The 6th book of the Phantom Queen Diaries, Witches Brew, is another excellent addition to the TempleVerse world. Cameron O’Connell has found his voice as a writer and continues to amaze me. He has given life and depth to a character that was difficult at first to accept. Quinn, in Witches Brew, takes on a challenge that defines the changes her life has taken. She has never cared outside of her own life and she learns the hard truth of surviving, that she must have a support system consisting of the right people.
O’Connell was the perfect choice for Shayne Silvers world, to give it another perspective and one that compliments Shayne’s own writing style. Vastly different, O’Connell’s writing adds a grittiness and edge that was needed for Quinn to overcome the truth of who she is. The characters of the TempleVerse world needs both voices to balance out the storyline and expand the imagination that the reader thrives on.
The way the three series of TempleVerse (the other two series are the Nate Temple Chronicles and Feather & Fire) are coming together is so smooth and enjoyable. I love reading the story and feeling like I am experiencing the drama, emotions and life events that happen to each lead. Quinn is a very strong character and O'Connell has given her such life with her edgy personality and approach to relationships and challenges. We see this so clearly in this book.
Witches Brew has it all. New challenges, new characters, and a suspenseful story that keeps your interest until the end. As always in these books, there are surprises and twists that we don’t see coming. It’s a wild ride that is hot to touch.
One line in the book, that actually, has a finishing add-on later, describes the essence of what this book is all about. “The risk of awakening a creature with the power of god and none of the limitations…..but with the heart, the conscience of a mortal”.
Well done! Congrats on the successful collaboration.