Bitter Night

Bitter Night SOMETIMES YOU CHOOSE YOUR BATTLES AND SOMETIMES THEY CHOOSE YOU Once Max dreamed of a career a home a loving family Now all she wants is freedomd revenge A witch named Giselle transformed Max into

  • Title: Bitter Night
  • Author: Diana Pharaoh Francis
  • ISBN: 9781416598145
  • Page: 325
  • Format: Paperback
  • SOMETIMES YOU CHOOSE YOUR BATTLES AND SOMETIMES, THEY CHOOSE YOU Once, Max dreamed of a career, a home, a loving family Now all she wants is freedomd revenge A witch named Giselle transformed Max into a warrior with extraordinary strength, speed, and endurance Bound by spellcraft, Max has no choice but to fight as Giselle s personal magic weapon a Shadowblade SOMETIMES YOU CHOOSE YOUR BATTLES AND SOMETIMES, THEY CHOOSE YOU Once, Max dreamed of a career, a home, a loving family Now all she wants is freedomd revenge A witch named Giselle transformed Max into a warrior with extraordinary strength, speed, and endurance Bound by spellcraft, Max has no choice but to fight as Giselle s personal magic weapon a Shadowblade and she s lethally good at it But her skills are about to be put to the test as they never have before.The ancient Guardians of the earth are preparing to unleash widespread destruction on the mortal world, and they want the witches to help them If the witches refuse, their covens will be destroyed, including Horngate, the place Max has grudgingly come to think of as home Max thinks she can find a way to help Horngate stand against the Guardians, but doing so will mean forging dangerous alliances including one with a rival witch s Shadowblade, who is as drawn to Max as she is to him and standing with the witch she despises Max will have to choose between the old life she still dreams of and the warrior she has become, and take her place on the side of right if she survives long enough to figure out which side that is.

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    1. What an outstanding start to a series. There have not been many books that I have read that have left me with a look of pure, stupefied awe on my face over its sheer awesomeness. But this is definitely one of them. I've actually just finished reading it for the second time and thought I'd come back and add to my review since first time around I could only manage a few lines of small words due to the whole stupefaction thing.So what was so good about it? Well, first of all let me let you into my [...]

    2. In Bitter Night, Diana Pharaoh Francis introduces an unusual urban-fantasy heroine. Max is a Shadowblade, a super-powered warrior bound to serve a witch and her coven. Enslaved against her will, Max has loathed Giselle, her witch, for decades. Yet she finds herself working alongside Giselle, and other unlikely allies, when the Guardians (gods) plan an attack on the human race and threaten to destroy any coven that won’t help them.What I liked about Bitter Night: First of all, the concept of Sh [...]

    3. On the surface, there was a lot wrong here. For example, there were a lot of little things that irritated me, like a character being able to see the expression of a person he or she wasn't facing or being able to tell not just eye color but exact shade and tone in the dark from afar. There were also a number of ridiculous cliches such as a character seeing another for the first time while hidden from sight and knowing that the man was the perfect match for her, the one who would understand her, [...]

    4. I dunno, it's not 100% original, but I really enjoyed this book. The world building, that part I didn't love as much. What I did like is that the lead character is pretty acerbic and unlikable (and the author was VERY clear in this, overly clear sometimes hahha) and the love interest is not a bully alpha male, he's a dude who's ok with the lady being in charge. Cliffhanger set up well for the next one, and secondary characters drew me in. So anyway, i was really drawn into this book, it read lik [...]

    5. I received the first 3 books in this series as a gift to see if I wanted to review them and since I had not heard of them I was in the "sure whatever" mode. I can't put my finger on it but I was hooked on the story within the first few chapters and did a marathon reading session for the next few days and read the whole series. The first thing that should be noted here for the first book is that it is almost totally action driven with enough character involvement to make you angry beyond words fo [...]

    6. This was on my to-read list for years because I thought it sounded like a generic UF. I was so wrong! I've read 3 of the 4 books so far and it is super imaginative, it reads like a fantasy mashed up with my favourite UF elements. The stakes are high for the characters and the rest of the world. Best of all the heroine is majorly kick ass and isn't bogged down by guilt and regret. I can't wait to read more by this author!!

    7. Enjoyable first in series urban fantasy book. I loved that the story started off with our heroine Max, already having powers and that she was very sure of her abilities. So far, there isn't all that growing into her powers thing going on. It made a nice change in the genre. Perhaps a little bit stomach churning with the descriptions of the battle of endurance and a couple of battle scenes for me. Overall that didn't take away from what I thought was an engaging story and I'm looking forward to r [...]

