by Morgan Brice, Kale Williams (narrator)
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?
Book 1.5 in the Witchbane series.
Burn contains sexually explicit material intended for adults 18 and over.
Burn: A Witchbane Novella
Witchbane Series, Book 1.5
By: Morgan Brice
Narrated by: Kale Williams
Series: Witchbane Series, Book 1.5
Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
Release date: 04-16-19
Publisher: Tantor Audio
4.5 out of 5 stars4.4 (37 ratings)
MMy Thoughts and Review:
Well, it’s only been a couple of weeks since doing battle with the witch disciple after Evan. Seth and he have been busy doing side jobs, which basically translates to going after other monsters on their way to finding the next descendant on the radar of the witch disciples.
The witch disciples are a group who, through ritual killing, use the energy of the descendants of the sheriff and his deputies responsible for killing their leader decades earlier to keep themselves alive.
While going from place to place in an RV that belonged to Seth’s parents, the guys battle an irate Spectre from a haunted painting, return a Boo Hag to the ether, and Seth battles a few zombies.
The worst battle comes from the demons inside themselves, however. Seth doesn’t believe he is good enough for Evan, and soon he will see just how hard life as a hunter is and leave. Evan’s demons mock in different ways, reminding him of past relationships gone bad, and putting fear and doubt in his mind that his relationship with Seth might end just as badly.
The guys have a long way to go before fully trusting each other. If they don’t learn the importance of trust and reliance soon, it isn’t their relationship they will need to worry about dying. Just to catch you up.
This series is taking a little longer to grow on me than the Badlands. I am enjoying it very much, from a paranormal aspect, but I haven’t felt the same chemistry yet between the guys that I did with Simon and Vic, in the Badlands.
Seth and Even have a different kind of relationship however, so I have to bear that in mind. While Simon and Vic dealt with supernatural beings and we’re in danger sometimes, with Simon being a psychic medium and Vic a homicide detective, they don’t live like front line soldiers, Seth and Even do. Seth gets calls, sometimes in the middle of the night, and often back to back, and he has to hunt down whatever monster is tormenting humans. He is constantly battling, and until Even, he hunted alone.
Morgan creates the most fascinating worlds, and I am always blown away by how much effort and work she puts into knowing the lore, and legend behind a creature, pagan ritual, or religious aspect. As hot and sMMoldering as the sMMexy times are, the world-building and supernatural elements are my favorite.
Now we just gotta get those boys to communicate better and this old dragon lady will be content.
I am looking forward to seeing what the guys get up to next.
The Story: 4.50 ⭐
The Narration: 4.00 ⭐
Sharonica Stars: 4.25