I'm Jas Lyons, and as far as anyone knows, I'm nothing more than a novice necromancer who banishes the dead for a living. I might be the last surviving member of the notorious Hemlock Coven, but I've never been able to cast a spell in my life. Being a nobody is safer.
At least until a near-death experience awakens the spirit of the last Hemlock witch, bound to me through a forbidden ritual. If I want to survive the horde of enemies hunting me down, I need to learn to use her magic, but the spirit has no interest in sharing. Worse, binding a ghost to a living person is forbidden by the supernatural council, on pain of (permanent) death.
To get my own life back, I'm forced to ally with a deliciously dangerous vampire who offers to free me from the spirit if I let him in on my secrets, betraying my coven in the process. But with my would-be killer still out there and someone in Edinburgh meddling in dangerous magic, I'll need all the allies I can get.
I trained to banish the dead, but if I'm not careful, I'll end up joining them...
Being the sole survivor of a notorious witch coven who dealt in forbidden magic isn't as fun as it sounds.
I might have stopped an evil spirit from taking over my body, but now another rogue necromancer is on the loose, harnessing power by sacrificing innocent humans. Even with the help of the necromancer guild and my friends, it quickly becomes clear that the enemy is too elusive to find with the guild's usual methods.
When a spirit line turns off, the situation turns lethal. The killer has set his sights on both me and the dark spirit who shares my body, and the only way to catch him is to tap into my forbidden Hemlock magic again. But if the wrong person finds out the spirit exists, I'll face instant execution--assuming the killer doesn’t get there first...
For a necromancer, finding a dead body is all in a day's work.
When the body belongs to a mage council member who's been killed by a shifter, though? It's definitely not good news for the council of supernaturals who've gathered in Edinburgh for the purpose of maintaining the peace.
Especially when I uncover that dark magic similar to my coven's may have caused the murder.
Now it's up to me to catch the culprit and prevent a supernatural war. Oh, and I have to do that without anyone finding out I have a dark spirit sharing my body, I accidentally bound my soul to the vampire I'm dating, and my dead mentor was sitting on some major secrets.
And the spirit of Evelyn Hemlock gets more vocal by the day.
Exiled from the necromancer guild and at the top of the Mage Lords' most wanted list. Not exactly where I'd hoped saving the city would land me, especially since I'm also the sole heir to the Hemlock coven and the last line of defence between our world and a bunch of angry gods.
Not only is my spirit still bound to my ancestor, Evelyn Hemlock, she's beginning to develop an alarming taste for freedom. And then there's Keir, my vampire boyfriend, whose connection to me might be the death of both of us. With the mages hell-bent on taking everyone who might challenge them out of the picture, the stakes have never been higher.
The only way to win back my freedom is to bring down the most powerful man in the city. Let's just say the odds -- and the gods -- aren't on my side…