Title: Mind Behind The Mind
Author: Alexa Grave
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy/Romance
A witch who believes one of her own kind could never kill…
In a world where people believe the crimson sun is a dead witch’s head and the witch hunter who killed her stalks the night sky, a witch who ventures outside of Haven risks losing her life. Tessa is one such witch. Like many of her kind, she hopes to help the people of Leera, not harm them, and she’s on her first mission to heal an ailing man named Jeremiah. But when she crosses paths with a witch hunter, instead of avoiding him like she knows she should, she succumbs to her desires and ends up in his bed.
The local Enforcers believe a witch is behind Jeremiah’s sickness, so they call Bastian to town. He’s a young witch hunter who normally has a knack for sniffing out witches. But when he runs into the striking Tessa, she scrambles his senses. He’s inexplicably drawn to her and abandons his usually cautious nature.
As Tessa and Bastian uncover clues about Jeremiah’s illness, Tessa has to face the possibility that another witch may have had a hand in the incident. And if Bastian learns she’s a witch, he may point his finger at her. Then her head will surely roll.
Mind Behind The Mind was a refreshing magical read. It had everything from witches and magic to witch hunters and even scandal. It had a darkness to it that keep you on your toes and kept you waiting on the edge of your seat to find out what was going to happen.
It starts with a witch named Tessa sent on her first mission in help a woman’s husband who has fallen ill. No medicine has helped and no doctor knows why, so Tessa is sent in to use her ‘magic’ to heal him. In a town that’s so small where everyone knows everyone and everything about their families Tessa and her client have this elaborate cover story of how she’s a cousin of the family to hide the fact tha she’s a witch and also the bargain between them. It is against every moral fiber in these mortal beings to speak of witches let alone consort with them. Tessa’s life is in danger as well as her client’s if the townspeople…especially the church found out she hired a witch to heal her husband when everyone believes that it was a witch that cursed him.
But the tension gets thick when a witch hunter shows up in town. He’s not there for Tessa, but the odds that he’s passing through when she’s there is no coincidence. Now Tessa has to be quick on her toes and get the job done as soon as possible. The last thing she was expecting was to have an attraction to the hunter known Sabastian…who prefers to be called Bastian. But when Bastian expresses interest in the man that mysteriously fell ill and Tessa confessions of her sick cousin’s husband he feels inclined to help solve the question of who sickened her client’s husband.
I’m not for spoilers (you should know that by now), but the secrets get darker and the suspense get thicker.
The world creation was interesting and enjoyable. The description of this world and how it differs to what we know was great. The plot was well thought out and kept you wanting to read more. My only negative remark is that the characters were tolerable. In the beginning there was too much of said lust and yearning, it got to be repetitive and drew me off. For the first handful of chapters the only interaction the two main characters had were when they were intimate, which beforehand was talk about how they couldn’t control themselves or their feelings toward the other. Tessa mentions bits of her past and she even admits to being very ‘active’. This caused me to second guess the relationship that grew between the two. Were they really interested in each other or was it just magic that drew them together.
As a whole I wasn’t disappointed with the read because the plot was very intriguing, it was just a little slow at first.