Title: Ghost’s Sight (Witch’s Apprentice #1)
Author: Morwen Navarre
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: June 11, 2018
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Word Count: 27,000
Reviewed by: ColinJ
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Years ago, a bond was forged when a little boy, plagued by dreams and visions he could not explain, became the Witch’s new apprentice healer.
Gerry, a rugged and headstrong hunter, is brought to the Witch for healing, and Ghost is forced to reveal the mark beneath his snowy hair that sets him apart from other men.
But Gerry does not reject Ghost as an outcast. He finds Ghost beguiling and mysterious and declares his intent to claim Ghost as his own. When Ghost is kidnapped by a rogue ranger, Gerry will need to hunt a lethal and unpredictable prey, and Ghost will need to use all his skill to survive until Gerry can find him.
This was an interesting story that I would have liked to know more about particularly in terms of the religious and magic systems, as these appear to be at the core of the plot. The world building is realistic and contextualises what is happening. It is a richly developed environment with good attention to detail. It seems to be post-apocalyptic with a return to hunter-gather type communities alongside a magic system based on witches. There is some description of the relationship between the societies groups and their classification. Such descriptions are tantalising but ultimately leave the reader asking more questions than they get answers. Clearly, the author intends to reveal only so much as makes the current plot meaningful and hold back for subsequent books. There is certainly an argument for not flooding the book with extended histories, mythologies and religious systems, but this story felt under-developed and could easily have held more. That there appears to be a physiological progression from male to female and that this is controlled is fascinating and explains some of the naming conventions, but it is only mentioned but not explored through the plot.
The characterisation is particularly strong. Each individual is well fleshed out; each has unique personalities with clear identification of good/bad. However, change in attitude, particularly when it is well ingrained is just a little too quick to be realistic.
The emotional relationship between the two lead characters is instant and yet abiding. Once again it seems a little premature and overdone. The intimacy between them is generally handled well except that it seems rushed.
The pace of the story is good, with clear development of the plot. There are moments of tension with some misdirection to add to the plot.
Sadly the story is cut off as soon as the current problem is overcome. It leaves the reader not only wanting more but also somewhat dissatisfied with what they know at this point. This could have been so much more.