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Halfway Witchy #4

Halfway Drowned

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Something is wrong with Carlie.

A magical storm. An ancient shipwreck. A hidden evil.
All three are tied together as Carlie must defend Wulfric against his past, which emerges after a raging storm tears across Halfway Lake.
When government agents descend on Halfway to investigate the mysterious shipwreck, Carlie discovers that all is not as it seems.

A thousand years old, the Viking ship holds bones. And secrets.
Not everyone went down with the ship. There were survivors, but they might be less than human. They cross paths with Carlie in a showdown that will bring her own secrets to light, for saving Wulfric came with a cost. Now, it's time for her to pay.

Dive in with Carlie as she fights to save the one person she can't lose.

272 pages, Paperback

Published October 3, 2017

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Terry Maggert

70 books505 followers
Left-handed. Herder of cats and dogs. Lover of pie. I write books. I've had an unhealthy fascination with dragons since the age of-- well, for a while. Native Floridian. Current Tennessean. Location subject to change based on weather, upheaval, or availability of coffee. Forty-nine books and counting, with no end in sight. You've been warned.

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1,603 reviews14 followers
March 10, 2023
This series gets you right in the ❤️❤️❤️ thankfully there’s a lot more of Carlie and Wulfric in this book + Carlie is getting to know Anna a bit more all the while dealing with the consequences of the blood magic spell she cast to save Wulfric from his vampirism. When a Viking boat surfaces in the lake in Halfway it brings memories for Wulfric and disaster for Carlie. Now she has to depend on Gran, her friends and a new govt agent and friend plus her “bit#%# craft” to save herself and the residents of Halfway.

These books continue to thrill and humor. Carlie and Wulfric and just hilarious as a couple and their interactions will leave you chuckling as will Tammy, you gotta love Tammy 😁😁
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Author 25 books586 followers
December 28, 2017
Typically, I don't read books out of sequence, but the premise for Halfway Drowned intrigued me. I've always been a fan of Viking myth/lore. Throw in some heavy paranormal elements and a formerly vampire Viking? Count me in.
I loved the relationships between the supernaturally special citizens of the town, in particular the main character and her witchy responsibility to protect them. A lifelong fan of magical realism and fantastical elements in a modern setting, I enjoyed how Maggert wove both past and present myths into a cohesive plot. I had no trouble following the story as the characters were always engaging and kept the adventure and mystery alive. Without having read the previous books, I often sensed I was missing the story behind the story. But this in no way inhibited my enjoyment of Terry Maggert's compelling world.
A perfect cocktail blend of fun for fans of Practical Magic and True Blood.
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505 reviews4 followers
February 4, 2018
“The time for pure magic was past. It was time to bring out my b***hcraft.” Yep, this is Carlie! She is our resident witch of Halfway that has an incredible talent for waffles and has an amazing love for Vikings (hey Wulfric!).

If you have followed this series you know that Carlie is our resident witch of Halfway and she does not take kindly to “visitors” (the things that go bump in the night) wreaking havoc on her beloved town. Out of the blue a Viking ship surfaces in the lake and this brings all the visitors to gawk and the government to come investigate. Things aren’t always what they seem and Carlie is a pro at this stuff. However, this ship hits home for Wulfric and brings up his very distant past. While they are both trying to work through the craziness that this ship has brought on they are both battling other demons. Wulfric is dealing with his past and Carlie has to deal with her future. Carlie is a very strong and resilient character but is very down to earth. And her love for her town and family is ginormous! Include the craziness that they are dealing with and her snarky remarks and this story will have you laughing out loud and the next minute having you deep in thought trying to figure out the next move. This is one of those stories that will suck you in from the beginning and keep a strong witchy hold on you until the very end.

At the risk of giving any spoilers I am going to give you a couple of my favorite lines:

My words were lost in a rumble of thunder that shook the air in my chest. Raindrops the size of baked potatoes slapped against my skin in a constant, frigid pounding, driven by the vicious wind. The howling rain felt like a car wash run by sadistic gods, determined to scour off my skin.

I am many things, but my humanity and witchcraft would coil around each other like warring serpents until dawn, when I would ask and answer a power far greater than my own soul. The answer I was granted would determine nothing less important than the rest of my life, but the need to ask the question was overpowering. I could not go on without knowing, and for Wulfric’s sake – and my own – I would not be denied.

