Thursday, June 16, 2011

Artie, The Good Witch

Title: Artie, The Good Witch
Author: Scarlet Hyacinth
Publisher: Silver Publishing
ISBN: 9781920484767
Genre: {M/M} Fantasy
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx  

Still mourning his wizard grandfather’s demise, Artie is summoned to the castle for the ritual of the Beckoning.  The purpose of the ritual is to appeal to the Goddess for a bountiful crop.  The problem is Artie is not a wizard and not very talented as a witch.  Nevertheless, Artie travels to the castle to honor his grandfather’s wishes.  

Artie, The Good Witch is an amusing good versus evil plot, with an abundance of magical chaos.  The characters are out of the ordinary, although I could not fully grasp what all of the creatures were by the unclear descriptions.  Artie is a sweet natured, susceptible witch with erratic powers he has yet to master, including flying on a broomstick.  Artie’s companions are two snarky black cats that are his familiars.  Artie, along with his cats, believe a good witch accepts the power of nature and feeds it with his own magic, whereas an evil witch manipulates it and twists it to harm others.  Regrettably, his beliefs leave Artie open for attacks.  When Artie is in the clutches of evil wizards, plus evil witches, who wants to steal Artie’s magic, it is the cats that save him.  Artie falls into one trap after another and must be rescued by his parents, a necromancer, ghosts as well as the Goddess.  With their support and his new boyfriend’s protection, Artie can finally experience intimacy.   Overall, Scarlet Hyacinth has created an interesting story.       

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