Dark Rivers (Witchbane #2)

Title: Dark Rivers (Witchbane #2)
Author: Morgan Brice
Publisher: Darkwind Press
Release Date: October 23th 2018
Genre(s): Fantasy
Page Count: 251
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5


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 twelve-year cycle that has cost dozens of lives, including that of Seth Tanner’s brother, Jesse.

Seth Tanner uncovers the cycle of ritual killings that feeds the power of the witch-disciples, and he’s hell bent on getting vengeance for Jesse and stopping the murders. His fledgling romantic relationship with Evan Malone complicates his mission, but Seth can’t walk away. Seth and Evan are learning to navigate their partnership—as lovers and monster hunters—while they chase down the next witch-disciple and avoid attracting the wrong kind of attention.

When the hunt takes Seth and Evan to Pittsburgh on the trail of the next killer, they’ll have to save the intended victim and take down the powerful witch. If the skills they possess and the bond between them isn’t enough, the evil will remain unchallenged, and more people will die…

Dark Rivers contains sexually explicit materials intended for adults 18 and over. Note: Includes mention of past domestic violence and stalking.

Dark Rivers continues the tale about Seth revenging his brother Jesse. Searching for clues together with his boyfriend about who the next disciple is and finding him turns out not to be as easy this time. Meanwhile both Seth and Evan struggles with their pasts and to make their relationship work.
I like how sweet they are and how they support each other when needed, and how the trauma they’ve been through has to be worked through. There’s no sudden all is well because I now have you.

Some of the things that happened had me confused, maybe I totally missed it but I didn’t understand why he was out to murder so soon again and it seemed that disciple murdered a lot more than he was supposed to, maybe for fun? I’m not sure. I don’t know why the book had a difficulty to capture my interest, it’s a good story. I really got into it halfway in when things started happening.
Another question I had – I didn’t understand how the evil disciple found his helper or that exact person… I mean what are the odds and the story didn’t explain it.
Another thing that had me wary was the way Seth could hack into several sites and among them special databases and an online banking site during what? 5 hrs? He also built a program to scan the net during this time. It didn’t really seem plausible to me that it’d be that easy.

I like the side characters and the different route this took from the first book and the plot is good, and if you like Witchbane then I can recommend this one.

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