The Witch Hunter General

The Death Stone Coven

Fiction - Magic/Wizardry
314 Pages
Reviewed on 01/07/2020
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Author Biography

Mace Berry was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and found a love of writing at an early age. With the support of family he continued writing through high school, but the dream at the time was a career in the military. After graduating high school, Mace spent four years in the Army, serving as an infantryman with the 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One). He was stationed in Schweinfurt, Germany and spent most of his weekends drinking too much and writing Warhammer 40k fan-fiction or death metal song lyrics until he deployed to Baghdad, Iraq. After returning from a fifteen month deployment, Mace decided to get back into writing. He loved the gritty dark universe of Warhammer 40k, but fan-fiction had lost its appeal and he wanted to write something original, something of his own. Then an idea struck him and the world of The Witch Hunter General and Inquisitor General Victor Cain were born. Over four years later, after three total re-writes, and two major rounds of editing, the first book was finally complete.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Risah Salazar for Readers' Favorite

In Mace Berry's The Witch Hunter General, Victor Cain has lived for more than a millennium. He is half-human, half-witch, but he hasn't always been like that. In his time, 1198 AD, he was a hundred percent human who also worked as a witch hunter general. Because of his sly friend Killian Rex, Victor's wife was falsely accused of witchcraft and was burned at the stake in front of his own eyes. Fast forward to the book's present time, 3027 AD, he still hunts witches and holds the title of Inquisitor General. He, together with Magnus, Scarlet, and Arten, works in a team with complementing powers and skills. Unfortunately, in one of their operations, Arten was badly cursed and Victor's team is now in need of a new marksman. The three of them recruit Harik Slade and the adventure of witchcraft, deceit, and revenge starts there.

When books talk about witchcraft, the setting is usually in the past. But what I loved about Mace Berry's The Witch Hunter General is that the past both juxtaposes with and seamlessly flows through the future, so the methods they use have a good balance of the traditional and the hi-tech. For instance, the Inquisition Headquarters is avant-garde architecture and their guns have witty names, but the spells are in Latin and some are even in languages that were long dead. I also loved that Berry put in some humor in all the right places. The book is feminist in a way because a lot of female characters hold high positions, but it's also not-so-feminist in the way Slade calls every girl he likes 'darling' or 'love', without asking for consent. My favorite part would be the cliffhanger ending and I feel like the next book will be just as, or even more, exciting.