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The Thirteenth Sacrifice (Witch Hunt Series #1)

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When young women start dying, Boston cop Samantha Ryan is the perfect person to investigate, for only she knows what the archais symbol carved into their flesh means. The last in a long line of ruthless witches, she grew up in a coven seduced by power and greed. And now she's sure that bad witches have returned to Salem. Reluctantly, Samantha goes undercover-into a town obsessed with black magic, into her terrifying past, and into thedark, newly awakened heart of evil.

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Overview

When young women start dying, Boston cop Samantha Ryan is the perfect person to investigate, for only she knows what the archais symbol carved into their flesh means. The last in a long line of ruthless witches, she grew up in a coven seduced by power and greed. And now she's sure that bad witches have returned to Salem. Reluctantly, Samantha goes undercover-into a town obsessed with black magic, into her terrifying past, and into thedark, newly awakened heart of evil.

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"One of the most beautifully written and scariest books I've ever read. Samantha, the main character, wrestles with fear and faith in an unputdownable heart-stopper of a supernatural thriller. This is one of my top ten EVER."
Nancy Holder, New York Times bestselling author
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451236364
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Series: Witch Hunt Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 496,701
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Debbie Viguié is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the Wicked  series and the new Crusade young adult series, both co-authored with Nancy Holder. Debbie also writes thrillers including the Psalm 23 Mysteries and the upcoming Kiss trilogy. When Debbie isn't writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Scott, visiting theme parks. They live in Florida with their cat, Shrödinger.

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  • Posted May 31, 2012

    GREAT NEW SERIES! Our Review [by Michelle L. Olson – LITE

    GREAT NEW SERIES!

    Our Review [by Michelle L. Olson – LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha]:
    I was sent this book by the publisher to review. When it arrived in the mail unexpected I wasn’t sure what to think until I read the synopsis on the back cover and was immediately interested. I actually even bumped it up in my To Be Read queue (which is very unlike me) and settled in on a Saturday afternoon to see what it was all about. In one sitting I had devoured the 368 pages and wanted more. I was very glad I had taken a chance and went against my normal processes to read it. It was an incredible story, and for a reader like me who thoroughly enjoys and seeks out meshing of sub-genres, this was truly an incredible find!

    Samantha is an amazing character. She’s a strong, sassy, reinvented woman with a past she’s trying hard to forget and a promising path to the future. When a serial killer goes on a rampage, as a Boston police officer, Samantha is naturally called in to investigate. When she discovers that there’s a definite pattern to the killings, and recognizes the symbol that’s been carved into the victims’ necks, she knows that she needs to stop the people responsible no matter the fall out. After struggling with the decision and deciding that she needs to ‘take one for the team’ so to speak and do what’s best for the greater good, she comes clean on a secret that she’s kept from almost everyone she currently associates with (and pays for it dearly in some cases) and embarks on a dangerous journey with the attitude – May the best witch win.

    Returning to Salem, her city of birth and the city that houses so many terrible childhood memories for her – several of which were so awful her mind repressed them as a coping mechanism – she reinvents herself yet again to be the adult product of the girl she was back then and begins her lie to try and draw out the bad guys (the bad guys being a new evil coven of witches who are dabbling in the darkest of the black arts and using Samantha’s previous family and coven as their stepping stone).

    While there, she meets Anthony. Anthony is a young man running an Occult Museum and driven by the need to get vengeance on those who murdered his mother and avenge her death. He and Samantha have instant chemistry, but seeing as she is exactly what he has sworn to hate and destroy, and he is a constant reminder of everything she wants to forget, it’s definitely not a match made in heaven. Regardless, and despite the conflicts the two of them encounter along the way, they find a way to work together to try and bring down this rogue coven of evil witches and stop the murders.

    One of the things that appealed to me most about this book was that it wasn’t easy to classify. It’s a murder mystery with urban fantasy, horror-thriller, and even a few paranormal romance aspects and that’s precisely why I fell in love with it. It was dark and dangerous and incredibly thrilling with tons of action, more intrigue than I knew what to do with, surprises around every corner, and psychological and theological undertones that made me as a reader think, which just immersed me into the story even further.

    The Thirteenth Sacrifice was exactly my type of book and I am so incredibly happy that the Publisher decided to mail me a copy. I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in the Witch Hunt series and I’m excited to check out more of Debbie’s work to see if the rest of her backlist is anything like this. If it is, I may have just found myself a new author to add to my list of favorites. As it stands, I definitely found a book to add to my “Best New Book Discoveries of the Year” list.

    LITERAL ADDICTION gives The Thirteenth Sacrifice 5 Skulls and would recommend it to Dark Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Horror-Thriller, and even Murder-Mystery lovers if you don’t mind a bit of paranormal thrown in to your whoedoneit story. This is definitely a book to check out!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2014

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    Samantha Ryan is a survivor. Born and raised in a coven of evil

    Samantha Ryan is a survivor. Born and raised in a coven of evil witches, she was the only survivor of a demon summoning gone wrong. Adopted by a loving family, Samantha converted to Christianity and eventually became a cop. Due to her special "skill set," she was often assigned to unusual cases. Her latest case hits too close to home, however, when a new coven emerges with ties to her old life. Having forsaken magic in her new life, Samantha balks at going undercover to stop serial murders and worse. Eventually, however, she decides to do what only she can do. The only question is whether or not she can forsake that life a second time.

    Having recently read Jaye Wells' Dirty Magic, Viguie's series seems very similar--woman of power forsakes power, fights crime, must use magic to fight evil, must live with the consequences, etc., etc. I think Samantha Ryan is a more interesting character in some ways than Kate Prospero. When you get right down to it, Samantha does some pretty awful things in the name of fighting evil. The lines between good and evil are pretty blurred. I wasn't really satisfied with the ending. I did think her partner Ed's reaction was out of character, especially given that he had really pushed her to do what she did. It does set things up nicely for the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    This is a great start to a new series. Samantha Ryan is a great

    This is a great start to a new series.

    Samantha Ryan is a great leading lady. She's strong, smart, independent and sassy with a horrid past that she'd rather forget. She's got a great family that took her in and raised her to leave her past behind her and embrace the Christian faith, which she has, along with becoming a Boston police detective.

    When a serial killer starts leaving bodies with pentagrams drawn on them and a symbol carved somewhere on their bodies, Samantha and her partner Ed are called in to investigate. What Samantha discovers is that there is a pattern to the killings that is tied to the very past that Samantha has tried so hard to forget. Struggling with herself, Samantha realizes that she's the only one who can stop what is happening. Returning to Salem, the city that almost destroyed her, she becomes Samantha Castor. She does her best to act like the tough no-nonsense witch she should be an get herself involved with the coven that should be '"rightfully" hers. While working in Salem, she meets Anthony, a man running an Occult museum in Salem that hold many more facts than he understands and a man who is tied to Samantha in a way he couldn't begin to understand and at first, neither does she. For some reason, there is a strong, undeniable chemistry between the two of them but when Samantha realizes how they are connected, she does everything she can to put distance between them but nothing seems to work and the harder she tries to push him away, the closer they seem to get. When Anthony realizes how they are really connected, Samantha has more than just the coven to fight--she has to fight her feelings as well. I really liked this book, especially the struggle that Samantha had with holding onto her Christian faith while having to do everything that flies in the face of the faith she's adopted. I highly recommend it.

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