Book Review: Devil’s Bane

Devil’s Bane by Glenn Williams

Synopsis

Bodies are turning up in the Olympic Peninsula. Each victim shows unmistakable signs of being murdered with dark magic. It’s clear that the most forbidden and dangerous of the black arts are still being practiced in the town of Port Hollow. Ancient sorceries that allow power to be stolen from innocent life. And Kathryn Silk plans to stop it, no matter the cost.

Rory Garcia harbors deadly secrets. He has committed the ultimate betrayal against his coven, crimes that cannot be forgiven. And someone already knows the truth. It is only a matter of time before he pays the price. But keeping secrets in a town like Port Hollow is dangerous work. And it might be the undoing of them all.

Review

I was in the mood for witchery and Devil’s Bane delivered in that department. There was plenty of witches and lots of magic, and I liked that it centered on the relationship between the witch Rory and his non-witch boyfriend, Gwydion. There was also a lot of action which I wasn’t expecting but it made for a really exciting read.

Although I’m a frequent reader, I’m often in between multiple books and when I would come back to this one, I’d find that I had forgotten what the “big secret” was. I kept hoping to be reminded but the book would say things like, “He must know my secret,” “She can’t know my secret,” and it made me kind of want to yell, “What’s the secret again?!” So I would have appreciated it being spelled out for me a couple of times throughout the text.

This is the first book in a series and while it wasn’t a boring read at all, I didn’t feel very connected to the characters. Both Rory and Gwydion have been through a lot in their lives and we’re told their backstories which was enough to make me hope they stayed together, but I don’t feel like their individual characters were fleshed out enough. There was so much action going on that the actual characters fell to the wayside.

Another element of this book that was distracting was the editing. I’m aware it’s written by an indie author so maybe the budget for editing just wasn’t there, but there was a lot of word soup–misplaced words and scrambled sentences. One line read, “They had hadn’t hesitated to kill her.” It’s distracting because then you have to pause and think, “Which is it then? They had hesitated, or they hadn’t?” There was also an entire paragraph that had been copied and pasted somewhere a little further down in the reading and it was obvious that whoever edited forgot to delete the original.

While this was a very action-packed and exciting read, it just didn’t go deep enough to warrant a connection to the characters. For that reason I won’t be picking up the next book in this series, but I do recommend if you enjoy dark action fantasies like The Vampire Diaries.

Thank you to the author and BookSirens for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

⭐⭐⭐/5

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