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Witchbane

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Morgan Brice

Narrated By: Kale Williams

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: March 2019

Duration: 7 hours 35 minutes

Summary:

Seth Tanner and his brother Jesse's fun evening debunking local urban legends ends with Jesse's gruesome murder. Seth vows revenge on Jesse's killer-too bad the murderer has been dead for a hundred years. Seth uncovers a cycle of ritual killings that feed the power of a dark warlock's immortal witch-disciples, and he's hell bent on stopping Jackson Malone from becoming the next victim. He's used to risking his neck. He never intended to risk his heart.

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  • Katie C.

  • Mari C.

    4.25 Stars! Witchbane is book one in the series and it was also my first book by Morgan Brice (aka Gail Z. Martin) and let me tell you, it was an unexpected delight. Seth suffered through a horrific event when his brother and him were attacked by the disciple of a warlock that lived two-hundred years ago, resulting in his brother's death. After his parents died in an accident, Seth devotes his life to search for any information regarding the warlock and his disciples, and vows to stop them from killing again. While searching for the next probable victim, he meets a sexy bartender and hooks up with him, and Sonny turns out to be Jackson Evan Malone, the man Seth wants to protect. Unfortunately for them, the warlock that is after Evan is getting very close to them. Will Seth be able to stop him in time? The book was a bit like watching an episode of Supernatural, fun and entertaining mixed with some horror/suspense/paranormal elements. It was fast-paced, well-written, witty and enjoyable. I loved Seth and his determination to stop the warlock in time, and I found his reasoning for not disclosing his past to Evan very sound. I know it backfired, but that wasn't exactly Seth's fault. I liked Evan, but really, there were a lot of times in which I wanted to slap him silly, especially during the last 25-30% of the book. He was more than a bit frustrating, and couldn't he even give Seth the benefit of the doubt after all they'd gone through? Grrrr! Other than that, I think Seth and Evan had fantastic chemistry and the sex scenes were deliciously hot. The warlock's storyline was really interesting and I enjoyed how it unfolded. While it wasn't that difficult to figure out who the baddie was, I wasn't expecting the twist concerning one of Evan's friends. Overall, this was a very solid start to the series and I'm very interested in reading more in this fascinating world and seeing where Ms. Brice will take Seth and Evan next. While I had read this book before, it was a treat to listen to Kale's narration. He has a very pleasant tone and gave the story that little extra something to make it even more enjoyable. My only complaint is that even if he gave the secondary characters distinct voices, Seth and Evan's were a bit too similar for my taste. Still, I have no trouble recommending this audiobook.

  • Maria V.

    I had to think long and hard about this one, but when it came down to it, I liked the book, but not as much as the Badlands series, and the narration was good. Let me break it down. Story: 3.5 stars As I said, I liked the story. It had action and suspense, but I also found it repetitive. It started out on a high note, and started to fall flat, only to pick back up again. And I have to admit, there were times when Evan seriously got on my nerves and I wanted to knock some sense into him. Now, I don't want you to think I didn't like this. I did. The story is original and intriguing, and on top of that, I really liked Seth. It was a good book to get into and I do plan on reading the other books in the series. Narration: 4 stars Kale Williams narrated this book, as he did for Badlands. Once again, his narration was good, he was able to bring the characters to life, but it seemed that he had a slightly harder time connecting with these characters compared to Badlands. Especially Evan, but then again that character was very back and forth. He still did an excellent job of making each character unique so that you could tell who was talking when. Overall: 3.5 stars I'm giving this book an overall rating of 3.5 stars. The story is good, the narration great, but there were a few things that didn't quite hit the mark with this one. I'm hoping that since this is a series, once I read the other books I'll feel a little more settled and change my mind. I still think you need to one click this book and give it a listen/read today!

  • Carra S.

