After getting immersed in The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith and its subsequent books, I was excited to see she started another series. The Raven Spell was darker but had the signature skill of Smith to draw you into staying glued to the pages until you uncover the truth!
What’s It About?
Edwina and Mary Blackwood are sister witches of skill who seek to remain hidden in the dredges of the city of London. They spend their time scouring the riverbank at low tide for lost treasures. One day their routine is broken when they find a man near death on the bank.
After being nearly bludgeoned to death, Ian awakens on a muddy riverbank without any memory of how he got there. The only thing he does have is a golden watch that doesn’t tell time, a bloody business card, and the foggy memory of two women in black shawls gazing over him.
While on the mend, Ian hunts down the sisters looking for answers as to his lost memory. Edwina agrees to help Ian and as they attempt to piece together his lost time, they find connections to a missing person case and a series of murders. Who is Ian exactly?
With a serial killer loose on the streets of London, the stakes have never been higher. Can they unravel the mystery before it is too late or will Ian and Edwina be the next victims?
This story had me guessing from the beginning. Smith is ingenious at leaving crumbs to follow until the greater mystery is solved at the end and everything comes to light! You’re left wanting to go back and reread the story just to notice things you didn’t before! I enjoyed the twists and turns and the sweet romance that blooms in the midst of it. I surprisingly got some Harry Potter vibes from some of the characters but that only endeared them to me all the more. The pacing was great and each revelation smoothly led to the next. As a whole, this was a great mystery woven with elements of magic, a touch of romance and a sliver of suspense.
The scene descriptions throughout this piece are vivid and easily draw you into Luanne G. Smith’s world where magic is entrenched in shadow and mystery pervades the air. Surprises abound and intrigue is woven through the moody, gloomy atmosphere. I’m so excited to see where this series will go!
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Magic | Witches | Detectives | Mystery | Romance | Period Piece | Murder| Suspense
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