50 Page Fridays: Juliet Dark


Every Friday, we here @ Del Rey Spectra will place a 50 page excerpt of a selected title on Unbound Worlds. Whether it is science fiction, epic fantasy, alternate history, horror, urban fantasy, paranormal, the possibilities are endless.

This week you’ll get a peek at THE WATER WITCH, Juliet Dark’s newest paranormal romance. A follow up to THE DEMON LOVER, in THE WATER WITCH, we find ourselves back within Dark’s fascinating and enveloping world of witches, fae, and demons. This gothic story is just as alluring as its predecessor, and if you’re a fan of Deborah Harkness or Elizabeth Kostova, the Fairwick trilogy might be just what you’re looking for.

Here’s more from the author:

The Water Witch is the second in the Fairwick series, which takes place in the Catskills town and college of Fairwick. I was thrilled to return to this world and the characters I created in The Demon Lover. I’ve always loved enclosed communities—boarding schools, colleges, artist colonies, summer retreats—and have in most of my books strived to create a self-enclosed world. So in The Demon Lover I conjured a small Catskills town in which fairies and witches—enemies elsewhere—have come to live together. They have founded a small college where vampires are eligible for tenure, a gnome teaches Earth Science, and a succubus like Soheila Lilly can forswear feeding off the life force of men and teach Middle Eastern Studies instead. Callie McFay is hired to teach folklore at Fairwick, not knowing that the Dean who has hired her is a witch, the innkeeper of the Hart Brake Inn where she’s staying is a deer-fairy, or that the lovely old Victorian house she buys, Honeysuckle House, is inhabited by an incubus.

In Water Witch Callie is still living in Honeysuckle House, but the incubus has been banished to the Borderlands between our world and Faerie. At least she has her handyman Brock, a Norse divinity, to take care of the house, and her friends to get her through the lonely times. But when Dean Book, Soheila Lilly, and Diana Hart ask her to escort a school of immature undines through the underwater door to Faerie, Callie unwittingly unleashes a host of troubles on Fairwick. I wanted to write a book about townies and academics coming together to fight off a greater evil. I got to return to the characters I’d grown to love in The Demon Lover, like Brock, Soheila, Dean Book, Diana Hart, and Frank Delmarco (wizard and undercover cop for IMP—the Institute for Magical Professionals) and also to introduce new characters: Lura Trask, an old woman who lives in a decaying house on the banks of the Undine who may not be entirely human; Moondance, a wiccan with attitude; Leon Botwin, hipster barista and wizard; Lorelei, a ravenous undine bent on breeding.

But most of all, I got to give Callie another chance to find her demon lover. It’s not easy having an affair with a creature who incarnates in different shapes. Callie has to first recognize him and then figure out if she loves him enough to end the curse he’s under. Sometimes love comes to us in unexpected guises and what we need isn’t what we thought we wanted. Does Callie get it right this time? I’m afraid the by-laws of IMP prohibit me from saying. What I will say is that I had a great time going back to Fairwick and I hope my readers will too.”

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Please enjoy this excerpt of THE WATER WITCH by Juliet Dark, on sale wherever books are sold!

THE WATER WITCH by Juliet Dark, Excerpt by Random House Publishing Group