So begins Theron's tale, a story that will take him from his sacred mountain and the witch he loves to a world where women have but one need for men.
Theron Tale delves deeper into the world Thea created in Water Witch. The tribe of women who abduct Theron and other men was so realistic I could imagine their camps and how they looked. Their voices were real. They were infuriating and barbaric in their believability. When the story switched back to Theron's present state - at the mercy of Yuri and his torturer - his preservation despite his exhaustion and pain was tangible Again, I could see where the characters were, imagine the blood drying on Theron's skin or the pain he felt as he recalled receiving his tattaus. Thea created a story that planted me right in the middle of the narrative. The blend between past and present wasn't jarring at all. It wove together to create the narration and reveal the story at the perfect pace. It gave great insight to Yuri's mind and his role in Water Witch. Let me just say, he is one harsh dude.
My only qualms were at first I didn't remember who Yuri was. It has been a while since I read Water Witch and I haven't gotten to pick up Blood Witch yet so I was a little rusty on the story. When writing fantasy and creating a new world there are often strange names for people and places. For characters that don't get much page time, it made me pause to remember who Yuri was and why he was important. One could argue that's not Thea's fault. I noticed a couple misplaced words, but nothing major. The cover is beautiful but a little misleading. From looking at it, I had expected a female lead, not a male.
Like all of Thea's books, I couldn't wait to read Theron's Tale. She has a knack for creating fascinating characters and worlds. I would caution reading at least Water Witch before checking out Theron's Tale. Or starting the Elemental Series soon after. If you're into fantasy or are curious about the new adult genre, this series is a good one to start with.