Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Hexen's Cross; J. Kowallis

Title: Hexen's Cross (Hexen's Cross #1)
Author: J. Kowallis
Genre: Paranormal
Published: May 1st, 2018
Publisher: Gatekeeper Press

The magic calls her.
A prophecy binds her.
The ancestors guide her.
Dr. Taran Grim, a young professor of occult studies, knows the written history of witches better than anyone in her field. And she should. She’s one of them.
After a mysterious stranger arrives at her office inquiring about the mythical staff of Woden, Taran’s curiosity reveals a millennia-old prophesy directly tied to her. The answers wait in Bryden, England and the only person who can help her gain access to the hidden valley is the descendant of Ruhmactir, and a member of the shape-shifting Geri clan: Collens “Coll” Donovan.
But the Donovans have secrets of their own, and Taran’s underdeveloped magic is wreaking strange havoc on her life. If she can’t manage her magic and strike a truce with Coll, they’ll fail to prevent the prophesied event known as Deireanhexe: the end of the hexen race.

*A thank you to NetGalley, J. Kowallis, and Gatekeeper Press for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.*


Hello Fellow Reader,

First I want to say that J. Kowallis has established a world that is amazing. The amount of research that she has done in Hexen's Cross is astonishing and it really shows. Even when she went through the history of Hexens I didn't get bored, like I usually do. This is because I really enjoyed the world, but there was one thing I didn't really enjoy.

Honestly, I just couldn't like Taran. I understand that Taran is supposed to be a complicated character with flaws but this didn't come off how Kowallis wanted it to. This is my personal opinion but Taran came off to me as rude, selfish, and childish, and one of the worse things is Taran mentioned it several times that she knew she was acting this way. Also, her relationship with Colls didn't have any depth to it for me, it wasn't until the end that I actually started to be fine with it.

Now, not to give away any spoilers but the ending was great. I loved how it ended that particular story but left so much open for the sequel! There are so many ways this story can go and I can't wait! I will be reading the next book, as soon as I can.  

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