WIT’CH Storm is my favorite book out of the The Banned and the Banished quintet, and listening it on audio is just as fun as when I read it years ago. Not only does James Clemens stack the odds against Elena and her companions in this story, but he introduces new characters.
The most fascinating character out of the series is Vira’ni, a complex villain who’s powers were eerily and disgustingly interesting. Nineteen years later, I still vividly remember a passage Clemens wrote about Vira’ni and her spiders and how she saved them. Truly repulsive. I don’t want to give to much away about her but you won’t be able to hate her by the time you finish her tale in this book. Sy-wen was a great character and I loved Clemens’ twist on the The Little Mermaid tale and mermaids/merfolk. We see Elena growing stronger not only power wise but also her inner strength and mettle. We also get to know Elena’s companions even better in this book.
Clemens raises the stakes and the challenges in WIT’CH STORM and it was the book that really hooked me into reading the whole quintet. So glad I brought the audio versions.