Magick is real. And there is a secret world complete with its own agency, Veritas, to control those who would wield their power over “regulars”, or threaten the secrecy that keeps them all safe from the persecution that nearly destroyed them. For Cassie, a mixed blood witch, it’s the only world she’s ever known though she’s never embraced her role as agent for Veritas. For Drew, a witch born to a non-magickal family, it answers so many of his questions. It is also the cause of so much loss and pain. And now, as he and Cassie attempt to find his missing brother, rumored to be working with a rogue witch and cult leader, it threatens to take the last of his family. Or will magick save it?
Paperback, 360 pages
Expected publication: March 25th 2012 by Staccato Publishing
Four stars: A fun book with realistic witches and magic.
Cassie is a witch of mixed blood. Her blended heritage is a source of turmoil in her life and in her magic. She is a recent graduate of the Academy, a place where witches go to learn their craft. She is now an agent for Veritas, an organization set up to hunt down rogue witches. Unfortunately, for Cassie she has spent the last few months tagging along with her adept and capable partners Julia and Quan. She has yet to prove herself and master her magic. Judgement day is upon her, and it may be too late. The head of Veritas explains to Cassie that she is being sent on one final mission. Either she will step up and redeem herself, or she will be dismissed, forced to go home in disgrace. With little hope of proving she is indeed a talented witch (she doesn’t even believe in herself at this point), Cassie heads to Florida to help investigate rumors of a mysterious man named, Terry Pritchard. He is somehow coercing women to leave their families and jobs to follow him into his cult. Either he is using some powerful magic or some type of mind altering drugs. What is supposed to be a routine case, turns into something far more dangerous. Cassie, Julia and Quan meet Drew the owner of a night club. He in his own right, possesses some of his own power, but he doesn’t seem to be aware of his abilities. Turns out his older brother, Brandon is partners with the despicable Pritchard. Can Cassie somehow unlock her magic, track down the odious man and help save Drew’s brother?
What I Liked:
- I always like books that portray witches as people that live among us, for the most part blending in, but able to use magic. Ms. Savage does just that in her novel. Her characters are capable of wielding power by tapping into the source that fuels their energy. Some like Quan, seize energy from water, others use fire or air. The aspect I liked most is that this story is believable, in that witches could still be among us, just hidden after the years of persecution. If you like paranormal books with a realistic feel, you will enjoy this one.
- Cassie, first I appreciated that she is of mixed blood, part Sioux Indian. She is a character that you don’t run across everyday. I admired her tenacity and strength to pursue her path despite criticisms from her family. Even when her back is against the wall and she is facing failure, she keeps trying. She is an admirable protagonist, plus she has an adorable guinea pig.
- Quan was an intriguing character for me. He is a powerful witch of Asian heritage. He is truly a man of few words and great power. He draws his strength from water and when he is ready to fight he can bring it. I only wished that there was more of him in the novel.
- This book portrays two brothers, Brandon and Drew. I loved the deep bond the two of them share. The way they have each other’s backs and the lengths they are willing to go to protect the other. They are great guys.
And The Not So Much:
- I loved the descriptions of the many different types of witches and the powers they utilize. I would have liked a bit more insight on all the different types of witches. Hopefully, in the next book I will be able to learn more about the various powers of witches.
- In the beginning of the story, Brandon and Drew’s parents are murdered and the boys are left orphaned. Later, in the book the circumstances for the deaths are revealed. I wanted to know what drove the killer to murder the parents? Was it just an accident or was there more to it?
- The book takes awhile before it gets going. Once the action digs in though, things get exciting. This is one of those books that is a slow bloomer. It is worth the wait, so be patient.
The Path, is an exciting, thrilling adventure that has modern witches using their powers to track down the bad guys. If you like paranormal books with a more realistic feel to them, then this is a book that should suit your taste. Read about witches, who tap into the many different types of energies flowing around us to utilize their magic. This book has danger, romance and mystery. An entertaining beginning to a new series.
"You cannot follow your own path if someone else is choosing it for you."
"Julia's generous mouth curled into a slow smile only a true southern woman could pull off, equal parts sugar and wild cat."
"She was painfully aware of every beat of his heart, the heat his body was pushing out at her, fanning her own temperature until she was uncomfortable in so much clothing."
"For that moment she forgot about tomorrow and the train wreck sure to destroy it all. Her kiss turned desperate."
"Above all else value life. It is for the Great Mystery alone to take, no man can have that privilege. To defy that is to defy the spirits and put one's own soul at risk."
Tomorrow a guest post and giveaway from author HK Savage.