Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert.
Reading Level: Adult
Publisher: Dutton Adult
My Rating: 5/5
Crafty London computer hacker, Gabriel Blackstone, agrees to help track down a millionaire's missing stepson. His search leads him to two beautiful, and literally bewitching, sisters, Minnaloushe and Morrighan Monk. (Their ancient Irish names are but a hint of their eccentric natures.) The sexy siblings (all pale skin, dark and flowing hair, and light, haunting eyes) are immersed in the occult, and it's not long before at least one of them has climbed inside Gabriel's mind. But Gabriel, it turns out, is a clairvoyant himself. Can he tap into the sisters' secrets before becoming forever entangled in their web?
Mostert, for one, is an amazing writer which you'll see on every page of this novel. The characters jump out at you from the page and you feel like you really know them. The two sisters (who happen to be solar witches), Minnaloushe and Morrighan Monk, are so interesting and complex.
Just from reading this book I can tell that a lot of research went into it. There's things like alchemy, magic, the Art of Memory (a practice invented by the ancient Greeks), remote viewing, and history. Mostert's writing is amazing and flows really well on every page.
The book does start out kind of slow, but it introduces a lot of things you'll learn about as you get deeper into the story. Once the book picks up, believe me, you won't be able to put it down. You'll have so many questions that you'll want to keep reading just to get them answered.
The cover to the hardcover version is also gorgeous. It's really vivid and Gothic-esque/victorian.
Overall, this Gothic thriller will have you on the edge of your seat and make you love the characters.
Definitely read this one. You won't be disappointed. I wasn't, and I'll definitely read this one again, just because.