Creature Feature: Witches (The Hunt)

CF_ WitchesContinuing on with my Creature Feature blog series, today we’ll be discussing witches in the paranormal romance universe of THE HUNT. Witches are powerful, magic-wielding demons. They rank high in Hell’s hierarchy, and are usually well received by their clan due to their rarity. Witches also tend to appear frequently along a witch-heavy matriarchal line.

Witches look similar to regular demons, including their all-black eyes and occasional forked tongue, but they tend to be horrifically scarred. Magic comes with a price, and all practitioners must give up a piece of themselves in order to perform spellwork. Even casting the most insignificant of hexes will require payment, and most witches choose to pay with blood.

Hell-born witches perform wandless magic, and have the ability to bestow their gift onto a worthy human. Humans require wands, or some sort of channeling tool, to cast spells, and pay for magic by giving their souls over to the demonic witch who blessed them—or cursed them—with their magical ability.

Demonic witches tend to deal in blood, sacrifice, curses, and darkness, putting them in sharp contrast with other magically-inclined supernatural creatures—fae, elves, sprites, nymphs—who lean more toward drawing strength and power from the natural world.

Known witches in THE HUNT include Severus’s cousin Cordelia, along with her mother Circe (reference only).

TBR Thursday: Pestilence by Laura Thalassa

37769929.jpgThey came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all. 

When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed.

Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed.

Now the horseman, very much alive and very pissed off, has taken her prisoner, and he’s eager to make her suffer. Only, the longer she’s with him, the more uncertain she is about his true feelings towards her … and hers towards him.

And now, well, Sara might still be able to save the world, but in order to do so, she’ll have to sacrifice her heart in the process.