Review – Rise by Sierra Cross

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December 7, 2017 by ceresbooksworld


Rise by Sierra Cross

Book one in Spelldrift: Coven of fire series

Publisher: Enigmatic Books

Publication date: April 17th, 2017

Source: Author’s pal

Rating: 4 hearts




I closed the door on magic long ago… the day it made me an orphan.

Ten years ago, the Coven of Fire sacrificed their lives — my mother among them — to hold off an overwhelming demonic force. Now it’s back.

As a poorly-paid bartender, how can any of this be my problem? But Callie, another orphan of that battle, swears I’m the key to reviving the coven. And there’s an incredibly sexy guardian stranded on my couch who’s promising to help me stop the demons and keep the veil between the realms standing.

One problem: I’ve never been able to use magic. Our local bad boy warlock assures me I have the talent, but even if I did, we don’t have enough witches to complete a coven. The only way to survive is to pull together this pack of magicborn misfits, who have more secrets than spells, into a makeshift coven.

Can we — three untrained witches, a sarcastic warlock, and an overly intense guardian — take back the city… before the demongate falls and the forces that killed my mother destroy us too?


Rise is a novel with witches, warlock, guardians and demons, everything I love and it’s been a while since I’ve read this kind of books. I was pleasantly surprised by this book, I didn’t expect much and the story is complex, intense and well written. We find Alix, a girl a little clueless who had a witch for mother, who finds an old friend and a former guardian.

She will finally discover that she has magical powers but that they aren’t yet at their maximum. With the help of Matt, Callie, Asher and Liv, she will reform the coven and attack the demons running in the streets.

Alix is convinced that she has no magical power, but when it comes to her barmaid skills she has no doubt she is the best and when her friends are in danger she goes into the pile to defend them. I like Alix, she’s funny, stubborn and she’s trying to find her way.

Matt is the guardian who trained Alix when she was young and desperately needed someone at her side. He was in an ethereal form and Alix thanks to her powers managed to bring him back to her world. She also realizes that her guardian is very sexy despite the fact that he wants to follow the rules that are imposed by his order.

Callie is two years younger than Alix, she returns to the latter in the hope of reviving the convent and make the demons go away. She’s young and hopeful; she’s also full of life and radiant. I really liked Callie because without her Alix wouldn’t probably have become what she is now.

Asher is a warlock and I really like his humor, I really like him, he’s pretentious but he knows that without Alix the world as he knows it will collapse.

Liv took longer to join the team, she was Alix’s best friend before all their parents died and she was away from her friends. Liv is a traveler, intrepid who doesn’t attach and who doesn’t like danger, at least as far as magic is concerned. I don’t really know what to think of Liv because she’s not too important yet.

The story is great and the characters are really all interesting, the first book explains the story and I want to read the following books to see again all these characters and know what can happen to them.

I discovered Sierra Cross with this story and quite frankly I loved her, I would read the other books with great pleasure.

Quick word: A very nice discovery not to be missed if you like stories with witches.



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