To Hunt a Witch
Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble…
Casey L. Bond has done it again: she has taken a familiar idea–in this case hunting witches– and spun it into something new and captivating. Gravebriar contains the expected elements of warring covens, star crossed love, familial betrayal, and magic spells and potions galore; but where it diverges from the expected is in the idea of witches burning their own at the stake, and seeking to destroy the magical secrets that sustain their own communities. After all, what if the greatest threat to a witch was not a religious fanatic with a lack of understanding, but one of their very own?
Gravebriar is a fast paced thrill ride, and although the action spans just a few days and covers just a few miles, it still manages to read like a magical epic. Mysteries build upon mysteries, and the only person that seems to be entirely reliable is the narrator, Castor. Each revelation and layer of the story adds more to the danger surrounding the identity of the witch hunter Artemis, and of the origin of Castor’s own mysterious power. Her growing love for Forge, a witch from a rival coven, is at turns sweet and treacherous, as she struggles to uncover whether or not he can be trusted when he claims he would never hurt her. And it is Forge’s magic that holds the secret to the ultimate threat to Castor’s life, because the only thing that can kill a poison witch is intention. With twists and turns until the very end, this book is a fun bit of magical escapism from the dull routines of daily life, earning it a rare-for-me five star rating.
Meghan is a coffee connoisseur, devoted milspouse, and exhausted momma to a three year old daughter and three dogs. She enjoys hiking, glamping, and traveling. You are mostly likely to find her reading good books in a hammock with a view of the ocean or mountains.