king of bones and ashes

2.5 Stars

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book in a trilogy about witches in New Orleans. Magic is failing. Some witches accept this harsh truth, while others scramble doing despicable things to retain their power. Alice Marin was shipped off to an asylum by her family and hasn’t seen them in years. She is finally allowed to return home after a death in the family. Once home, she uses her last bits of magic to investigate other missing witches and occult figures in the community. The more Alice digs, the more information she learns about her troubled family.

I had a really hard time with this book. The subject matter was interesting – witches, occult, gothic, history and paranormal – but the book was really confusing. I found it “busy” because there were SO many characters and points of views, and yet also “slow” because it seemed like the story was setting up for something to happen, but nothing ever did. I read a lot of fantasy books so understand that in the first book of each series there has to be an amount of time devoted to worldbuilding. While this can be tedious, it doesn’t have to be boring or overwhelming. There are so many characters in this book and so many points of views, that I quickly found myself confused and wondering what was going on. The book is very slow – which made it even harder to read. I eventually lost interest in the story about halfway through. This was a tough book for me to finish. I don’t think I’ll read the rest of the books in the series.