started off hot and heavy, but then quickly got painstakingly slow. I had to give myself pep talks to keep reading. Yet, I found it interesting at times. It’s one of those books that made me work for it and left me feeling all mixed up.

Callie has banished her demon lover to
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Lucinda
Dec 26, 2012 Lucinda rated it really liked it
This tantalizingly tempting dark, gothic fantasy will have you lost within a character-driven tale that is truly magical!

From the author of Incubus comes the second installment within the fairwick chronicles, as you Callie’s quest to save Liam from his watery prison continues. Character-driven, full of suspense and tension this exciting, original and inspired tale will delight many fans of the Young Adult genre. Intensely gripping and absorbing I was left screaming out after reading this book,
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Vivian
Feb 07, 2013 Vivian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Callie (Cailleach) McFay is still feeling guilty about exiling her lover Liam, an incubus, to the Borderlands (a Faerie no-man's land). She's also trying to learn more about her magical gifts as a Doorkeeper. All she knows is that she's able to open and close the doors into Faerie, but she doesn't quite know how that works. Worse still are the rumors that the Grove and the Institute of Magical Professionals (IMP) are meeting to decide to close the door to Faerie forever. If this happens all of t ...more
Drennan Spitzer
Mar 08, 2013 Drennan Spitzer rated it really liked it
Juliet Dark, pen name for author Carol Goodman, tells the story of Callie McFey and her attempt to keep open the threshold to the supernatural world of Faerie while battling a murderous Undine, or water spirit, in the stunning novel The Water Witch. Callie is an academic, a professor at Fairwick College in the Catskills of New York. But she is also a half-witch, half-fey young woman who has yet to come into her powers. As Callie confronts those witches who would close the door to Faerie, the wor ...more
Jaime
Mar 28, 2013 Jaime rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off I want to thank LibraryThing Early Reviewers for choosing me to receive this book in return for a honest review. When I won it I did not realize that it was second in a series until I received it so I took a chance on buying the first one in the series titled The Demon Lover. I loved the first book and I loved this book just as much if not more. It was a great dark gothic story which was also very sexy at times. It has all the magical elements and characters I love such as witches, fey ...more
Tahlia Newland
Feb 04, 2013 Tahlia Newland rated it really liked it
The Water Witch is the second in a series, the first being Demon Lover which I enjoyed very much—my review here—and it appears that there will be at least one more in the series because the end, though not a cliff-hanger, definitely demands more.

Ms Dark writes well, drawing the reader seamlessly into Callie’s experience. The story is set in an old house and the surrounding woods, and populated by witches, a succubus and an incubus, undines, Norse divinities, Scottish protectors and an intelligen
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Melissa ( Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf)
Juliet dark drew me right back into the world of Fairwick with The Water Witch. I daresay that Dark's command of the written word and her amazing ability to paint a picture and create a world both gothic and beautiful, dark and charming at the same time is a large part of why I am so in love with this series.

The setting once again pulled me right in...who wouldn't want to live in a large somewhat ramshackle Victorian and the edge of a woods called Honeysuckle Forest? I know that I certainly do!
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Christy Woods
I've got some mixed emotions about the 2nd of Juliet Dark's "Fairwick Chronicles". Like the 1st book, "The Demon Lover", this book is smart and fun. Unfortunately, this installment left me a little confused and unsatisfied.

The Good: There is still a smart plot, a good use of the English language, and a fun and endearing cast of characters. I enjoyed the new bits and pieces Dark introduces us to: Undines and Norns, specifically. The overall plot is a good one, a real page turner.

The Bad: I was im
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Paula
Apr 18, 2013 Paula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Loved it! I think I maybe, quite possibly, loved it more than Demon Lover, and that is saying something cause I really enjoyed Demon Lover. Callie is more of a real person in this one, I'm not sure if that is because I got to know her in the first book, but she is so much more likable, as are all the returning characters. Especially a very intoxicating demon who stole my heart in the first book. I really was hoping to have Callie and her incubus end up together.... you will just have to read it ...more
Kristen
Jan 01, 2015 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
oh wow! This story was great and the ending was a sucker punch. I'm ready for the final book:)
Khanh (the Grinch)
Mar 04, 2013 Khanh (the Grinch) rated it liked it
SO MANY THINGS GOING ON. MY BRAIN.

Callie is possibly the dumbest literary character with a Ph.D I've ever read, with a sexual attention span of a gnat. I have no problem that she sleeps around. I am not up for slut shaming. I enjoy it when it's done right, and the rate at which she falls in and out of love and lust during this series is just stupid.

I really don't know why I keep on reading these series that I know are going to be bad. I really don't. My masochistic tendencies are a mile long, ap
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Carol Goodman is the author of The Lake of Dead Languages, The Fairwick Chronicles, Watchtower Trilogy (with husband Lee Slonimsky), and the forthcoming young adult Blythewood series. Her work has appeared in such journals as The Greensboro Review, Literal Latt, The Midwest Quarterly, and Other Voices. After graduation from Vassar College, where she majored in Latin, she taught Latin for several y ...more
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