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Witch Storm: The Banned and the Banished Book Two [Paperback]

James Clemens
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5 Dec 2002 Banned and the Banished

Five centuries after the destruction of the Mages of Alasea, a young girl, Elena, inherits the powers that the Mages had so carefully hidden from their terrible enemy. Elena bears the mark of the wit'ch upon her palm, a crimson stain that belies the wild power it may wield. Only a mistress of blood magick can stand against the Dark Lord - but Elena is not yet mistress of her magick. To discover the key to the Dark Lord's defeat, Elena must travel to A'loa Glen - a perilous journey, for if the Dark Lord finds her first, she will become his most fearsome weapon.

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; paperback / softback edition (5 Dec 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841491519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841491516
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clemens holds you gripped with these stories, each thrilling in their own right, and becoming more so as the strands come together. WIT'CH STORM is a romp, but the pace of the tale itself never lets up for more than an instant, just giving you enough time to catch your breathe before it drags you onwards. Masterful and compelling. (STARBURST)

technically brilliant, elegantly written and very atmospheric (THE ALIEN ONLINE)

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Immortal magic.... Infinite vengence. The second book of The Banned and the Banished, a spellbinding new epic fantasy.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a damn good read. 28 Nov 2003
By Mr. A. J. D. White VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Having read Mr Clemens 1st novel Wit'ch Fire, I eagerly anticiptaed the arrival of book 2. All I can say is that it lived upto my expectations and more.
The writting continues to be in a "light" fantasy style, very graphic and passes the eyes with ease, the closest authors I can think to compare it to are David and Liegh Eddings. However he continues to weave some of the darkest fantasy going into his writting, this still feels slighty awkward but its not a problem.
I just love the ill'guard, (just the name itself is a work of simple brilliance imho) the way they are descibed gives a real feel of relentless twisting evil. I also like the way soul struggle is done (don't want to say to much more as it might spoil the novel). Basicaly the ill'guard are wonderfully concieved and I can't wait to find out more about them.
As for the Black Heart (evil overlord), I am going to give a reference I hate to give.... the presence of BH reminds me of Sauron from Tolkiens Middle Earth, the feeling that the characters are scurrying about trying to hide from the evil menace that can reach out and affect their lives. I hate to use the Tolkien referance because its something that is used so often in fantasy that it is almost without meaning.
I think that Mr Clemens is well on his way to earning a place on the must buy list of authors. This novel is not without its niggles, however those niggles are fairly minor. At times the mixture of light and dark fantasy turn to cheese ( 'storm) at others I could almost feel him struggling to find a path between light and dark. However I don't think these are exactly faults, its just part of writting how he writes brilliantly.
Anyway I am off to start number 3 and hopefully find out more about the ill'guard.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!! 6 Nov 2005
Format:Paperback
So good, much better than the first! New characters introduced all the way through, but still keeping the original characters so there are many different story lines to keep you gripped! Twists and turns as well that aren't what you expect! I really enjoyed this book, and I found Elena much less annoying in it than in the first, as she accepts being a witch more and uses her magic a lot more!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
I read this book in one sitting. A wonderful second book inthe trilogy. I was happy to meet the new characters and enjoyed every page. Elena does seem to need a more developed personality but she is still very young and her uncertainty then confidence is congruent with that development. I was gratified to see some strong, mature female characters added in this book. Tol'chuk is still one of my favorites. Still a trilogy with wonderful characters cast in shades of grey with action, adventure and suspense. A rich fantasy novel! I anticipate 'Witch War, the climactic conclusion, with bated breath.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The stuff of true epic fantasy!! 8 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
With James Clemens newest adventure, Wit'ch Storm, the reader is once again taken on an adrenaline pumping adventure through Alasea. As only a master talespinner can do, Mr. Clemens introduces new heroes and shows us terrifying evil that reaches out from the book and grabs at your soul. By far my favorite new author, James Clemens shows readers that he is here to stay. This follow-up book is truly fantastic, picking right up where Wit'ch Fire left off. The companions traverse new terrain (now a map is included!) on their journey to the mythical city of A'loa Glen. Through erie swamps, dark castles and even beneath the waves, prophecy is drawing the forces of good together for a titanic battle against the Dark Lord! With an incredible imagination James Clemens keeps the reader turning the pages. I don't know how many times I said to myself "Just one more chapter....". I just couldn't put the book down, and I definately can't wait for for the next. Incorporating all the classic elements of fantasy and bringing in some fresh new ideas Jim Clemens keeps the magic alive in us. He cracked open the door and let us peek into his imgination with Wit'ch Fire. With the release of Wit'ch Storm he's blown the door off its hinges! Spinning classic tales of fantasy where dragons spring to life and a mystical brotherhood comes to light, James Clemens has taken the fantasy genre by "STORM"!
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5.0 out of 5 stars witch storm 5 Dec 2013
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this is one of the current series of books i'm reading and love it. i shall be sorry when it all comes to and end and have to start looking for another book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars new writer 14 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback
since david eddings sadly passed away . I;ve been looking for a writer of fantasy to if not fill his shoes at least mitigate the loss to a fan of his work .thanks to other peoples views of james clemens witchstorm series i read on amazon im more than happy to say i,ve found one.though of course david eddings will be sadly missed my friends family an fans alike a must read gets better by the page . though there is no need for all the ,
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