The last we left the residents of Captive’s Sound, they had just survived a strange illness that had many of their residents in the hospital on the brink of death. Nadia, a newcomer to Captive’s Sound and a witch, had made a deal with the evil witch Elizabeth to cure those affected. By swearing herself to The One Beneath – aka this series version of Voldemort – Nadia figures that she’ll be able to find a way to stop Elizabeth’s plan without any further harm coming to the town. Mateo – her Steadfast (a person who strengthens her magic) – and her friend Verlaine aren’t so sure and don’t agree with Nadia’s plan. And as usual they’re right. Because Elizabeth knows all and knows that the only reason Nadia agreed to swear herself was because she wanted to save her friends. She’s not 100% committed, but she plans to change all of that by isolating her from those she loves most.
With Nadia’s help, Elizabeth casts a spell over the town that causes torrential rain fall. Captive’s Sound is already on the breaking point and add in this rain that causes massive flooding and damage, and the town breaks. Suspecting witchcraft, but they don’t suspect Elizabeth. They suspect Verlaine. Verlaine already has her own issues as she realizes that she has fallen in love with the demon bounded to Elizabeth, Asa, and she doesn’t understand why he keeps telling her that she needs to know how to kill him just in case. Mateo also has problems as he realizes that because of this dark magic, Nadia is changing and it isn’t for the better. Her use of the dark arts pushes them apart, so far apart that he does something really stupid to make sure that when this is all over she’ll be safe. But what he doesn’t realize is that Nadia is trying to make sure that he remains safe too and they both play in Elizabeth’s hands.
To be completely honest, Sorceress was a train wreck from start to finish. Whenever a hero decides to go dark to destroy the villain things never go to plan, and in this book the plan went seriously off course. What was really stupid was the fact that Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine who have always been one step behind Elizabeth never really thought this idea through. Oh sure, they thought they had, but c’mon. When the villain has been able to predict your moves from the start, don’t you think that she would have predicted you betraying her at some point and laid a trap for that? But the trio doesn’t, and Mateo and Nadia end up becoming enslaved to The One Beneath. *face palm*
But because this is fiction, good always wins despite the odds being ridiculously stacked against them. Not only do Nadia and Verlaine injure The One Beneath (actually they kill him using his own weapon of hate), but they destroy hell in the process too. Uh. Okay. Talk about lucky?
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Even though I think the character’s ideas and actions were horrible, I still rather enjoyed the read. Verlaine’s sense of humor while things were getting tough was adorable. Mateo’s dedication to safe Nadia was admirable and Nadia’s sense that everything was falling on her shoulders was hard to watch. But don’t all heroes go through that before the final battle?
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