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The Water Witch

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The Water Witch

Fairwick Chronicles, Book 2
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Perfect for fans of Deborah Harkness and Elizabeth Kostova, The Water Watch is a breathtakingly sexy and atmospheric new novel of ancient folklore, passionate love, and thrilling magic.

After casting out a dark spirit, Callie McFay, a professor of gothic literature, has at last restored a semblance of calm to her rambling Victorian house. But in the nearby thicket of the honeysuckle forest, and in the currents of the rushing Undine stream, more trouble is stirring. . . .

The enchanted town of Fairwick's dazzling mix of mythical creatures has come under siege from the Grove: a sinister group of witches determined to banish the fey back to their ancestral land. With factions turning on one another, all are cruelly forced to take sides. Callie's grandmother, a prominent Grove member, demands her granddaughter's compliance, but half-witch/half-fey Callie can hardly betray her friends and colleagues at the college. To stave off disaster, Callie enlists Duncan Laird, an alluring seductive academic who cultivates her vast magical potential, but to what end? Deeply conflicted, Callie struggles to save her beloved Fairwick, dangerously pushing her extraordinary powers to the limit--risking all, even the needs of her own passionate heart.

Includes a preview of Book Three of The Fairwick Trilogy: The Angel Stone

Praise for The Water Witch

"A lighthearted, fast moving fantasy . . . The Water Witch should appeal to readers of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse novels."--New York Journal of Books

"Dark has an exquisite and clear voice. . . . One is aware of being in the hands of a mistress of the fine arts of storytelling and characterization. . . . It's all just great fun."--Albany Chronogram

"An intriguing story that will keep readers guessing."--Romance Reviews Today

"These novels are a heady mix of the supernatural, academic and erotic, and readers are sure to enjoy being back in the atmospheric Fairwick. The cliffhanger ending will only leave readers clamoring for the last installment in this interesting trilogy."--SheKnows

Praise for Book One of The Fairwick Trilogy: The Demon Lover

"Dark's letter-perfect gothic style is a satisfying tribute to previous gothic novels, and the paranormal elements, including incubi, fae, vampires, and witches, make this a stellar romance."--Booklist, included in its list of the year's "Top 10 SF/Fantasy Titles"

"Steamy and nuanced."--Kirkus Reviews

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Perfect for fans of Deborah Harkness and Elizabeth Kostova, The Water Watch is a breathtakingly sexy and atmospheric new novel of ancient folklore, passionate love, and thrilling magic.

After casting out a dark spirit, Callie McFay, a professor of gothic literature, has at last restored a semblance of calm to her rambling Victorian house. But in the nearby thicket of the honeysuckle forest, and in the currents of the rushing Undine stream, more trouble is stirring. . . .

The enchanted town of Fairwick's dazzling mix of mythical creatures has come under siege from the Grove: a sinister group of witches determined to banish the fey back to their ancestral land. With factions turning on one another, all are cruelly forced to take sides. Callie's grandmother, a prominent Grove member, demands her granddaughter's compliance, but half-witch/half-fey Callie can hardly betray her friends and colleagues at the college. To stave off disaster, Callie enlists Duncan Laird, an alluring seductive academic who cultivates her vast magical potential, but to what end? Deeply conflicted, Callie struggles to save her beloved Fairwick, dangerously pushing her extraordinary powers to the limit--risking all, even the needs of her own passionate heart.

Includes a preview of Book Three of The Fairwick Trilogy: The Angel Stone

Praise for The Water Witch

"A lighthearted, fast moving fantasy . . . The Water Witch should appeal to readers of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse novels."--New York Journal of Books

"Dark has an exquisite and clear voice. . . . One is aware of being in the hands of a mistress of the fine arts of storytelling and characterization. . . . It's all just great fun."--Albany Chronogram

"An intriguing story that will keep readers guessing."--Romance Reviews Today

"These novels are a heady mix of the supernatural, academic and erotic, and readers are sure to enjoy being back in the atmospheric Fairwick. The cliffhanger ending will only leave readers clamoring for the last installment in this interesting trilogy."--SheKnows

