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Traitor to the Crown: A Spell for the Revolution by C.C. Finlay
Cover Artist: Design: Jae Song; Inset Illustration: Craig Howell
Review by Mel Jacob
Del Rey Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345503916
Date: 19 May 2009 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

C.C. Finlay's trilogy Traitor to the Crown continues with A Spell for the Revolution. It opens with Proctor Brown, a patriot and witch, on a mission to Virginia to collect a young witch, Alexandra Walker. After an attack detailed in Traitor to the Crown: The Patriot Witch, the school for witches at The Farm disbanded and sent the members to their homes. Now, it appears someone is 'collecting' young witches. He encounters a stranger he first mistakes for a scarecrow by the name of Bootzamon. Proctor continues on his way, but senses something very wrong when he reaches the Walker home. Inside, he discovers the mutilated corpses of a man and a woman, but no sign of Alexandra.

From official release/information:

Product Description: After making early gains on the battlefields, General Washington's struggling young armies are being relentlessly pressed back by British troops and Hessian mercenaries. Among the enemy's ranks is a mysterious force from the Covenant, a secret society of evil witches that for centuries has been pulling the strings of European history: a Hessian necromancer who drinks the power of other witches like a vampire and whose allies include devils and ghosts. Now this man seeks to sap the fighting spirit of Washington's troops by means of a pernicious curse, chaining the souls of the dead to the spirits of the living.

Against him stand Proctor Brown and Deborah Walcott, two young patriots who lead a ragtag band of witches as much in danger from their own side as from the enemy. Proctor and Deborah must find a way to break the Hessian's curse before the newborn revolution is smothered in its cradle—and the Covenant extends its dark dominion to the shores of America, extinguishing forever the already sputtering torch of liberty.

(Source: Del Rey)

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