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In Ghosts of Gotham, Craig Schaefer unveiled a modern world haunted by Greek mythology and magic. That was only the beginning. Once upon a time, Lionel Page didn’t believe in magic. That was before his odyssey to New York City, and the quest for a lost manuscript that ended in mysteries, murder, and the buried secrets of his own past. He used to be a professional skeptic. No In Ghosts of Gotham, Craig Schaefer unveiled a modern world haunted by Greek mythology and magic. That was only the beginning. Once upon a time, Lionel Page didn’t believe in magic. That was before his odyssey to New York City, and the quest for a lost manuscript that ended in mysteries, murder, and the buried secrets of his own past. He used to be a professional skeptic. Now he’s a witch in the service of Hekate, chasing myths across the heartland of a haunted America. The reappearance of a hero from Greek legend is just one sign of the coming storm. There are Amazons on the highway, and death-spirits lurking in cheap roadside motels. And Madison, Lionel’s lover, is on a mission of her own. A mission, fueled by vengeance, to slay a man who can’t be killed: her ex-husband. If Lionel doesn’t catch up with her in time, neither of them will survive. In Ghosts of Gotham, Lionel Page opened his eyes to the real world. Now he has to fight to protect it.


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In Ghosts of Gotham, Craig Schaefer unveiled a modern world haunted by Greek mythology and magic. That was only the beginning. Once upon a time, Lionel Page didn’t believe in magic. That was before his odyssey to New York City, and the quest for a lost manuscript that ended in mysteries, murder, and the buried secrets of his own past. He used to be a professional skeptic. No In Ghosts of Gotham, Craig Schaefer unveiled a modern world haunted by Greek mythology and magic. That was only the beginning. Once upon a time, Lionel Page didn’t believe in magic. That was before his odyssey to New York City, and the quest for a lost manuscript that ended in mysteries, murder, and the buried secrets of his own past. He used to be a professional skeptic. Now he’s a witch in the service of Hekate, chasing myths across the heartland of a haunted America. The reappearance of a hero from Greek legend is just one sign of the coming storm. There are Amazons on the highway, and death-spirits lurking in cheap roadside motels. And Madison, Lionel’s lover, is on a mission of her own. A mission, fueled by vengeance, to slay a man who can’t be killed: her ex-husband. If Lionel doesn’t catch up with her in time, neither of them will survive. In Ghosts of Gotham, Lionel Page opened his eyes to the real world. Now he has to fight to protect it.

30 review for A Time for Witches

  1. 5 out of 5

    ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

    🤩 Murderous Crackpots for the Win Buddy Read (MCftWBR™) with the MacHalos and stuff 🤩 This is, hands pincers down, the shrimpiest, most scrumpaliciously and flawlessly executed Urban Fantasy-meets-mythology story I have ever read in the entirety of my entire life. Please excuse the crustaceans while they do a little celebratory dance in my stead and stuff. That's the spirit, kiddo! So. Why is this delightfully heartwarming tale of love, forgiveness, compassion, benevolence, peace and serenity so wo 🤩 Murderous Crackpots for the Win Buddy Read (MCftWBR™) with the MacHalos and stuff 🤩 This is, hands pincers down, the shrimpiest, most scrumpaliciously and flawlessly executed Urban Fantasy-meets-mythology story I have ever read in the entirety of my entire life. Please excuse the crustaceans while they do a little celebratory dance in my stead and stuff. That's the spirit, kiddo! So. Why is this delightfully heartwarming tale of love, forgiveness, compassion, benevolence, peace and serenity so wonderfully delicious to read, you kindly ask? Well it might have something to do with all the gore, blood, death and body count (maybe). It could also have something to do with the slightly fickle gods and the homicidal maniac heroes and the ancient monsters of doom and destruction and stuff. And let's not forget the Magician, the Queen of Swords and the velociraptors bloody shrimping Amazons. Come to think of it, I better not forget to mention my favorite trio in the whole wide world—aka the Decidedly Enchanting Reapers of the Battlefield—either (they are quite very enchanting indeed but somewhat, um, unbalanced and kind of, um, prone to uncontrollable burst of grisly moderate violence so I think a shout out might go a long way towards me not becoming their next snack). And a story involving those Damn Ancient Greeks (DAG™) would obviously not be complete without your friendly neighborhood megalomaniac half-God nutcase with a messiah complex. “Where the fuck,” he snarled, storming across the twilit green, “is my rampage?” (Told you this was a delightfully heartwarming tale 🤗🤗.) Let's see, what else? Well, there's foreshadowing and prophecies and stuff. And ghouls who have to work for their supper. And pointless arguments with dead assholes. And severed limbs galore, yay!!! And lots of talk about, err, food supplies (and snacks that follow one around). And also somewhat vengeful chicks with super cool (if a bit reptilian) hairdos. There's also stuff about hubris and retribution and questionable life choices and 2000 years of unfinished business. And then there's Freaking Spoiler Spoiler Spoiler (not the character's real name, in case you were wondering) and his Freaking Spoiler Spoiler Spoilers (not their usual moniker, either). That was more or less my reaction when the above-mentioned Freaking Spoiler Spoiler Spoiler and his Freaking Spoiler Spoiler Spoilers showed up, yes. Oh, and as some of you might know it is a truth universally acknowledged that Craig Schaefer is Slightly Awesome (CSiSA™), which may perhaps maybe explain how he also managed to throw all this moderately glorious stuff in the story at no extra charge: lovely pets that I might or might not be thinking of kidnapping adopting, ceremonial butt-padding (don't ask), somewhat batshit (and a little spoiler spoiler spoiler) crazy axe murderers (view spoiler)[😍😍 (hide spoiler)] , security blankets (I told you not to ask), triads, Greek chariots 2.0, bards reporters (or is it reporters bards? I forget) and a few Socially Distant Absentees of New Amsterdam for good measure. So woot woot woot and stuff. And now let's honor Mr Schaefer those DAG™ (remember what this stands for? No? That's just too bad, isn't it?) with a little impromptu sirtaki, shall we? Ooops, sorry, that's my Ferocious Flock of Sheep (FFoS™) practicing their Riverdance moves. Now that's better! P.S. Hekate says hello. P. P.S. The Progidal is on the line. I repeat, the Progidal is on the line.(No idea what I'm talking about here? That's okay, read the book and you will. Ha!) 💌 A very private message to Mr. Schaefer: that next installment in this series? I need it NOW. Oh, and that Freaking Spoiler Spoiler Spoiler and his Freaking Spoiler Spoiler Spoilers spinoff? I need it now too. Oh, and that velociraptors Amazons spinoff? I need it now, also. But hey, no pressure. It's not like I'm going to unleash the murderous crustaceans on you if you don't deliver post haste and stuff. Don't be silly now, I'm not barbarous and ruthless like that. Of course not. (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] · Book 1: Ghosts of Gotham ★★★★★

