In a small village in the nation of Droevinka, orphaned sisters Céline and Amelie Fawe scrape out a living selling herbal medicines in their apothecary shop. Céline earns additional money by posing as a seer and pretending to read people’s futures.
But they exist in a land of great noble houses, all vying for power, and when the sisters refuse the orders of a warlord prince, they must flee and are forced to depend on the warlord prince’s brother, Anton, for a temporary haven.
A series of bizarre deaths of pretty young girls is plaguing the village surrounding Prince Anton’s castle. He offers Céline and Amelie permanent protection if they can use their “skills” to find the killer.
With little choice, the sisters enter a world unknown to them—of fine gowns and banquets and advances from powerful men. Their survival depends on catching a murderer who appears to walk through walls and vanish without a trace—and the danger grows with each passing night.
“Two sisters trying to make a go of their late parents’ apothecary shop find themselves caught up in a rivalry between two princes in this engaging fantasy novel…Clues as to the sisters’ magical heritage, hints of romance, threats both supernatural and human, and courtly intrigue combine for a fun fantasy mystery.”—Locus
“The Mist-Torn Witches is a must-read, full of suspense, drama, and magic. I didn’t want this one to end.”—SciFiChick.com
“Hendee’s The Mist-Torn Witches is a gripping read with absorbing characters, and plenty of danger around every corner.”—Errant Dreams Reviews
“[A] well-constructed fantasy with two likeable and interesting main characters….a fun read.”—A Book Obsession
“[A] creatively mysterious fantasy world….Hendee knows how to hook her reders with beatiful, detailed settings.”—Seeing Night Reviews
Praise for Barb Hendee:
“Hendee has a gift for intricate psychological plots, and her characters are some of the best in current fantasy.”—Booklist
“Those looking for an alternative to Patricia Briggs or Ilona Andrews won’t be disappointed.” —Monsters and Critics
The world of the Noble Dead has come a long way in twelve years, and although I’ve so enjoyed developing and expanding new countries—and even new continents—with JC, there have been days when I’ve missed the dark, dripping nations of the first three novels.
I absolutely loved writing Sister of the Dead set in Droevinka, the land of Magiere’s birth, and I often thought that if I had the chance to write a new series, I’d go back there. I’m drawn to the medieval politics and the warlord princes. I love the heavy forests and cloudy skies and the traveling gypsies and superstitious villagers and the old stone castles. I mean … who doesn’t love traveling gypsies and old stone castles?
I also had a blast working with main characters who begin to realize they have more power than they ever could have envisioned.
pSo, with this new series, our heroines, Céline and Amelie Fawe, start off in one of those grubby little villages in Droevinka, with Céline playing at being a “seer,” and soon, the sisters find themselves rushed into a rapid change of circumstance due to the ambitions of two of those warlord princes, and the sisters begin to discover a good deal more about themselves, their abilities, and their connections to the traveling gypsies …