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Wit'ch Storm

(The Banned and the Banished #2)

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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 o
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it'chy
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soft
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
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Kathi
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.
Charlotte B.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
L'histoire se densifie encore plus dans ce tome 2, et si au début je tiquais un peu face au déchaînement de surnaturel et bestioles rebutantes, tout le reste du livre m'a beaucoup plu. On rencontre de nouveaux personnages passionnants, même si je trouve que les personnalités ne sont pas assez développées, assez fouillées. L'univers est très riche et on ne peut que se laisser happer, quelle imagination !!
Andi
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Neue Gefährten, zwei neue Völker und ihre Geschichten, neue Feinde. Auch der zweite Teil hat mich beim nochmals lesen gefesselt. Hier bekommt man außerdem, im Gegensatz zum ersten Teil, viel mehr Einblicke in die Geschichten und Welten der Bösewächter und dunklen Magiker.
Ich habe meinen Schlaf für dieses Buch geopfert.
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
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Treshix
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
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DAISY DISNEY
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,.......
Minnie
Oct 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Een heel mooi vervolg op Het boek van vuur. Elena is al wat gegroeid als mens en ook als heks. Ze moet verder, ook om haar broer te redden. Spannende fantasy, en genre die ik door Clemens leerde kennen en waarvan ik zeker meer ga lezen.
Ysabeaux
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017, fantasy
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Kitty
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
Melissa
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le premier tome de la saga m’avait moyennement convaincue et ce second tome commençait de la même manière. En effet la première partie avec la malegarde des araignées étaient un peu lente et manquait d’accroche mais la suite m’a fait changé d’avis. J’ai beaucoup aimé les passages avec Joach à Val’loah, comme l’aventure avec la Merai et surtout la partie dans les marais ! Bien sûr j’ai été un peu surprise de voir autant de ressemblance avec le Seigneur des Anneaux sur la partie liée aux nains et ...more
Brenda
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!
A_MOTUS
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nouveaux personnages, nouvelles routes et nouveaux pouvoirs. La quête de la sor'cière se complexifie alors que les bannis et les proscrits prennent des décisions qui changent leur vie à jamais.
Les descriptions des paysages nous emmènent à travers les âges et les contrées d'Alasea, du sommet des pics enneigées, aux fosses peuplées par les monstres des légendes.
Joan Damiens
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un très bon deuxième tome. Cependant, je l'ai trouvé un peu plus confus que le premier, et certains de mes personnages préférés étaient très peu présents. J'ai hâte de lire le troisième tome, qui promet d'être absolument épique!
Susan Watkins
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome

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.
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.
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.
Kevin
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
2nd book in the series - Great read. Really want to get next in series and continue!
Red
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Болотная ведьма и её зона норм, рваный характер текста и глупо-торжественные вкрапления слов в предложениях на месте.
James
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
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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
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
Séverine
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Après ma lecture du premier tome, je vous avoue que je ne me suis plus tellement intéressé à cette saga. Je n'avais pas tellement apprécié Elena, le premier tome se déroulait sur deux jours et demi pour plus de 600 pages, et ça me faisait l'effet d'un gros prologue. Mais il y avait quand même un petit quelque chose qui m'incitait à revenir vers la Sor'cière, puisque j'ai profité de l'#OP1000K pour obtenir ce deuxième tome en ebook, une sorte de crash test pour savoir si on continue la saga, ou p ...more
CJ
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
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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
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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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