Witch Interrupted by Jody Wallace
Series: Shifter World #2
Two decades ago, assassin Katherine Zhang faked her death to escape the Keepers, a secret council of witches who use magic to kill those who pose a threat to their kind. Once a powerful Keeper, she lives a solitary-but peaceful-life as a tattoo artist. Until a strange, handsome lone wolf named Marcus Delgado walks into her shop.
Marcus has his own reasons to hate the Keepers. A scientist who sacrificed himself to test the fragile boundaries between witch and wolf, he believes there’s a way to harness the combustible power between the two species. If he succeeds, he’ll be protected from the Keepers, but he needs a willing partner-and the delicious Katie just might be the perfect test subject.
Katie knows working with a wolf, an adversary she’s undeniably attracted to, is a dangerous proposition…no matter how tempting she finds Marcus’s proposal. But when a common enemy from their past threatens them both, working together might be the only option.
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You may recall that I liked the first novel Jody Wallace set in this world, PACK & COVEN, well enough. Now, she’s come back to the same setting, but about five years later, with some familiar faces but mostly some new ones. The main characters this time around are Katie and Marcus. Katie is a very special witch with convex magic, a type of magic that lets most spells rebound off of her. Convex witches are typically shunned by regular witches and are forced into service as Keepers, the witches who patrol the supernatural population. Katie hated being a Keeper and was forced to fake her own death a couple years ago. Marcus is also on the run from the council but for different reasons. He used to be a witch but he had sex with a wolf and now he’s a wolf himself, without access to his witch powers. But Marcus is also a scientist who’s trying to figure out how to be both a witch and a wolf, so that witches no longer need to condemn and shun the transformed. He needs Katie’s help to continue with his experiments, though her cooperation is given under duress.
I liked both Marcus and Katie but I had the same issues with WITCH INTERRUPTED that I did with PACK & COVEN. The worldbuilding is really interesting and I quite liked how Wallace crafted the overall plot but I wasn’t super engaged with Marcus and Katie’s romance. I think it was partially because Katie was basically a honeypot when she was a Keeper, someone whose lust for wolves generally was quite strong. She’s basically a slave to her sexual urges when it comes to wolves and it made their romantic journey a bit less emotional and resonant for me. Katie and Marcus have major chemistry but the feelings seem to be less powerful.
We do also have some references to June and Harry and the events in PACK & COVEN and how their romance has changed the supernatural landscape. It’s a slow change but a development nonetheless and I did enjoy finding out that they were still together and very much in love five years later. One of my favourite aspects of series is that we get glimpses of previous pairs and it was great to revisit their story.
I think this is the last Jody Wallace novel I will read. I appreciate her creativity and her take on the supernatural but the romantic elements of her books don’t work for me quite as well. I can see her books appealing to others but it’s time for me to part ways.