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Wit'ch War

(The Banned and the Banished #3)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  3,668 ratings  ·  85 reviews
In her hands, the young wit'ch Elena holds the awesome energies of blood magick--and more. For the fate of all Alasea hinges on her recovery of the Blood Diary, a potent talisman forged five hundred years ago, then locked away behind wards too strong for any mage to break. But only with the secrets recorded in its pages can Elena defeat the evil magicks of the Dark Lord. T ...more
Paperback, 542 pages
Published July 31st 2001 by Del Rey Books (first published 2000)
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Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Yes, the story does drag at times but the world building and the development of the characters are above par.

These characters and the stories that weave around them are phenomenal.

I so give this author top ranking for putting this all together as effortlessly as he did. I find it amazing how over a period of 5 books that even the littlest details come into play in future books. Spectacular!
Ahmad Sharabiani
Wit'ch War (The Banned and the Banished #3), James Clemens

In her hands, the young wit'ch Elena holds the awesome energies of blood magick--and more. For the fate of all Alasea hinges on her recovery of the Blood Diary, a potent talisman forged five hundred years ago, then locked away behind wards too strong for any mage to break. But only with the secrets recorded in its pages can Elena defeat the evil magicks of the Dark Lord. The challenge? The Diary lies hidden in A'loa Glen, the fabled city
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soft
will th'ink later;
sle'ep beckons


ok, so i've procrastinated long enough;
the goodreads title of the edition i've got just plain sucks;
since i'm in no position to rectify it, it will continue to suck, or should i say su'ck

p160: it popped through the material, and for a heart-shuddering moment it almost fumbled from his frantic fingers.

p226: "...he was part dragon now."

p500: she passed it through the window's casement and slipped teh latch.
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy coffee table fantasies.
I will not remember the names of these books. I barely remember the names of the characters - even the main ones. However, no matter what, I'll never forget the name I've come to think of the entire series by:


As I've mentioned in a previous review of most likely the first book of the Banned and the Banished, I can't help but think that Alasea is the safe haven for all of those apostrophes that professional and budding authors considered too excessive and erased from their projects. Th
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zum zweiten Mal gelesen. Ich bin immer noch sehr begeistert, auch wenn es diesmal mit Unterbrechung gelesen habe.
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
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elena commence à mieux comprendre ses pouvoirs dans ce tome, elle apprend à maitriser les différents types de magie et à les contrôler. Pendant ce temps, son frère apprend lui aussi la force de la magie et trouve sa place au milieu de tous ces personnages. On est partagés entre les différents groupes qui se forment et toutes les actions qui sont en cours. On en apprend aussi plus sur Rockingham, méchant qu’on connait depuis le début du premier tome, mais le connaissait-on vraiment ?
En somme j’ai
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this third book of the Banned and Banished series, the wit'ch Elena along with her rag-tag band of companions, work their way to the famed isle of A'loa Glen. It is there that the Blood Diary is located, the only tool left which could finally rid the land of the evil Dark Lord. However, the journey isn't simple. The path to A'loa Glen is full of traps set forth by the minions of the Dark Lord. On top of that, the isle itself is under the control of Shorkan, one of the Dark Lord's chief lieute ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017, fantasy
Jesus fucking christ I love this series so much! I don't really have much more to say than that. These characters are like my family and I would read about them doing anything forever. I love this series. And it just gets better and better with each book! I might come back to this review later, but right now my brain is on fire from so much reading and I gotta take a break from words. Love this series. Love it!

P.S. Tol'chuck is the absolute sweetest <3
Michele Benson
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I am hooked on this series. This one has ghosts and flying Elvish ships that shoot lightning. The Mer girl and her dragon develop an even closer relationship. I don't think that is a surprise to anyone so I am not counting it as a spoiler. I have the next two books of this series on my nightstand!
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Clemens continues to weave an intriguing story, with characters who are a little predictable and some of whom are just role-players. But the world and the magic are fully developed. Clemens keeps the plot twists and surprises coming, while laying enough groundwork that they are not totally out of the blue. Two books left in this series and the scope is widening.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Reading non-stop "hopeless" battles was like watching a movie with endless car chase scenes. Tiresome. Then there were all the budding romances to reduce the book's rating. But the kicker was the surprise revelation of Lenora and Mer'ai's father! Ridiculous!
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Objectively, this story is heading in an entertaining direction, but I would really appreciate it if adult male characters would stop getting in their feels for female minors thanks.
Joan Damiens
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dans la même lignée que les deux tomes précédents, toujours aussi excellent. Les personnages sont toujours plus fouillés et profonds.
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Super 👌 j'ai adorer !
Aurelie Minguet
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Toujours aussi prenant!
Je me réjouis de découvrir la suite!
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
C'est toujours un plaisir de retrouver Elena, Er'ril et l'ensemble de la saga de la Sor'Cière...

Cependant j'ai moins apprécié ce tome que le précédent, le 2 restant pour l'instant mon preféré. Cette reserve tient notamment au rythme particulièrement ralenti dans la premiere partie du livre.

