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Wit'ch Storm

(The Banned and the Banished #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  4,401 ratings  ·  121 reviews
Elena bears the mark of the wit'ch upon her palm, the crimson stain that testifies to the awesome power of unimaginable potency: wild seductive, and difficult to control. Only a mistress of blood magick can stand against the foul minions and all-corrupting evil of the Dark Lord. But Elena is not yet the mistress of her magick. Protected by an ageless warrior and a band of ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published May 2nd 2000 by Del Rey (first published 1999)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Wit'ch Storm (The Banned and the Banished #2), by James Clemens

Elena bears the mark of the wit'ch upon her palm, the crimson stain that testifies to the awesome power of unimaginable potency: wild seductive, and difficult to control. Only a mistress of blood magick can stand against the foul minions and all-corrupting evil of the Dark Lord. But Elena is not yet the mistress of her magick. Protected by an ageless warrior and a band of renegades, she quests for a lost city where prophecies speak
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: electronic
nearly lost steam near the end there;

the character diversity is quite interesting;
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p17: fardale, in his wolf form, had left at daybreak to survey the trails that led to the distant valleys.

p208: it felt like the bite of a wasp.

p391: as the fogs parted, it soon became clearer.

p441: he stood just a little smaller than er'ril.
Ariana Fae
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WIT'CH Storm is my favorite book out of the The Banned and the Banished quintet, and listening it on audio is just as fun as when I read it years ago. Not only does James Clemens stack the odds against Elena and her companions in this story, but he introduces new characters.

The most fascinating character out of the series is Vira'ni, a complex villain who's powers were eerily and disgustingly interesting. Nineteen years later, I still vividly remember a passage Clemens wrote about Vira'ni and he
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The creepy, horror characters and scenes are not really my thing, but the story (and the series) is an interesting mix of familiar fantasy stereotypes and creative, original elements.
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Book two in the series continues building layers to the characters and the world. The intertwining fates of the characters is convenient. Almost too convenient. Still, compelling enough.
Ashley White
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes fantasy
If the first book wasn't full of enough magic and mayhem for you, this one follows up in such a way that you can't help but bite your nails as you read about Elena's dire quest to reach Aloa Glen. This one has enough villains and creepy creatures in it, including a lovely Spider-Birthing woman named Virani who, honestly, gave me a nightmare or two. But as with all the other characters in this intricate and immense world, she has a back story that makes you feel sorry for her.
All in all, Cleme
Jan 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
There's two main approaches to telling you how evil is the evil wizard is in a story containing an evil wizard.

One of them goes "The evil wizard used magics most foul to force the pitiable woman to birth a demon", and the other one will describe the birth and how it smelt when her water burst. I will not provide that description here.

This book is squarely in the second category, with gratuitous gore, and entire passages included which have no bearing on the story except for shock value.

The world
Jan 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
I can't rate this one. I only got to about 10 pages and realized the writing style was not for me. I didn't know that this author is also James Rollins. The other book I read by James Rollins I gave 2 stars. I think his style is just not for me. I bought this book because of the cool witch on the cover. I guess I judged this one wrong,.......
Jo Marjoribanks
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I'm so glad I decided to re-read this series. It's definitely still my favourite. Now on to the third installment!
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017, fantasy
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Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this second book of The Banned and Banished series, the saga of Elena the Wit'ch continues. Now, she is travelling across the lands to reach the old magical city of A'loa Glen to seek out the Blood Diary and end the reign of the Dark Lord. The Dark Lord, however, wants the wit'ch for his own evil deeds and has set up traps throughout the land to capture her, using his Ill'guard. With the help of her gang of misplaced heroes, she must evade the traps and survive long enough to reach A'loa Glen ...more
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. Just enough characters to fully develop yet not get lost in their importance (as in, every one played a significant role), histories revealed, more mysteries presented, and teasers for what's next to come.

As an aside, I don't mind the apostrophe's. How else can you know how to pronounce a name? RA Salvadore used them in Menzoberranzen.
Michele Benson
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in this series and some new characters are introduced. My favorite is the Mer girl Sy'wen and her bonded dragon (who turns into a hunky, tattooed, island man whenever she doesn't need transportation). Again, girls save the day in this increasingly feminist fantasy series. I am only giving it 4 stars because there were TOO MANY spiders!
Susan Watkins
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

James Clemons has caught the essence of really really good fantasy. He is as good writer of fantasy as he with his international thrillers. His writing moves his characters constantly. I'm never bored when I read anything he written.
Catherine Labadie
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: worth-a-read
Much better than book 1. Vivid imagery, characters with more substance rather than caricature (except for Er'ril,) and I'll be reading book 3.
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
2nd book in the series - Great read. Really want to get next in series and continue!
Geoff Battle
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Never really cared for the characters, however the sheer volume of interesting content and well conceived evil made up for it.
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Good read
Nov 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book never really hooked me. I was interested in what was going on, and I really liked Elena a a character. But somehow, something just never clicke to make me really enjoy this book as some other people obviously have. A weirdly frustrating Three Stars.

