THE JANUS WITCH
MICHAEL SCOTT CLIFTON
Genre: Paranormal Urban Fantasy / Romance
Publisher: Book Liftoff
Date of Publication: September 1, 2018
Number of Pages: 372
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A beautiful witch, a member of a murderous coven, is torn from her medieval world and transported to East Texas. The passage leaves her with no memory of her previous life. She falls in love with a young pediatrician, but her dark past threatens to reassert itself…and make her a threat.
PRAISE FOR THE JANUS WITCH:
This book is filled with magic, intrigue, excitement, and fantasy. Michael Scott Clifton is a truly gifted author.
— Teresa Syms, Readers’ Favorite
This novel was an absolute page turner with action and great character development. I enjoyed every minute of it. I’m excited for the next work by Mike Clifton.
— Bronwyn Pegues, Librarian, Longview Public Library
“Michael Scott Clifton weaves and casts a magical spell in his fantasy romance The Janus Witch. A must read for any Fantasy Romance, Urban Romance, or Paranormal Romance enthusiast!”
— Ranay James, Author of The McKinnon Legends: A Time Travel Series
A continuous flow of witchery and energy that kept this reader captivated until the end.
— The Electric Review, 5-Star Review
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Clueless Gent’s Rating
I made two judgments before I even finished the first chapter of The Janus Witch: this is going to be a good story, and I am going to like it! I understated both!
Spending time between the covers of The Janus Witch is the literary equivalent of eating comfort food. Each time I opened the book, I had that idyllic feeling of contentment. I know that may sound a bit bizarre, but I can’t think of any other way to explain how good I felt reading this story.
I think that’s a testament to a very good author. I felt like Michael Scott Clifton was simply telling me a story – just me, and that’s what made this book special. Further, Clifton has perfected the art of description. He paints very vivid scenes with his words, yet still leaves some headroom for the reader’s imagination.
The Telling of The Janus Witch
The storyline begins in medieval times with a very evil witch, her young apprentice and the man who hunts them. Shortly after their first clash, they are magically transported to present day Texas. (No, I won’t tell you how it happens. You have to read the book for that!). However, they are not all deposited in the same exact place. Thus, the real adventure begins!
The author switches POVs as he tells us how they each adjust to modern society. I thought it was quite fascinating and highly entertaining. Just consider the differences between medieval times and our present day. Since each character is placed in a different setting, they are each introduced to the twenty-first century in a different way.
With that backdrop, Clifton gives himself a pretty large canvas on which to paint his story.
The Characters – Oh, the Characters!
The author really brings these three characters to life with dialog and his vivid descriptions! However, the plot thickens. Into this mix, we add in some present day characters. Although there are some minor characters, the two new main characters represent opposite ends of the humanity spectrum. One is filled with greed and lust, while the other seems to sum up the goodness in humanity. This is such an amazing cast!
The dialog is superb! It was fun to watch how Clifton combined medieval dialogue with current dialogue. Further, the way the medieval characters described current technology was very believable.
The character arcs were quite good. However, as a reader, I wondered whether some of the characters actually changed as a result of the journey, or if the journey changed as a result of the characters. It’s a fine line.
In this book, SPAG errors are there, and there are quite a few, but they did not lessen my enjoyment of the story in any way. The author makes the story so engaging that they didn’t bother me in the slightest.
Finally, we get to pacing. I can describe the pacing in this story with one word: WOW! When Michael Scott Clifton gets a storyline on a roll, hang on! And don’t forget to breathe when you get to the climax. Clifton stretches the climax over a number of pages, and it is just SO GOOD! I don’t think I have the words to accurately describe just how well the author crafted the climax. It’s… amazing!
I was so engaged by this story and this author that I put another of his books on my to-read list. As for this story, I highly recommend it!
I received a free copy of this book from Lone Star Book Blog Tours in exchange for my honest review.
Michael Scott Clifton, public educator for over 38 years as a teacher, coach, and administrator, currently lives in Mount Pleasant, Texas with his wife, Melanie, and family cat, Sadie. An avid gardener, he enjoys all kinds of book and movie genres. His books contain aspects of all the genres he enjoys…adventure, magic, fantasy, romance, and relationships. He has been a finalist in a number of short story contests. Clifton’s fantasy novel, The Conquest of the Veil, won a First Chapter Finalist award. Professional credits include articles published in the Texas Study of Secondary Education Magazine. Clifton’s latest book, The Janus Witch, the July Book Cover of the Month, is a featured book on the We Love Indie Books website. Currently, Clifton is completing Book I of The Conquest of the Veil, which will be released in March 2019. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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3 thoughts on “The Janus Witch”
Thank you so much for your awesome review of The Janus Witch!
Excellent review! I am reading this now and couldn’t agree with you more — it’s ridiculously hard to tear myself away from it.
I’m reading it right now! Love his way with words!