I read WIT’CH FIRE when it was first published in 1998 and loved it. I decided to listen to the audio version while on a flight to England, to see if after 20 years if I would feel the same. The answer is a definite yes.
Clemens’ spin on witches, dryads, trolls, elves, and the world he created was interesting. One thing I admire Clemens/Rollins for is his ability to create strong and interesting female characters like Elena. Granted Elena doesn’t start off as a strong woman but a young girl on the brink of womanhood, uncertain, afraid, and dealing with a gift/curse she has no understanding of. However Clemens shows us there is a core of strength within Elena that eventually will be tempered. That’s one of the reasons I loved this story. The supporting cast of characters, which is pretty diverse, helping Elena on her journey were interesting. I didn’t realize the first time I read the book that they actually added to the world building, letting me see the land of Alasea from their eyes and experiences. It was clever way of doing it without info dumping. The magic system is original and unique, especially Elena’s power. The story was also more enjoyable since it was narrated by Jennifer Van Dyck who did a wonderful job with all the voices.
WIT’CH FIRE was a great revisit and it made me want to listen to the other books in the series.