Called by Fire is the first book in the Watchtower Chronicles series, written by Delwyn Jenkins.
Momentum published this paranormal/fantasy romance novel in April of 2014.
*This review originally appeared on our old blog. I have made some minor changes to the review.
**Although I received a free copy via Netgalley for review consideration, my opinions are my own.
Kamryn Vale is a Dahnan witch who wants nothing more than to complete her studies in the World Between and return to her normal life. But when a sister-witch is murdered and another kidnapped, Kamryn discovers a dark magic so terrifying it threatens the safety of both her worlds. Driven by the need to help in the investigation, Kamryn must deal with the complications of working with the mysterious Watchtower Knights.
After two hundred years in exile, the Knights have been invited back to protect the Witches at the Collegium. They can’t afford any mistakes, and Alex knows his attraction for the fire witch has trouble written all over it. With one eye on the investigation and the other on Kamryn, Alex must balance his obligation to duty with the needs of his heart.
Kamryn Vale is a Dahnan witch, completing her training at Collegium, set in the World Between, another realm “accessed by magical doorways.”
Kam meets Alex, a Watchtower Knight, and learns one friend was murdered, not left school like she had been told, and another friend has been kidnapped.
Kam and Alex have an instant strong sexual attraction to one another. The problem is Kam is afraid of the intensity of their attraction. She’s scared she’ll lose control and burn down the whole college with her fire magic.
Kam, her three roommates, and the Knights figure out a way to rescue the girl, while making sure the truth doesn’t get covered up by the school officials.
Kam and Alex have complimentary signatures and can blend their power. The author doesn’t specifically call them ‘soul-mates,’ but it seems that way. Normally, I avoid any books about destined mates or soulmates because I feel like characters tend to lose free will, but I didn’t get that feeling from this story. I didn’t feel like they were being forced to be together.
1) The world is fairly well-developed.
2) The last 25% of the book was fast-paced and captivating.
3) The four witches are known as a Quatre, which saved the author from having to use all four names every time she wanted to mention all of them. She simply called them the Quatre.
4) The overall plot was sound.
5) The concept behind the story was appealing.
6) I’ll have to admit that the sex scenes were great. Other than the use of the ‘c’ word, which is an instant turn-off for me, they were on fire (literally).
1) The writing was amateurish, more so in the first quarter of the book. At first, the author spent a lot of time telling things to the reader, rather than showing them.
2) I thought the whole subplot involving the sentinel Braddock was unnecessary and contrived to make other things in the story happen.
3) Kam and the other witches act like teenagers. The author says they are women, but it doesn’t feel that way.
4) Two of the Quatre were underdeveloped characters. I kept mixing up Amelia and Charlotte.
5) The blurb about the book led me to believe that at least part of the story would be set in our world, but it’s not. Everything takes place in the World Between.
6) The scenes told from the perspective of the villains were boring. These weren’t needed.
Even though I have an equal number of likes and dislikes, I’m giving Called by Fire four stars because I think it has a lot of potential and would appeal to a lot of readers. I recommend trying this book because it gets really good toward the end.