Friday, March 28, 2014

Review: Circle of Blood by Debbie Viguié

Circle of Blood
Author:  Debbie Viguié
Series:  Witch Hunt 3
Publisher:  Signet, April 1, 2014
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages
List Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780451240149 (print)
Review Copy:   Provided by the Publisher

Samantha Ryan—cop by choice, witch hunter by necessity—is about to confront the witch who has been secretly manipulating her life. But her search for the truth about her past may end in her death.…

All her life, Samantha Ryan has been haunted by a circle of blood, which she has tried to keep at bay—ever since she escaped a vicious Salem coven of witches as a child. But now her carefully constructed life has given way to the darkness she might have embraced, had she not run away.

Angry, focused, and more than willing to use her powers on anyone who gets in her way, Samantha travels to New Orleans to confront Lilith Black, the witch who has been mercilessly shaping events around her for months.

But little does Samantha know that her own nightmarish past and Lilith’s are inescapably intertwined—and that what Lilith wants most of all is for Samantha to suffer until her final breath.…

Trinitytwo’s Point of View

Desdemona Castor is a witch with an attitude. She has arrived in New Orleans with two pressing errands; recover the cross necklace stolen from her and annihilate the witch who took it. Desdemona is Samantha Ryan, former Boston homicide detective and witch hunter. More accurately, Desdemona is the powerful witch portion of Samantha, who at thirteen renounced her magic and locked that part of herself away. Samantha is forced to reawaken Desdemona to fight against the machinations of a cunning enemy. While the horrors of their past continue to haunt them, the two parts of Samantha fight for control. They must somehow find a way to work together if they have any hope of surviving their encounter with their most dangerous adversary yet.

This story is a real page turner; I finished it in one night. Circle of Blood is the third installment in the Witch Hunt novels and like the saying goes; the third time is the charm. It can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading the whole series in order to experience the full flavor of Samantha’s journey. If you read my review on the first two books, you’ll know I had minor difficulties with predictability and found some character behavior slightly irritating. To my delight, I had no such issues with this volume. The conflict and the coming to terms between Desdemona and Samantha made for a great story and intriguing interactions. Let me just say that Samantha as Desdemona is badass. Samantha is even better when she comes to terms and finally accepts who and what she really is. The New Orleans setting was the perfect place for a showdown of epic proportions. Viguié fills each page with action and manages to tie up all the loose ends from the previous installments in the process. If you enjoy supernatural suspense, you should devour Circle of Blood because it’s delicious.

You can enter to win a copy of Circle of Blood at this post (an interview with Debbie).


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