I am going to open this review by being brutally honest.
When I received this book for our July #cjsreads titles, I almost added it automatically to my DNF pile. I don’t do Westerns and I don’t (usually) read historical fiction, let alone fantastical historical fiction; this book was set in the iconic American frontier on the eve of the Civil War and had to do with witches. However, I decided to read the first chapter (to say that I tried) and, I must say, shame on me for judging this book!
Devil’s Call by J. Danielle Dorn ended up surprising me!
From the first few pages, I was hooked as I followed Li Lian, a woman in a long line of witches who goes on to avenge her husband’s murder. Dorn brilliantly drew me in with the narrative style (told sort of diary style by our protagonist) and held on to me tight! I found this one incredibly entertaining.
I do think that this title was slightly mismarketed as a horror novel; I didn’t find anything about this one particularly scary. It really was more like occult fiction. Also, do not be thrown off by the Western aspect of this novel, I promise it is not overwhelming or distracting.
Overall, this novel surprised me greatly and that is not easy to do when you read as much as I do! I give this one 3.5/5 stars.
Thanks to the author and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.
Keep reading to see what Jessica and Chandra thought of Devil’s Call.