By Cass Kay
Publication Date: October 11, 2022
Woe be to the witch who doesn’t join a coven in Salem, especially if she’s a legacy witch, as Vianna Roots knows firsthand. She fled her mother and murderous coven just days before her initiation and only returned to her historic home ten years later to (finally) bury her mother. Her intent is to get through the funeral, sell the ancestral home to the first acceptable bidder (complete with embedded demon familiar) and skedaddle back to Boston. But of course, nothing is that easy.
Before the funeral is over, her ancestors have given her the mantle of the Roots witches. A responsibility Vianna most definitely doesn’t want. But something is wickedly wrong in Salem. The coven witches all seem to be kowtowing to a first-generation witch, Vianna’s highschool crush keeps sniffing around for no explicable reason, and her childhood best friend is now a ghost in her house. Vianna may have to embrace her legacy if she wants to go up against the coven and find out why her friend was murdered, but she’s going to do it her way.
These are the witches that give witches a bad name. There’s no Glenda the Good Witch in this book, at least not among the coven witches. And I loved it! This was a magick structure I hadn’t really seen before – where the coven peddles in hexes and murder for hire and all of the white magick belongs to the hoodoo practitioners. I did scratch my head a bit at how the coven witches stayed in business – it seemed someone would have caught on long ago at the number of people who went “missing,” but no matter. It’s fiction and gave Vianna something monstrous to fight against.
Vianna’s character reminded me a lot of a Kelley Armstrong heroine. Gutsy, stubborn and not willing to bend to anyone else’s will. Dee was a ray of sunshine, never blinking as Vianna broke the rules right, left and center. And Shuck – possibly the most unique familiar to date. I mean, really, how did the author come up with that?
I hope this is the first in a series, since there’s plenty of potential for Vianna to leave her mark in Salem. Given how it ended, my assumption is that there’s a book #2 coming. Which I will happily read and review.
A very solid 4 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Thank you to NetGalley and the author for providing the ARC. I’ve left my review honestly and voluntarily.
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