“The Banned and the Banished” is a bewitching series

Loran Fairhurst, Staff Writer

Over the past two months I have read two books of the same series – “The Banned and the Banished” by James Collins which are titled “Wit’ch Fire” (book 1) and “Wit’ch Storm” (book 2).


The basic, layman’s terms plot of the books is there is a girl who is discovering magic powers and ventures into the world to save her homeland from an already ruling darkness, though I will not go into any further detail about the story itself.


Collins’ style of writing is somewhat old fashioned, and given that, he isn’t exactly young– that is easily understood; it is also very highly detail-oriented. Each sentence furthers the plot with either new elements or factors, or it will bring older issues, accounts, and experiences into a clearer light.


Another element of “The Banned and the Banished” is the fact that the books do not focus on one character’s viewpoint. The style of writing is as if someone within the book itself is writing down the events of the book, while knowing the inner thoughts of one character within the section, and then switching to another character who oftentimes is leagues away from the previous.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoy “The Banned and the Banished,” and even now that I am three books in, Collins continues to surprise me and gets me to root for a fictional character.