by Morwen Navarre.
Six Word Summary: Gripping sequel which shows us more of the world and the characters we love.
Blurb: Ghost is content to spend all his free time with Gerry. But scandal and hate surrounding Ghost’s appointment as the first male witch, along with a deadly epidemic, force Ghost to make choices that will separate him from his love.
Spurred on by a message from his mentor, Ghost embarks on a journey through mystical underground tunnels and lost civilizations to the frozen lands of his origin, seeking a way to neutralize the threat back home. While he struggles to find a balance between his duties as a witch and his calling as a seer, all Ghost really wants is to return to the haven he has found in Gerry’s arms.
Length: 64, 300 words.
Series: Witch’s Apprentice #2.
Read as an: eBook.
My Thoughts: Once again I really enjoyed the world building and story telling of Morwen Navarre’s Witch’s Apprentice series. Where Ghost’s Sight was sweet and short, Ghost’s Dilemma, expands upon the world and offers a more in depth look and exploration of the characters.
Ghost’s Dilemma sees readers return to the world Ghost and Gerry as they move forward with their lives. In the time since the first book, the pair have settled down, moved into a new house, and become more comfortable in their respective positions within the village. It’s really quite nice getting to see the comfort and domestic fluff of the pair before the real drama of the novel starts.
Where the first book sets up the social hierarchy of the village, the second provides more insight into the world of Alphas, Dependants, Mates, and Witches. Whereas Ghost’s Sight set up the idea of Alphas being the providers and protectors of their Dependants, Ghost’s Dilemma explores and provides a further look into Mates and the otherness of Witches. It was really nice seeing Gerry defer to Ghost and treat him more as an equal in the relationship, especially when compared to other relationships within the novel.
The plot of Ghost’s Dilemma sees Ghost tested as a Witch and healer, as he struggles to cure an epidemic that has spread throughout his village. I really enjoyed seeing a more assertive and in charger characterisation of Ghost. The same with Gerry, we see him come to terms with his relationship with Ghost and how they fit as Alpha and Mate.
Ghost’s Dilemma also expands upon and explores more of the surrounding world. I loved seeing the land of the ‘Witch’s Apprentice’ in a larger scope. To be given more information about the larger environment, landscape, and other societies within the world was great! I loved being slowly offered glimpses and more information about ‘ancient’ technologies and trying to figure out the modern day equivalents.
- Gerry and Ghost are still adorable. Where Ghost’s Sight was focused on their pair meeting and falling in love, this novel expands upon their relationship and sees them working together as a couple. It was really nice seeing this extension of their relationship.
- The blurring of genres. When I first wrote the read Ghost’s Sight, I wasn’t sure if I would class the book as fantasy or paranormal one. The world is set sometime after an advanced civilisation has fallen and while it definitely reads like a fantasy novel with the villages, magic, and forests appearing in the book, it really has a paranormal ‘psychic’ vibe. It’s great reading the novel and experiencing the fantasy angle, but after you’ve put it down, thinking of it as a paranormal one.
- A third book! On goodreads, Navarre has stated that she is working on the third book of the series. So I will be eagerly looking out for that book when it becomes available 🙂
Recommendations: As this is a second book, I would really recommend checking out the first book first, but if you like fantasy romance novels, I would definitely give this book a go! While I have stated above it is a paranormal book, if you are a fan of either, I would really recommend picking the series up.
Please note: I received a copy of Ghost’s Dilemma from NetGalley.