It becomes apparent that a witch hunter has entered the county, and Al–Joe’s son, the one who can turn into a demon and has a pack of dogs he leads–is the one who can best sniff him out. Just to make things more difficult, the Conclave of witches faced a terrible enemy recently, and they’re all still recovering. Al is doing his best to check in on them, all while falling for Rae, one of the witches.
It’s largely up to Al this time, which makes this a great opportunity to get inside his head a bit more. He has to rescue Rae, which is much harder than it sounds. The witch hunter employs remarkably vicious tactics. We get to see some of Rae and Al’s relationship, but we also get to see how Al is learning to handle his dog pack.
There’s some overly coincidental timing here and there, but on the whole I enjoyed the story. It’s a short one, novella-length, but it makes a nice tale before we get into the next longer book. If you like bloody horror (not the type of horror where people get limbs cut off for no reason) and want a decent bit of worldbuilding and plot as well, this makes a good inclusive read.
This time it's the Marshals son Al that is the main character, as he is pitted against the Witchfinder who has kidnapped a witch that was under Al's care while his mother recuperates after the events in Night blooded Boys. This novella provides a great insight into Al's relationship with The Beast and the pack, its characters are well drawn and help to further Al's character, between his caring for Rae and The Runt and his savagery towards The Witchfinder. It's very well plotted, even down to the reason The Runt got less food and thus was able to help more quickly. Excellent story!
Sam Witt does it again. This story might be a novella but the author packs enough action and attention to detail that I felt like I'd read a 300 page novel. Also, since I was binging and read the next book too, I was happy to see that the events here carry on into the greater world of Pitchfork County. I can't wait for more from this author.
loved it, great to see al come into his own. possible romance blooming between al and rae. love the pitchfork county series. am awaiting the next one. can't wait. i'd say this series should be a movie, but a weekly show would be better. it would last longer. any fans of the supernatural needs to read this series.
On one level, this is another dark, supernatural tale by Sam Witt, displaying his excellent characterization, imagery and plot. On another level it's really about what young men go through as they hit maturity and become men - needing to strike out on their own.
The novella tells the literal story of Al, a shapeshifter, who prefers what he calls "the Beast" to his human form, as he feels safer due to the physical power he has as an animal. His friend Rae is a witch in the local coven, and his father is the Night Marshal who deals with those who break supernatural law in Pitchfork County.
Al finds some dark conjuring while out with his pack. Whoever is doing this left-hand path rituals could threaten people he loves. Al will be tested to the brink of death and beyond while trying to save someone close to him from a magic power-hungry predator. He will be forced to do things contrary to his nature and grow up as a result of these actions.
Wonderful novella both literally and thematically. It addresses the issues of brain over brawn, logic over reaction. Bravo Mr. Witt.
Just finished reading "witch-hunt" and loved it. Felt like the perfect one to follow night blooded boys especially with how it developed further on Al and his acceptance of the Beast. Love the tinges of relationship shown between him and Rae and the way he fought for her even when near the end of his strength and limit. Had me rooting for him and even thinking of ways he could have defeated that old Hunter ( two words - the hole). Really looking forward to getting into dead eyed God and seeing how the rest of his family is getting on after the massacre they faced In night blooded boys
Another great book in Sam's Witt series! A bit hard to read if your a dog lover though. I am looking forward to more of his novels. Great characters and whirlwind plots. Worth taking the time to check them out.