The Coven

Bramble. (Coven of Bones, Bk. 1). Aug. 2024. 304p. ISBN 9781250358936. $27.99. FANTASY
When Willow Madizza’s mother dies, she must hide her younger brother from the coven, and to do so, she must attend Hollow’s Grove University, learning the magical ways of the coven. Willow has a second secret agenda at Hollow’s Grove, fulfilling her father’s revenge against the coven who forced him to give up magic and failed to protect his sister from death. Willow immediately pits herself against the centuries-old vampire headmaster, Gray Thorne, who tries to protect her not out of love but for his own twisted retribution against the coven. Willow and Gray are constantly at odds, but each uses their mutual lust to further their own ends. In the midst of their personal battle, students are dying at Hollow’s Grove University, and Willow is determined to find out why. Wood weaves a treacherous new fantasy world where no one can be trusted, and everyone has their own wicked agenda.
VERDICT This previously self-published title by Woods (What Lurks Between the Fates) is highly recommended for those who delight in anti-heroes, carnal hate sex, and danger around every corner. Perfect for fans of Jennifer Armentrout, Carissa Broadbent, and anyone who loves the trend of romantasy in an academic setting like Rebecca Yarros’s “Empyrean” series.
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