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The Witching Vault


Loved it! 😍

Even if you messed up in the past, you have the chance to turn it around and become someone special, maybe not like Jessica, but close.

Jessica Northwood messed up, she paid for what she did and she is ready for a fresh start, although an apprenticeship for a witching bank was not her first choice, but anything in a pinch will do. Unfortunately for Jessica this apprenticeship is way more than she bargained for. When the "owner" of the bank is killed on her first day of work, Jessica finds herself the new "owner" of the bank and with is comes way more trouble than she is ready for. The customers are difficult and there are at least two rival factions that are not happy about Jessica being the new owner, in fact a few never thought that Tabitha, the previous owner would be able to get an apprentice before she passed.

This story moves along at a good pace and you are kept wondering at every turn, but there is so much that is not said! We know nothing of the world, other than it seems quite a lot like today except for the fact that there are witches, and I get the feeling that they are existing alongside humans without the humans really knowing. Its never really said, but there is one scene where a human pizza boy walks into the bank and is confused as to what the place is, so that leads me to that conclusion. There is also a scene when Tabitha is killed and Jessica doesn't call 911, but 229, which she says is for magical emergencies. We also know next to nothing of Jessica's story. We know that she messed up and did time in a magical prison from the first lines in the story, but we don't know anything about what for or why or any other details. Late in the book a former friend is mentioned a couple of times, and a second name is dropped once, but no details. That might be part of the appeal of Jessica, we don't have a preconceived ideal of her based on her past, we are judging her based on her actions in this story only. We also have no idea what is actually going on in the plot, we have no backstory, no history, we don't know why there are two factions wanting into the bank, just that they are willing to kill to get in, so we are left hanging on, waiting for more. Usually that would drive me nuts in a book, I want to know what is happening, but in this story if feels right, I am learning along with Jessica and it has me on pins and needles wanting the next installment.

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About the author

International Bestselling Author Kathrin Hutson has been writing dark fiction since 2000. Tainted heroes, excruciating circumstances, impossible decisions, and Happily Never After. Author of The Unclaimed trilogy, the Gyenona's Children duology, and the Blue Helix series. Member of SFWA and HWA. view profile

Published on December 10, 2020

Published by Exquisite Darkness Press

70000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Urban Fantasy

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