Witch For Hire Book One
By: N. E. Conneely
Narrated by: Jeff Hays
Most witches don’t work for police departments, but Michelle isn’t your average witch. She’s clanless, looking for a warlock who isn’t offended by her lack of family connections, and in danger of losing her job if she can’t find the escaped trolls before they start eating the local residents. Trolls, angry police, and misbehaving spells are the least of her problems. Statues attacking homeowners might be problematic for your average witch, but to Michelle it’s another day at the office. Her real concern is the wizard suddenly interested in dating her and an old elf set on pestering her. When her happy family is rocked by a long kept secret her stable life falls apart faster than she can pick up the pieces. And she still hasn’t found those trolls.
Series: A Witch’s Path
(I received a free audible copy in exchange for an honest review.)
Jeff Hays does a spectacular job with the narration. I actually had to keep going back to find his name and remind myself that this was a person with extraordinary range. While he’s not up there with Patrick Mclean’s voices, Mr. Hays does a fantastic job of differentiating who’s who when listening.
The story itself is extremely intriguing and I would definitely be interested in listening to a sequel just to see if the world becomes a little more detailed. It feels as if we’re dropped in the middle of a world and just have to accept the reality without much explained. Yes, there is a bit of extrapolation sprinkled among the spell work and introductions. While feeling as if I needed more, and expecting it just around the corner, the lack of dimension does not detract from the characterization. Elron has the depth, the history, the emotion. Michelle…focused on her job, her spell casting, her life, brushes everything else under the rug and simply keeps going, and searching for that elusive good night’s sleep.
The world is a mix between police procedural and a world where magic and magical beings exist. Race differentiation is more complicated than simple skin color and humans in general seem to be the minority and handicapped. I like the multitude of reactions the characters have with each other, some tolerant, some racist, some simply existing as they are. Michelle is the liberal pacifist with an eye toward not only seeming tolerant, but keeping everyone around her happy for the connections she might need in the future. She seems as if she’s trying too hard to be politically correct. This is a minor point in her character as she is extremely focused on herself.
There definitely could have been more conflict with her parents rather than such unusual understanding. But then, Michelle is not the average angsty teenager. Rather, she’s a woman who knows who she is and how she fits in the world.