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The Water Witch

(Fairwick Chronicles #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  2,774 ratings  ·  306 reviews
“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.
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
The Water Witch
4 Stars

The enchanting town of Fairwick, New York is not as tranquil as it seems. Home to the last door to Faerie, the town is being threatened by the Grove, a secret and sinister coven of witches determined to seal the door and banish the fae from the human world forever. Half-witch-half-fae professor, Callie MacFay, is caught in the middle while still struggling in the aftermath of banishing her demon lover. In an attempt to release her bound powers in order to help her friends,
Amber J
I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler-free way. Unfortunately, there is still always a risk of slight spoilers despite my best efforts. If you feel something in my review is a spoiler please let me know. Thank you.

This is my third time reading this book. I still love it. This series is amazing, I ran across it by chance when I was browsing shelves at my library the first time I ever read it and has made as one of my favorites still.
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
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies

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
Sarah Elizabeth
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
(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
Fani *loves angst*
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
CM Alsop
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
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
Lucy Saint-smith
Dec 19, 2014 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
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
Amy Ingalls
I bought this book at a library sale because the cover was beautiful. I hadn't read the first book in the series, but was able to follow along just fine, although I do think reading them in order would have been better. Mostly because my understanding is that the outcome of the first book is the banishing and binding of Liam, the same Liam she immediately frees at the start of this book. So I don't really get the point of the first book or how bad he really was.

I liked the setting of Fairwick an
Jun 15, 2012 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
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!
Feb 20, 2013 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
Apr 29, 2014 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
4.5 Stars

I hate HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE cliffhangers!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I loved the book!
Erin Tanner
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How am I going to survive until the next book comes out?
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I just finished reading book 1 and rushed into book 2. These books are addictive!
May 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed the first book with its wit. This one felt much more juvenile. I will read the next one in the series but will not be rushing to do so.
Drennan Spitzer
Mar 08, 2013 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
Feb 06, 2013 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
Dec 25, 2012 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,
Much as I enjoyed reading The Water Witch, I didn’t like it as much as I did The Demon Lover. I was excited to read The Water Witch because I wanted the story to continue and wanted to revisit the charming town of Fairwick filled with fairy tale and supernatural creatures parading as humans. I even wanted to read more about Callie’s mysterious house and catch up on how Callie’s getting on learning about magic.

Though I got all that and more, I was largely underwhelmed by the story. It was just ok
Christy LoveOfBooks

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
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
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
Tahlia Newland
Feb 04, 2013 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
Dec 28, 2012 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
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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