Rating: 4 stars out of 5
One hundred years ago, a sheriff’s posse killed dark warlock Rhyfel Gremory, but his witch-disciples escaped, and their magic made them nearly immortal. To keep their power, each year one of the witch-disciples kills a descendant of one of the men in the posse, a twelve-year cycle that has cost dozens of lives, including that of Seth Tanner’s brother, Jesse.
Seth uncovers a cycle of ritual murders that feed the witch-disciples’ power, and he saves Evan Malone, one of the warlock’s potential victims. Neither Seth nor Evan expected to fall in love, but when the dust settles, they find themselves on the run and on the road together, heading toward Pittsburgh, on the trail of the next killer.
Seth wonders whether Evan will come to regret his choice to stay together, now that he’s living the reality of Seth’s nomadic life and the risks that come with it. He wants Evan to stay, but he’s afraid that Evan would be better off without him, living a normal life. Evan’s whole world has been upended, but there’s one thing he’s sure of, his love for Seth. Evan worries that he’s a liability, not yet able to hold his own in Seth’s rough-and-tumble world, but determined to do whatever necessary to have Seth’s back. On the way to face the next warlock, supernatural threats abound, forcing them to learn to fight as a team.
Fate and danger threw them together. But once the adrenaline fades, will love last?
“Burn” is a novella in the Witchbane series, making this part 1.5. As such, it really doesn’t work as a standalone and you should absolutely read part 1 first.
The thing that probably bothered me most about “Witchbane”, the first book in the series, was the rather sloppy editing. I hate bad editing with a passion. But I’m glad to say that the editing in “Burn” is much, much better.
This novella picks up right after where book one left off. I have a thing for established couples. I like to see what happens after the HEA (or the HFN). “Burn” didn’t disappoint in that regard. Daily life as nomadic hunters of supernatural creatures is hard. Where before, Evan felt like the more insecure one, it’s now Seth who’s struggling to believe in their relationship.
While the relationship is definitely once more a very important part of the story, we now also get to see more actual hunting. We meet several new different creatures and at least one of them was completely new to me. There was also more world building in general, with a more in-depth view into the way magic works in this world. It’s no secret that I have a thing for myths and legends, so I really liked those parts.
There was quite a lot of sex once again. The two occasionally behaved like horny teenagers with very little self-control. It was a bit too much for me at times, tbh.
All in all, I enjoyed “Burn” more than “Witchbane”. It actually made me curious to find out what happens next, so I think I’ll keep reading this series. If you liked the first part of the series, you’ll like this novella too. It’s absolutely worth reading.
The cover is very similar to that of the first part, it has the same spooky look to it.
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Kindle Edition, 114 pages
Published September 26th 2018 by Darkwind Press