Crimson Wind (Horngate Witches #2)
Max knows what trusting the wrong person can cost you. Her former friend Giselle, a powerful witch, enslaved Max years ago, turning her into a Shadowblade—a deadly warrior compelled to fight for Giselle. But there’s more at stake now than Max’s thirst for revenge. The Guardians, overseers of the magical world, h ...more
Main story of this book just isn't very interesting. Instead of focusing on catastrophic events which began at the end of the fist book in this series, main focus is on rescue mission. Problem is - author failed to make me empathize with those who heroine ...more
This is the book for you.
Book 2 of the Horngate Witches will not disappoint.
Promises were given, prize waiting to be claimed, family/people to rescue and a place called "Horngate" to be rebuild.
Max does not seem to be getting any breather at any moment. And.. Max will still be Max who will not hestitate to sacrifice herself for the greater good.
She sleeps, she dreams, she has difficulty in waking up e ...more
And the UF was weaker this time around too. The premise w ...more
Crimson Wind benefits, in part, from my having read Bitter Night and gotten an idea of what to expect from the series. These really aren’t much like the usual urban fantasies. Some of Diana Pharaoh Francis’s changes to the formula are ...more
Max is the Prime. She is the leader of the Shadowblades and Sunspears of the Horngate Coven. War is riding the winds, witches are being recruited to fight a battle between Guardians who want to thrust magic back into the world and Humanity. Horngate barely survived t ...more
The flaws in Bitter Night I accepted due to being the first in the series with sequels usually surpassing the first. Crimson Wind doesn’t follow this pattern. No, it goes the other way. It may be unfair to make this judgement after only 74 pages but I don’t think so.
Characters: Max is a tough bitch, an Uber-Alpha. It’s over the top. Alexander is also supposedly Alpha but um, he’s a bit wet and dull. We didn’t need his POV, it only served to add pages where none were requ ...more
Favorite Quote: “I swear I will fucking kill her this time.”
Bound to a witch who lied, betrayed, and tortured her into becoming the ultimate weapon, Max lives for the day she can finally exact revenge. But revenge will have to wait. Horngate and the world is under the threat of annihilation. The Guardians who control all the magic are tired of humans destroying the world and have decided to wipe the world clean and let magic reestablis ...more
Paranormal Romance –Dec. 28th, 2010
3 1/2 stars
For fast paced action, drama, angst, and tons of tension, Crimson Wind is your book. The heroine is the gutsy, no nonsense type who is willing to sacrifice herself for the greater good. Crimson Wind is the 2nd installment of the Horngate Witches series by Diana Pharaoh Francis and can be read by itself but with the vivid cast of characters make it best to be read in order.
Max is a Shadowblade, a ...more
Okay, first of all, how awesome is the name “Diana Pharaoh Francis”? I mean, it has Pharaoh in it. And it’s not Diana “Pharaoh” Francis. It’s actually part of her name. Although I suppose it could be a pseudonym. If so, it’s a cool one.
Sadly, my experience reading Crimson Wind was not as enjoyable as my fancies surrounding the author’s name. In the spirit of full disclosure, though, I have not read Bitter Night, the first book in the Horngate ...more
So I'm thinking, all right a road trip with just Max and Alexander ~ about time!! But I should've known better. ...more
Again I like the concept of this series which is why i will continue reading, and why I really want ...more
The book picks up a few weeks after the events of Bitter Night. The Coven is on shaky legs and trying to get back to some semblance of order after the attacks that nearly buried them. Giselle is still weak and on the edge of her witchy control, and tensions are high for the Blades and Spears.
This isn't helped much by the addition of Alexander, whom no one- perhaps with the exception of Max- trusts further than they could thro ...more
Crimson Wind is a bumpy thrill ride that takes you on a road trip that even the best of us would find intolerable to say the least.
When the truth finally comes out and Max faces her worst fear things really start to heat up with her and Alexander, only to abruptly be cut short with a dreaded cliffhanger ending.
However knowing Max and her penchant for trouble the next book Shadow City should really be a doozy and will read it soon.
THERE ARE GOOD GUYS. THERE ARE BAD GUYS. AND THEN THERE’S MAX.
Max knows what trusting the wrong person can cost you. Her former friend Giselle, a powerful witch, enslaved Max years ago, turning her into a Shadowblade—a deadly warrior compelled to fight for Giselle. But there’s more at stake now than Max’s thirst for revenge. The Guardians, overseers of the magical world, have declared war on humanity and on any witches not standing with them. Max and Giselle have come to an uneasy truce in orde...more
There are Good guys. There are Bad guys. And then there’s Max.
Max knows what trusting the wrong person can cost you. Her former friend Giselle, a powerful witch, enslaved Max years ago, turning her into a Shadowblade - a deadly warrior compelled to fight for Giselle. But there’s more at stake now than Max’s thirst for revenge.
The Guardians, overseers of the m ...more
Max has a lot of trust issues and you can easily and quickly see why. She was betrayed in the most horrific way and everything she knew as a human was stri ...more
Fed up w ...more
Max a ShadowBlade Prime is still searching for self but in this second book she reaches out to her long lost biological family in the midst of a magical cataclysm. In her search she discovers she may already have a family. Magic, bondage, love and violence categorize this fast paced novel.
Frankly when I reviewed Bitter Night, the prequel to this book, I did it with skepticism. I wasn’t sure it was my cup of java. Once again I am glad I pushed aside my cynic ...more
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