I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Twisted Magic by Claire C. Riley
Series: Raven's Cove #1, The Witching Hour Collection
It’s a darkness that doesn’t want to let go...
After being banished from her coven five years ago, Sarah vowed to stay away from black magic forever and instead tried to embrace the life of a white witch. However, now a family death has brought her back to her hometown of Raven’s Cove, and the good little witch is in line to inherit a powerful gift.
Peter is invisible. Voiceless. Imprisoned in the little cottage in the woods with no way out, waiting for the day that someone will set him free, even as his hope fades. He comes from a coven of white witches, yet was always tempted by the power of dark magic.
Sarah and Peter find themselves drawn together, and they soon learn that to escape the dark magic that controls them, they must first learn to embrace it.
Because the only way to rise out of the ashes is to first burn everything down to the ground.
Okay. I’m going to try my best to write this review without getting overly emotional. I literally just finished reading it, and I’m a raging ball of anxiety. Claire Riley is famous for her cliffhanger endings, but she will NOT be hearing the end of this!
Claire C. Riley is an author whose books I will read no matter what. I don’t need to see the cover. Don’t bother reading the synopsis. Just gimme. And witchcraft? YESSSSS!! Twisted Magic isn’t a long story. I was able to read it over two sittings (and only put it down the first time because my hubby’s a baby who can’t sleep with the light on 😛 ). The first half of the story slowly introduces the reader to Sarah and Peter, and the connection between them that exists through every possible barrier. About halfway through, the tension starts to really pick up.
Sarah has returned home for a funeral. After being banished, she doesn’t have any intention to stay. All she really wants it to say goodbye, then get back to her life. Her coven is dark magic, and she has decided to embrace light. Obviously, this creates quite the rift between them. I really wish there had been more about this tension. We get this one really extreme scene between Sarah and her mother (NO SPOILERS!) and I found myself wondering about what her childhood would have been like.
As soon as it hits that point, the book just rolls high speed down a hill, snowballing, leaving me struggling to flip the pages faster. “SHHH! Can’t you see I’m READING?!” Until I get to that last chapter. Ugh. Punch in the gut. The ending feels sort of… right… but at the same time, it’s not nearly enough. I need MORE! Get on that, Claire.
About the Author
Claire C. Riley is a USA Today and International bestselling author. She is also a bestselling British horror writer. Her work is best described as the modernization of classic, old-school horror. She fuses multi-genre elements to develop storylines that pay homage to cult classics while still feeling fresh and cutting edge. She writes characters that are realistic, and kills them without mercy. Claire lives in the United Kingdom with her husband, three daughters, and one scruffy dog.
Author of: Odium The Dead Saga Series, Odium Origins Series, Limerence (The Obsession Series) Thicker than Blood series, & Shut Up & Kiss me, Plus much more.
‘She writes characters that are realistic and then kills them without mercy’ – Eli Constant author of Z-Children, Dead Trees, Mastic and much more.