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. If my secret goes public, I'll become a target for my coven's enemies, so it's safer to lie low.
When an attempt on my life awakens the dormant spirit of the last Hemlock witch, bound to me through a deadly ritual, my cover is blown. 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 rogue vampire who might be the only person who can help exorcise the spirit before she gets us both killed. If he discovers my secrets, the Hemlocks' enemies will be the least of my problems -- but even in death, the Hemlock witches have an agenda of their own. And if I betray them, they'll ensure I pay the price.
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 to end up after saving the city, 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…
Evelyn Hemlock is gone, but her actions have cast ripples through the supernatural world. Now the gods that once ravaged the earth are on the brink of returning, and Evelyn is prepared to do anything to meet their challenge.
Starting with kidnapping my friends.
To save the people love, I must uncover the entirety of my coven's dark secrets in order to bring Evelyn down. Defeating her might mean dooming myself to suffer the Hemlocks' curse in her place, but if I let her live, then the Ancients will devour the world.
One way or another, this is the end of the Hemlock Coven.