The Parting (Novella # 1 in the Network Saga)

The Parting (Novella # 1 in the Network Saga)

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Never underestimate the power of a brokenhearted witch.

Six months ago, war gripped all of Alkarra.

Witches died, government structures fell, and all Networks were on the brink of devastation. Bianca Monroe and her father, Derek Black, brought the world back from the edge of disaster by defeating the Almorran Master, Mabel.

New problems have begun to take root.

When the High Priestess of the Northern Network, Farah, dies, her sister steps up in her place. Geralyn, a notoriously suspicious and cautious witch, calls all Northern Network delegates, Masters, and Guardians back home.

Including Merrick.

Bianca’s first love is tested with a brutal new challenge—reality. Can the bond that Merrick and Bianca forged through loss, grief, and betrayal last now that post-war life has settled in?

Or will the battle for life and love continue to wage their power?

The Parting is a standalone short story in The Network Saga. It’s best read before the first book, The Lost Magic, or any time afterward.


Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
Sandra Hagan
My Poor Heart

Ugh...this book will tear your heart apart! I cried so much! I love Bianca and Merrick so this story created a new understanding of their relationship.


Trying to read in order and it is interesting. No matter what happens in war the aftermath is always very hard wether you win or lose. First loves are the hardest as are the break ups. It will be interesting to see what becomes of B in the future and how this will impact her throughout her life.

Robyn Harper
Bianca’s growing up

Loved this book and had already read The Lost Magic and this filled in the intervening years.

Susan Jackson
The missing years

I was missing what happened during the three years between the last two books so this fills that it. Everyone is exhausted from the war. Just because the war is over doesn’t mean everything is OK—livestock is dead, fields are burned so people are barely existing. Bianca heads back to the woods and Isadora’s cottage which has been neglected for years. The woods are happy to have her back and she works on the cottage. Martin visits and brings her news but not what she is looking for and then her dad visits but still no Merrick. Finally at almost 2 months he appears. The problem—the ruler of the North has died and her sister, the new ruler, calls everyone home so Merrick has a choice to make—he puts forward several but will Bianca take one of the choices? How will this end? You must get this book if you are reading this series.

Tonya Flores
Gut wrenching

Stories of heartache must be told to understand the depth of despair involved. That is what we find in The Parting. The anguish is real, but it is so good to know the background.