Author: Cass Kay
What I’m Talking About:
Vianna thought she escaped her legacy witch roots ten years ago when she ran away from Salem, leaving behind her wicked mother and the evil Original Blood Coven. But when her mothers dies, Vianna returns to Salem to make sure her mother’s ghost stays in its grave. Vianna decides to stay just long enough to figure out what happened to her childhood friend and prepare her house for sale, but she finds herself in the middle of some nasty coven business.
Legacy Witches is the perfect book to get you ready for the Halloween season. The urban fantasy story with a touch of paranormal horror is engrossing and dark, yet leaves a touch of hope in my soul. I’m not a fan of horror, and this book isn’t horror, but it’s not fluffy either. The setting and storytelling reminds me a lot of CW’s paranormal version of Nancy Drew, bringing horrifying ghosts and paranormal activity together with an engaging mystery.
Vianna is a complicated heroine who just wants to forsake her legacy as a witch from a generations-old, powerful coven and family. She goes against the grain, denying the passion to kill and amass power, instead she wants to heal. Yet in order to protect herself and friends, she must take on the mantle of the Root family’s power. She is conflicted, and I love how Vianna finds balance in her own way.
Not only is Vianna an amazing character, but the world is interesting and exciting. The story is filled with intricate details which help set the scene and mood. I like that the author doesn’t overbuild her world, instead she allows readers experience things as Vianna does. I love how Vianna asks herself good questions and probes the facts as she tries to puzzle out what’s going. I want to know more about the world and what is happening because the story is written so well.
The plot is well thought out and leaves room for future stories. The author balances world-building and storytelling with expertise. While some of the characters are molded by stereotypes, they serve their purpose to further the plot. Additionally, there are some amazing supporting characters in Dee, Grandma Susannah, and Shuck.
In the end, Legacy Witches is a fabulous story and the start of what promises to be an entertaining series. While the timing of the story is perfect match for the crisp autumn air and upcoming Halloween season, I hope I don’t have to wait a year for the second book!
My Rating: A Loved It
About the Book:
Coming from a long line of murderous witches hasn’t exactly been sunshine and rainbows for Vianna Roots. When she inherits the family’s haunted house after her mother dies, she decides flipping the rundown dump is her smartest move—but the ghosts that haunt her have a different plan.
When Vianna finds the ghost of her childhood friend Nancy, she’s drawn into the mystery surrounding her friend’s death. Her meddling attracts the attention of the oldest coven in Salem. In order to get her out of town, they make an offer on the house, but Vianna hesitates. She’s no longer sure she wants to abandon the demon familiar who possesses her home, the transgender outcast witch—who may just be the best friend she never knew she needed—and her high school crush, who now wants her in his life.
Vianna must find a way to solve the case of her murdered friend, stay out of the hands of the most powerful coven in Salem, and face the past she’s so desperately tried to run away from.
Release Date: October 11, 2022
Publisher: Dream the Dream
Series: Legacy Witches #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy, mild paranormal horror
Format(s): paperback (292 pages), e-book
Book Source: NetGalley/ Author
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