Title: Witch Eyes (Witch Eyes #1)
Author: Scott Tracey
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Flux (19th October 2011)
A boy who can see the world’s secrets and unravel spells with just a glance.
Braden’s witch eyes give him an enormous power. A mere look causes a kaleidoscopic explosion of emotions, memories, darkness, and magic. But this rare gift is also his biggest curse.
Compelled to learn about this shadowed past and the family he never knew, Braden is drawn to the city of Belle Dam, where he is soon caught between two feuding witch dynasties. Sworn rivals Catherine Lansing and Jason Thorpe will use anything – lies, manipulation, illusion, and even murder – to seize control of Braden’s powers. To stop an ancient evil from destroying the town, Braden must master his gift, even through the shocking discovery that Jason is his father. While his feelings for an enigmatic boy named Trey grow deeper, Braden realizes a terrible truth: Trey is Catherine Lansing’s son and Braden may be destined to kill him.
Rating: *** (3 stars)
Witch Eyes is the first book in Scott Tracey’s Witch Eyes series, and I believe is Tracey’s debut novel. The second book in the series Demon Eyes is coming out later this year .
This was another book I found on Sarah Rees Brennan’s rec list (which you can find here) that after I had looked it up on Goodreads, I had to give a try. And I must say that I’m glad I did, because I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Witch Eyes is a unique read, for many reasons. It is the first book I have read in a while which has had a male character as the main protagonist. Braden is a good lead; I found him easy to relate to, and he had an interesting way to look at the world. Having witch eyes makes Braden something of a bad ass, but at the same time whilst he has super powers there are consequences to having them which I like – I’m a firm believer power should come at a price. I also like the friends Braden makes when he first arrives in Belle Dam – Riley and Jade. They too are awesome characters – they feel like real people. Braden has very different relationships with both of them, but it is clear that they are very good friends to him. Trey is, as the blurb admits, something of an enigmatic character. There’s the definite sense that he may not be all he seems, but he seems to be interested in Braden.
The plot of the book is pretty easy to work out from the blurb – I think perhaps a little too much is revealed there – but there are some interesting twists that are surprising. I won’t talk too much about them, as I don’t want to give anything away, except to say that I think they work rather well. I also liked how the book ended. There was a definite ending, but also the hint of more to come.
If you’re a fan of Urban Fantasy and/or LGBTQIA books then you should give this book a go.