Witchery: A Ghosts of Albion Novel
by Christopher Golden & Amber Benson
Review by Gayle Surrette
Del Rey Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 0345471318
Date: 26 September, 2006 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Tamara has her own problems. She's trying very hard to get along with Sophia Winchell since soon she'll be her sister-in-law. Then there is her attraction to John Haversham -- even though she knows he's a rogue and a spy and has told her that there can be no relationship between them. Besides, William dislikes John and never lets an opportunity pass to tell Tamara how he feels about him.
Into this tension comes, Serena, a sprite who has fought along side them in the past. Serena bears a tale of fairy girls disappearing and that no one knows where they are and some have died. She begs for the help of the Protectors of Albion. Tamara immediately agrees to go to Cornwall with Serena. William refuses as he's on the trail of a spell that might work on the demon and he must go to New Orleans.
Tamara set off with Farris, Bodicea, and Serena. When she arrives in Camelford she learns that someone or something is also taking human girls. The fairies refuse her help. Bodicea sets out to find out what she can from the ghosts in the area only to find there are very few.
The plot thickens as we learn that Sophia has been spending a lot of time with the Swifts' father and the demon. She's planted some books for William to find to help him in his task on the advice of his 'father'. And William's trip to New Orleans just might have been intended to be the last trip he'd ever take. Bodicea learns that the ghosts of King Arthur's knight refight their final battle against the forces of Mordred each night in the wood near Camelford. Tamara learns that Witches still exist in Albion and they are looking for Mordred.
We move from one thread to another and with each round the questions grow in number and the tension rises. All the clues are there and finally with the revelation of the various traps and plans we learn what's going on. But will our protagonists be able to survive. That's what you'll have to read the book to find out.
In many ways this is not as darkly horrible as Ghosts of Albion: Accursed. However, don't let that lead you into believing that this is all sweetness and light. No, the danger is real to our characters and at any time one of them could die. The confines of the universe don't guarantee that everyone survives. The tension is in knowing that no one is truly safe.