Max is back and lucky for readers, her life hasn’t gotten any less complicated. Francis’ magically enslaved heroine is a riveting mixture of guts, compassion and furious anger as she struggles with a world coming apart at the seams. Readers should hang on tight, for this second Horngate Witches tale is filled with massive danger and gritty struggles for survival. You won’t be able to put this one down!
With the magical Guardians of the Earth having declared war on humanity and any witches who don’t side with them, Max and Giselle, the witch who enslaved her, have come to an uneasy truce. Giselle has given Max permission to bring her human family — whom Max hasn’t seen in 30 years — to Horngate for protection. So with new Shadowblade ally Alexander at her side, Max must cross treacherous terrain. Max will have to hurry, for in the heat of battle, Giselle bargained away Max’s life to the mysterious and powerful entity Max calls Scooter. Why Scooter wants Max is a mystery, but it is clear he is growing impatient. (POCKET, Jan., 368 pp., $7.99)