The Janus Witch

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
398 Pages
Reviewed on 10/09/2018
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Author Biography

Michael Scott Clifton, public educator for over 38 years as a teacher, coach, and administrator, currently lives in Mount Pleasant, Texas with his wife, Melanie and family cat, Sadie. An avid gardener, he enjoys all kinds of book and movie genres. His books contain aspects of all the genres he enjoys...adventure, magic, fantasy, romance, and relationships. He has been a finalist in a number of of short story contests with Edges of Gray winning 1st Place in the Texas Authors Contest. Clifton’s fantasy novel, The Conquest of the Veil, won a First Chapter Finalist award. Professional credits include articles published in the Texas Study of Secondary Education Magazine. Clifton’s latest book, The Janus Witch, the July Book Cover of the Month, is a featured book on the We Love Indie Books website. Currently, Clifton is completing Book I of The Conquest of the Veil, which will be released in March 2019. He can be reached at Follow him at

    Book Review

Reviewed by Teresa Syms for Readers' Favorite

A beautiful witch, Tressalayne, a member of a murderous coven led by the truly evil Morganna, escapes her medieval world unaware that a witch hunter has followed them into the new world of East Texas. Narrowly escaping the onslaught of the witch hunter, Tressalayne and Morganna are separated as they disappear through a hastily constructed portal of magic. Tressalayne lies in a hospital bed, critically ill with complete memory loss. Under the watchful eye of Dr. Lucas Beckett, who knows his feelings are crossing the line of the doctor-patient relationship, Tressalayne begins her recovery. While regaining her physical health and discovering love, Tressalayne finds her relationship with Lucas is plagued by horrific nightmares, flashbacks and unexplained magical occurrences. How can Tressalayne find peace in the present with Lucas while her past with Morganna threatens a full-on confrontation? Will the good of love in the present win out over the evil of the past? Only the Janus Witch can decide.

The Janus Witch by Mike Clifton is a truly captivating, exciting book. Once I began reading, I found myself unable to stop. It was as if by magic the book called to me to continue reading to the end. The author creates scenes and characters that captivate the reader. As each new character and scene are brought to life, you find yourself being transported by all your senses; smelling the stale beer from the bar, the sterile environment of the hospital, the beautiful pond by Lucas’s cabin, and how truly stunning Tressalayne is. While the love builds between Tressalayne and Lucas, one can feel the evil emanating from Morganna. As she plots her return to power, it seems no one is able to defeat her. The author truly captured the best of the medieval world, where Tressalayne, Morganna and Robert, the witch hunter came from, and combined the story with modern-day East Texas. This book is filled with magic, intrigue, excitement, and fantasy. Mike Clifton is a truly gifted author.