Witches by Kathryn Meyer Griffith
Summary : Inventive. Engaging. Dark & Gratifying.
Witches tells a horrifying tale of the struggle between white and black magic as experienced by the witches whose lives were impacted by one particular event transcends time as a vengeful and consuming darkness. This novel is full of malevolence, wrath, and mystery, yet somehow there are moments of love and purity that ring of sincerity. This juxtapose works well in this exceptionally well written story that vividly portrays a world where evil and good are virtues more complicated than they appear.
Amanda Givens is a gifted white witch with a feline familiar, Amadeus, who prefers the minimalist lifestyle her remote cabin in Canaan, Connecticut provides. There she has been able to escape the prejudice and dangers being a witch can carry. Her feigned safety crumbles with the death of her husband, and to make matters worse, the area becomes riddled with satanic rituals threatening mass hysteria. Grief ridden, Amanda suffers momentary weakness as she nearly brings her dead lover back with a dark spell laced with black magic. After that near catastrophe, things go from dangerous to life threatening. Amanda is forced into do or die situation and its up to her and her sisters to restore safety.
I didn’t know what to make of the synopsis when I read it, then became hesitant when the prologue was set in a different century. I am so glad I stuck with it.
The premise is dark, sinister even. It’s basically about a White Witch who becomes enslaved in a different time by a Dark Witch as a way for her to return to the land of the living to wreak havoc… now throw reincarnated love interests, love of family, crazy town’s people, and the depths of sibling rivalry and you get the gist of the rest. Griffith does a bang-up job with plot development. The story line steadily builds and topples over when least expected. It is consuming from the beginning and only gets better as the story unfolds. Characters are interesting, complex and effective in contributing to the novel.
This tale is one that will keep you guessing from start to finish, and one you will not be able to put down. If you have time for a lengthy read, I would highly suggest this one.
*** I received this ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review. ***