In other words, you must read this! P.S. Be sure to check all the covers out. They are some of my favorite!
Profile Image for Steph Warren.
1,328 reviews25 followers
October 23, 2017
*I received a free ARC of this novel. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

Kind of appropriate in the run-up to Halloween, Halfway Drowned is book 4 in a witchy paranormal urban fantasy series.

The book has a cosy mystery feel to it, despite being nominally fantasy, and featuring an eclectic mix of witches, vampires, Vikings, ghosts and more.

I confess to finding myself somewhat muddled by the plot in places, as it sometimes seemed that the characters were referring to information and events that I didn’t have knowledge of or didn’t fully understand, but I put this down to me jumping midway into an established series with developed characters and backstory.

There were also a few editing errors, such as Tammy being introduced by description to the reader on more than one occasion, but on the whole these were minor and did not affect my enjoyment of the read.

The characters and dialogue were my favourite aspects of this book and really hooked me in. They sparkled with inside jokes, sarcasm, warmth and enthusiasm, and the relationships and interactions between them felt natural and believable. The narrative voice, Carlie’s, is infectious and endearing, and her descriptions are often unusual but really work as visuals and made me laugh more than once, for example: ‘In a fluid motion, he stood, holding me to him like a book or a small stack of laundry.’

I was reminded of two of my favourite series’ whilst reading: Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files for the fantasy setting and witty banter, and Elizabeth Peters’ Peabody series for the light and exuberant tone.

I would definitely recommend this series for anyone looking for a bit of quick, light snarky fantasy, but would also recommend you do as I now intend to and start with book one in the series, Halfway Dead, as I suspect that this is a series which builds and grows on you.
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405 reviews1 follower
November 18, 2017
The fourth installment in the Halfway Witchy series doesn't disappoint - Carlie is as quirky as ever but this time she's travelling a darker path which switches the whole series up a gear. She has to deal with the consequences of her actions from the last book and there's no guarantee that she'll get out of it unscathed.

This book was a fun reintroduction to all of the characters from the previous books, as well as an introduction to a new one who will probably be cropping up again in the future. The dynamics between all these characters change over time and I love reading about it.

My only issue with this book is that quite a few things were left unexplained or have a quick throwaway solution rather than getting in to it, this all happens quite late in the book so you have to just accept that this is the way things are (I don't think I was skimming, so I don't think I missed anything). Normally, this would bug the crap out of me but for me this series is all about Carlie and her internal monologue, so I'll let pretty much anything slide just to listen to her gripe about things.
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Author 52 books138 followers
October 23, 2017
This guy has become one of my one-click authors. This is the second series of his that I have read. I cannot get enough of this series. Like I would seriously love it if the author just quit everything else and wrote book after book just for me (I can dream can't I?)

In this installment of the Halfway Witchy series, Carlie has to face the repercussions from the choices she made in the last book. Even though this is a continuation of the series, I believe you could read this one without having read the others, but it would make a lot more sense if you have at least read book 3. I dialog in this book is spot-on in regards to revealing the characters. There is a good deal of history in this series and especially in this one, but the author doesn't bore the reader with massive info-dumps. He has a creative way of interweaving all the needed details and still make it fun to read.

My only issue with this one is it almost reads like it could be the last one and that would make me sad.
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1,157 reviews37 followers
June 1, 2020
Halfway Drowned is the fourth book in the Halfway Witchy series and for some reason I didn't like it quite as much as the second and third books, although it was still very entertaining. It actually made me laugh out loud several times and I felt was more emotionally invested in the characters than ever, but I guess I just didn't like the "paranormal conflict" in this one as much as I did the ones in previous books. In each book there are a few constants: Carlie and her gran make 1) a new friend and 2) a new paranormal enemy when they (friend and foe) arrive in their little town of Halfway in the Adirondack Mountains. It was these two elements I didn't like as well, but I absolutely adore this series over all.
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Author 3 books37 followers
January 18, 2019
And so starts my 2019 readfest. Loving this series. Carlie, a witch from a long line of white witches, and Wulfric, a viking turned vampire, are rustled out of their cozy love nest when the remnants of a viking longship washes ashore in Halfway. The tourists and science geeks are all over it, but something's wrong, dark, and it's lurking a little to close to Carlie's man for it to be safe.

