Published by Fire Quill Publishing Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Ethan Sutcliff seems like a normal seventeen-year-old—at least that’s what he’s trying to portray. In a secret society run by the Supernaturals, Ethan is what witches call a Bender. Benders are Witches’ Guardians, who are able to control a witches’ ability, bend it, or move it away from harming humans. In Ethan’s case, he is able to bend the Earth element. But at the age of fifteen, he lost all connection to it, and the reasons behind it could only mean one of two things: His Wielder is either dead, or hiding out somewhere.
Alex Burgendorf has been living in her aunt’s locket for the past sixteen years with her mother—a Fire Wielder, and her father—a Water Wielder. For sixteen years, her parents vowed to protect her, and they have, as she is the last Earth wielding witch. However, time is running out. Alex must find her Bender, or the fate of the Supernaturals might be at stake.
Alex has been literally brought up in a bubble to protect her from the evil that wants her dead. Ethan is her magical match but has lost his supernatural power but replaced it with physical strength. While Alex can wield her power is it much stronger when she has Ethan around to bend it to his will. The pair can control the power of the earth to make things grow and protect each other. While Ethan has been out in the world and deal with the loss of his mother, Alex has known only safety so when she has reached the age where she can protect herself and must match with her Bender, she is given a glamour by her mother for protection. Benders and Wielders must vow never to become intimate with each other.
ARGHH – ok that last line doesn’t include the small fact that the pair can connect mentally and two teens, well, you know what the hormones are like. One thing leads to another and they connect physically during their dreams. I know, weird, right? The pair must fight the evil Necromancers that want to have power over the earth and the best way is controlling those who can control the elements. I really enjoyed the battles and back and forths between glamoured Alex (as an Ugly Duckling) and Ethan. When he sees Alex as a Swan, it takes him time to connect the two but he already likes Alex as a person, so when he sees her as a beauty, he has trouble controlling himself.
There were parts in the story that dragged a bit but since this is the first in a series, the world building was necessary. There is great interplay between the characters and even the minor ones are memorable, especially Alex’s aunt. She seems like someone I would like to get to know better. Parents: sexual situations, language and violence but not quite an R rating.
Kristin resides in South Africa with her husband, two beautiful girls and two bulldogs that tries to eat her house. She has been writing for the past eight years and her first debut novel, Hinder: A Bender’s novel will be published 2018 by Fire Quill Publishing. When she isn’t writing, she is spending her time with her family, or trying to teach her two bulldogs to not eat her house.
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