Blood of the Wicked

A Dark Mission Novel, #1

Fifty years ago the world as we know it ended due to natural disasters. People worked hard to rebuild what they could. But they needed someone or something to blame. Soon the church and the government team up, they find the perfect scapegoat. They blame it on the witches. The church starts recruiting people to become soldiers of the Holy Order. The government even develops a bold test that will tell if someone is a witch. The job of these soldiers is to hunt and kill witches.

Jessie Leigh is a witch. She has lived her life on the run, living off the grid. When she arrives in New Seattle she thinks she has finally found a place where she will be safe. After her mother was burned at the stake by the hunters it was left up to Jessie to raise her younger brother Caleb. When Caleb runs off, Jessie wants to find him because she has a feeling that he is in trouble. She gets word that he is in New Seattle. She has to find him before any witch hunter does, if not she will not be able to save him.

Silas Smith is a soldier for the Holy Order. Like a lot of other people he believes that it was the witches that caused the world to almost end and if the witches are not hunted down and killed it will happen again. When he is sent to hunt down Caleb Leigh he first needs to find Caleb's sister. He thinks she knows where her brother is and will lead him straight to Caleb. Unknown to Silas is that Jessie is also a witch. When they begin working together they find it hard to resist the attraction that burns between them. Will they be able to find Caleb and save him before it is too late? Just how far will Silas go to protect Jessie?

This is the first installment in Ms. Cooper's new series called A Dark Mission. This is a great start to what is going to be an amazing series. Ms. Cooper's story will reach out and grab you from the first word until the end. If you get the chance to check out the prequel novella BEFORE THE WITCHES, please do. The next in the series is titled LURE OF THE WICKED. It is already out now!

Book Blurb for Blood of the Wicked

When the world went straight to hell, humanity needed a scapegoat to judge, to blame . . . to burn.

As an independent witch living off the grid, Jessie Leigh has spent her life running, trying to blend in among the faceless drudges in the rebuilt city. She thought she was finally safe, but now she's been found in a New Seattle strip club—by a hard-eyed man on a mission to destroy her kind.

A soldier of the Holy Order, Silas Smith believes in the cause: trawling the fringes of society for the murderous witches who threaten what's left of the world. Forced into a twisting web of half-truths and lies, he has to stay close to the most sensuous and electrifying woman he has ever seen and manipulate her into leading him to the witch he has to kill: her brother. Silas doesn't know that Jessie's his enemy, only that he wants her, needs her, even as he lies to her . . . and must protect her until his final breath.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2011 5.00