A powerful witch. A house of secrets. A deadly war.
When Madison traded up for a gorgeous Victorian house in the New Orleans French Quarter, she thought she was getting away from her toxic life. Sure, the house was old and run-down, but it was hers, and it was exactly the fresh start she wanted. But then she meets Remy, a mysterious, sexy witch with power, class, and charm to spare, and everything changes.
Unknown to Madison, her arrival in New Orleans sets in motion a chain of events that throws everyone’s life into disarray—not just hers. Now, pushed into the middle of an ancient war between vampires and witches, she must unravel the secrets of the house she’s inhabiting before the forces awakened by her very presence rise from their centuries-old slumber, hungry and eager to feed on everything they can find. Starting with her.
Review: (Video review here)
There’s a ‘real feel’ to the protagonist in this Urban Fantasy set in New Orleans. She is a descendant from a birth family, which the reader is yet to learn more about and this entitles Madison to a unique heritage. It also forces on her responsibilities she had hoped to live without as the character wishes for a quiet life to focus on her writing career.
The forbidden love aspect in this story is what kept my attention the most, where she is encountered with choices of righteousness vs the acceptance of her own kind, due to the desire for one man.
There are further mysteries to learn about in this series and I am looking forward to reading the sequel.
Message & Moral
I believe the full message of this story is yet to be revealed as Madison is out of choices, so has to trust a stranger. A stranger from another species.
Creatures & Environment
The tension the author creates around the city and its creatures, makes you experience its battling rival covens. In the neighbourhood’s serious atmosphere, Madison stands out as a curious and naive girl. Although she comes across in this manner, she has a sharp head and won’t be fooled by the mysteries people want to hide.
Captivation & Continuity
I found that the mystery around the leaders of the witches in contrast to the dark voice of the vampire to be especially captivating. It gave a sense of forbidden love about Madison’s and Jean Luc’s encounters. The brief explanations about Madison’s heritage spiced my curiosity as to who the Chateau had been occupied by earlier and what importance Madison’s parents had in the underlying plot.
Language & Flow
The story was paced well with an easily understandable language.
T.M. Caruana’s Philosopher’s Stone Award