The Witchkin Murders (Magicfall #1) by Diana Pharaoh Francis

Four years ago, the world was rocked by the fact that the magical beings of myth were real, and they were tired of hiding. Known as Magicfall, the supernatural world declared war on humans. Tensions are still fraught between witchkin and humans, but the world is trying to adjust to its new normal.

Kayla Reese loved her job as a detective, but with Magicfall, she became something more. A shifter but as to what kind, even she doesn’t know, only that she has no control over the change and that water is her trigger. She had to leave her beloved job behind for fear of how they would react. Her partner Ray did not take her going well. Furious, he told her he never wanted to see her again. Now four years later Kayla is a scavenger, hunting for items to trade. When she stumbles onto a crime scene, her new life and her old come crashing into each other.

Ray was furious when Kayla left, the bond between detectives is stronger than any romantic relationship. He couldn’t believe she would abandon him when he needed her most. When Magicfall happened, Ray discovered he had become a witch, and Kayla was the one person he could have shared it with. He can barely suppress his magic, using it only when necessary for fear the people he works with discover he is not human. Humans have no love for witchkin, and when Kayla reaches out to him about three bodies, she has found he is quick to the scene, finally a chance to speak to her again. There’s just one problem the victims are witchkin, and the police do not consider it murder. Nobody cares about them. Called to an abduction of a wealthy family Ray is reluctant to leave Kayla, but unbeknown to him Kayla has ties to this family, and there is something brewing in the city of Portland.

The two former partners must work together to solve this mystery before more lives are lost. With so many secrets being exposed and unknown threats at work this is a rollercoaster of tension, intrigue and discovery. This was a gripping read, and I loved both Kayla and Ray. This is a continuation/ offshoot of the authors previous series, the Horngate Witches. I’ve read the first of that series, and I will definitely go back and read the rest. The ending let this series down, it was too convoluted and difficult to follow.

I have read other reviews of this book, including one that was written by someone who purchased this book, and I felt I should include a formatting issue in this review. I would not usually mention this as publishers typically fix formatting issues before release, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. This book is challenging to read as most of the text is italicised, making it difficult to read. I had to take breaks from the book affecting my overall enjoyment of the story. This is not the author’s fault, and I hope the publishers take steps to correct the issue as it is impacting reviews.

I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts an opinions are my own.

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