Witch and Wizard: The Fire by James Patterson and Jill Dembowski
The FireWhit and Wisty Allgood have escaped from The One and have gotten back together. The brother and sister are supposed to be the saviors of the world. But Wisty is dying of the blood plague that has been spread to kill off parts of the population. They are able to find a hidey hole with an underground while Whit cares for Wisty until she is better.
They are coming to a final crisis. Both Wisty and her gift of fire and Whit with his different skills are needed for the final showdown. But they need to separate to do that. Whit needs to return to the Shadowlands. Wisty needs to get into the palace and face down The One and his designated successor. If they can’t defeat him, he will have absolute over all people and the world – including mind control.
First warning – if you haven’t read James Patterson’s Witch and Wizard and Witch and Wizard: Gift, don’t pick up this book. It depends completely on those two before this one starts.
Witch and Wizard: The Fire is quick reading and over the top. The action in the Shadowlands and in the city and palace are overdone, in my opinion. There are too many constant “last second” rescues or solutions. You know how often a television show relies on the save about 30 seconds before destruction? Witch and Wizard: The Fire does that the whole way through. It happens so often that the edginess of that ploy is lost.
I’m glad I read Witch and Wizard: The Fire because I’d read the first two. But the finale falls flat because Patterson and Jill Dembowski have tried to hard. The writing reminds of the old term “purple prose” – too much and too obvious.
Notice: Graphic violence