Review: Visions of Skyfire

Posted November 28, 2011 by Jen in 3 stars, Paranormal Romance, Rating B Tags: , ,

Visions of Skyfire
Author: Regan Hastings 
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Publisher: Signet
Awakening Novel #2
ISBN: #978-0451234971
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): Paperback (384 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
Every witch has a destined mate, an Eternal who will serve as her guardian and complete her powers. Once the coven has awakened, the witches must race against time to join with their Eternals and protect the relics that will prevent the destruction of the world… 
The Awakening is upon Teresa Santiago. Despite training for this moment since she was a child, Teresa is unprepared for the vastness of her power or for her attraction to Rune, her Eternal protector and destined mate.
United by purpose—and passion—Teresa and Rune must locate one of the missing artifacts before its power unleashes the forces of darkness on the world. His strength and her ability to summon lightning should be enough to protect them from the government agents charged with imprisoning witches. But their enemies are both mortal and magical—and danger follows Teresa at every turn.
In this ultimate battle between good and evil, only through sacrifice will love conquer all…
What G & U are talking about:
Gikany and Una jumped at the chance to read something different.  The world of witches described in Visions of Skyfire sounded really intriguing.  We found this alternate urban fantasy compelling; the world and mythology is really interesting.  However, we found the characters to be a bit…redundant and trite. 
Gikany read the first book, Visions of Magic, however, Una did not.  That being said, Una did not feel as if anything was truly missing.  She was able to immerse herself into the world easily; understanding the political atmosphere and the new world order.  Gikany found that reading Visions of Magic allowed her to appreciate some of the finer nuances of the second book.  She was able to understand the subplots that wove through this novel.
The world is rich and interesting in this Awakening series, harking back to the long ago witch trials.  In this world, magic has awakened and witch-hunts have once again begun, uniting to the world against a common foe, ironically enough.  The story takes place against this backdrop.  Our hero, Rune the Eternal, and heroine, Teresa, were paired by the Gods themselves, to bind themselves together and tasked with finding one of the pieces of a relic hidden to protect the world hundreds of years before.  The original coven of witches created and used the relic in a ceremony, which ended in ruin nearly destroying the world.  
This is where the author lost us.  Her attempts to illustrate the unimaginable betrayal Rune felt at the hands of Teresa’s previous incarnations and Teresa’s badly bruised heart from loving the wrong man became repetitive and annoying.  Rune believed he was never going to trust her, and Teresa believed she was never going to love him, but they had no problem with performing a Mating Ritual that would bind them together for eternity.  It got old.  We feel it detracted a bit from the overall enjoyment of the world and the adventure.  
Even with this issue, we feel that Visions of Skyfire was a great adventure.  We look forward to the next book in this exciting new Awakening series.
Their Rating:
Liked it, but I had some issues – recommend (B)

Books in the Series:

Visions of Magic: Awakening Novel 1
Visions of Skyfire: Awakening Novel 2

3 responses to “Review: Visions of Skyfire

  1. Jay

    Thanks for the review. The plot and world sound so great, but I like strong characters so I might avoid this one.

  2. Una

    Jay – it is a great world. Read the first book, Gikany said it was really good. The characters are strong…hence the redundancy of I won’t trust you but I’ll love you and I won’t love you, but I trust you with my life. However even with that thread…it’s not the meat of the novel…just a small annoyance. The overall novel is good. We have a snippet that’ll be posted soon of a “bad” character, can’t wait to see more of her!

  3. Thanks for the review! I have this in my TBR pile (actually both books) so I’m going to have to dig them out 🙂