Are you looking for a Halloween book? J. D. Horn's new series The Witches of New Orleans is it. This series is for adults. It's a three book series, with the final book set to be released June 2019. These books have a certain creep factor to them. If you find yourself struggling with the first book due to the large amount of characters, I'd highly recommend the audio book and sticking with the series through the second- the second book contains a character list in the front of the book.
If you're looking for something a little lighter, I'd recommend his Witching Savannah series (The 4th book, Jilo, was my favorite)
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Book #1: The King Bones & Ashes (Witches of New Orleans, Book 1)
Where to purchase:
Barnes & Noble
This book has a slow, steady pace. While I enjoyed the story, I can see how it might be a turn off for those who aren’t expecting it. With that being said, the story itself is a combo of fantasy mixed with real world authenticity- magic, witches, clairvoyant, New Orleans life style, young lovers, old lovers, betrayal, mystery, and more! The details are phenomenal. It has a darker tone and a certain creep factor to it (it’s a good thing).
The only problem I had with the book was the many characters. Perhaps it’s because I listened to the audio book vs. reading? I plan to listen to the story again as I know I missed some things in the beginning- the book is full of details, big and small, so pay attention. The story is told through the different viewpoints of the characters. The narrator for the audio book was great- easy to listen to voice.
This series has a more serious tone than his Witching Savannah series, so if you’re looking for something similar to that, you might be disappointed. This is not a book for the kiddos or faint of heart- contains violence and death.
I will be reading/listening to the next book in the series as this series is full of potential that I hope will unfold in the second book. I would recommend this book if you are into dark fantasy.
Book #2: The Book of the Unwinding (Witches of New Orleans, Book 2)
Barnes & Noble
Sometimes there are those books that you don’t read alone in the dark...this is one of those books (or if you have an overactive imagination like me you don’t read it when you’re home alone at nighttime because every noise you hear...). There is a creep factor to it and it’s awesome! Would recommend to those who enjoy dark fantasy mixed with real world authenticity.
As with the first book in the series, there is a lot of information and stories happening via different characters viewpoints. The author has helped remedy any confusion in the story by placing a character list in the beginning of the book- use it, it’s your friend. This book was easier to follow than the first and faster-paced in some parts (in my opinion).
Minimal spoilers below……..
Similar to the first book: the story is a combo of fantasy mixed with real world authenticity, magic, witches, clairvoyant, New Orleans life style, young lovers, old lovers, betrayal, mystery.
Things that are new: Magic is disappearing from the world, while the witches of New Orleans are trying to keep it but are still scrambling from the previous events. The seven gates to the underworld are said to be located in New Orleans. Yes, there is more, but I’m not giving all the spoilers away. It’s hard to pick a favorite character because they each bring something unique to the story, but I look forward to seeing how Nathalie and Alice’s stories play out.
The details are once again phenomenal. The series has a darker tone and I would not recommend for those who are not into dark fantasy, faint of heart, or children.
I highly recommend the audio book. I started listening to the audio book, tried numerous times to switch over to reading and ended up going back to the audio book. The audio book adds to the story as the narrator did a brilliant job. I find myself reading the not so good reviews and saying “if only they would have listened to the audio book”...