Wahoo! I am so excited to announce the release of and have the opportunity to review Witches (Book Four in the Runes Series) by Ednah Walters today!!!
Witches continues the story of RAINE and TORIN. This story’s timeline overlaps with Cora’s in SOULS The Norns think they’ve won, but it’s hard to control a teenager, let alone a powerful one… Raine Cooper’s life should be perfect. She’s an Immortal Seeress, most likely to be elected Prom Queen, and envied by the girls at Kayville High for dating the dreamy quarterback, Torin St. James. Instead, she’s haunted by the smug facial expressions the Norns’ wore during their last meeting. As a Norn-In-Training, Raine crossed the line long ago when she sided with the Valkyries and Mortal Witches. When the Norns return with demands of their own, Raine feels trapped. She must repair the battle grounds and wipe out the memories of every Mortal witness. Torin tries to convince her that the Norns are manipulating her, but she refuses to listen. At least until the Norns’ demands focus on someone she loves. When Raine refuses to cooperate with them, their punishment is swift and gut-wrenching, turning her pain into fury. Raine plots revenge on a massive scale and makes deals with unsavory allies. Her goal? Total destruction of the entire Norn race. Raine’s only hope of salvation is Torin, but how much will he sacrifice to save her?
Witches is full of Valkyries and Grimnirs, Goddesses and Evil Norn Hags, boys that make your heart skip a beat and a cat with a serious (and hilarious) attitude… Oh and one heck of a powerful witch. Seriously, move over Sabrina, there’s a new teenage witch in town.
As stated in the synopsis, this story overlaps Cora’s story in the second Grimnir’s novel, Souls. So it may help to refresh your memory and reread Souls before starting Witches.
Witches jumps right back into Raine’s story like a breath of fresh air. It’s only been a few days since the epic battle that ended Seeress and Raine is getting in tune with her witchy powers – which, I might add, are pretty freaking badass.
One of the things I love most about Raine is her willingness to stand up to some of the most powerful beings in existence, The Norns. Not only does she stand up against them for herself, she fights for everyone’s right to chose their own destiny. Through this novel, it’s hard to miss the ways that Raine has matured and grown from the girl she started out as in Runes to the woman she’s becoming in Witches. Our main character, who is one of my favorite of all time, has a better sense of right and wrong than most teenagers and even a lot of adults. But more than just that, Raine’s sassiness knows no bounds. From her conversations with a cat to her inner monologue to using her powers to help those in need our heroine is full of sass.
“The Norns were’t going to like me interfering in their business, but then again, when have I ever done anything that made those hags happy?”
Torin is once again the book boyfriend you stay up all night just to get a taste of. He’s overprotective and a little overbearing, but he’s still one of the best guys in books. With a sexy smirk, arrogant attitude, and limitless love for Raine, Torin is utterly irresistible. I will never, ever complain about a book that has a Torin in it. It’s nice to see him loosening up a little – not a lot – but a little and becoming (albeit begrudgingly) more accepting of Raine’s abilities.
Ednah Walters has an elegant and thrilling way of stringing together words that makes it impossible to put Witches down for even a moment. She manages to make readers laugh, cry, and anxiously read through each page, never becoming monotonous or having a slow moment. We get to delve even deeper into the world of Norse Mythology that Ednah has so seamlessly woven into modern reality. In short, Witches may be the best yet in the Rune Series and you definitely do not want to make the mistake of missing Raine’s witchy adventures.