The King of Bones and Ashes
By J. D. Horn
This is a wonderful mystery novel that has many different corners and avenues. I absolutely loved the story line and the characters kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.
I don’t usually like stories about magic and witches. But this story was surprising in how it captured my attention and swept me right into the plot line of the story.
In the story, magic is seeping out of the world. The witches seem increasingly hopeless. While some of the witches see an inevitable end of their era, others are becoming close to mad. They are willing to sacrifice former allies, friends and family to retain the power they covet. This is not unlike the situation that we face politically and culturally in North America.
While the other witches watch their reality unravel, Alice Marin is using magic’s waning days to delve into the mystery of numerous disappearances in the occult circles of New Orleans. Once Alice disappeared too. She was caged in an asylum by her blood relatives. Recently, she was freed. However, she is afraid that her family may be more involved with the growing crisis than she every dared to imagine.
However, the more she seeks to find out about her family’s history, the more she realizes her already-fragile psyche may be at risk. Will discovering the cause of the vanishing’s be the only wo escape her mother’s reach while determining the future of all witches?
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth