Bane by Trish Milburn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
To protect those she loves from herself, Jax will leave them all behind.She’ll risk everything in a desperate search for answers.Jax Pherson fled the darkest of covens and from her own father’s evil. For a brief moment, her courage was rewarded. She found everything she’d ever wanted. A normal life. An amazing boyfriend. An envy-worthy best friend .But her past put them all in danger, forcing a confrontation with the dark covens. In a life-and-death battle to save those she loved from the covens, Jax gained staggering power. Power so intense, so dangerous, she fears the darkness that now dwells inside her like a living thing.If she can’t control the power, she may yet become as evil as the witches she conquered.With her cousin Egan, Jax leaves all she’s built and heads for the one place that might hold the answers she desperately needs to hold back the darkness—Salem, Massachusetts. Her research unearths a shocking discovery: the Bane, a secret group of witches dedicated to thwarting the covens.Jax desperately needs their help in her fight against the covens, but finding the Bane is easier said than done and takes all her skills and courage. As Jax gets closer, her dark powers began rise and control her actions. If she succumbs to the darkness, Jax may have as much to fear from the Bane as the evil covens and the determined hunter on her trail.
Warning will have spoilers for the FIRST book, White Witch. Not much for this one.
Wow, this book was so full of excitement, and suspense, and ended with such a cliffhanger, I am just glad it’s only a few months until the next book Magick is out. (I hope I will get an ARC for it) I really, really enjoyed the continuation of this story with Jax, Egan, Keller and Toni, and get some new additions to the characters too. They learn more about the lies their family’s have told them in the dark magic covens that Jax and Egan were born too. Jax is determined to find out more about all that extra power she took into herself on Shiprock when she faces her evil family to save her friends and herself. She feels the darkness growing inside her, but still feels the good too, the possibility that she is a White Witch, but must make good decisions to ward off the dark magic, so the good can win out.
They go to where it all started, in Salem, they do research on the witch massacre that happened in Salem. I really enjoyed the history of the witch trials in Salem, and the addition that was made for the story. It made it all feel more believable and intense.
I found in this book the story flowed along very smoothly. I did not get that feeling of things being rushed this time. Now that most the characters have already been established, I felt we got to take the time to get to know them better, and relationships could grow.
I love how Keller is like a buffer to Jax’s darker magic, just one touch, and he can calm the darkness rising inside her. Jax feels this may be because of love, another thing the covens had lied about. They made them all believe if you fell in love with a non witch, that you would lose your powers. In fact, I believe that it will do what is happening to Jax, as it seems to help Egan too. Being around Toni, also calms the darkness. They also had told them, that they would not get their full powers until they were 18, which is also a lie, since found the very important Beginning Book, which states they have always had their full powers, they just need to know it, and develop them. (this we found out in the last book) They also end up finding another very important book, which I won’t tell you what it is, you can find out for yourself.
Jax, Egan and friends find out that there is another type of coven, The Bane, they are witches that had taken the dark power in back in the Salem witch trial days, and then immediately regretted it, and spent lots of time fighting it, and generations later, they have become more of a good witch coven. Jax learns some from them, but at the end, we wonder if they turned against her or not.
Egan even finds an encrypted message in an email, of at least a few other coven witches that want to defect, they tread carefully, as they need to make sure it’s not a trap. We do not find out more on that in this book, it’s a part that is left open for the next book.
It’s all very intense, lots of emotions, some sadness, really has you on a emotional rollercoaster.
I highly suggest you give this book a shot, even if you didn’t like some of the rushed parts in the first book. This one is very different in that aspect. You will be much happier with this one. The first still needs to be read, but I promise you will enjoy it. A great new twist on the magical world, with some bases on the real Salem witch trials. It’s all very intriguing indeed.
5 out of 5 stars for me.
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