My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Jade is convinced she’s only an empathy-emphatically not a witch, white or otherwise. She needs to help her elderly friend Bea, whose essence was drained while effectively battling an evil haunt. But Jade thinks she just can’t do it. Experience through many attempts at helping Bea heal by transferring energy from nephew Ian to his aunt seems to continue to prove her failure. Although Jade truly is a white witch, life experiences have caused her denial and taught her to reject anything that smacks even in the slightest of magic or of witchy powers. At age twelve, her mother disappeared during a coven gathering at which the leader drew down an excess of magic, and was never found, and after a brief stay in a psychiatric hospital (Jade had been spelled to shadow her grief), she was raised in foster homes. As an adult, she will have nothing to do with any of it, and admits only to being an “empath,” someone who can pick up on the emotions of others, and occasionally, shift emotional energy to them. But magic has a way of finding its own, and Jade has a lot to learn and much denial to overcome.
This is the second in a series and Jade’s story will continue in a third book. Recommended for 18 up readers.
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