    Witchbane is the first M/M book by this author, and I have to say I was impressed with what a great job she did with this story. I was already expecting the great writing, and thought the suspense levels were just right (love it when I’m on the edge of my seat!). The creepiness factor got me—there were some points I had to switch the light on in the room before I’d read any further. And the romance between Seth and Jackson was hot and intense with the perfect amount of conflict to help raise the suspense of the story at the most opportune point (or inopportune if we’re talking about Seth and Jackson’s view of it). The story starts off with Seth and his brother, and the events that occur when they go out to debunk a local myth set up an intriguing backstory for this series. The scene is powerful and gruesome, setting the tone for what’s to come. After what happened with his brother, Seth is on a path of revenge, and becomes focused on bringing down the warlock behind his brother’s death. Jackson doesn’t realize he’s in danger, and Seth is determined to make sure what happened to his brother doesn’t happen again. The attraction between them is not what he expected, but the pull between them is unmistakable, growing more passionate every moment they spend together. The physically intimate scenes are heat-filled and sexy as hell. The author maintained a continuous high level of suspense throughout the story—I didn’t want to take a break while reading because it always felt like something exciting was coming next…even when something exciting just happened. That constant state of “oh my god what’s going to happen???” made for an intense read, and it felt like it was down to the wire with whether Seth and Jackson would prevail. Witchbane was a very strong 4.5-star read for me, and an excellent start to the series. While not the author’s first book, it was her first M/M story and she really did nail it. I can’t wait to read more, and I definitely recommend this story to any M/M fan, particularly if you love paranormal and/or urban fantasy. This book is meant strictly for readers 18+ for adult language, some physically gruesome scenes, and scorching sexual content. The narration: I’ve found with Kale Williams that he tends to have a lower level of differentiation between characters voices than other audiobook narrators I usually listen to. But his ability to inject emotion into those voices and portray the feeling of a scene allows me to still enjoy his narration. His buildup to the suspense of the major confrontation near the end of the story was spot on, and overall I would give the narration of Witchbane 4 stars.

  • James C.

    Witchbane begins Morgan Brice’s supernatural thriller/urban fantasy series of the same name. This review is based on the audio version narrated by the extremely talented Kale Williams and is an absolute must listen. If you are a fan of the TVseries Supernatural then prepare to sit back and enjoy this tale where our sleuths become a couple/lovers instead of being brothers. Two years ago, Seth and Jesse Tanner set out to invalidate a local urban legend. Things didn’t go so well for the brothers, ending in the grisly murder of Jesse and traumatizing Seth. Add to that the mysterious death of their parents and the loss of the family home to fire. The culmination of these events sets Seth on a quest of revenge for his brother’s death. Hours of research and tenacity put the pieces, overlooked by law officials, together for Seth. Jesse’s death and the deaths of many others are occurring for mysterious reasons and the next victim looks to be Jackson Malone (aka Sonny/Evan). What begins as an act of vengeance for Jesse’s death becomes so much more. Meeting by accident Seth and Evan discover a mutual attraction, only for it to be hampered by events that Evan struggles to accept. With a stalker ex in his past he battles with Seth’s motives and the challenge of opening his mind to magic and dark forces. Yes, Evan witnesses some pretty unbelievable things, but it takes certain death to open his eyes completely. Morgan Brice (a pen name for Gail Z. Martin) graces us with Witchbane, combining paranormal romance and urban fantasy flawlessly into an amazing compendium. The addition of Kale Williams’ narration further enhances the experience. Kale’s smooth, slick, and sometimes creepy delivery of the characters and events, conveys the intensity of the feelings and emotions Seth and Evan experience. All-in-all Witchbane is full of action where the enemy is known and the chase is on. The romance could be considered a sub-plot to the supernatural events, but the coupling, and the bond defiantly prevail. Being a series there are components left dangling to retain our curiosity, but this is not a cliffhanger. I am hooked and have already preordered the audio of Burn #1.5, a novella in the series, and can’t wait to see how the relationship with our duo is progressing. Of course, I want to see where their quest to break the curse takes them as well.

