by Morgan Brice
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?
Title: Flame and Ash
Series: Witchbane Book #3
Author: Morgan Brice
Publisher: Darkwind Press
Release Date: 9/05/2019
Genre/ Trope/ Themes(s): Urban Fantasy MM Paranormal Romance; Established Couple, Monster Hunters, Found Family; Generational Curses, Hurt/ Comfort, Supernatural, Witchcraft
SteaMMy Swordplay: 3 out of 5⚔
Goodreads avg: 4.36⭐
MMy Thoughts and Review:
Witchbane: Flame and Ash
I love how the characters from the Badlands Series are beginning to play more relevant roles in this series. I believe in the next book, Unholy, Simon’s presence is even more “present” if I remember correctly from the last Badlands novel I read.
In “Flame and Ash,” however the guys are in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, in North Carolina, and this time they aren’t hunting alone. Milo and Toby, the older hunters who took Seth under their wings when he lost his entire family to one of the Witch Disciples, are meeting them there.
This is Evan’s first time meeting the couple and he is kind of nervous, even though he has spoken to them countless times over the phone. Once he lays eyes on the two older men all nervousness flies out the window as they embrace him the same way they do Seth. This little family reunion is very sweet, and I loved it. It is also pretty much the end of all niceties in this story because well, you know having to hunt down immortal witches and their minions and all that jazz.
You also can’t forget that these guys are supernatural magnets, not just hunters, and no matter where they go, trouble in one fashion or other is going to find it’s way to them. So there are always spirits some good, others not so good, and then some who are just having a bad decade or five. Even still give me the spirits any day over self sanctified warlocks and the humans who choose to follow them. Selfish sons of witches!!! The whole lot of them!
The scene in the restaurant between Seth, Evan, and Will (Seth’s old Army buddy) chilled me to my bone, and I had to back up my TTS to listen to the scene play out twice before my mind let me move on. Still, I think my poor TTS voice, whom iI call Harvey, even he struggled with that scene because I swear his voice sounded choked up. Even when you know things will work out somehow someway, you still wonder sometimes… what if this time things are different? What if this time the author chooses to go another route than the one you thought they would? What if…AND that’s when the nail-biting ensues.
I absolutely loved how Brice used actual landmarks and places I know to build a world where all the nefarious things take place. Sure we are used to stories in NYC, LA, and even London, but in small-town America or even far off places I love knowing those exist so I can look them up and explore them while I read.
I am enjoying this series, but sometimes it gives me the heebie-jeebies and lawd do I eat it up when the baddies eat dirt! Unfortunately, nothing comes free and some sacrifices were made, but a hunter’s life is fairly short according to Milo and Toby. So, they go into each hunt knowing this and living life the best they can in between.
The RV’s next stop, Charleston…