Pat Esden’s His Dark Magic

Couldn’t put it down! Five Stars

I was lucky enough to get an ARC copy of Pat Esden’s latest book, the first in her new Northern Circle Coven Series. From the very first pages, I was drawn into the heroine’s story. Chloe is young woman driven to correct the wrongs of her past, even at the expense of darkening her own soul. I love a character who is willing to be a little bad if it’s for the greater good.

Stir in some dark magical forces, a clever and subtle description of the differences between Wiccans and wielders of true magic, and the freight train-esque attraction Chloe feels for Devlin and his reciprocal need for her, and Pat Esden has hit this one out of the park (sorry, it’s the 1st day of the World Series and I have baseball on my mind).

Even if it weren’t for the excellently crafted characters, fresh plot, and the I-need-to-go-to-bed-because-I-have-an-early-day-but-can’t-put-down-this-book pacing of His Dark Magic keeping me enthralled, there were magically-animated metal flying monkeys! Flying monkeys!

I will definitely be waiting to read book 2 of the series.