Hexed: The Sisters of Witchdown by Michael Alan Nelson

Hexed: The Sisters of WitchdownA review by Nalini Haynes

Lucifer — aka Luci Jenifer Inacio Das Neves — is a former street kid turned thief. She steals bad things from bad people so bad people don’t do bad things with the bad things. Or something.

Anyhoo, Gina, a girl Lucifer has never heard of, is snatched through a mirror via a Bloody Mary. Because teenage girls are stupid.

Gina’s father, a walking mountain of man-cop, begs Lucifer to help.

Lucifer helps although she puts her life on the line repeatedly. David, Gina’s boyfriend, tags along to help Lucifer. He’s really more hindrance than help although he occasionally does help… while being a distraction. Lucifer is attracted to David, big time.

Her obsession with David annoyed me. I get the irony of Lucifer, the kick-ass girl with the supernatural connections envying David and Gina’s ordinary lives and vice versa. I was just over Lucifer’s teenage hormonal angst pretty quickly. And yet, distant memories plague me, indicating that maybe, just maybe, teenage girls really do obsess that much about their love-interests.

I, of course, was above such things. [shifty eyes]

Hexed: The Sisters of Witchdown is based on the comic books, telling the first complete story in one novel without any pretty pictures. I’ve never read the comics and, after reading the Serenity comics before the movie came out, I kinda got turned off comics. I paid about $8 per comic for the equivalent of a chapter of a book. Maybe. I’ve had good intentions of returning to the medium and reading more extensively but there are only so many things a girl can read at one time so I haven’t got there yet. However, the Hexed novel may well entice me into a comic book store, especially if I could procure a hardcover tome with pretty pictures.

Hexed: The Sisters of Witchdown is part Dresden Files and part Entrapment or The Thomas Crown Affair with a teenage girl protagonist; it’s lighter on for humor and heavier with dark fantasy and horror tropes. (No actual sexytimes although teenage sexuality is acknowledged.) Hexed would be an M-rated horror if it was on TV. I recommend!

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ISBN: 978-1-63388-056-6
Format: paperback, 290 pages
Publisher: Pyr