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Book Blog Tour: Bitter Night by Diana Pharaoh Francis

November 10th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Received for book tour I signed up for

Availability: In stores now

Publisher: Pocket Books (A division of Simon & Schuster)

I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars

Description from


Once, Max dreamed of a career, a home, a loving family. Now all she wants is freedom…and revenge. A witch named Giselle transformed Max into a warrior with extraordinary strength, speed, and endurance. Bound by spellcraft, Max has no choice but to fight as Giselle’s personal magic weapon — a Shadowblade — and she’s lethally good at it. But her skills are about to be put to the test as they never have before….

The ancient Guardians of the earth are preparing to unleash widespread destruction on the mortal world, and they want the witches to help them. If the witches refuse, their covens will be destroyed, including Horngate, the place Max has grudgingly come to think of as home. Max thinks she can find a way to help Horngate stand against the Guardians, but doing so will mean forging dangerous alliances — including one with a rival witch’s Shadowblade, who is as drawn to Max as she is to him — and standing with the witch she despises. Max will have to choose between the old life she still dreams of and the warrior she has become, and take her place on the side of right — if she survives long enough to figure out which side that is….

Reading the first chapter or two I had my doubts about this book but about 50 pages in and I was hooked.  The cast of characters was wonderful and I can’t think of a single one I did not like.  Even the villains played their roles brilliantly so you can’t help but appreciate the way they were developed.  Max is a warrior with a chip on her shoulder that you sometimes wonder if she will cut off her nose to spite her face and yet you cannot help but feel sympathy for her role in life.  Eventually though you also begin to see Giselle’s point of view and why she did what she did.   Does that make you like her more as a person?  I don’t know but at least you can understand her.  Giselle and Max have a complex relationship that I can’t wait to see how it develops in the next book.  As for Alexander, he is your typical hot and sexy guy that Max feels instant chemistry with.  He did not grab me as much as Max or some of the other characters in the book but he was still enjoyable.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book for being book 1 in a series.  Usually I find the first book in series somewhat boring as there is a lot of set up and character building going on.  So I was gladly surprised by this book.  The only draw backs for me were a few times where things were just too unbelievable.  For someone who was supposed to be a great warrior I was not impressed at some points with Alexander’s warrior prowess, I also found it hard to believe at one point that they would linger and take a shower while in an enemy’s stronghold, etc.  Things like that bugged me but overall a wonderful book.

Swing by some of the blog tour stops to see what they thought:

Book Junkie
Starting Fresh
Patricia’s Vampire Notes
The Neverending Shelf
My Life in Not So Many Words
Booksie’s Blog
Pick of the Literate
Temple Library Reviews
The Eclectic Book Lover
Confessions Of A Romance Book Addict
The Life (and Lies) of an Inanimate Flying Object
I Heart Book Gossip
Revenge of the Book Nerds
Jeanne’s Ramblings
Fantasy Freak
Must Read Faster
Jens Book Talk
The Bibliophilic Book Blog
My Adventures in Mommyland
Parajunkee’s View
Crazy Books & Reviews
The Book Tree

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Paranormal, Romance

2 Responses

  1. janicu

    When this first came out, I was sort of .. “mmmm, probably won’t pick this up, I haven’t read this author and I’m reading a lot of UF series now”, but I keep seeing reviews like this about it! I may have to succumb.

  2. dsuzuki

    LOL. I know, I saw it and was hesitant but so glad I read it.

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