Focus is the second book in the Earthen Witch series by Sarah Doughty.
When Aisling Green wakes up, she realises two things: that she has been captured by the Kramer Scholars and that her powerful, intense magic is not working like it should. As she undergoes a bout of torture at the hands of this strange, ancient sect, she knows that she must survive so that she can find Conner and escape before they both end up dead.
To complicate matters further, not only are they being pursued by a well-connected, well-funded, almost military-style paranormal eradication group, someone has summoned a very dark, very dangerous demon. And the only person strong enough to fight it is Aisling, with her powers of an Earthen Witch.
But, when the demon is getting stronger and stronger by the day, will they be able to find it in time before it can reach ascension. If they can’t, a lot of people are going to die and the world will be destroyed.
Focus picks up the story line where the first book in the series, Just Breathe, finished off, and it does so seamlessly.
It was nice to see a bit of the world beyond that which we saw in Just Breathe with this instalment, illustrating that the rules that govern this Earthen Witch world are widespread. The story is full of energy and action, and the pace quick; there is never a dull moment in these books.
As well as the supernatural creatures from the first story (vampires, werewolves, witches and fairies), we are introduced to a new one this time round, though I won’t say any more. Suffice to say that with so many different characters and creatures, the story is always moving forward with drama and excitement.
I think that the idea that someone’s power and magic stems from love is an interesting theme that runs through this series. And, as the relationship between Aisling and Conner intensifies, there are a few more adult scenes in this book than the first one.
A lot of pressure rests on poor Aisling’s shoulders and as she has her own personal battles to fight as well as everything else, it is easy to get caught up in the emotions she is feeling and experiencing. However, the group she has around her – Connor, Liam, Shadow and Angela – are a great supporting cast.
I will be adding the other stories from the Earthen Witch world (including a couple of short stories as well as another novel) to be my TBR. And I can’t wait to read them. This series is just so addictive and so well-written. Paranormal romance at its best 🙂
I downloaded a copy of Focus by Sarah Doughty for free from Smashwords.