5.11.2014

Season of the Witch, by Natasha Mostert

Season of the Witch
Gabriel Blackstone makes his living stealing information. In central London, this is a lucrative—if not legal—occupation. If it weren't for a woman reappearing from his past, Blackstone would still be skirting the law and living large. In Natasha Mostert's Season of the Witch, Blackstone's life is about to get very complicated.

William Whittington offers Blackstone a job that falls outside of his current area of expertise. Whittington knows that Blackstone used to work for Eyestorm, a fringe company that used remote viewers to find lost things and people. Blackstone burnt out spectacularly years before and is reluctant to take the job—until he is asked by Whittington's wife, who used to be Blackstone's girlfriend. Whittington's son, Robert, has gone missing. The last people to see him alive were the enigmatic Monk sisters. Blackstone "slams" his first ride since his Eyestorm days and has a vision of Robert being drowned in the pool behind the sisters' Victorian house.

Dropping his other jobs—much to the annoyance of his partner, Isidore—Blackstone insinuates himself into Morrighan and Minnaloushe Monk's company. It's not as difficult as he thought it would be. He hacks their laptop and discovers a diary written by one of them. In the diary, he finds that the sisters were playing some kind of game with Robert Whittington and that he's their next "playmate."

The Monk sisters are strange women. They are modern day alchemists seeking transformation, but not the mundane transformation of lead into gold. As Blackstone digs deeper into their lives, he falls in love with both of them. He is torn because he loves the words of the diary writer and the way the sisters make him feel, but he knows that one of them is a murderer. One of them pushed Robert under the water until he died. He just can't tell which one.

Season of the Witch is a hypnotic read. It doesn't take any of the expected paths of contemporary fantasy and that's what I loved about it. I have the second book from the series from NetGalley as well, and I'm very much looking forward to diving into it.

I received a free copy of this ebook from NetGalley, in exchange for a fair review.

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