Sometimes, I can’t quite put my finger on what part of a novel’s summary hooks me. All I know is that there’s something there that catches me, something that makes me want to keep reading.
That’s exactly the case with Hexen’s Cross, by J. Kowallis. I was hooked as soon as I read the summary–enough so that I eagerly signed up to help reveal the cover.
I’m glad I did, too. I quite like this one. I’ll tell you why after you’ve had a look for yourselves.
So, why do I like it? Because of how creepy it is. From the texture of the image to the tendrils of wax dripping over the fingers, everything about this cover sends a little bit of a shiver down my spine.
About the book
The magic calls her.
A prophecy binds her.
The ancestors guide her.
Dr. Taran Grim, a young professor of occult studies, knows the written history of witches better than anyone in her field. And she should. She’s one of them.
After a mysterious stranger arrives at her office inquiring about the mythical staff of Woden, Taran’s curiosity reveals a millennia-old prophesy directly tied to her. The answers wait in Bryden, England and the only person who can help her gain access to the hidden valley is the descendant of Ruhmactir, and a member of the shape-shifting Geri clan: Collens “Coll” Donovan.
But the Donovans have secrets of their own, and Taran’s underdeveloped magic is wreaking strange havoc on her life. If she can’t manage her magic and strike a truce with Coll, they’ll fail to prevent the prophesied event known as Deireanhexe: the end of the hexen race.
About the author
J. Kowallis, the only girl of four children, grew up in northern Utah with a head full of wild stories (most often unreal). At the age of 9, she wrote her first poem, a dedication to E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. It was so intriguing, her Third Grade teacher requested to keep the original (THAT is a true story!). Between living in fictional worlds, she managed to graduate from Weber State University’s creative writing program. She now lives in Utah with her Mini Schnauzer, Etta, and spends most of her time still bouncing between this world and the fantastical while enjoying delectable über-dark chocolate and lavender baths. She enjoys dreaming about, flying to, and writing about distant lands (real or unreal).