baneBane (Coven #2) by Trish Milburn
Release Date: May 31, 2012
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Source: NetGalley
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To protect those she loves from herself, Jax will leave them all behind. She’ll risk everything in a desperate search for answers.

Jax Pherson fled the darkest of covens and from her own father’s evil. For a brief moment, her courage was rewarded. She found everything she’d ever wanted. A normal life. An amazing boyfriend. An envy-worthy best friend.

But her past put them all in danger, forcing a confrontation with the dark covens. In a life-and-death battle to save those she loved from the covens, Jax gained staggering power. Power so intense, so dangerous, she fears the darkness that now dwells inside her like a living thing.

If she can’t control the power, she may yet become as evil as the witches she conquered.

With her cousin Egan, Jax leaves all she’s built and heads for the one place that might hold the answers she desperately needs to hold back the darkness—Salem, Massachusetts. Her research unearths a shocking discovery: the Bane, a secret group of witches dedicated to thwarting the covens.

Jax desperately needs their help in her fight against the covens, but finding the Bane is easier said than done and takes all her skills and courage. As Jax gets closer, her dark powers began rise and control her actions. If she succumbs to the darkness, Jax may have as much to fear from the Bane as the evil covens and the determined hunter on her trail.

Review:
Longest summary ever, right? WordPress hated it so much. Anyway, back in February I read and reviewed White Witch by Trish Milburn. I liked it a lot for its mixture of magic and modernity, so when I saw the sequel on NetGalley, I couldn’t say no (despite being weeks behind on other galleys)! It was such a quick read, and I was really excited to be immersed in Jax’s world again. In Salem, Jax and Egan meet a lot of people, including a potential love interest named Rule Latimer (that’s a dude).

There’s a little bit more world building in this one, or at least we find out some more about the covens, how they were formed, and what happened to the people/witches who didn’t want to gain dark power.  There’s some nice Jax/Keller interaction that made me all swoon-y at work.  Egan acts like a jerk for the majority of the book, but his reasons are good, despite his bad execution.  Personal issues aside, when we started getting into the Bane, I was pretty intrigued.  Not much happens though.  Jax is fighting to become a true white witch, fighting the darkness within her that she absorbed in Shiprock.  Most of this book is spent researching and talking to people about history, though there are a few action scenes, especially at the end.  Rule became a favorite of mine, mostly because he presented a potential love triangle, and it just never happened.  Rule and Keller become friends, even.  I really liked that.  No more boys fighting over the protag, okay?  That has been done to death and I HATE IT.

So this book seems to suffer a bit from sophomore novel syndrome, which means it’s a little slow and reminds me of Supernaturally a little bit in that way, but I liked it nonetheless.  I like Milburn’s style of writing, I like how she built the world of the dark covens, I like her meshing real history into her own witch history.  This one only has twelve chapters, so you can fly right through it.  The next novel in the series, Magick, comes out in September.  You better believe you’ll see that here.