Title: Faythe Reclaimed
Author: Lisa Sanchez
Published: May 2012 by Tulipe Noire Press
Format: Ebook provided by Sizzling PR for review
Running through a strange forest with a bloodthirsty demon hot on her heels wasn’t Taylor’s idea of a rockin’ evening. Then again, neither was soaring backward through time and space. Time travel chafed and left a rank, nasty aftertaste. So, when she finds herself floundering amidst a sea of Commandment-loving holy rollers who fling accusations of witchcraft and bedevilment like hotcakes in a diner, finding her way home jumps to the top of her to do list. Too bad she can’t remember who she is or where she came from. And if that wasn’t bad enough, Taylor has to fall for the mysterious Latin warlock living on the edge of Salem Village and who comes to her rescue, Gabriel Castillo.
Battling an identity crisis and lost in a time that’s not her own, Taylor is determined to find her way back to twenty-first century Hanaford Park. But first, she and Gabriel must work together to uncover the dark scourge lurking in Salem's shadows, and in doing so, save their own lives, and the lives of countless innocents from a lethal date with the hangman’s noose.
I found Faythe Reclaimed to be a pretty interesting and unique story. It starts in present time, but nearly all of the story takes place in 1692, Salem Witch Trial era. The author, Lisa Sanchez, also used actual people from that time period as characters. That added an extra sense of reality to the story. Also, Faythe Reclaimed is the 3rd book in the Hanaford Park series. I haven’t read the first two, but I didn’t get the feeling that I was lost at any point. However, reading reviews for book 2, I think it would be a bit helpful to read that one before book 3 to get a bit of history on Gabriel and Taylor.
This story is basically told from three points of view: Taylor (Faythe), Gabriel Present (Traveler), and Gabriel Past (Gabriel). There were a couple points where I got a bit confused between the two different Gabriels, but it didn’t take long to get back on track.
So Taylor gets yanked backwards to 1692, and is basically an amnesiac. She doesn’t know who she is, where she is, or how in the world she got there. But never fear, the powerful warlock Gabriel is hot on her heels, and determined to save her, no matter the cost. And the cost is great. The Moirai (the Fates) have commanded him to not interfere in anything that happens; the ripple effect throughout history could be disasterous. But what kind of hero would he be if he actually listened to them? Other Salem residents “figure out” that she must be Faythe Ellwood, who they had feared dead. Taylor doesn’t know who she is, but she knows deep down that she isn’t Faythe. But what can you do? She goes with it.
“Only fools wait for their injured opponents to rise.”
Something I really found fascinating with this story were the monsters. Demons. Whatever they were, they were big, bad, and ferocious. In my opinion they were real scene stealers. The author described them all perfectly, and they were terrifying. I definitely would think twice before going out on my own knowing those beasts were out there!
Faythe and Gabriel meet, and they just know they are meant to be together. Gabriel is a dreamy Latin warlock; powerful and strong, but with a giant heart. You can’t help but fall for him. He doesn’t live in town, he stays secluded in a cottage deep in the woods. Solitude will keep him safe, he knows there is evil about – and that fingers are being pointed at him.
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