The Witch Born to Ignite by Tanya Milne

Series: The Inferno Series, Book 1

Released: July 30, 2019

Genre: Paranormal, Witches & Wizards, Young Adult Fantasy


A secret power. A growing evil. To save her family, she’ll have to embrace her magical destiny…

Seventeen-year-old Eva hopes she can find a normal life at her new school. But when a mysterious book reveals she and her brother are powerful witches with an ill-fated destiny, she’s angry at her parents and terrified for her future. And the one boy who seems able to comfort her may be the last person she can trust.

With the tyrant mayor going to extreme lengths to crack down on witchcraft, Eva is forbidden to practice magic. But when his evil spreads into her family, Eva may have no choice but to unleash her powers laced with darkness.

Can Eva protect her loved ones without sacrificing herself?

The Witch Born to Ignite is the first book in the spellbinding Inferno YA witch fantasy series. If you like forbidden magic, simmering chemistry, and page-turning paranormals, then you’ll love Tanya Milne’s compelling supernatural tale.


The Witch Born to Ignite by Milne is a magical young adult fantasy filled with an anticipation that will leave readers wishing for more.

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“Fire with fire,” I murmured, the room suddenly changed, now filled with a charge that was not there only moments before. “In that case, Eva, you’re going to need to be even more careful. Hide right under the nose of your enemy.” My heart jumped as the front door opened and someone stepped inside. It was too early for Mum and Dad, and Elijah wasn’t due for hours. Violet sat forward, her voice wobbling. “Who is it, dear?”

Stories of witches have been as old as time. In Greek Mythology, there were witches who would decide the fate of others, would lure men to their death, and more. What has always been feared is the mystery that lay behind the concept of a witch. Do they have magical powers? Are they good? Are they evil? Do they see the future? Do they worship the dark lord? There is such a huge dark mass of mystery that surrounds witches, but simply put…the witch abides by laws of nature and sees the world with a different perspective, much like others who believe in another religion. Being a witch doesn’t make them good or evil, but rather the choices that they make determine their worth to the world. Milne portrays the beginning of a journey down a dark path for the main character and her family. This first installment will have young readers hooked right away.

Eva and her immediate family have moved to a new town, away from other family members. From what is at first unclear, Eva slowly begins to understand just how vital their separation from the family back home is. Especially once she finds out more about this new mayor and his ludicrous laws about banning witchcraft and the sort. Her twin brother Elijah fits right in…and falls for a girl from school who happens to also be a twin. Unfortunately, Eva doesn’t have that luxury. Still trying to find herself, Eva knows that something is missing. When she finds an old and dusty book from the cellar, it calls to her in ways that she cannot explain. One peek and her life will change forever, she just knows it. What she doesn’t expect is for it to cause her to change in ways beyond recognition that even her own family doesn’t know who she is and fears for her future. What will become of Eva once she knows the truth about why it is so dangerous to be herself?

Milne has an appealing story, filled with creativity, originality and fascinating characters. This story follows what you typically know about witches, but there is a little spin to the antagonist side that readers will find enjoyable. The characters are likeable, but not as well developed as desired; there are some aspects of the characters that are completely unclear as to the motive behind their actions. This story does have some spelling and grammatical errors, but not enough to hinder enjoyment of the novel. If you are a reader of young adult fantasy, you may be interested in this first installment. Since this is the first installment in the Inferno Series, the reader is able to jump right on in.

An electronic copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Reedsy Discovery and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating to The Witch Born to Ignite by Tanya Milne.


Tanya has an undergraduate arts degree (history, economics and politics), a postgraduate business communication diploma and a successful career in internal communication, where she helps businesses (non-profit, profit and government) effectively communicate with their employees.

Currently, Tanya is focused on building a career as a novelist. She publishes young adult fiction and hopes to publish her children’s books and women’s fiction. She also works part-time to help improve the writing capability of a business in the humanitarian sector.

She’s been writing creatively since she was a small child, although the form has changed from poetry and short stories to longer works of fiction. For the last fifteen years, she’s been learning the craft of novel writing.

Highlights include completing a writing mentor-ship with Nike Sulway (nee Bourke) and numerous courses, including the selective Writing Children’s and YA with Curtis Brown Creative UK and a year-long Writing for Children with Nicolas Brasch.

She’s a member of Writers Victoria, The Duck Pond and The Scribbles Academy.

Tanya enjoys the variety of writing for children (picture books, chapter books, middle grade and young adult novels) and women’s fiction. She’s currently finishing  her first women’s fiction novel and working on her young adult Inferno series.

At their core, regardless of the age she is writing for, her stories are about finding the courage, strength and love to empower ourselves and overcome adversity. Her stories have been described as lyrical, gripping with a strong pinch of love and a touch of magic. Or they are about cake, or chocolate – or sometimes both.


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