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Cass Kay
Legacy Witches
Cass Kay, author
Coming from a long line of murderous witches hasn’t exactly been sunshine and rainbows for Vianna Roots. When she inherits the family’s haunted house after her mother dies, she decides flipping the rundown dump is her smartest move—but the ghosts that haunt her have a different plan. When Vianna finds the ghost of her childhood friend Nancy, she’s drawn into the mystery surrounding her friend’s death. Her meddling attracts the attention of the oldest coven in Salem. In order to get her out of town, they make an offer on the house, but Vianna hesitates. She’s no longer sure she wants to abandon the demon familiar who possesses her home, the transgender outcast witch—who may just be the best friend she never knew she needed—and her high school crush, who now wants her in his life. Vianna must find a way to solve the case of her murdered friend, stay out of the hands of the most powerful coven in Salem, and face the past she’s so desperately tried to run away from.
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 6 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 6.75 out of 10


Plot/Idea: In a fresh and energetically-paced tale, Vianna Roots, scion of an important family of witches, returns to her native Salem to deal with her dead mother's house, and encounters resistance, magically, from the house itself, and from the coven of witches who wish to claim it and her.

Prose: The writing, sentence by sentence, is sound, coherent, and artful enough. However, the rules of the game (witchcraft and magic) wildly proliferate, undermining a reader's trust in the reality of the world of the story.

Originality: Most striking in Legacy Witches is the blend of the supernatural and the quotidian. Characters quarrel, clean, munch, and form cliques, even as they summon spirits, work spells, and penetrate mysteries of dead ancestors.

Character Development/Execution: Conspiracies and feuds roil families. The protagonist, Vianna, has a warm friendship with Dee that sustains much of the action, as neighboring witches try to manipulate her, and Vianna's ghostly grandmother heckles her nonstop. That Vianna is uninterested in witchcraft and wants to live an ordinary life back in Boston makes her both an unusual and sympathetic character.

Date Submitted: July 08, 2022