Book Review: Witches in Red by: Barb Hendee

Publisher: Roc

Publication Date: May 6, 2015

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Synopsis: Céline and Amelie Fawe can see into anyone’s past and future simply by touching them. They have used their powers to secure sanctuary—and a fine apothecary’s shop—in the village around Castle Sèone. But their continued safety has a price…

Far to the north, the men of an isolated silver mining community are turning into vicious “beasts” that slaughter anyone in sight. The mines belong to the noble family of Prince Anton—ruler of Castle Sèone and Céline and Amelie’s patron—and Anton’s tyrannical father has ordered his son to solve the mystery as a test of his leadership. He has no choice but to send the witches into the perilous north, to use their abilities to discover the cause of the transformations. Given how much they owe the prince, the sisters have no choice but to accept.

Together with the over-protective Lieutenant Jaromir, Célene and Amelie enter the dark world of a far off mining camp tainted by fear, mistrust, and enslavement—and haunted by men turning into massive, mad wolves without warning. Now, the two must draw upon strength and cunning they never thought they possessed not only to solve the mystery, but to survive…

Review: In an isolated mining community, men are turning into some kind of vicious and murdering beasts terrorizing the soldiers and workers alike. Prince Anton’s father has demanded his youngest son solve this mystery as another test of his leadership and fitness to be named heir. The Fawe sisters, Céline and Amelie, under Prince Anton’s protection and possessing the gifts of pre-and retro-cognition respectively are sent along with a contingent of soldiers to discover what is causing the beastly transformations at the mines. However, the answers they find may not bring salvation. WITCHES IN RED is the second book in the Mist-Torn Witches series and it picks up a little while after the events in the first book, THE MIST-TORN WITCHES. Céline and Amelie have settled in nicely in Castle Sèone’s surrounding village, finding peace running the apothecary’s shop. However, when Prince Anton calls on them to assist in a mission they’re unable to refuse. I loved WITCHES IN RED and the further development of the familiar characters, plus the introduction of fascinating new characters. All of the characters are well-developed, the setting is deliciously spooky and forbidding, and the mystery complex and intriguing. WITCHES IN RED continues the superb writing from THE MIST-TORN WITCHES and grabs you from the very beginning. If you’re going to read WITCHES IN RED, please pick up THE MIST-TORN WITCHES in order to get the full backstory of Céline and Amelie. You won’t be disappointed!

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  1. OoOO This sounds like my kind of book! I have to check out the first in the series! Thank you for sharing!

    1. You're welcome! I hope you enjoy it!


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