Monday, 17 October 2016

Smoke on the Water by Lori Handeland (#3 Sisters of the Craft)

Title: Smoke on the Water
Series: Sisters of the Craft (#3)
Author: Lori Handeland
From: Netgalley
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 4th August 2015
Challenges:  2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Reading Assignment 2016 Blogger Shame2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (12 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon 
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Abandoned beneath a black willow tree on the banks of a northern Wisconsin creek, Willow Black spent her entire childhood in foster care. Her entire life she's had terrifying visions, and it is these visions that eventually land her in a psychiatric facility. And so Willow takes her meds and believes she is getting better. Until she meets a fellow patient who doesn't think she is crazy at all. She thinks Willow is a witch.  Willow's psychiatrist, Dr. Sebastian Crane, works hard to resist his feeling that he and Willow are destined to be together while also working to convince her that strange occurrences aren't the result of witchcraft… until he is thrown into the middle of a storm of supernatural events that can't be explained any other way…

Smoke on the Water is the third book in the Sisters of the Craft trilogy and the previous books should really be read before this one. While there were enough differences between books 1 and 2 for them to potentially be read as standalone, events in Smoke on the Water make more sense having read the first two books as events in the book are more tightly linked to Heat of the Moment (book 2). This review may contain minor spoilers for the previous book. 

Willow was a little bit more complicated than her two sisters, partly because she'd never had a family to ground her. Instead, due to her seeing visions in water and talking about it as a child (among other things) she ended up in a mental institute. I liked that Willow never actually seemed to doubt her sanity though, she accepted who she was though she did try to hide her visions from others. This also proved the setting for interactions between Willow and Owen's (from Heat of the Moment) mother, Mary, which was interesting and made her less of questionable character after the events of the previous books. 

I liked Sebastian too, he seemed like a well rounded character and even though he was attracted to Willow, and this universe uses the idea of soul mates, he tried to avoid anything that could be deemed inappropriate because of his position of power. Even with everything going on, and an escaped patient, he looked out for Willow's best interests. 

In the later parts of the book the bond between the three sisters was explored more (not a spoiler, this is the last book, they had to meet up) and I liked that they each naturally fit into their role in the triplet and they clicked but were clearly different people. The men (Bobby, Owen and Sebastian) also interacted in a believable way and I felt that they could be brother-in-laws. 

This book tied up the series nicely, with the action and the individual stories came together well, including that of Pru and Henry, and it was just a super satisfying read!