I sacrificed sleep to finish this book so that means I really liked it. I haven’t read many books in the fantasy genre so I’m not going to explore the plausibility of the magic because it made enough sense for me. The romance reminded me of those old school regency novels with the shotgun marriage. I wouldn’t read those again now, but weaved into a magical witch world, then sure.
Some of the humor fell flat for me but I really enjoyed the boldness, strength and self-confidence of the main character, Lou – even her name. Some of the surprises I was able to guess – I just didn’t know how it would be explained but I was pleasantly surprised.
The ending was satisfying especially as a lead up to the next book.
Bound as one to love, honor, or burn. Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned. Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou's, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony. The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou's most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made. And love makes fools of us all.
First published September 3, 2019