:::::SPOILERS::::: l faut attendre in bon moment avant que l'intrigue se décante à nouveau et certains fils sont assez grossiers (la soudaine maturité d'Elena visant seulement à rendre son attirance pour Er'ri
Nathan Burgoine
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Starting with "Wit'ch Fire," James Clemens introduced the character of Elena. A young woman born a wit'ch (a woman with the abilties of great magicks), she is of a mixed prophecy - either the savior of the world, or its death.

That was the beginning of the "Banned and the Banished," series. Since then, Clemens has rounded out the cast of his books with wonderfully drawn characters: rich in elemental magics that don't overpower their characters and personalities.

In this third book in the series, E
Chip Hunter
Sep 05, 2016 rated it liked it
In the third installment of The Banned and the Banished series, the action reaches a climax of sorts. Finally we get a direct confrontation between Elena and the powers of the Dark Lord. We also get the long-anticipated match-up between Er’ril and his doomed brother Sorkhan. A lot of the groundwork for this book was laid in the first two novels, and Clemens does not waste space with unnecessary details here. It is all action and it is presented at a break-neck pace. That is not to say that the s ...more
Apr 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: like-it
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Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed
L'aventure continue,
Eléna a réussi, on ne sait pas trop comment, a rallier différentes factions pour l'aider dans ce qui finalement est devenue une guerre. On se rendra en fait compte qu'il ne s'agit que d'une bataille unique. Bon je passe le fait que l'histoire est toujours aussi prenante et intéressante, que notre sorcière bien aimée (ah ah) grandit de plus en plus et qu'elle s'approprie enfin ses pouvoirs, et que les surprises se suivent et créent des moments de tension qui entraineront de no
Alweer het 3e boek van de V&V serie, en weer in no-time uitgelezen. Met dit boek kom je weer een stapje dichterbij het plot, maar het gaat wel erg snel zo. Het is voor mijn gevoel een beetje lastig bij te houden hoeveel tijd er nu ongeveer is verstreken in de serie, omdat ze ipv weken en maanden het hebben over manen. De gebeurtenissen in dit boek had ik daardoor pas verwacht in deel 4 of misschien zelfs 5, maar dat kan natuurlijk helemaal niet doordat de echte strijd nu pas op punt van begi ...more
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
(This review may contain spoilers).

So questions were answered while other questions were raised here. The characters were interesting and well-written and the author wasn't afraid to kill them when it worked in the story. There was an awful lot of violence, but since the characters were at war, that was to be expected.

It was good to see things resolved with Rockingham - but really horrible about Kral. I might know how things end up, but it's still depressing to read about it all.

Tol'chuk still r
Joel Flank
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another solid entry in the Banned and the Banished series. In this book, Elena gathers her allies for an assault on A'loa Glen, to retrieve the Blood Diary that has been locked away for 500 years. Along the way, there are the expected difficulties, new characters and challenges, as well as lots of self-reflection and self-doubt by several of the key characters. More insight is given to some of the enemies in the series, and several sub-plots from the first book in the series get nicely wrapped u ...more
Mar 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
I started to love this series from the first two books, but... this one started using some questionable racist language. Like over and over and over. Seriously, how many times does Brother Moris need to be referred to as "the black-skinned Brother" (EVERY single time he's mentioned) and how many times does someone's "strange complexion" make them difficult to trust? I was so disappointed. I just can't feel the same way about this series. I try to be chill about when race politics are ambiguous i ...more
May 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
It's a bit too "fantastical" for my tastes. The characters seem to know things that they shouldn't know given the circumstances that are set up in the book. "E.g., this forest that just killed hundreds of people was briefly disappointed and is now ignoring us". Too many people come back to life or communicate with their spirits… If you kill off someone, just let them stay dead.

Most the battles have the same "feel". Here is a new disgusting incredibly powerful monster attacking the same people wh
Brecht Denijs
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Still loving my reread through this series and it is not letting up. Granted, there are a few flaws creeping up here and there, especially the concerning the evolution of the romantic relationships. Though I personally feel that this is just a matter of suspending your disbelief, this is fantasy after all where things can work that wouldn't be ok in reality. I do understand why people might have some difficulty with them though. Nevertheless I'm giving this five stars because I deeply enjoyed it ...more
JY (Jennifer)
Nov 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
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Stephanie Timiney
Nov 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Book 3 still running strong! Sequels tend to start fizzling as they soon just become fodder mixed with minutely interesting story lines to keep the cash cow going. NOT SO with the banned and the banished series. EVERY SINGLE book is just filled with so much energy and stories that have you cheering, crying, and booing all the way through. It's hard to even put the books down! Bravo James Clemens! Standing ovation on this entire series!
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Book 3 has done a good job of expanding the scope of the story to include so many people and areas of the world. The story is unfolding nicely with many cross stories being expertly weaved together! By far the best book so far in this series! The character development has been very nice and they almost seem more real now then they did in parts of book 2. Overall very excited for book 4 and further insight into the Wiergates and the Blood Diary!

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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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