Blog Tour: Rise (Spelldrift: Coven of Fire, Book One) by Sierra Cross (Review & Giveaway!!)

Sierra Cross
(Coven of Fire, #1)
Publication date: June 15th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy

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?

As soon as I saw the words magic, sexy guardian, witches, and bad boy warlock in the synopsis, I instantly added Rise to my TBR. I can never resist a book about witches. 

The result? Rise is a fast paced and thrilling start to the Coven of Fire series.

My favorite aspect of Rise was the world building. I loved learning more about the witches, guardians, and warlocks. It was especially interesting to see how they all fit together with each branch serving a specific purpose (i.e. the guardians protecting the coven).

Additionally, the plot was incredibly action packed. While I found the majority of plot twists to be predictable, it didn't detract from my overall enjoyment of the book. I was still incredibly curious to see how everything would turn out. Would Alix find her childhood friends in time? Was Alix's magic stronger than she thought? Those were just some of the questions driving me forward! I also enjoyed the forbidden romance angle; however, I wish it was more developed. I could feel chemistry between Alix and Matt, but it wasn't as strong as I would've liked. Hopefully, in the next books it gets better. 

Now for the characters. I found the majority of them to be easy to root for and likable. Alix, the lead, is strong, sassy, and determined. Sometimes it did bug me that she wasn't always willing to listen to something she didn't believe in (i.e. when everyone kept telling her she had magical powers); however, not the biggest issue overall. I think Matt was my favorite, however. He's an interesting guy with a lot on his plate, and it was interesting to see him balance his duty to the coven with his personal wants/desires. The warlock and the other witches were fun as well. I will admit, though, that I never felt a strong connection to any of the characters. Yes, I liked them, but I feel like they weren't as developed as they could've been. For example, Alix's POV had the tendency to be very cut and dry. Not many emotions came through in my opinion. 

Regardless of my issues, I still enjoyed Rise. I look forward to diving into the sequels sometime soon! 

3.5 stars!! 

Source: eBook provided by publicist for review - thanks Giselle! 

Author Bio:
Spells and skyscrapers. Warriors and warlocks. Coven secrets and forbidden romances. Sierra Cross lives for urban fantasy, for modern magic and the bold supernatural beings who stalk our contemporary world. Her Spelldrift universe stars kickass witches and their heroic guardians, as well as vampires, shifters, mages, Fidei, and the dark demonic forces that threaten them all.



  1. This sounds excited and entertaining overall! Glad you liked it! :)

  2. The idea behind this story sounds so good! I really want to read this eventually. Thanks for your review!


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