    8. First half: Awesome! Second half: Meh.I hated Alexander. It's nothing that he did, it's just everything he didn't do. Such a flat character. Following, the romance was equally disappointing. Also, what were Max & Alexander's pointless conversations about? You didn't get to know shit, because every second sentence they either asked each other whether they were okay, or continued on their endless, retarded "trust" talk. Blaaaaaaaa.I want loads of Oz (he seems fun!), or loads of angels (they se [...]

    9. I found it hard to get my head around the world created here. The Shadowblades and Sunspears were great but some things didn't quite fit, like the angels - I couldn't see them being in that world. I was also a bit unsure of the Guardians and their place, but I think that will be rectified later.Switching between narrators was a good way of introducing us to the two characters that are to become an item, though more effort was made to flesh out main character Max than Alexander, who seemed pretty [...]

    10. I was really hoping that I would love this book. Not only was it recommended by Patricia Briggs (an author I really like) but it was about witches and a kick ass woman!And yet, with all of that promise, all of those things to reel me in - it fell flat for me.First of all, Max as a character was great. Giselle was interesting and so were Max's Shadowblades. The history between Max and Giselle and the tension between the two was palpable and deep. Yet - despite that.The book didn't really start pi [...]

    11. 3.5 StarsThe world isn't exactly the way you think it is. There's magic, witches, and warriors that used to be human but changed into something more by magic and sacrifice. One of those warriors is Max. She used to be a normal college girl with a normal life and a broken heart by a normal guy. In a drunken girls' night out, Max made inconsequential affirmation to be something stronger than average and living forever young. In a heartbeat, an eternity of agony or what was really a month of time, [...]

    12. Max is the Shadowblade prime. Leader of a human weapons arsenal horned & crafted to protect the Hornsgate witch Giselle. Max lives and breathes for one thing-to destroy Giselle and free herself from the magical bondage she was enslaved to.But, the ancient Guardians of the earth are preparing to unleash widespread destruction on the world, and they want the witches to help them. If the witches refuse, their covens will be destroyed, including Horngate.As Max prepares for war and forges unlike [...]

    13. August Group Read True Love 101Max is a Shadowblade. Once human, she was recreated by Giselle with superhuman abilities and endurance. Carved into her soul are spells which bind her and compel her to protect Giselle and her coven home, Horngate. Now powerful beings, the Guardians are stirring and what they want isn't entirely clear. But whatever it is it can't be good for humanse only question is, will Horngate be able to survive or will they be swept up in the maelstrom. Bitter Night doesn't al [...]

    14. Don’t mind my three-stars rating, I’m grumpier than usual lately: Bitter Night is actually a solid entry in the urban fantasy genre - the worldbuilding is original, the action fast-paced and the characters have complex, well-rounded personalities. Max is a fantastic heroine. She reminded me of Kate Daniels and Jane Yellowrock (in case you just woke up from a coma, welcome back! Now quick, go check out Magic Bites and Skinwalker): like those ladies, Max too has quick temper, a quicker blade / [...]

    15. I am so shocked to be admitting this BUT I really liked it.You could just blow me over with a feather right now.I'm that shocked.Even though it feels like nothing much happened, so much actually went on.And Max.OhMyGod Max!Lord knows I've read a hella lotta bad ass women but Damn!I mean she's up there!She is up there so effing close to Kate Daniels Queen of BadAssery.And that is a high compliment if I've ever given one.Unfortunately, Alexander is no Curran. Let me know what you think about him b [...]

    16. 4.5 stars. This book made me happy. It had just what I wanted and needed - a tough-as-nails heroine and plenty of hot alphas in the mix. More review to comebut don't wait for me, pick it up and read it yourself. For a fuller review, visit: loveaffairwithanereaderspThis is just my cup of tea. I love Max. She is strong, focused, loyal, and caring despite herself. She is a take-no-prisoners kinda gal. She thinks she is so hard-ass when in reality she is a softy. When her home is threatened, she rea [...]

    17. Bitter Night by Diana Pharaoh Francis A young woman is given extraordinary powers by her friend, a witch. In exchange for these powers she must serve the witch for eternity. Her struggle with her identity and her ethics while immersed in a violence prone culture defines the story. A war among immortals plays second chair to Max’s search for self. Frankly when I requested this book for review I did it with skepticism. I wasn’t sure it was my cup of java. Once again I am glad I pushed aside my [...]

    18. Reviewed at urbanfantasyinvestigations.bloMax is what they call a Shadowblade, she protects her witch with her life. She didn't choose to be a Shadowblade, her best friend and room mate in collage Giselle turned her one night after they went out for drinks. Max has resented and hated Giselle ever since but is bound by Giselle's magic and can not harm nor leave Giselle. Max happens to be the prime shadowblade and is unique as she treats everyone under her super well and all the shadowblades are e [...]

