Saturday, February 11, 2012

Review The Sands of Time (The Witching Pen Novellas #2) by Dianna Hardy

Title: The Sands of Time (The Witching Pen Novellas #2)
Author: Dianna Hardy
Source: Author request
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Length: novella/short novel at approx 40,000 words

 Seven days ago, Elizabeth May tried to commit suicide. She was found by Paul, her husband, who took her under his wing and back to their home. But the attempted suicide is not Elizabeth's main problem -- Elizabeth can't remember who she is, or a single thing about her life beyond the past week.

Plagued by nightmares about a familiar black panther, and a terrifying snow leopard, she is convinced that the dreams are trying to show her something important, and is determined to regain her memories, one way or another.

Meanwhile, Pueblo -- the demon blood-bonded to the witch, Amy -- is going insane trying to find her. Amy disappeared one week ago, and it seems not even their bond is strong enough to penetrate whatever magic hides her.

As Pueblo enlists the help of angels and demons alike, Elizabeth begins to piece together parts of her forgotten life. But what she uncovers may just have her wanting to turn away from who she really is ... for good.

The second installment in the Witching Pen Trilogy was wonderful. It was passionate,entertaining and ,truly, a joy to read.

Picking up a week after the last novella, Pueblo is searching tirelessly for Amy who disappeared after the big showdown at the end of the last book.  He accidentally blood bonded with her and his inner beast is going crazy without her.

Amy wakes  with no memory of who or where she is.  She's told her name is Elizabeth but it just doesn't seem right.  All she knows for sure is that there's something (or someone) missing from her life.  It's only when she dreams that she feels truly whole, because he is there. 

I really enjoyed this read.  Dianna Hardy does a fantastic job creating a world where demons aren't all bad and the power of a bond can prevail against even the strongest magic.  I usually try to stay away from novellas and short novels because I'm afraid there won't be enough time for character or world development but not in this little gem.  Not only was I surprised to find an in-depth plot but wonderfully established characters.  I cannot recommend this series enough.  I'm highly looking forward to the next installment (The Demon Bride) to be released in the summer :)

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