• Witchbane

  • Witchbane Series, Book 1
  • By: Morgan Brice
  • Narrated by: Kale Williams
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (213 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Seth Tanner and his brother Jesse's fun evening debunking local urban legends ends with Jesse's gruesome murder. Seth vows revenge on Jesse's killer - too bad the murderer has been dead for a hundred years. 

Seth uncovers a cycle of ritual killings that feed the power of a dark warlock's immortal witch-disciples, and he's hell bent on stopping Jackson Malone from becoming the next victim. He's used to risking his neck. He never intended to risk his heart.

©2018 Gail Z. Martin (P)2019 Tantor

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Lots of Drama

The story was all right when it came to the mystery plot but tanked in the romance department. The relationship drama got to be too much and I was rolling my eyes so hard because these guys only knew each other for a couple of days. I did not like Evan. His inner thoughts and hostility was over the top, leading to his to stupid to live decision. This series is not for me and I will not be continuing.

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Too stupid to live

I normally love Morgan Brice/Gail Z. Martin, but I despise books with characters who are too stupid to live, and unfortunately, this is one of them.

When a character knows for certain that they’re in mortal danger, but then willfully leaves their brain at the door FOR NO REASON, I stop caring about them at all, and start cheering for the villain. This is especially true when another character that I love is working his butt off and risking his own life multiple times trying to keep the ungrateful moron alive, and yet Idiotface is actively suspicious of him, while being RIDICULOUSLY trusting towards the guy who wants to use him as a human sacrifice.

Add in Kale Williams’ generally good reading but incredibly awkward sex scenes, and I couldn’t finish this one.

Give this series a pass, and try the Badlands series instead!

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Hindsight 2020 Review

Title: Witchbane
Series: Witchbane Series Book #1
Author: Morgan Brice
Narrator: Kale Williams
Publisher: Morgan Brice
Format: audiobook
Release Date: 3/29/2019
Genre/ Trope/ Themes(s): MM Paranormal Urban Fantasy Romance; Generational Curses; Witches; Magic; Spirits/ Ghosts; Mediums
Listening Length: 7hrs 34min
SteaMMy Swordplay: 4 out of 5 ⚔
Sharonica-Stars: 4.00✨
Audible🎧 avg: 4.3⭐


MMy Thoughts and Review:

In researching this series I noticed a theme among reviewers...the beginning held a “Supernatural” vibe. However, one has only to briefly scan the blurb to know that is totally where any similarity begins and ends. Please excuse my totally irreverent snicker…

Witchbane held me tight with the warm timbre of Kale Williams' voice giving life to Morgan's characters. My heart went out to Seth, the brother left behind who had turned into a veritable vagabond who lived only to hunt the monsters that had killed his brother and taken away his life.

Evan is hiding from a stalker ex, to the point of having changed his name and moved to a new city. He tends bar, and goes home. Keeping life simple and living under the radar are his only desires at the moment. He never knew meeting Seth Tanner would be the best worst thing that would happen to his boring life. Or that he would end up saving Evan and Evan would end up saving him right back…

I'm super thrilled to start this new journey with Morgan's Witchbane Series. I am very much looking forward to all the stops Seth's RV will make along the way.

The Story: 4.00⭐
The Narration: 4.00⭐
Sharonica Stars: 4.00✨


I received a complimentary copy of this book and in exchange, I am offering an unbiased review. 💋

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gay supernatural... so yeah...

like I said gay supernatural. brotheresqu characters with the personalities of a scooby doo villain of the week. while I'm not a fan of sex scenes every five or so minutes I will admit they were written better than most. wasn't really a fan of evan. I hope he's a better character in the next book. there were a few spots of continuity and a bit too much foreshadowing of who the villains were but overall not a bad book.

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Could have been good

This could have been good. It started off with an intriguing story and interesting characters. There was some interesting world building in the first couple of chapters, but all of that stopped a few chapters in.

The minute that the sex and smut entered the story it became all about that. I'm not a prude and I love a good smutty story, but this was bad. The compelling story completely stopped and it became all about sex. The characters and world stopped developing. Even when we were in their heads all they thought about was wanting to have sex with the other. They could be in the most dier situation and somehow the only thing they could think about was the size of the other guys dick.

They could be having a truly deep thought and suddenly! DICK! It made me lose interest in the characters immediately. Can you not think about saving your own life without thinking about sex? It was absurd.

The overall story was very intriguing and so were the characters; to a point. But the minute they are having graphic sex when they are in a situation they could die it lost me.

Again, I love some smut, and this was some very hot and well written smut, but I need a good story in between that sex. This story just seemed to be a means to get to the next sex scene eventually. That really ruined the story and relationship between the characters for me.

*** for story ** for narration (there was no variance between characters and he failed to properly switch accents when needed, sometimes carrying the accent into the narration or other dialogue by someone without that accent. And so it's a ** overall. Good story and world, but very poorly executed.)

listened to the first chapter of book 2 and it only took one minute to mention sex. probably won't finish the next book, let alone the series. shame, it had promise. With less sex this could have been good.

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Too repetitive

The same phrases are used over and over again. I found myself in a constant state of dejavu. Good narration.

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Best series by Morgan Brice

The story, the characters and the emotional struggle to find love. Highly recommend this series for the fantasy and MM love story.

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Good story. Good narration.

This story is another one of increasingly more common urban fantasy series that sets a team on a quest to hunt monsters that are harming unsuspecting folks.

The characters are engaging, the setting is decent, the plot has some interesting developments, and the romance is steamy.

