Erryn reviews ‘Flame and Ash (Witchbane Book 4)’ by Morgan Brice. This book was released by the author on September 5, 2019 and is 208 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Kale Williams and released on March 16, 2021. The audiobook is 6 hrs and 6 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I’m enjoying this series.
One hundred years ago, a sheriff’s posse killed dark warlock Rhyfel Gremory, but his witch-disciples escaped, and their magic made them nearly immortal. To keep their power, each year one of the witch-disciples kills a descendant of one of the men in the posse, a 12-year cycle that has cost dozens of lives, including that of Seth Tanner’s brother, Jesse.
Seth rescued Evan Malone from one of the witches, and they’ve fallen in love despite the danger and chaos, going on the road to complete the quest and bring an end to the ritual murders. Their relationship is new, their emotions are raw, and the danger is real. It’s a challenge to find their way as a couple while they’re on the road together in the close quarters of Seth’s RV, training in magic and combat skills to fight off a supernatural killer.
Their quest to stop a century-long killing spree takes them to a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains. They’re ahead of the sacrifice cycle, with plans to stop the murders and kill the dark witch. Only this time, the hunters become the hunted when the witch knows they’re coming to get him, and has deadly plans of his own.
Contains mature themes.
I’m enjoying the Witchbane series. I remember the first book was a little shaky for me, but I’ve since settled into the stories quite nicely. Seth lost his brother violently to a supernatural force and once he determined the pattern of victims, he made it his mission to prevent further killings, thereby weakening the otherworldly creatures. He saved Evan’s life and, having lost everything, Evan decided to join Seth on his quest. But he’s a graphic artist who knows nothing about the occult. So it’s been a steep learning curve for him – and me.
We meet an older pair of ghost hunters on this journey through the Blue Ridge Mountains – proof this can be a life-long occupation. Or obsession. Just depends on your perspective.
This time it’s Seth who is truly endangered and Evan who must lead the rescue. He never hesitates. The bond between the men is unbreakable and I felt that emotional pull. The story hit home with how we have family who reject us for who we are (Evan) and those we embrace as found family (Seth).
I’ll end by saying Kale Williams is doing a great job with this series and I was pleased Simon Kincaide from the Badlands series made an appearance. Plenty more ghosts to hunt, plenty more stories to come.
9/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
Morgan Brice is the romance pen name of bestselling author Gail Z. Martin. Morgan writes urban fantasy male/male paranormal romance, with plenty of action, adventure and supernatural thrills to go with the happily ever after. Gail writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy, and together with co-author hubby Larry N. Martin, steampunk and comedic horror, all of which have less romance, more explosions. Characters from her Gail books make frequent appearances in secondary roles in her Morgan books, and vice versa.
On the rare occasions Morgan isn’t writing, she’s either reading, cooking, or spoiling two very pampered dogs.