This is the second installment of Ms. Viguie's Witch Hunt series.
Samantha's struggle between staying true to her faith or the lure of using her magic is a daily battle for her. This is an excellent thriller. From the first page until the last you will be drawn in and unable to put it down. I cannot wait for the next installment in this wonderful series. Circle of Blood will be out sometime in 2014.
Samantha Ryan, homicide detective, leaves Massachusetts for San Francisco for a new start. She grew up in a coven of very powerful witches and is very powerful herself. When the coven tried to rise a demon, they were all killed expect for her. She was adopted and turned her back on witchcraft. After her secret was exposed in Massachusetts her boss thinks it is time for a change. She is now on the police force in San Francisco with a new partner and a roommate. Samantha and her new partner are called in to a crime scene. When they find the dead body she knows that the woman was killed by a witch. The more they investigate the stranger things become. Samantha has to find the witch and put a stop to her plans to rise a great evil without using her witchcraft as little as possible.
Samantha Ryan—homicide detective by choice, witch hunter by necessity—has left Salem for San Francisco, hoping a move will help her forget the horrors of her past. But she’s about to discover that witches tempted by the dark side are everywhere....
Samantha is doing whatever she can to forget her terrible childhood in a coven destroyed by its members’ greed and lust for power. Now she’s a San Francisco detective struggling to fight her own desire to turn to magic. But as she discovers, escaping who you are isn’t easy.
Her latest case seems straightforward enough—the murder of a local historian named Winona Lightfoot. But strange clues take Samantha to the Santa Cruz Mountains, a place teeming with witches and black magic. As she works to uncover the connection between Winona and this coven, an earthquake rocks the Bay Area. That’s when Samantha has a premonition: Something is coming. Something evil.
To survive—and save everyone around her—she will have to tackle her greatest fear, and hope she isn’t the next one put into a deep, dark grave....