Plot: Three Stars

It certainly had it's moments. There was action, itrigue and pace. Indeed I'm sure that, if it wasn't for some really dull parts that I just couldn't care less about, this book could have made it four stars. As it was, the
Mike Briggs
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
James Clemens, I have found, is a better writer than James Rollins. Why does that matter when this book is by Clemens? Because both are pen names of Jim Czajkowski. I mentioned in another review, the one for a Rollins latest book that I liked Rollins non-series books better than his Sigma series. The first five Rollins books were non-series, last five were Sigma books (at the time of writing this review, 2008). I took that to mean that Rollins felt freer and less restrained when he wrote a non-s ...more
Chip Hunter
Sep 08, 2016 rated it liked it
WIT’CH STORM continues the tale of Elena and her band of heroes as they travel across a continent to a lost city from which they must retrieve a magical item that is needed to end the reign of an evil Dark Lord. If that sounds generic, the storyline largely is. A young heroine discovers latent magical abilities, is told that she is the prophesied savior of the realm, and begins a quest against impossible odds. Along the way she is joined by a motley group of companions, gradually learns to harne ...more
First off, this book was generally written better than the first IMO. Too many excessive details, or lack of details, hooked me and pulled me right out of the story in Wit'ch Fire; that didn't happen as often in Wit'ch Storm, which was nice to see. At times the writing seems like it's aiming for far higher than it can reach, but the definite improvement helped smooth that out.

Despite that though, the first third of the book seems almost under-developed in comparison to the rest of it, as if the
Aaron Carson
Jan 07, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm placing my review for the entire series on this page, because it was the book which originally drew me to buy the entirety of the five volumes. Why? Brom's artwork. The portrait of the dark witch Virani on featured on the cover of Wit'ch Storm, was so striking that I went ahead and bought the whole series. Little did I realise that Brom had only done covers for two of the books, and after that, Alan Pollack took over for Wit'ch War, and the covers got worse and worse from there. It's complet ...more
Harold Shaver
I first read this series many years ago when I first got into digital reading and was the proud possessor of a Palm VIIx with, if I recall correctly a 256mb Compact Flash card in it that I stored apps and books on. Damn those were the days! In any case to show you just how compelling these books were, I read all five of the quite lengthy tomes on the minuscule screen of that Palm Pilot device. They were in the Palm .PDB format and were acquired from the then fledgling, now departed (it has since ...more
Travis Simmons
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was a great second installment to the Banned and Banished series, and I fully intend on reading the last three, but they are pretty long, and at times a little dry. I find myself putting them down and going on to something else. But seriously, do we need a full page describing how they loaded horses on to a boat?


I think that's my main issue with the book, he tends to over describe. It could cut down the story a lot if he didn't describe as much
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
(This review may contain spoilers).

This book returns to the land of Alasea, revisiting old characters and introducing new ones. (Or reintroducing, in my case). There were characters I felt sorry for, even knowing what they'd become. Vira'ni springs to mind.

The ill'guard was an interesting concept. Powers and personalities twisted into something evil and corrupted... it was a very scary idea.

As in the first book, my favourite character remains Tol'chuk, though Fardale is a very close second. I al
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is a book for lovers of fantasy and lovers of small talk. To me it's a book that's similar to when you meet someone who is kind of reserved but intrigues you and has so much promise that you figure if you just meet them in the right circumstances, they are likely amazing. But then you meet them in their favorite setting and see that they spend so much time trying to please someone who is much less interesting and cliche that everything interesting about them gets buried. The story is like a ...more
Apr 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: like-it
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Aug 07, 2013 rated it liked it
So this is again my quest to retread stuff I first read years ago and see if it holds up. So far: this book is slower than I remember. Also I was ambivalent to Er'ril when I was fourteen, but now I'm thinking he's shaping up to be kind of an asshole. Lots of black heart that I mean like, the evil monsters are TOO evil and TOO foul for me to take them seriously. Alas. And all these monsters bursting out of people's bodies. It's very extra.

I liked Cassa dar. I also really loved Sy-w
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James Clemens [Aka James Rollins] was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1961. With his three brothers and three sisters, he was raised in the Midwest and rural Canada. He attended the University of Missouri and graduated with a doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1985. The lure of ocean, sun, and new horizons eventually drew him to the West Coast, where he established his veterinary practice in Sacrame ...more

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The Banned and the Banished (5 books)
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