Witch’s Curse is an urban Magic fantasy novel and is book one in the Bone Coven Chronicles by Jenna Wolfhart. This urban fantasy novel features a twenty-one year old orphan named Zoe Bennett whose parents were tragically killed in a demon War. Since then Zoe has been using her magical gifts to do whatever has been necessary to raise the resources for her to get by. This has mostly seen her following in the con artist footsteps left by her father. The demon war has whittled down the ranks of people with magical power until only several hundred are all that remain. Zoe can be said to have a dry ascorbic sense of humour, especially if the situation sees a bit of magical manipulation and the lion’s share of little white lies. After all, a con artist’s imagination and rational objectification are among the crucial skills needed to keep coming up with new and improved ways.
Practicing witchcraft to screw people out of their hard earned money isn’t the life of the Zoe still living at home with both parents still taking care of her and grandma; the alternate world that’s only a pipe dream. Ideally, had the boat not already sailed away five years ago, then she’d be currently finishing up her final college year in readiness for the well paid networked job. But, as in the case of her latest mark, it’s hard to feel any remorse when you’re swindling pathologists selling hospital drugs to kids on the side. The blood bag pimping out his neck to daywalkers for a quick but expensive thrill, that is if the vamps are responsible for the current spate of murders being made to look like demon feedings.
Zoe’s two-hundred dollar fake banishment of demons absent from the places she ‘cleanses’ are indicative of good acting, legitimate choreography, and artistic charades. No real harm is permitted to occur, and taking money of the likes of the drug dealer she last swindled hardly constitutes anything resembling a murder scene. Cold showers, empty plates, and overdue rent can motivate you to blur a few moral and legal lines in the sand. That’s even more so if the roof, warm water, and food are crucial to keeping your grandma in the most basic needs required by her aging body and crippled mind, another gift courtesy of the demon war. And yet, places she’s recently visited begin turning into murder scenes within moments of her arrival, or departure.
Then her latest con leaves her in the middle of a murder scene. When coven enforcers offer her a chance to assist finding the real murderer, to both prevent being their only suspect and to attempt to keep it from the scrutiny of human law enforcement agencies, she is reluctantly forced to work with the sexy warlock, Dorian, who she’d met when metaphorically getting caught holding the bag. It was him who negotiated her only chance of proving her innocence, shortly after admitting to a recent history of semi-stalker’ish behaviour: irrespective of whether he describes it as two months of ‘monitoring’ the cons she pulled in that time because it risked exposing the wrong sorts of people to the craft. Dorian also bares the same mark as her, their tattooed rune denoting them as beholding to the Bone Coven; a sore and sorry topic that riles her anger over things to personal to discuss with someone basically a stranger. Mages (witches and warlocks) only earn the spontaneous tattoo when they cast a spell strong enough to designate them as worthy of addition to the ranks.
Now Zoe needs to use her skills, both the inherited and the learned, to first determine the killer’s motives if they’re to solve the sinister mystery behind the murders. Unfortunately she’s essentially a novice in craft knowledge about runes and spells, partly because of her family’s missing grimoire, and by virtue of their deaths. That she keeps getting distracted by an inexplicable and mounting attraction to tall, dark, chiseled, and deadly, isn’t helping her resolve. Zoe also detects a dark depth in his magical aura, and she doesn’t trust him. Then the killer suddenly curses her ailing grandma, seeking to force her into backing off and staying out of his plans. However this provokes Zoe even more And she decides to put an end to any risks and consequences aimed at family and including her best friend. Regardless of the risks to her safety or to the Supernatural denizens in the Boston general population. For Zoe
hunting down demons and magical criminals means following in her mother’s footsteps