A witch is missing, and if I can’t find her, Eastwind may never be the same.
When a North Wind witch vanishes, the Eastwind Coven asks for my help finding her. But unless she’s dead and feeling chatty, I don’t know how much help my Fifth Wind powers will be.
Lucky for the Coven, though, I’m in need of a serious distraction from my own problems, so I agree to look into it for them. With Landon’s help, I might just get to the bottom of where the witch has gone. Is it into hiding or into the afterlife? Here’s to hoping for the former.
Time is running out to discover the truth, though, because when word about her disappearance spreads through Eastwind, longstanding tensions between witches and werewolves begin to boil over. If I don’t find her soon, hundred of years of peace in Eastwind may come to an abrupt end.
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The mystery to solve is if a young witch by the name of Grace Merryweather has been killed, and if so, who is responsible. If not, why has she disappeared? This two-fold mystery is fairly enticing especially when mixed in with the possible ‘political’ motives for the disappearance. The clues that crop up have the reader jumping back and forth pondering the ‘is she alive or dead’ conundrum. I think it’s a touch more obvious who is behind the misdeeds but even so, we have to read until the end to get the motives and key players just right.
More magical world-building is on display as we get a peak into the witchy high council and see how that element works. I fully enjoyed the political spin playing out in the council. Conspiracy theories and pushing hidden agendas are the themes that play out in most peculiar ways.
Another key theme that crops up in the series is prejudice. In this case, it’s the prejudice of witches against werewolves or shifters in general. Through this, the author takes a seemingly light-hearted character set to tackle a very real and difficult topic. It’s quite well-done. Meaningful statements are made without making the book into a soapbox. Also, sometimes, when you put issues like prejudice and racism in a crazy alternative perspective, it can create some interesting food for thought.
Nora’s love life seems to be settling. I think we’re at the end of the love triangle… more or less. There is still the issue of the past life soul mate hanging around… It would be nice to put all the uncertainty around the romance on hold and focus on the cases but, it’s still fun to read; and I suspect we’ll have a big showdown later on revolving around the ‘too good to be true’ Roland.
Overall, another entertaining installment in a very fun series for the reader who is looking for a couple hours of pure escapism. I give Gone Witch 4/5 very present espresso shots.