  • Caroline F.

    Morgan Brice lays the groundwork for a spectacular series in Witchbane. A fast-moving thriller with tons of magic, mystery, and steamy romance - it starts with a bang and never lets up. Even better, as an audiobook, Kale Williams adds intensity with his emotional performance and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here! Fans of the TV show Supernatural are going to love this series. We get the best of both worlds with paranormal mysteries plus a crazy hot romance. There’s great chemistry between the main characters, and what starts as sizzling lust only gets hotter as their connection grows. Morgan Brice writes some riveting descriptions in this story, and starts with a grisly murder scene which rivals some of the best horror I’ve read. I’m not spoiling anything by warning you of what the blurb describes as Seth’s brother’s “gruesome murder” - it’s not for the faint of heart. Between the supernatural events surrounding the murder, followed shortly by his parents’ fatal car crash and the destruction of his family home, Seth knows this is more than a run of bad luck. When he uncovers what a group of witch-disciples have been doing for the past hundred years, Seth is out for vengeance! The trail to the next victim leads Seth to Richmond, Virginia where Evan is working as a bartender. Seth stops in for a meal, and when they make a date, he’s got no idea Evan is the next victim. Although neither man is looking to dive into a relationship, the lovin' is spectacular... and Evan does need a bodyguard, right? I enjoy the way Morgan Brice writes the dual points-of-view, allowing some of the scenes to be retold from both characters. Seeing how each man reacts to the same situation, and how it impacts their actions, really helps to get to know them. These are two hot-headed alpha males and I see moments filled with lots of make-up lovin' in their futures. Looking at where this series can go, I’m anxious to uncover the mystery behind Seth’s parents’ deaths, I want to know more about Evan’s stalker, and I’m hoping we’ll learn the history of the witch-disciples. The main thing nagging at me after listening to Witchbane? I’ve just got to watch that bodyguard movie!

  • Dee S.

    This is the start of the Witchbane series - which also intersects with the Badlands series (it mentions a character from the latter). Seth, fresh out of the military, finds out the hard way that there are evil things that go bump in the night. After his brother is killed by an 'immortal' warlock (as part of a centuries-old curse), Seth makes it his mission to prevent the warlock from killing again. He meets the next victim, Evan, and together they have to prevent Evan from dying in 3 days. I really enjoyed the story, although I wanted to smack Evan for being so unbelieving, despite all that had happened! There is a bit in internal monologuing that wouldot have worked for me if I had had to read it, but in the audiobook, it worked fine. Kale Williams truly made this an enjoyable listen - while his accents were not very pronounced, he had a way of adding a slight inflection to each of the characters, so it was easy to tell who was speaking. I think he really enhanced the the story. I plan to listen to the rest of the series and look out for more of his work. Definitely recommend this :) I requested an ARC and voluntarily listened and reviewed this story. The opinions expressed are my own and free from bias.

  • Cheryl P.

    Thank you for the audio Arc. I voluntarily give this book an honest review. Seth had gone with his brother for a little fun ghost hunting night, until it was more sinister then either dared dream. When a coven of witches are trying to kill the first born son every twelve years. Seth treks down the next victim location. Meeting sunny the hottie bar tender was just a plus. Once Seth finds out who sunny is can he keep him safe?This was such a great audio I just loved how kale Williams brought the Seth and Evan alive.

  • Kathryn M.

    Witchbane by Morgan Brice is the first book in The Witchband Series. It is an Urban fantasy that includes paranormal aspects, thrilling scenes and lots of steam. The story immediately caught my interest and kept it entirely until the end. I love Seth and Evan and enjoyed their interactions. I definitely am looking forward to more of this series. Narrator for the audiobook is Kale Williams, who does a fantastic job. Smooth voice that is very easy listening to. Very good! I received an advanced reader's copy of the book and I am voluntarily leaving my honest review and recommendation.

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