Payback’s a Witch

Berkley. Oct. 2021. 352p. pap. $16. ISBN 9780593336069.
Emmy Harlow’s return to her hometown to participate in the Gauntlet, a spellcasting tournament, is initially the direct result of her parents guilting her. Upon her return, she runs into Garett Blackmoore, who she lost her virginity to and who broke her heart when he declared her not a powerful enough witch. As the Harlows are the traditional Arbiters of the contest, Emmy realizes that they are seen as the administrative family, rather than having access to the stronger abilities and powers of the others. After all, that was the reason why she left to start a life of her own. When she discovers that Garett has in fact had relationships with both her best friend, Linden Thorn, and the stunning, powerful Talia Avramov, all three witches realize the time and opportunity has come to show him that his actions have consequences. Harper provides a setting and characters that readers will enjoy, without ever giving them a predictable or easy outcome, including an unexpected HEA. The characters are related to famous witches, and their contest will keep readers involved.
VERDICT Readers are given an enjoyable story with an attempt at revenge while Emmy herself discovers a greater meaning in magic after having lost it, and begins to have feelings for Talia.

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