THE BITTERWINE OATH
FALL 2020, HOLIDAY HOUSE
Every fifty years, a cult claims twelve men to murder in a small Texas town. Can one girl end the cycle of violence - and save the boy who broke her heart?
San Solano, Texas is a quaint town known for its charm, hospitality, and history of murder. Twice now, twelve men have been brutally killed, and no one knows who did it. A shadowy witch? A copy-cat killer? Or a man-hating murderess? Eighteen-year-old Natalie Colter is sure that the rumors about her great-great-grandmother's cult of wronged women are just gossip, but that doesn't stop the true crime writers and dark tourism bloggers from capitalizing on the town's reputation. It's an urban legend that's hard to ignore, and it gets harder when Nat learns that the sisterhood is real, and magical. And they want her to join.
The more Nat learns of the Wardens' supernatural history, the more she wonders about the real culprits behind the town's ritualistic murders. Are the Wardens protecting San Solano from even darker forces? As the anniversary of the murders draws near, the town grows restless. Residents start getting "claimed" as this year's planned victims, including Levi Langford, the boy whose kiss haunted Nat for a year.
Nat knows that no one is safe. Can she and the sisterhood stop the true evil from claiming their town?
“A richly woven tale of magic and murder and vengeance. This book kept me up all night! One of the best stories I’ve read all year.” – Shea Ernshaw, New York Times bestselling author of The Wicked Deep
“This action-packed story of sisterhood will suck readers in from the first page. . . . West’s propulsive supernatural tale keeps the story grounded in female friendships, the struggle to process change, and a second-chance romance.”—Booklist
“West (the Nissera Chronicles) packs the thrills of the Vampire Diaries series and Buffy into a smart, wry supernatural novel set in East Texas. . . . This fun, chilling, and sincere gothic novel keeps its head—and its heart.”—Publishers Weekly
“Evocative writing enhances the horror with a chilling atmosphere. . . . Female empowerment at its fiercest.”—Kirkus
“Witches and spells blend with everyday anxieties in this supernatural murder mystery centering on a powerful group of women who claim their strength.”—Foreword Magazine