The Shadow Falls (Witch-Hunter Book 3) – K.S. Marsden

The Shadow Falls (Witch-Hunter Book 3) – K.S. Marsden

Synopsis

Hunter Astley has always known that he is different: being a witch-hunter that can use magic has sealed his fate.
He must destroy the Shadow Witch once and for all, with the help of some unlikely allies.

We delve even deeper into the world of the Malleus Maleficarum; into myth, rumour and history that refuses to stay in the past.

Review

After losing the war against the witches and all his allies, Hunter decides to search for the Benandanti. Being on the witches’ radar, he spends a lot of time traveling the world to avoid capture, until he manages to reach Italy and finds the Donili temple.

The Benandanti were a branch of the Donili. Since Hunter’s “powers” were similar to theirs, they agree to train him. This implies that Hunter spends more than a year learning with them with his 13-year-old companions who take advantage of teasing him 🤣.

“If you want my opinion, and I know you won’t like it.” The Abate stated. “Anti-witches and Donili have a lot more in common with witches than normal humans.”

When Hunter is finally ready to return, he encounters a new moderately organized resistance and meets Mel among them. Quite an interesting girl who seems to be as crazy as the hatter from Alice in Wonderland.

Mel danced around the table, making ure her two guests were seated before skipping to the door and yanking it open.
“Hello Dave.” She trilled to the with-hunter on sentry.
“We’re having a tea party. Can you bring the tea?

Now they must find a way to permanently end Sophie, carefully selecting their allies and setting aside all their previous prejudices.

The first thing I have to say is that Adam is 4 years old when Hunter finally meets him officially … I really can’t believe it was so long without looking for him, but well.

This book pleasantly surprised me. When I felt that the story had nothing new to deliver, an enormity of new mysteries appeared. Among them Hunter’s dreams, Mel’s real identity, and characters like Kristen.

Demons, and the prophecies, and greatness. It all seemed far-reaching. But then again, if someone had told him five years ago that the world would fall to ruin, and witch-hunters would use magic, he would have thought it equally unlikely.

Mel is a very cute character who just wants to make friends. But a genuine chill ran down my spine when Hunter finds out who she really is.

After taking a moment to work out who Hunter was, Mel turned and went back to the house with all the appearance of a kicked puppy.

Knowing that this story was about a forbidden love, I expected another type of relationship. Normally I like stories in which forbidden love is achieved at all costs, while in this story love only served to complicate things, however they never really intended to have a relationship. Honeslty this was not bad, it was just different from what I expected.

This book deserves 4/5 stars for me. It is a good story and I find it to be recommendable and entertaining. However, many questions remained without satisfactory explanation, such as the origin of the dreams and the connection between Hunter and Sophie, the powers of Adam, Mel … complete 😅. Also, I find it difficult to believe that a character like Lucy was a mere spectator in the story, I hoped that would influence much more.

Honorary mention to a character that I did not mention in my previous reviews and who is probably the best character in this saga. Mrs. Astley 👏

Spoiler of Mel's identity
“Mother! Mel does not have special needs. She is…” Hunter broke off. What could he tell his mother, that Mel was a demon, a servant of Satan? And worse, that Mel found Mrs Astley scarier than her master?”

Bye bye 💕

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