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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
The Witch-Hunter Trilogy by KS Marsden consists of The Shadow Rises, The Shadow Reigns, and The Shadow Falls. When witches and dark magic threaten the world, it's up to witch-hunters to stop them. When the Malleus Maleficarum Council hears about a growing power that would give their enemies an upper hand against them all, no one is better suited for the job than Hunter Astley. The last thing Hunter expected was to come face to face with the Shadow Witch and to discover the dangerous plan she has in mind which will lead the witches into a revolution that could change everything. Hunter's connection to the Shadow Witch will pit the two against each other in a battle that will bring sacrifice, surprises, and losses.
The trilogy delivers a complex and thrilling supernatural treat with a layered protagonist, action-packed moments, surprises, and a shocking conclusion. Each book features a complex view on the concept of good versus evil as Hunter discovers himself falling between the two sides when he realizes he's a hunter with magical ability. The Shadow Reigns delves into the consequences that come from a reveal at the end of the first book, which changes things for Hunter and finds him keeping a dangerous secret. The second book also shows more of the clash between hunters and witches as Hunter is drawn deeper into this complex world and re-evaluates the decisions he's made fighting against the witches. The revolution by the Shadow Witch comes with several losses that hit Hunter personally and create a deep impact on his journey. The Shadow Falls is the conclusion in the trilogy and brings Hunter's journey and the fight between hunters and witches full circle. Hunter discovers a new relationship in his life that opens his views on the world with his priorities changing and a new vulnerability grounding him as more than a witch-hunter. The final book also delves further into Sophie's journey and the clash with Hunter brings a few surprises as their relationship is not an easy one. Their connection only grows more complicated and comes to a drastic conclusion that coincides with the overarching plot of the war between them. KS Marsden's The Witch-Hunter trilogy is an urban fantasy thriller with humor, friendship, romance, and chaos.