Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Published by HarperTeen on April 2, 2013
Reviewed by: Kate
The Witch Collector is a digital original novel that's a suspenseful brew of magic, dark strangers, and witchcraft—perfect for fans of the Beautiful Creatures and Mortal Instruments series.
The day after her best friend's funeral, Breeda's parents pack her up, usher her into the car, and then drive out of Oregon without looking back. Breeda doesn't know why they left so urgently or why they're headed to Chicago—but she does know that it's against the rules to leave without consulting your Coven Leader. . . . It's a crime punishable by banishment.
All her family has is each other now, in a city that feels strange, unfamiliar, and dark. But when Breeda comes home on her first night in Chicago to find their apartment ransacked and only a bloody handprint left behind, she realizes that you can't outrun the craft.
THE WITCH COLLECTOR PART I starts out strong and pulls you right in with the mystery. Why are Breeda’s parents running away from their home and why are they going to Chicago? Who or what took them from the apartment after they got there? And why the heck would they name their child Breeda?
Nyhan creates some interesting mythology behind her witches. They’re connected to the Earth, carry a talisman, and they each have a different skill which is inherited from a parent. Their individual skill doesn’t start to manifest until they’re in their teens, however, and at the beginning of the book, Breeda is starting to feel her power manifest. So, against that backdrop, her parents go missing and she’s lost and alone in a new city. Understandably panicked, I had a hard time judging Breeda for her actions, even if I felt them a bit rash. She was generally left without much in the way of choices.
There were so many different threads started in this first half of THE WITCH COLLECTOR. There are mysteries about Breeda’s coven and coven leader, her mother’s sister, the witches she encounters in Chicago, and so on. I am curious to see how they will all end up connecting, since they seem so scattered.
The unfortunate part about THE WITCH COLLECTOR is that while it begins great, it is only that- a beginning. There are many questions raised, and few answers discovered. This is not meant to be a stand alone story, so make sure that you’re prepared to nab Part II when it comes out.
1. The Witch Collector Part I
2. The Witch Collector Part II