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The Familial Witch

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Lucien Lemione the clan leader of the feared and revered Eternals is faced with the ultimate betrayal. His second in command for two centuries has not only created the most grievous of offenses but also commissioned the creation of liquid silver. When poisoned by this toxin, an immortal suffers a fate much worse than death, frozen in an internal prison. After being wounded ...more
Kindle Edition, 42 pages
Published February 2011 by Astraea Press (first published January 31st 2011)
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Ronda  Tutt
Beautiful Story!

This was such a sweet short fast pace story. It was so touching how the Familiar Witch Aisleen’s stayed strong and honored her vow with the Mother Goddess even when she was faced with taking care of one of her enemies (Lucien) from long ago.

I loved the smooth writing and only craved more in the end. The story isn’t really a love story but the Familial Witch Aisleen and Eternal Lucien end up together in the end as he asks to stay to make up for all his wrong doings in the past. Th
Apr 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
In Bri Clark's mythical world, the Mother Goddess is the creator with her creations being made in an alternate realm from earth. Ethical and responsible behavior displayed by Eternals is what allowed them to walk among the humans.

The first rule of Eternals is that they must only mate within their own kind. The half-breed creations of a mating outside their own kind resulted in abominations that were a threat to society. Not only that, they were not bound by the same rules as the Eternals, making
Melissa ♥ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
I absolutely loved the lush descriptives that Bri Clark uses in this novella. I could completely picture the woods and the characters that make up this short tale. I loved the aspects of earth magic and healing that made up Aisleen's person but unfortunately the plot and the character development fell short for me. The romance seemed too similar to insta-love and the conclusion felt a bit too abrupt and it left too many questions for my taste. All in all: Beautifully descriptive but lacking in s ...more
Feb 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful short story. Ms. Clark elegantly depicts a new world of her own creation, one elaborate and different, but easy to follow, thanks to her magical gift for description. The setting comes alive, as do the characters and lore. Warning: This one will leave you wanting for more :)
Mar 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Familial Witch is probably one of the most captivating novellas I’ve ever read. I read it in just one sitting but it left me wanting for more. The story was so well-written that it never occurred in my mind that I was reading a novella.

The story started out with a quick intensity as Lucien finds himself at the mercy of his once-trusted comrade, Alistair. Badly wounded and weary, he retreated deep into the woods and is found by a witch, Aisleen. Since this book is a novella, I reckoned I shou
Mar 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Familiar Witch is a wonderful and delightful tale that takes the reader on a journey to another time and another place.

Bri Clark has an amazing talent for painting vividly beautiful and truly realistic scenes through her words and descriptions. Her story is brought to life from the first sentence and quickly and easily seduces the reader into the lives of these two wonderful characters.

I simply loved the writing style of Ms. Clark and have to say that her characters are written in a way that
As I reached the end of this novella, I was left wanting more. The author has created such an incredible story in such a short period of time (and pages), we are introduced to a world of eternals, witches and magic. And of course the gorgeous cover!

We are introduced to Lucien, clan leader and one of the most revered. He is betrayed and barely escapes with his life. He stumbles on Aisleen (LOVE the name!) as he wanders through the forest. He begs for help and thankfully she doesn't hesitate. Thes
Jessica Gibson
Feb 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ok, let me start by saying, the cover alone had my interest piqued, so I was excited to read this book. I would really call it more of a short story, just when I thought the story was going to get going, it ended. I was left feeling sort of let down, I'm really hoping there's going to be a sequel so I can see what's going to happen next.
I did enjoy the story, I loved the two main characters. Aisleen is such a strong woman, to be able to help a man who was responsible for the death of her entire
Romancing the Book
Oct 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, romance
Reviewed by Valerie: It’s official for me, novella = extra long teaser. This was a stunning paranormal novella introducing us to the world of immortals and witches. While many novellas are written to expand on characters from other storylines, this one is a stand alone (fingers crossed there will be more from this author).

I loved the descriptions of the world that Lucien and Aisleen inhabit. I was taken in by her ability as a healer and his kindness despite being a warrior. When he is betrayed a
Avid Reader Amy's Reviews
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
For a short story this one packed a lot of info. The author's story is clean but leaves a lot to the imagination. The story flows very well and the character terms are easily understandable. I enjoyed reading about Aisleen. She is a character that can be easily related to. She has dealt with pain and loss in the past and now is confronted with the man that caused the loss she experienced. While Lucien is unconscious she has to make a choice to either mend his wounds or extract her revenge. She c ...more
Jenny needham
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this novella from the very first chapter, the characters are amazing and well written. I loved the fact that i really wanted to hate Lucien but i found that as the story progressed i actually loved him and all his flaws. Aisleen shows amazing character and strength,with a whole back story to the relationship between them i can't wait to see what else is in store for the pair. There is only one downside i found to this and that was that i wanted more and it ended too quickly for me, i was ...more
Dolce Amore
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Confessions from Romaholics

Lucien Lemoine’s second in command betrayed him and the rest of the immortals by procreating with humans in order to create an army. This is taboo, the mortals and the eternals, created in a dream realm, are never meant to mix. And then he finds out that Alistair, his second-in-command, has made a pact with some vampires, enemies of the eternals, so he could find a way to kill Lucien.

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May 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
How many times can a person say “Just one more page” to themselves? I found myself doing that thee whole book! (Thee) lol. I loved the way this whole book was set up, this author really found her talent. Beginning draws you in, plot/storyline and pace teams up on you, never letting you put it down! Ending will leave you wanting the whole series. This original story is definitely one I will recommend over and over. A Must buy!
Shy The WidowMaker
Mar 02, 2012 rated it liked it
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Tishia (Paperback Opinion)
Apr 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Loved the story but there were so many unanswered questions. It's almost like it't the intro of a book. I WANT MORE! Guess I'm too use to reading epic long stories.
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Bri Clark is a real example of redemption and renewal. Growing penniless in the South, Bri learned street smarts while caring for her brother in a broken home. She watched her mother work several jobs to care for their small family. Once her brother could fend for himself, Bri moved on to a series of bad choices including leaving school and living on her own. Rebelliousness was a strong understate ...more