Series: Salem's Revenge #1
Published on October 1st 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Paranormal, Witches, Young Adult
"The Walking Dead for teens, with ruthless witches instead of bloodthirsty zombies.” --Katie Reed, agent at Andrea Hurst & Associates
Salem’s Revenge strikes without warning or mercy, ravaging the powerless human race under the forces of united gangs of witches, wizards, and warlocks. During the slaughter, Rhett Carter's foster parents and sister are killed, and his best friend and girlfriend are abducted by a gang of witches calling themselves the Necromancers, who deal in the dark magic of raising the dead. Rhett’s sword-wielding neighbor with a mysterious past saves Rhett from becoming another casualty of the massacre and teaches him the skills he needs to survive in this new world.
Rhett is broken, his normal high school life of book blogging and football playing shoved in a witch-apocalyptic blender. The only thing he has left is his burning desire for revenge. Armed with his new witch hunting skills and a loyal, magic powered dog named Hex, he sets out into the unknown with one mission: hunt and destroy those who took away everyone he ever loved.
But Rhett isn’t just a witch hunter; he has secrets of his own that he has yet to discover, secrets that his enemies will stop at nothing to keep him from.
And discovering the truth about himself is the human race’s only hope.
To be honest, I am not a huge fan of witches in books. But I did love Harry Potter, however, they are more wizards than witches. What’s the difference? There are differences, but I won’t be discussing that. In this book, wizards were defined as…
Wizards are…different. No one really knows where they come from. They’re not born, and when they appear they have no recollection of their own creation. Some believe that they’re a byproduct of powerful spells performed by dark sorcerers, but no one knows for sure.
We are thrust in the world with a “The Walking Dead” feel. If you’re a fan of the show, you will definitely feel that way. Instead of zombies, you get psycho witches. But we don’t just get witches here. There are wizards, shifters, and people-killing-anyone. There’s also this awesome dog, Hex. It’s a different kind of world, that’s for sure.
Rhett Carter is a nerd-athlete. Not only is he a football player, he also writes reviews on his book blog. Yes, my friends, he’s also a book blogger! How fantastic is that? Life was tough for him because he’s an orphan, but he lucked out on his latest foster family which truly cares for him. He also has a girlfriend, Beth, and a best friend, Xavier. Life’s almost perfect, until the witches decided to take over the world.
Our gentle giant is now a book-blogger-turned-witch-hunter. But he wasn’t always brave. He’s the type of person who never liked violence of any kind, so seeing him change into something kick-ass was pretty awesome.
I’m black and can’t fly and didn’t save anyone. And Superman is never black and always flies and wins every time.
His journey to find those people that he lost was quite an adventure. He met a lot of stragglers, some enemies, some allies. In a world where everything seems dire, the feeling of hope is easily felt from Rhett. But there’s also some doubt. Who wouldn’t in that situation, right?
Another thing that I love about David Estes’ books are strong female characters. From The Dwellers Series, I loved Adele; in The Country Series, I loved Sienna; now in Salem’s Revenge, there’s Laney. She’s fabulously kick-ass. She’s amazing with her shotgun, and she also has a smart mouth. But even though she acts so tough, she’s actually a softy inside. Even though she threatened to leave Rhett when he tries to risk his life for other people, she would still come to the rescue.
Eat lead you pansy-ass warlock!
Laney’s got a mute sister, Trish. Let’s just say that’s she’s quite special. Writing stuff in the air that sometimes don’t make sense, but she’s quite a surprise.
And Hex. This dog is absolutely fantastic!
David Estes definitely knows how to sew together pieces of stories that stays with you. This is a remarkable start of the series. And if this is going to be your first David Estes book, you will not be disappointed!
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