After seventeen-year-old Thais Allard loses her widowed father in a tragic car accident, she is forced to leave the only home she's ever known to live with a total stranger in New Orleans. New Orleans greets Thais with many secrets and mysteries, but none as unbelievable as the moment she comes face to face with the impossible — an identical twin, Clio.
Thais soon learns that she and the twin she never knew come from a family of witches, that she possesses astonishing powers, and that she, along with Clio, has a key role in Balefire, the coven she was born into.
Fiery Clio is less than thrilled to have to share the spotlight, but the twins must learn to combine their powers in order to complete a rite that will transform their lives and the coven forever.
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Series or Stand-Alone: Books 1 to 4 - Balefire Series
Source: Owned Copy
What I liked about this series... This book has been on my bookshelf for years. Its always been one that I say I will pick up one day but never got around to it. So, now I decided to get on with it and read it! Cate Tiernan's Sweep series is one of my favourite series of all times, so I was very excited to be reading another series by her. What I loved about this series was the history. You have Thais and Clio who discover that they are twins and that there's a lot more to their family history than meets the eye. They are witches, which is my favourite kind of 'supernatural' story to pick up. You have goodies and baddies throughout and it was fun to try and figure out who was who.
What I didn't like about this series... Although I did enjoy reading this series, there were one or two things that bothered me. Firstly, you have a massive case of insta-love/lust going on. Both Clio and Thais seem to fall head over heels in a matter of seconds and I found that very unrealistic. Mix that with a really weird love triangle that got me confused for part of the book, I didn't really get on with that side of the story. Without giving too much away, I also found the ending to be very confusing. You have a particular character I thought would bring a massive explosion type of story line to the story but it never really happened, or certainly didn't appear to for me.