Review: Witch Hunt by Rachel Rawlings (urban fantasy)

Review: Witch Hunt by Rachel Rawlings (urban fantasy)Author: Rachel Rawlings
Title: Witch Hunt
Series: Maurin Kincaide #2
Pages: 200
Release Date: October 31, 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Maurin Kincaide is back in this action packed follow up novel to The Morrigna. No longer a member of Salem's Preternatural Task Force Maurin is the new liaison for The Council, governing body of Others. During what should have been a routine meeting with her former Captain, Maurin is brought in on a murder investigation. Three dead witches, three cryptic clues, no sign of the killers and the Salem coven is losing allies within the Council. If Maurin and her unlikely partner Captain Matthison can't stop the killers, the Witch City might be without its namesake.
Format: eBook
Also by this author: Mistletoe Meltdown (short story), The Morrigna, Wolfsbane, Blood Bath, Ill Fated
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Witch Hunt is the second book in the Maurin Kincaide series by Rachel Rawlings. Even if you haven’t read book one, The Morrigna, you can jump into the series here. Rawlings gives the reader enough background information to get going.

This isn’t a long book, but it’s not so short that I would call it a novella. Whatever you call it, it’s a quick read because it’s not very long and it’s fast paced.

I thought Witch Hunt was much better than the first book. It was more focused and had less of Maurin’s internal rambling.

Two problems for Maurin to overcome were quickly introduced, and she got right onto trying to fix them. One of them, the mystery of who is killing the witches and why, is challenging and dangerous.

I liked that Maurin isn’t all-powerful. Although she can heal herself to an extent, she still has some close brushes with death. She also struggles to figure her new powers out. They don’t always work the way she would want them to.

There’s a lot of tension and conflict in this story, just like there was in the first book. It also has a strong mythological base like the first book did.

Witch Hunt, however, has more relationship drama and issues between the preternatural species. There was more mystery, deception, and secrets. There were even some parts where I laughed, which balanced the tension nicely. I loved this book from start to finish.

I don’t have anything negative to say. Sure, there was one misspelled word. That’s so minor. It was a very well-written book. I enjoyed it just as much as I have enjoyed books by big-name authors like Patricia Briggs or Kelley Armstrong. Some parts reminded me a little of Kim Harrison. I strongly recommend people read Witch Hunt if they like urban fantasy with a sassy and stubborn lead woman, physical attractions mixed with a little romance, and lots of action. I give Witch Hunt five stars.

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