Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Witch Hunt by S.M. Reine [Review]

Witch Hunt (Preternatural Affairs #1) by S.M. Reine
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: January 11, 2014

Preternatural Affairs
1. Witch Hunt - Paperback | Kindle (Witch Hunt can be found in the Sinners & Sorcerers bundle)
2. Silver Bullet

S.M. Reine
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
A brutal murder.

There are scratches on Cèsar Hawke’s arms, a discharged Glock on his coffee table, and a dead woman in his bathtub. Yeah, maybe he brought the waitress home for some fun — he was too drunk to remember it — but he knows for a fact that he didn’t kill her. He’s an agent with the Office of Preternatural Affairs. He doesn’t hurt people. He saves them.

The cops disagree. Now Cèsar is running.

The search for a shaman.

Isobel Stonecrow speaks with the dead…for the right price. She brings closure to the bereaved and heals broken hearts. But when she resurrects someone for the wrong client, she ends up on the OPA’s most wanted list.

One risky solution.

Tracking down Isobel is the last case assigned to Cèsar before he bolts. If he finds her, he can prove that he didn’t kill that waitress. He can clear his name, get his job back, and bring justice to the victim.

She’s just one witch. Cèsar has bagged a dozen witches before.

How hard can one more be?
Thoughts on Witch Hunt: I'm kind of addicted to S.M. Reine's writing so excuse any lapses into full-on flailing. Just wanted to get that out of the way.

For those familiar with other books by S.M. Reine (the Descent, Ascension, and Seasons of the Moon series), the Office of Preternatural Affairs has been poking their head in places they aren't welcome for a while now. Seeing their work from the inside is eye-opening. From the preternatural point of view, they're a unwanted force sent to uproot those who haven't done any wrong. However, that doesn't always seem to be the case. And, from the looks of things, Cèsar is starting to question some of the things he (and his department) are told.

That's a very good thing.

Cèsar is a good guy. A really good guy. He has a touch of magical ability and a desire to help those that need him. Trying to figure out how a dead body ended up in his bathtub puts him in a rather unsavory position. Frankly, I had no idea who he should trust and no clue who was playing him for their own gain.

We get to travel to the supernatural underbelly (as well as meet up with the pesky Union) and watch as Cèsar unravels the clues to figure out what happened the night a girl ended up dead. Fun, fast, and just bloody enough to leave me grinning.

All things I expect when I dive into a book by S.M. Reine.


  1. I loved this one. Cesar's 'voice' is so different than S.M. Reine's previous characters. He's fun too... I love his inner dialogues. Can't wait for Silver Bullet. Of course that's the norm when it comes to any books by SM Reine. *sigh*

    1. Yesssss. Agree agree agree. I'm excited for the next book. EXCITED!