Braden must sort through the messy consequences from Witch Eyes (2011) while unraveling another deadly magical plot.
Braden’s powerful witch eyes are more curse than strength, as the strain he put them through battling Lucien Fallon has left them so unstable that using them is potentially life-threatening. This displeases his father— though to the rest of Belle Dam, Braden is merely Jason Thorpe’s ward. He is the latest pawn in Thorpe's feud with witch Catherine Lansing; if she knew Braden’s identity, he would be put in danger. The feud and lies mean Braden has to sneak around to see his best friend, Jade Lansing, and can’t see love interest Trey Lansing at all. Braden and Trey, in equal measures drawn to each other and pushing each other away, are not arbitrarily star-crossed—their romantic tension is earned through their dance among mistrust, obligations and genuine affection. The feud heats up though, with Jason and Catherine both becoming more aggressive, and girls start vanishing in disappearances that reek of the supernatural. To top things off, Braden is tormented by visions that Lucien is still alive and in Belle Dam. The mysteries all seem to converge on Braden, putting all those near him at great risk. The risks and consequences create great tension, and the climax is especially well-paced.
Colorful characters, dangerous magic, secrets and forbidden romance—what’s not to love? (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)