Please welcome Debbie Viguié here today to talk about her newest release, The Last Grave: A Witch Hunt Novel. The Last Grave is the second novel in the Witch Hunt series following The Thirteenth Sacrifice. Want to know what we thought of The Thirteenth Sacrifice? Read the review here.
Debbie is here to discuss the magical system that makes up her Witch Hunt novels.
Debbie Viguié is the New York Times bestselling author of two dozen novels, including the Wicked series and the Crusade series, both coauthored by Nancy Holder. Debbie also writes thrillers, including the Psalm 23 Mysteries and the Kiss trilogy. She has a degree in creative writing from U.C. Davis. Debbie grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She and her husband Scott live in Florida with their cat, Shrödinger. Her newest book, The Last Grave, is the second installment in the Witch Hunt series.
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One of the things that was important to me when I set out to write the Witch Hunt series was that the magic feel very real and organic. I went out of my way to give it an almost rational, scientific basis. I spent time thinking about the fact that energy is neither created nor destroyed, it only changes form, and I wondered what would happen if there were certain people who could actually manipulate that energy.
In the universe of the series there are people who have the ability to manipulate electrical and magnetic fields and these people are magic users. While that is the basis of most of the magic in the series, I didn’t stop there. There is a bit more to it than that, with some elements that definitely feel more like traditional magic with the manipulation of other people and objects. I also populated the universe with other types of creatures, particularly different kinds of demons, that can be summoned and can cause great destruction.
In the universe, the ability to use magic is inherited. Those with the talent can actually feel the presence of others nearby, almost like a disturbance in a pond when a pebble is thrown in, because they are having an effect on the electrical currents around them even when they are being passive.
What a magic user does with their gifts is entirely up to them. Many are quite religious, though some are not. Some become doctors or teachers; our protagonist, Samantha Ryan, became a police officer. Only those magic users who turn to dark practices, becoming more and more ruthless and selfish as they grab for power, ultimately take on the name “witches”. The rest live their lives doing as much good as they can or even avoiding using their gifts altogether.
Samantha is one of those people who have been trying to avoid using their gifts. She was raised in a dark coven and forced to witness, and do, unspeakable things. She was fortunate enough to escape that coven when she was twelve years old, and when readers first meet her she has not performed magic for years. That all changes when she is forced to go undercover in a new dark coven which has been sacrificing people.
While Samantha understands that the magic itself is not evil, she is terrified to use it because of her own past abuse of it and her fear that she will be pulled back into her old ways. Unfortunately for her, someone or something has decreed that her days of ignoring her past are over. The only way Samantha will truly triumph in the face of ultimate evil is to accept the one part of herself that she has shunned for so long and learn to embrace her own birthright
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Available March 5, 2013 from Signet/Penguin
About this Book:
Samantha Ryan—homicide detective by choice, witch hunter by necessity—has left Salem for San Francisco, hoping a move will help her forget the horrors of her past. But she’s about to discover that witches tempted by the dark side are everywhere….
Samantha is doing whatever she can to forget her terrible childhood in a coven destroyed by its members’ greed and lust for power. Now she’s a San Francisco detective struggling to fight her own desire to turn to magic. But as she discovers, escaping who you are isn’t easy.
Her latest case seems straightforward enough—the murder of a local historian named Winona Lightfoot. But strange clues take Samantha to the Santa Cruz Mountains, a place teeming with witches and black magic. As she works to uncover the connection between Winona and this coven, an earthquake rocks the Bay Area. That’s when Samantha has a premonition: Something is coming. Something evil.
To survive—and save everyone around her—she will have to tackle her greatest fear, and hope she isn’t the next one put into a deep, dark grave….
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