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review 2017-09-15 15:22
Witch on Witch violence
The Hunter and the Witch (Crescent City Arcana) - Rachel Chanticleer

 

The vision she'd seen in the waters of her scrying bowl under the glow of tonight's moon showed her yet another witch with the potential to become more powerful than herself. Helena couldn't ignore it. She had to act.

 

This was a Kindle Freebie I had downloaded a while ago, so I didn't do too much investigating beyond the title to make sure it matched the square. It is more of an introduction and set-up to the series. We are introduced to Lucius, a gladiator/Roman slave and Helena, a witch. Helena forces Lucius into a pact that saves his life but binds him to her for eternity as her assassin. It seems Helena needs to kill up and coming witches for their power. This part isn't explained too much with the ins and outs of it all.

We then fast forward to present time and meet Bethany as Lucius is in the middle of trying causing a car accident to kill her. She has no idea she is a witch but manages to blast him with her power. This shocks her and, I don't know, impresses/turns on Lucius and he leaves her alive. 

Fast forward four years and we catch back up with Helena as she questions and demands Lucius find Bethany to kill her. He claims he still can't find her but Helena knows what's up and has him followed as he goes to warn Bethany. 

Some green blasting fighting with witch on witch violence and suddenly Bethany and Lucius are our new power duo.

The writing was pretty good but the magic, witch, and paranormal side was underdeveloped; Bethany accepted being a witch much quicker than I would have. 

As an introduction to a series, I'm a little intrigued. Hopefully, with more pages the author will have the room to develop the story and flesh out the characters more. 

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text 2017-03-19 23:35
Reading progress update: I've read 303 out of 398 pages.
The Shotgun Arcana (Golgotha, No. 2) - R.S. Belcher

all the slimy, sickening strands are weaving together and strangling each other brilliantly. shall see which mortals and immortals die, tomorrow morning, with coffee and maybe a cookie, for a change.

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text 2017-03-19 17:47
Reading progress update: I've read 224 out of 398 pages.
The Shotgun Arcana (Golgotha, No. 2) - R.S. Belcher

still very exciting to read, and if anything, it has gotten better as the story has unfolded. there are a lot of characters; I'm kind of lenient about having to work a bit to keep track of everybody, because if you create such a strange town, and the threats in the novel have a tendency to affect the whole town, you can't really zoom in one three people. the action moves among various districts, even goes out of town, and it's not surprising that the town--so cool and unpredictable in this Steampunk/Horror/Western romp--needs to feel full. the author compensates for a big crowd by making sure we know who the main characters are. so, there's a core group to cheer for, and I just have to keep track of the supporting crowd, spread out all over this weird locale. the author should perhaps consider not throwing in so many kitchen sinks--people, and plotlines--but, it's gelling. it works. I really like this. and I'm not confused outright, the way I have been in the past with big rosters and complex plots with many angles.

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text 2017-03-19 00:27
Reading progress update: I've read 104 out of 398 pages.
The Shotgun Arcana (Golgotha, No. 2) - R.S. Belcher

wow. lots of fun! I may have to cue up more Horror/Western hybrids. I think I've read more comics like this, than novels. then there's that Deadlands game...I suddenly want to play. well, it 's not for the faint of heart, but this crazy book has been very entertaining so far, is what I'm trying to say.

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text 2017-03-18 13:56
Reading progress update: I've read 33 out of 398 pages.
The Shotgun Arcana (Golgotha, No. 2) - R.S. Belcher

obviously this is going to be a Fantasy novel that is steeped in Horror elements. I just read one gross ending to a chapter!

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