“The Witchery is a dark, delicious delight. S. Isabelle is a debut to watch.” --Justina Ireland, New York Times bestselling author of Dread Nation
The Haunting Season is here and the Wolves are awake.
Haelsford, Florida, is a hellmouth. Or at least, that’s what Logan, a new witch struggling to control her powers, thinks when she arrives at Mesmortes Coven Academy. She is immediately taken under the wing of the infamous Red Three: Iris, a deathwitch, who wants nothing more than to break the town’s curse; Thalia, the talented greenwitch, on the run from her religious family and a past that still haunts her; and Jailah, one of the most extraordinary witches at the academy whose thirst for power may lead her down a dark path.
With the Haunting Season approaching, Wolves will soon rise from the swamp to kill, and the humans and witches must work together to survive the yearly onslaught. However, the history between humans and witches is long and bloodied, with the current truce hard-won and hanging in the balance. And this year, the stakes couldn’t be higher as two boys from Hammersmitt School prepare to make their first sacrifices to the witches in exchange for protection. But when students start turning up dead, Iris, Thalia, Jailah, and Logan realize they’ll have to harness their powers and stop the Wolves themselves. Yet old dangers lie in wait, and the cost to break the curse may be greater than any witch or human could ever know...
Logan Wyatt, a white 17-year-old witch, struggles to harness her power in Isabelle's evocative debut. After Ontario native Logan transfers to Mesmortes Coven Academy in Haelsford, Fla., she is summoned to join the Red Three, a powerful triad of junior-year witches comprising Jailah, Thalia, and Iris, all Black and 17. The Haunting Season is approaching, and it's during this time of year that accursed wolves emerge from the swamp surrounding the school to devour any soul unlucky enough to cross their path. Necromancer Iris is convinced that Logan is the key to helping them end once and for all the hex that threatens their beloved town, but unbeknownst to the teens, supernatural forces beyond the wolves threaten the safety of their coven and all of Haelsford. While some plot threads remain unresolved, Isabelle expertly balances six alternating perspectives, each brimming with witty dialogue, light humor, and distinct personality that add levity to even the most harrowing events. Strong friendships and an immersive setting and atmosphere that simmers with fear and menace round out this spellbinding story of magical mayhem, whose protagonists are determined to come into their powers, whatever it takes. Ages 14–up.