Praise for Book One of The Fairwick Trilogy: The Demon Lover

"Dark's letter-perfect gothic style is a satisfying tribute to previous gothic novels, and the paranormal elements, including incubi, fae, vampires, and witches, make this a stellar romance."--Booklist, included in its list of the year's "Top 10 SF/Fantasy Titles"

"Steamy and nuanced."--Kirkus Reviews

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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  • Chapter One

    One of the perks of academia--the part that was supposed to make up for the low salary, living in a hick town a hundred miles from a good shoe store and a decent hair salon, putting up with demanding, entitled eighteen-to-twenty-two-year-olds, and navigating departmental politics--was getting summers off. I had always imagined that once I was established in a tenure track job I would spend my summers abroad. Sure, I'd pin the trip on some worthy research goal--reading the juvenilia of Charlotte Brontë at the British Library or researching the court fairy tales of Marie d'Aulnoy at the Bibliothèque Nationale--but there was no law that when those venerable institutions closed at dusk I couldn't spend my evenings catching a show on the West End or listening to jazz in a Left Bank café.

    What I had not pictured myself doing during my summer break was swatting through the humid, mosquito-infested woods of upstate New York in knee-high rubber boots.

    I had known I was in trouble when I opened my door that morning to find Elizabeth Book, Dean of Fairwick College and my boss; Diana Hart, owner of the Hart Brake Inn; and Soheila Lilly, Middle Eastern studies professor, on my front porch. The first time these three women had shown up on my doorstep together had been last year, the night before Thanksgiving, when they'd come to banish an incorporeal incubus from my house.

    Only then they hadn't been tricked out in knee-high rubber boots and fishing tackle. Fairwick was big on fishing. The town had been plastered with fishermen welcome! signs since Memorial Day. There was a "Small Fry Fry-Up" at the Village Diner, an "Angler's Weekend" at the Motel 6 on the highway, and a "Romantic Rainbow Trout Dinner for Two" at DiNapoli's. Out-of-town RVs with airbrushed vistas of rushing streams and leaping trout had been clogging Main Street for the last few weeks. Our part of the Catskills was apparently the fly-fishing capital of the Northeast. Still, fishing seemed like a mundane activity for these three women. The dean, as I'd learned this past year, was a witch; Diana was an ancient deer-fairy; and Soheila was a succubus. A reformed, nonpracticing succubus. But still. A succubus.

    "What's up?" I asked guardedly. "Is this an intervention for my plumbing? It has been making some strange sounds."

    I was only half joking. One of the reasons I had opted to stay home this summer was to get some work done on Honeysuckle House, the lovely--but time consuming--Victorian I'd bought the fall before. Since I'd been forced to banish my boyfriend four months ago I'd thrown myself into an orgy of home repair. I'd been breathing dust and paint fumes for weeks. Today I'd been waiting for the arrival of Brock, my handyman (who also happened to be an ancient Norse divinity), to fix some broken roof tiles, when the doorbell rang.

    "No, dear," Diana said, her freckled face breaking into an awkward smile. When the three of them had come to banish the incubus from my house I'd joked that they were there for an intervention, but when four months later Diana and Soheila had come to break it to me that my lover, Liam Doyle, was that same incubus and that he was draining not just me but a dozen students of our life force, the joke hadn't seemed so funny. I think they all felt a little guilty when we found out Liam was innocent of attacking the students. But he'd been an incubus and you couldn't go on living with an incubus. Could you?

    "I'm afraid we have a problem that only you can help us with," Liz said.

    "You need me to open the door?" I had learned in the past year that I was descended on my father's side from a long line of "doorkeepers"--a type of...

About the Author-
  • Juliet Dark is the pseudonym of critically acclaimed literary suspense writer Carol Goodman, whose novels include The Night Villa and The Lake of Dead Languages. Her novels have won the Hammett Prize and have been nominated for the Dublin/IMPAC Award and the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her fiction has been translated into thirteen languages. She lives in New York's Hudson Valley with her family.

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