The Thirteenth Sacrifice: A Witch Hunt Novel

The Thirteenth Sacrifice: A Witch Hunt Novel

by Debbie Viguié
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The Thirteenth Sacrifice 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
LITERALADDICTION_MLO More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has been a wonderfully unusual series starter. I have not previously read anything quite like this plot. The only thing that bothered me a little was that the story didn't always seem to flow in a coherent way. At times, I felt like the author forgot to put in parts of the story and just thought she had. This happened only in the first few chapters. I also felt like maybe she was trying to cram too much information in too quickly. It was like she thought there always had to be some action going on rather than writing with the ebb and flow that other authors use. It made the story seem jumbled somehow. Still, it was a great first book and I have already purchased the next in the series. I really want to see where this goes from here. Stephanie Clanahan
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arbjamesAJ More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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