The Bitterwine Oath (Hardcover)
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?
"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
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 copycat 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? There are shadows in the woods, bones on the outskirts of town, and questions Nat needs answered.
But everything becomes more urgent when people start getting "marked" as new victims--including Levi Langford, the boy whose kiss haunted Nat for a year. With Levi in danger, doing nothing would be harder than fighting back.
Nat knows that no one is safe. Can she and the sisterhood stop the true evil from claiming their town?
About the Author
Hannah West is a freelance writer with a French degree she wishes she had more occasion to use. Her debut novel, Kingdom of Ash and Briars, received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews and was named a Kirkus Best Book of the Year. She lives in Texas with her husband and their two rambunctious rescue dogs. Find her at hannahwestauthor.com or on Instagram @hannahwestya.
"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
"This book has a little bit of magic, a little bit of thriller, and a little bit of romance. And amid all of this there is an overarching theme of female empowerment and standing together while fighting for what is right. . . . A solid magical thriller perfect for fans of witchcraft and slightly darker YA books."—School Library Journal
"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
"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
"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
"the horror hits hard"—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books