I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The author provided great twists to keep my interest.
Our main character, aptly named Hunter, is a 7th generation witch-hunter who works with the Malleus Maleficarum Council (MMC) in stopping witches. Witches, as described by the author in the book, are not your usual Wiccan rendition, but evil, using their powers in nefarious plots.
During a forced upon vacation, Hunter finds himself in Venice, where he saves Sophie from a group of witches who were readying to sacrifice her. Sophie is a cold, calculating character, which I found little to like about. She manages to worm her way into joining the MMC, and through an attack on her mentor, who ends up dead, Hunter takes her under his wing.
Why Hunter ends up falling in love with her when she does nothing but irritate him and me, the reader, can only be put down to needing it for what is coming up next in the book. Suffice to say, it comes back to bite him.
Hunter is a strong, arrogant character, with enough endearing characteristics, such as his friendship with James, his partner, to make us root for him. The world the author portrays, the coming of the Shadow Witch, and his personal discovery of holding his own magic, makes me want to read more. I will be purchasing the rest of the series to see how it all unfolds.