It all starts with Freya. She’s the youngest daughter of Joanna Beauchamp and engaged to Bran, a handsome philanthropist (too bad she can’t keep her hands off his brother, Killian, a smoldering hottie). Despite the restriction against her kind using their powers, she can’t help but whip up a cocktail with a little extra oomph for a friend whose heart is breaking. After all, a little magic never did any harm, did it? Then her sister, Ingrid, uses her magic to help a friend “unknot” herself and get pregnant. Soon, the whole town knows that Freya’s cocktails make the night so much more fun and Ingrid can help cure those niggling ills. Joanna is a bit more reluctant to use her magic but she does to put a smile on a little boy’s face — and to bring a friend back from the dead. (Zombies and griffins and vampires, oh my!) But this story isn’t just about these three women. No, there’s something rotten in the town of New Hampton and it’s up to the women to find out what’s causing the trouble before the townspeople decide it’s the witches who are the problem.
While I would have liked to get to know the characters a bit more individually, each woman is distinctive in her personality and in her brand of magic. Freya is the wild child, full of fun and sex and power. Ingrid is the staid librarian (literally and figuratively), winding and unwinding spells to create happy, healthy people. Joanna is the matriarch, able to bring back people and other living things from the brink of death. I look forward to seeing them develop in the next book of this new series.
Melissa de la Cruz artfully blends Norse mythology with witchcraft and the Salem Witch Trials to create the Beauchamp family. I really liked how she wove together threads from the myths and magic and, since she had several of her Blue Blood characters wander into this story, I’m wondering how far she’ll blend her two worlds. Her first foray into the world of adult novels, de la Cruz takes the reader on an intriguing ride.
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