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....
The second installment of Vigui s paranormal Witch Hunt series (after The Thirteenth Sacrifice) finds police detective Samantha Ryan working in San Francisco and doing her best to forget the horrific events of her last case: taking down a murderous coven of witches in Boston. Raised in an ill-fated coven herself, Sam has vowed to be a good Christian and never to use her own magical powers a vow she ll have to break if she wants to solve the murder of Santa Cruz historian Winona Lightfoot. Sam s senses tell her a witch was involved, and soon she uncovers evidence of a coven deep in the Santa Cruz mountains. She investigates, despite being haunted by incomplete childhood memories and taunted by an inner voice urging her to use her magic. The plot occasionally stumbles under the weight of its clich d backstory, but the troubled protagonist and sense of brooding danger are enough to seduce paranormal fans.