    19. Review Courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyLike my favorite urban fantasy author Patricia Briggs (who just happened to have blurbed for this book), Diana Pharaoh Francis has a background as an established fantasy writer, and that background is certainly evident in Bitter Night. “Max’s phone rang. It was set to a high-pitched tone that most humans couldn’t hear. But being human hadn’t been Max’s problem since 1979.” –Bitter NightFirst up, the good: Diana’s fantasy background was a [...]

    20. Wow, wow, wow, why I spend so much time to not read Bitter Night asap, I have no idea. In my urban fantasy spree, I love that there's an urban fantasy series that make me hooked! Like it title, Bitter Night have a bitter heroine called Max who plan to revenge to her best friend. For her, immortality suck. Add it with betrayal and trust issue, since Giselle, the witch Max served as Shadowblade, an immortal warrior, a defender for witch/wizard, change Max without her permission. What start as a dr [...]

    21. There are two parts of this, my thoughts on the series and those on this particular book. This is a good series, it could have been a great series. That it's not I put a lot of blame on the editor for. There are a lot of loose ends and a double pile of logical inconsistencies that keep this from being a great series, which is something a good editor should have caught. The author takes some of the blame too, but it is harder to see it when it's your baby. It is somewhat frustrating because the c [...]

    22. I think I'm going through a serious Urban Fantasy phase because the last few I've read have really, really hit the spot. Ridiculously so. It's like I either need bloody battles, dirty sex or teen angst in my books. And let's face it, those three don't really go together (well, maybe the battles and sex, but not alongside the teen angst. Most of the time.) and yet that's what I've been stuck on for the past few days. Then it starts getting all mixed up in my head and I start wondering why those t [...]

    23. Bitter Night is a very unique story in that it doesn't deal with the witches but more with the witch's fighters, specifically Max. Max is a Shadowblade Prime and what that means is she leads the fighters that can go out in the night. There are also fighters that can go out in the daylight and they are called the Sunspears. Something is happening with the Guardians (ancient beings) and the witches have been called to the Conclave (a gathering). Unfortunately, Max gets told to make a side trip and [...]

    24. Max was transformed into an extraordinary warrior by a witch named Giselle over thirty years ago. Because she's bound by Giselle's spell, Max must fight as her Prime ShadowBlade and protect her at all costs. She's really good at what she does but her bitterness and hatred of Giselle lives within her all the while she's fighting on her behalf.The story begins when Max is dispatched by Giselle to another witch's territory to find out what was amiss. Max is seen by the witch's Prime ShadowBlade, Al [...]

    25. The first book of the "Horngate Witches" series, Bitter Night is full of bloody, gruesome, and high flying adventure. I can almost say, this isn't for those with weak constitutions. Some of the injuries Shadowblades and Sunspears endure are pretty gruesome and the author is very sadistic in a good way! LOL. For the first book right out the gate of this series, I have to say, not bad. Not bad at all. I definitely wouldn't say fantastic or anything but not bad. There were a few nuances with the ch [...]

    26. Max is the very angry, very capable heroine of the first in Diana Francis's Horngate Witches urban fantasy series. Francis is a fine writer-clean, clear prose, beautifullly suited to her genre. And I've got to say, an interesting world set-up - the role of witches and the attributes of Shadowblades and Sunspears in particular - and non-stop action carried me through this book. I wasn't so sure of the cast in the beginning. I'm a hero/ine geek,so my opinions of the main character and the principa [...]

    27. I really liked this book but was worried at first because there was a lot of info in the first 20 pages, then they introduced one of the main characters and the story flew by from there and it is different from so much that is out there.Max seems to be a person that draws people to her not knowing that she is doing it and when faced with the results she is stunned that such a thing has happened. Through the book she is like the pied piper and people you wouldn't expect follow her because of who [...]

    28. 3.5 stars. As fast paced urban fantasy, I liked the book quite a lot. It had a lot of original elements, a kick-ass heroine who was strong without being whiny or overly sarcastic, and a lot of action. But the romance novel aspect of the book was too trite and predictable to be at all enjoyable. For example, by page 30, "without even speaking a word to each other, she knew that he already understood her better than anybody else in her life." Why that was necessary instead of just developing a bel [...]

    29. Je ne vous remercie pas du conseil, j'en ressors avec une insomnie tellement j'ai lu pour le terminer XDThe first of a four book saga. A magic universe with witches and their servants (or slaves if you think like Max). I really like this universe and all the magic interactions. I think the author could write many, many books with her characters!Max is cool, but a little obsessed by her revenge, so it was cool to see her through other characters (even if it was a man who like her).She is loyal, s [...]

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