WITCH’S GAMBLE by Mark Rosendorf
Fiction, YA, Urban Fantasy
Blurb: It’s been nearly two hundred years since Isis, Zack, and The Witches of Vegas saved New Salem from the Wiccan vampire, Valeria. Now, Isis is a vampire and the most powerful witch in the world. Zack is also a vampire, and the president of New Salem. They thought the threat was long behind them. But Valeria escaped into the past where she set history on a horrific path. Now, everything has changed around Isis. New Salem is destroyed, Valeria is queen of Earth, and no one has heard of Zack. To save reality, Isis must travel through time, reliving events from a history she barely recognizes, and find a way to set reality back on course. Not that she has any idea how to do that, or how to avoid the all-powerful Valeria in the process. Isis will face challenges she can’t possibly overcome, yet she must, or every single life from the past, present, and future is doomed.
Thoughts: I loved this book – maybe not quite as much as the second one, but still, it was really good. The characters are great, as is the world building. One thing you should definitely do before reading this book is read the first two books. Otherwise, you will be lost. I did read the other two first and I still got confused at times. But, that often happens with time-travel books. There are so many paradoxes in here… but this is a fantasy, not science fiction, so we’ll skip them.
This book takes place 200 years after the end of “Journey to New Salem”. Zack and Isis are still taking care of New Salem. A lot has changed in the world (nuclear war) but the people of New Salem are more-or-less safe. At least, that is until the specter of Valeria raises her evil head again. Only, this time, in order for Isis to fight her, she must figure out a way to go back in time.
I won’t give away any details, but there is a lot that happens in this story. A lot. Some of it made me cock my head and say “huh?” But the writing is well-done and pulls you along with Isis as she battles for the future of the world.
Recommendation: Yes, pick this book up! BUT… pick up the first two books in the series along with it, otherwise you won’t get the full effect of what is going on.
Disclaimer: Thanks to Netgalley and the author, I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”