Obs, book number four. This series is light, fun, and full of good old fashioned heart and a little bit of witchy wisdom. And waffles. Don't forget the waffles. On to book five, which is out and waiting for me because this series is on my kindle, not on audio, and I am a procrastinator.
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142 reviews1 follower
December 5, 2017
This book was really riveting. It had a lot of mystery shrouded around the raising of that Viking ship. As in each of the books Carlie and Gran make a new friend. This book was good but hard to keep focus without taking breaks because I didn’t like the way the story was heading. In the end; it more than made up for the storyline. Carlie had to face some really hard decisions and in the end she triumphed.
16 reviews1 follower
October 6, 2017

Wow this book was good as the others in the series and it was well worth the wait!,I love the characters, some lovely emotional bits in this book (it made me cry)but there was a happy ending and no terrible cliffhangers,if you like witchy books with mystery's to solve this is your book to appreciate it properly start at book 1
Profile Image for Ulla Bisgaard.
178 reviews
November 5, 2017
They keep getting better and better.

After reading the first three books in the series, I didn’t think it could get any better, but I was wrong. I love the story of Carlie and all of the other people in Halfway. Their stories are as interesting as they are captivating. I warmly recommend this series to fans of paranormal and fantasy.
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475 reviews
March 14, 2019
An exciting adventure !

Once more, a very entertaining book. It made forget doing my laundry, buying groceries and cooking dinner. In that order. Welcome to Halfway and meet Gran, Carlie, Wulfric and the whole family. Have fun and don't forget to tell all your friends about this series. Enjoy !
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557 reviews15 followers
October 14, 2018
*Resting Viking Face*

"Your logic is only exceeded by the height of your hair"

I laughed out loud when I read the two things above, love the humor in these books.

Carlie is a shorty but she's a force to be reckon with. Wulferic is just delicious in so many ways, you just want your own personal Viking.

You really can't go wrong with reading this series. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll question yourself about everyday life, it gives you the feels of love, family and friends and just add some butt kicking in for good measure.
August 4, 2022
Who doesn't enjoy a bad ass witch with a hunky viking boyfriend? Thoroughly enjoyable. Love the narration.
6 reviews
May 14, 2023
Good series

I like this series because of how the characters have real life problems aside from the magical ones.. it makes everything more relatable.
Profile Image for William Stuart.
Author 4 books99 followers
November 15, 2017
Readers of my blog and reviews know I’ve read the first three books of the Halfway Witchy series by Terry Maggert and enjoyed them immensely. When Mr. Maggert released the latest in the series, Halfway Drowned (Halfway Witchy Book 4), it went directly to my TBR list. Here is my review!

Synopsis (from the author): A magical storm. An ancient shipwreck. A hidden evil.
All three are tied together as Carlie must defend Wulfric against his past, which emerges after a raging storm tears across Halfway Lake.
When government agents descend on Halfway to investigate the mysterious shipwreck, Carlie discovers that all is not as it seems.

A thousand years old, the Viking ship holds bones. And secrets.
Not everyone went down with the ship. There were survivors, but they might be less than human. They cross paths with Carlie in a showdown that will bring her own secrets to light, for saving Wulfric came with a cost. Now, it's time for her to pay.

Dive in with Carlie as she fights to save the one person she can't lose.

What I liked: As with the other books in this series, I enjoyed the story. Carlie is her usual spunky self, and Wulfric lends both a romantic and somewhat comical relief. Granny is Carlie’s anchor and the citizens of Halfway provide an excellent supporting cast. The evil that comes to halfway from the shipwreck fits the bill perfectly, and the nerdy government agent develops into a likeable character. Overall, Halfway Drowned is a good entertaining book.

What I didn’t like: I never quite grasped the purpose of Officer Domari. Additionally, this book dragged a little for me in places.

Overall impression: Despite the items mentioned above, I enjoyed this book. With familiar characters, good storytelling, and waffles, how can you go wrong? I’d recommend this one to anyone who’s read the first three and recommend the series to anyone who enjoys excellent books!

My rating: 4.5 Stars (rounded to 5 stars)
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