I would like to see some more vivid descriptions of scenery, monsters, and fights. One of the perks of writing urban fantasy stories is the opportunity to show the reader something new or unique. This is just the first book so I hope the author takes advantage of this opportunity more in the rest of the series because I like the descriptions of regular urban settings.

Kale Williams adds some flavor to the story with his narration, and I look forward t listening to the entire series.

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Not too bad

it was decent enough. A few twist. Hopefully the 2nd book is better. I thought the obstacles within the narrative were so so

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And they were “lovers”...

Over all, it was fun. I’ve just never heard the word lover so many times in one production.

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  • Violetsunshine
  • 03-31-19

Yes!

Really enjoyed this one! It was a bit of a gamble as both the author and the narrator were unknowns for me. I liked the sound of the blurb and thought I'd give it a go.
The story was really good, I want looking for something heavy and over the top angst ridden as I've just read one of those, so this fits the bill nicely, the two CMs are well put together, there have their issues but they aren't laid on so thick it draws you away from premier of the story. Some reviews I've read said that it was predictable and a cliche but I don't agee. I loved it! I routed for Seth & Evan, enjoyed their journey and have just happily bought book 2 😊
Kale Williams is a narrator who i will definitely search for in the future. A good range of voices, the female voices were handled well and he was very expressive, I felt he showed the emotions of each character well.
Definitely a recommendation 💝

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  • Jacqueline
  • 05-26-21

A bit disappointing

The narration was very good, with each character having a distinctive voice. And very nicely paced. The plot line was okay, but far too much time spent on sex scenes as opposed to developing the background of the world world, the plot and the various characters. The bad guys in particular were just sketches.

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  • Mrs. E. J. Curtis
  • 12-29-19

Great start

Great start to a new series especially for supernatural fans, narration was good though sometimes spoken a little fast.

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  • headinabook
  • 04-26-19

Entertainingly paranormal

This is a book that is full of Ghosts, warlocks, magic and human goons. If this is not your thing then it's not the book for you.
This book begins with the brutal murder of Jessie, Seth's younger brother and this book doesn't shy away from giving you some of the gritty-ness of this.
Seth wants vengeance and to keep the next victim safe.
Jackson doesn't know what to believe.
The chemistry and sexy times are so hot this book is NOT intended for anyone under 18. I loved this book and hope that we see more of these two, the action and drama although quite dark is offset by the sexiness of their relationship making this a fantastic story.

Having listened to the audible. It was well done and the narration by Kale Williams, did well to bring the action to life. I enjoyed reading the book and found the audio file to be as enjoyable. The audible added a depth to the angst and fear felt by the characters, as the action of evading dark witchcraft and falling in love. This is very well done.

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  • SarahH
  • 09-01-19

Wow! Amazing start to a new series!!

Just wow! I adored this book and honestly couldn’t put it down. I’ve loved the author’s Badlands series and for me this book was even better. It has amazing lead characters that are really well developed, great secondary characters that have their own important roles to play in the book, an awesome plot, loads of action and a hot romance - what’s not to love!

Two years before the book is set, Seth and his brother Jesse went camping in the area of reported supernatural events. Neither really believed the stories were true and they stayed in the area as a bit of a dare and also as a brother’s bonding weekend. What they didn’t expect was for the stories to be true and they certainly didn’t expect that only one of them would be alive at the end of the night. After witnessing and being involved in the evening’s supernatural happenings, and then finding his brother dead, Seth is a changed man and is determined that no-one else would die the way his brother did. This starts Seth’s journey into learning about the supernatural and how to stop deaths by supernaturals.

Seth is an amazing character. He’s determined, focused and completely committed to his new “job” and trains really hard to be good at it. He’s prepared to put all chance of a normal life to one side to do what he believes is right. He’s also got a protective streak a mile wide. The lighter side of Seth comes out when he meets Evan and we meet the man who yearns for companionship, fun and love. I’m really looking forward to seeing his inner personality come out more and more as the series progresses as I think the author has a lot in store for us.

Evan meanwhile is a much more lighthearted and sunny natured man. He’s naturally easy going, finds talking to people easy and also likes to help his friends out wherever he can. When the two meet he is a bartender and he and Seth have an instant spark when Seth goes into the bar one night. When they discover that Evan is the man that Seth is looking for, as he needs protection from the supernatural, the story really speeds up. I loved the way the author wrote the uncertainty Evan had over what to believe in Seth’s story of why he needed protecting. The push and pull of his emotions and beliefs was so real and I rode his rollercoaster of doubts with him.

The two men together are amazing. They each have such different strengths and personalities, but they just click as a couple and their chemistry is hot! I can’t wait for more of these two!!

Kale Williams is an incredible narrator and is absolutely perfect for this series. He absolutely brought this book to life

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  • David
  • 04-11-21

Hot

This is one hot steamy storyline with great intensity and intriguing aspects. Can’t wait to start the next one.

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  • Gimmebooks
  • 03-12-21

great narrator

I've been in a mood for MM urban fantasy and this author has been popping up in my recommendations for a while so I gave it a goood. Solid decision!
It was really good.
It's somewhat unique in the fact that the MC is't a supernatural himself nor gifted with powers he discovers as time goes on. He's just a regular Joe who gets thrown into a bad situation and then decides to do something to fix the problem. He does it with pure determination rather than god given gifts. I really appreciated that element to the story. Just as Evan's disbelief and baggage from past trauma was totally on point.
Very good narration just made it all the better. Will be looking into more books narrated by Kale Williams - his voice is exptremely melodious with occasional gruffness that hits the spot. Great job and hope he continues narrating for the rest of this series.

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