The Kiss: Witch & Wizard, Book Four
In THE KISS: Witch & Wizard, Book Four, James Patterson and Jill Dembrowski craft a dystopian novel worthy of Suzanne Collins, complete with magical teen heroes that spring off the page. Like Katniss, Whit and Wisty Allgood have fought for their lives --- but, at this point, they assume their troubles are over. After all, the talented twins toppled their country’s totalitarian government, led by the evil One Who Is the One and brought freedom to all. As it turns out, though, the key to liberty isn’t so simple in this, the fourth volume of the Witch & Wizard series.
"As duty and passion coincide, clash and merge in THE KISS, the reader is kept guessing until the last page as to which will win out."
When THE KISS opens, Whit and Wisty are partying in the streets, celebrating with their friends and family. To properly picture the scene, imagine Mardis Gras if the powers-that-be in George Orwell’s 1984 had come crashing down. Amidst the chatter and joy, the Allgood siblings are honored even further when they’re asked to become members of the city’s new governing body, the Council. The pair that rescued its homeland will be among those who get to make the decisions this time around!
Everything’s going really well --- so well, in fact, that Wisty can’t believe it when a sexy young guy approaches her. His name is Heath, and he intrigues Wisty beyond anything she’s ever felt before. Whit’s a bit leery of Wisty getting caught up so fast, while Whit’s roommate, Byron, wants to warn off anyone that could steal away his crush. When Heath and Wisty dance together at a party celebrating the city’s rejuvenated art scene, their connection is positively electric.
But good things can’t last forever. The Council isn’t governing the way it should. The head of the Council, General Matthias Bloom, is slowly becoming the sort of tyrant Whit and Wisty had fought so hard to depose. Moreover, everyone listens to him because he’s the only one with access to interpret the Book of Truths, a volume that guides the Council’s decisions.
The atmosphere only gets cloudier when the Council discovers the city’s water supply is dwindling. That’s thanks to the Wizard King, the mysterious ruler of a neighboring mountainous realm, who is blocking the precious liquid from trickling down the hills. The Wizard King is a malevolent figure --- early on, the Allgoods’ young friend, Pearl, is kidnapped along with other youngsters from the city, and taken to a curious “camp” across the mountains.
At home, Bloom is all but declaring war on magicians. His increasingly sinister actions lead him to require all magicians to register their names on a list. He even goes so far as to temporarily ban magic from the city --- even proscribing Whit and Wisty, its saviors, from practicing their arts! Infuriated, the twins vow to make things right --- not only with the Wizard King and Bloom, but within their own city. While Whit embarks on a journey across the mountains to negotiate with the dangerous monarch, Wisty lingers at home with Heath, who might be as much of a danger to her as any One Who Is the One.
Like any close siblings, Whit and Wisty alternately rejoice in one another, work together and duke it out. Their relationship provides a realistic backdrop for the emotional decisions each twin makes as both try to forge their own identities while attempting to save the home they love. Their courage and desire to help are at war with their individual desires --- Whit’s to mourn his lost girlfriend and pursue a potential new love, and Wisty’s to explore her undeniable attraction with Heath. As duty and passion coincide, clash and merge in THE KISS, the reader is kept guessing until the last page as to which will win out.
Reviewed by Carly Silver on February 12, 2013