TITLE: The Witch Hunt (The Witch Haven #2)
AUTHOR: Sasha Peyton Smith
PUBLISHER: Simon Teen (Simon & Schuster)
RELEASE DATE: October 11, 2022
GENRES: YA fantasy, witchcraft, magic
The lush and pulse-pounding sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Witch Haven follows Frances and her fellow witches to the streets of Paris where family secrets, lost loves, and dangerous magic await.
Months after the devastating battle between the Sons of St. Druon and the witches of Haxahaven, Frances has built a quiet, safe life for herself, teaching young witches and tending the garden within the walls of Haxahaven Academy. But one thing nags; her magic has begun to act strangely. When an opportunity to visit Paris arises, Frances jumps at the chance to go, longing for adventure and seeking answers about her own power.
Once she and her classmates Maxine and Lena reach the vibrant streets of France, Frances learns that the spell she used to speak to her dead brother has had terrible consequences—the veil between the living and the dead has been torn by her recklessness, and a group of magicians are using the rift for their own gain at a horrifying cost.
To right this wrong, and save lives and her own magical powers, Frances must hunt down answers in the parlors of Parisian secret societies, the halls of the Louvre, and the tunnels of the catacombs. Her only choice is to team up with the person she swore she’d never trust again, risking further betrayal and her own life in the process.
Today, I’m super thrilled to bring you my review of The Witch Hunt by Sasha Peyton Smith, in association with Turn the Page Tours and Simon Teen! Thanks so much to TTPT for having me on the tour for this book. I received an ARC of the book as a part of the tour.
The Witch Haven became one of my favorite reads of 2022, so I was so excited to dive into the sequel. The first book was everything I wanted in a witch book—murder, romance, a fancy secret school, betrayal, strong female characters and friendships. And it takes place in early 1900s New York City?! Literal perfection. Obviously, I fell completely in love with it.
The Witch Hunt takes place two years after the events of The Witch Haven, this time taking Frances and the gang across the sea to Paris on a holiday. Sasha knows not only how to pick the most enchanting settings, but also how to immerse the reader in them completely. I felt like I was walking with Frances and Oliver along the Seine, with Maxine and Lena and Frances around the city. I also loved that we got to see their journey across the sea; made me realize I need to read more books that include ships, lol.
Just like The Witch Haven, there was romance, there was murder, there was betrayal! And the Paris catacombs?! Literal perfection. Frances reminds me—perhaps a bit too much—of myself. Her struggle at letting others in, hiding parts of her so as to not burden them, hits close to home. Of all the books I’ve read of late, Frances is the one that’s stepped off the pages and into my heart. I adore her in every way! Of course, Maxine can’t go unmentioned. She was one of the best parts about the first book, and that didn’t change in the second. Her character development, thanks to seeing her finally outside the walls of Haxahaven, made me fall in love with her more. I just wish there had been more of her and Lena!
The only critique I have about The Witch Hunt, is that I simply wish it were longer. Some parts felt rushed, and the stakes did not feel as high in this book as in the first. That, and I desperately want to see more of these characters. I was so sad to find out that this is the final book in the series and now I don’t know what to do with myself. It was everything I hoped for, and more, but I need more of these characters. *cries*
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About the author
Sasha Peyton Smith is the New York Times best-selling author of The Witch Haven and The Witch Hunt. She’s passionate about well-curated road trip playlists, soup recipes, and stories about complicated girls. Originally from the mountains of Utah, she now lives in Washington D.C. with her partner and collection of porcelain hands. You can find Sasha online at sashapsmith.com.