YA Fantasy novel
The life of a mage isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, something Alex is all too aware of as she faces her rite of passage into the world of magic. It doesn’t help that magi are shunned and forced to practice their craft beyond the eyes of the townsfolk. Nor does it help that Matthew, the boy she loves, is oblivious to her secret.
All she wants is a life with him. It would be easy to reject her family and turn her back from magic altogether. But the town of Lott’s Vale is sick–she can sense it like an oncoming storm. A witch lurks in the forest, assuming the form of each man’s own desire and seducing them to carry out her underhanded errands. Alex’s ties to magic is damning evidence against her as the townsfolk try to uncover the source of these dark enchantments. However, she knows her magi brethren are the Vale’s best hope. As she fends off suspicion, the Witch claims Matthew as her latest victim and learns of his lingering feelings for Alex. Now the Witch wants her dead.
Alex faces more than simply Matthew’s rejection and the town’s cruelty. If she hopes to stay alive and save her love, she must find a way to stop the Witch and put an end to the dark magic that has been poisoning Lott’s Vale.