Rating: 5 stars out of 5
The third novel in the Witchbane series.
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 rescued Evan Malone from one of the witches, and they’ve fallen in love despite the danger and chaos, going on the road to complete the quest and bring an end to the ritual murders. Their relationship is new, their emotions are raw, and the danger is real. It’s a challenge to find their way as a couple while they’re on the road together in the close quarters of Seth’s RV, training in magic and combat skills to fight off a supernatural killer.
In pursuit of the next witch-disciple, Seth and Evan team up with older hunters Milo and Toby as their quest to stop a century-long killing spree takes them to a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains. They’re ahead of the sacrifice cycle, with plans to stop the murders and kill the dark witch. Only this time, the hunters become the hunted when the witch knows they’re coming to get him, and has deadly plans of his own. When their lives are on the line, will love be enough?
Flame and Ash contains sexually explicit content intended for adults 18 and over.
The search for the ancestors of the lynching party that killed the evil mage and mission to destroy his disciples before they continue their killing sprees picks up in Flame and Ash, book 3 of Witchbane. And with each new black disciple Seth and Evan are investigating with the intention to find his next target and kill the disciple, Brice manages to deepen the horror, up the suspense, and just in general, make each book a deadlier and finer novel to read.
A far more realistic turn of events, as each new dark witch seems to be stronger and better prepared for them. And much harder to kill for various reasons. You would think it would be easier but no. More facts are uncovered, each unpleasant and some downright shocking. Often they need help and here we get to meet old friends we’ve heard about through phone conversations or in passing when talking about Seth’s past. I adored Milo and Toby and hope this is not the last time we interact with them.
Really, there’s nothing I can say without bringing up spoilers here. The drama, suspense, and action is all superb and fast moving. There is always a great supernatural element as well as the paranormal ones to boot. Ghosts and runes, blood and death, hair raising chills and more fill these pages.
Plus romance, love and lots of great sex!
Each book also sees a deepening of the relationship between Seth and Evan as they continue to explore their new relationship and new areas of each other’s pasts that are still coming to light. As that happens, like a huge heavy black cloud that’s hovering over them and the horizon is the subject of the witch disciples still to be found along with their victims. Each case is getting extremely vicious and more difficult to handle. The odds of them surviving are going down, especially is they try to handle it alone.
All of which means I both can’t wait for the next story and I will approach it with extreme trepidation! lol
I love this series and can’t highly recommend it enough to all lovers of romance and urban fantasy. Start at the beginning and work your way here. Then join me as we way to see what’s in store on the next leg of this incredible journey!
Cover art is perfect for the story and characters. Love it.
Kindle Edition, 229 pages
Published September 5th 2019 by Darkwind Press
Edition Language English
Series Witchbane #3
Flame and Ash 3