Release-Day Review: American Witch by Thea Harrison (American Witch #1)


American Witch by Thea Harrison // VBC ReviewAmerican Witch (American Witch #1)
Thea Harrison
Published: Apr. 29, 2019 (Teddy Harrison LLC)
Purchase: Amazon
Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Reviewed by: Margaret

Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

Molly Sullivan has devoted her entire adult life to her husband and his career, but his latest affair is more than she can take. Leaving him will finally allow her to explore the magical powers she seems to be developing. For months she’s been seeing electrical problems and other strange occurrences when she gets emotional. But when she takes a safe full of her husband’s financial documents on her way out the door, she becomes the target of his unscrupulous employers.

Josiah Mason witnessed Molly’s fight with her husband and recognized the blast of magic that accompanied it. As Atlanta’s new district attorney and a powerful coven leader, he’s in a unique position to help her with both of her problems. But even though he’s intrigued by Molly, Josiah’s on a quest for vengeance and won’t be distracted. In fact, he’s so single-minded in his obsession that at first I thought he was the villain.

Molly and Josiah’s relationship is a tumultuous one, with both of them determined to put their own needs first. But they both grow so much over the course of the story, Molly in terms of magic and self-reliance and Josiah in learning to let people in. He becomes much more likable by the end of the book.

American Witch is set in the world of Harrisons Elder Races series, but doesnt mention specific characters or events in that series. You could easily pick it up without having read the earlier books. (I’ve only read the first two books of the original series myself.) It also has a much more personal and relatable feel. As someone who got divorced in her 30s, parts of Molly’s story hit pretty close to home, which made it even more rewarding to watch her find her strength.

It’s also the first in a trilogy, so I’m excited to see which of the many interesting supporting characters will take the lead next. The Big Bad is also a familiar figure that I’ve seen reimagined as a paranormal character before, and I’m intrigued by Harrison’s version. The stage is set for a big showdown later in the series so I look forward to finding out what happens next.

Sexual content: graphic sex, references to abuse and torture

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