Published by Flux
Date Published: September 8, 2011
Braden was born with witch eyes: the ability to see the world as it truly is: a blinding explosion of memories, darkness, and magic. The power enables Braden to see through spells and lies, but at the cost of horrible pain.When it comes to books about witches, I'm typically one to grab it up. I love magic. A lot. It's just intrigued me ever since my daily three hour dosage of Sabrina the Teenage Witch growing up. And of course there was Harry Potter which made up my life up until now.
After a terrifying vision reveals imminent danger for the uncle who raised and instructed him, Braden retreats to Belle Dam, an old city divided by two feuding witch dynasties. As rival family heads Catherine Lansing and Jason Thorpe desperately try to use Braden's powers to unlock Belle Dam's secrets, Braden vows never to become their sacrificial pawn. But everything changes when Braden learns that Jason is his father--and Trey, the enigmatic guy he's falling for, is Catherine's son.
To stop an insidious dark magic from consuming the town, Braden must master his gift—and risk losing the one he loves.
Needless to say, this book is about a guy witch (warlock) that is gay named Braden. He has the power of Sight (aka Witch Eyes), a power that is typically in legend and pretty rare. He gets caught up in a battle between families much like Montague and Capulet in Romeo an Juliet. Only with badass spells and powers rather than swords. Who needs those anyway when you have lightning eyes?! He is being pulled by both sides who want him because of his power. They could turn him into some sort of weapon against the other warring family. Let's just say, it gets pretty intense.
Of course, there is always the interest of love. This time in the form of Trey, the nice good looking guy and oh so easy to fall for. If only Braden had known who Trey really was before falling so hard. In the end, not only is he fighting for his own life and the lives of those he loves most, but he's fighting for love itself.
This book was such a quick and great read. I love the emergent fiction with LGBT main characters and Scott writes such a powerful character in Braden who isn't fresh out. He knows who he is and isn't ashamed. He's a model of courage even in the most difficult of situations and even when his own family said being gay was just a phase. Trey was another greatly written character where I wasn't sure how I felt about him at first but as the story progressed, I came to like him even though he went off the edge of few times. There are so many other characters that I'm not mentioning but just as in any book, the supporting cast is always needed. And Scott really wrote them well!
Also, the way Scott wrote the magic descriptions was just amazing! He used such vivid wording and gave such a literal description that I could see and feel the magic happening myself. That's a tough thing to do.
The only downside I had to this book was that I was expecting a little more action than I saw but the story still had great pacing and just makes me even more excited for Demon Eyes next year! I can't believe I have to wait so long for it. Scott, please mail it to me now! :)