The Firefly Witch by Alex Bledsoe contains three short stories about a small town reporter who falls in love with a beautiful woman unlike anyone he’s ever known before. From the first meeting of Ry and Tanna, it was obvious that there was going to be something between them. Ry is immediately attracted to Tanna even though he knows nothing about her except that she is a blind graduated student studying parapsychology. Of course, there turns out to be a lot more to Tanna than just that — she is also believed psychic, and a second-degree Wiccan priestess who is sworn to help those in need whether living, dead, or otherwise. Oh, and even though she is blind, she can see if there are fireflies around. The more fireflies that are around, the clearer and more focused her vision is. All of this is a lot for such a small town man, a beautiful woman, and a very small town to handle. Will their relationship be able to survive?
I read The Firefly Witch because it was a popular choice from the What’s Next I did to help get me into the Halloween spirit. I didn’t really know what to expect from it but, it turns out that I did enjoy it. It was a very simplistic read which made it go by very quickly. Reading about witches and Paganism has never really been my thing so it was interesting to read something a little more out of my normal “comfort” zone, especially since it had an aspect of romance. It also brought in issues of a close-minded society, and the perceived power struggle in a relationship. Both of these issues were address in very simplistic manners but, it was still nice to see within the book.
Ry and Tanna had an appealing dynamic in all three short stories. The reader gets to understand what is going through both of their heads as their relationship progresses from different perspectives. Ry struggles with the fact that his girlfriend is a witch because it is something unlike anything that he has ever known before. Tanna believes in their relationship but, she also struggles with it as it interacts and affects with her duties as a witch. I do wish there could have been more of Tanna’s perspective but I did enjoy the pieces that were given. I found her to be a pretty interesting character within the story. I also would have liked to have seen more of her responses to the reactions of the small town believing they have a witch in their presence.
Apparently, there is another installment of Ry and Tanna’s story written by Alex Bledsoe which was recently released as an e-book called Croaked. I am honestly not sure if I will purchase it or not. I did enjoy reading The Firefly Witch but at the same time, I don’t feel a super attachment to the characters where I feel like I have to know what has happened to them. I would however recommend it to anyone that is looking for something relatively cheap and simple to read with a hint of romance and a touch of something a little mysterious and witchy.
Disclosure: Purchased for my Nook for only $2.99