After her recent divorce Stevie Lewis is only concerned with seeing that her young son is taken care of after his diagnosis of autism. Stevie has no clue that those surrounding her are actually witches and that she is a descendant herself until she picks up a strange necklace in her mother’s home triggering visions of the past.
Vanessa, a ruthless dark witch has come back to town seeking revenge upon Stevie’s closest friends and family. The coven that Stevie has not known her family was even a part of bound Vanessa’s mother’s powers and tried to do the same to her and now Vanessa has come back to free her mother. When Stevie’s son’s life is threatened her powers emerge and she finds herself more powerful than the rest of the coven.
The Coven is the first book in the new Crystal Coast series by Chrissy Lessey. The story is an adult fantasy read starting 300 years in the past with a coven of witches that were threatened then and now in the present their descendants are at battle with one another.
One thing I found nice about this one was including a young mother struggling to understand her autistic child. Witches and magic aside just including this little bit in the read made it feel very current and very real as autism is on the rise and very tough for many parents dealing with trying to understand just what makes their child tick and how to communicate and bond with them.
Now as far as the fantasy aspect and the witches, magic and long line of family secrets the story was also a nice read. With Stevie not knowing at all the world in which she had been born since she hadn’t developed her powers it was as if while she was learning I was also learning that world with her. Definitely would continue reading this series just to see where the author takes the characters next.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.