  2. 5 out of 5

    Milda Page Runner

    Better than the first one. Urban fantasy mixed with horror and greek mythology.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lukasz

    If you’re in the mood for a fast-paced mythological thriller playing with horror tropes, look no more. First, read Ghosts of Gotham. Once you’re done, get A Time for Witches, and enjoy :) The story starts with Lionel looking for Maddie, trying to make sense of their relationship and his life. As expected, he gets into deadly trouble. Maddie gets into a deadlier one. And when they finally meet, well, things become deadliest. You see a trend. It’s a taut thriller making brilliant use of Greek mythol If you’re in the mood for a fast-paced mythological thriller playing with horror tropes, look no more. First, read Ghosts of Gotham. Once you’re done, get A Time for Witches, and enjoy :) The story starts with Lionel looking for Maddie, trying to make sense of their relationship and his life. As expected, he gets into deadly trouble. Maddie gets into a deadlier one. And when they finally meet, well, things become deadliest. You see a trend. It’s a taut thriller making brilliant use of Greek mythology to raise the stakes and introduce a new kind of the supernatural to Schaefer’s world. While the principal antagonist felt a little flat, the story and action made up for his deficiencies. I’ve listened to the audiobook version - Susannah Jones awed me with her invested and immersive narration. She easily captures characters and their attitudes and makes their voices distinct. She’s done an outstanding job.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    Craig Schaefer answered my wish when I hoped for a sequel to The Ghosts of Gotham. It was one of the most unique and interesting mash ups of Greek mythology and Urban Fantasy I’ve read that isn’t meant for kids. Lionel didn’t believe in magic. He actually spent most of his life debunking the frauds out there peddling it. That is until he met Maddie, someone literally out of history, alive long after she is supposed to be dead and a priestess of Hecate. She changed his mind and his world when she Craig Schaefer answered my wish when I hoped for a sequel to The Ghosts of Gotham. It was one of the most unique and interesting mash ups of Greek mythology and Urban Fantasy I’ve read that isn’t meant for kids. Lionel didn’t believe in magic. He actually spent most of his life debunking the frauds out there peddling it. That is until he met Maddie, someone literally out of history, alive long after she is supposed to be dead and a priestess of Hecate. She changed his mind and his world when she lifted the veil from his eyes. But just when they settled into a life together, she disappeared to go off to fight her ex-husband without him. Now he is looking for the woman he loves and hoping that when he finds her, he will be both be able to help her with her new quest and figure out if she left him to protect him or just left him. Greek heroes of old are making a comeback and with them they are dredging up some nasties along the way bring to the battlefield. Throw in Jason and some Argonauts, new age Amazons, a new son of Zeus and a monster from the Days of Heroes and you have the makings of a fantastic tragedy to really create the opportunity for someone to be a big hero. “See the elites at the top are greedy shits. They could keep their golden thrones forever, if they just share a little. But they’ve gotta squeeze and squeeze and squeeze.” “Pretty sure that’s how we got the French Revolution.” “You aren’t wrong, but this, you me all of this you, me, all of it maybe is a natural consequence. I don’t know her name yet, but I know for a fact there’s a woman out there who’s gonna cross our path next week, maybe next month and she’ll join our band because she was born an Amazon. She just needs to find us and find herself.” A Time for Witches is action pact and a really great story. I loved the journey that we got to take again with Lionel and Maddie as they figure out where they belong in the world and who they are to each other all while fighting against entering into a new age of heroes that would also mean an age of death and destruction. Highly recommend this series to anyone who really likes UF and mythology.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Karen ⚜Mess⚜

    Buddy read with the MacHalo Holy Greek Tragedy -- This book is fan-fucking-tastic I could not put this book down. I loved it to bits. Non-stop action and the story was always moving forward. Not only did it have fantastic action and magic, but it included Greek mythology characters set in the modern day. My favorite fighting scene was in the Pullman Hotel. It was a long, intense scene, and Maddie was naked the whole time. Maddie is a bad ass who can run without shoes or bra. Impressed much Buddy read with the MacHalo Holy Greek Tragedy -- This book is fan-fucking-tastic I could not put this book down. I loved it to bits. Non-stop action and the story was always moving forward. Not only did it have fantastic action and magic, but it included Greek mythology characters set in the modern day. My favorite fighting scene was in the Pullman Hotel. It was a long, intense scene, and Maddie was naked the whole time. Maddie is a bad ass who can run without shoes or bra. Impressed much was I. I did like this book slightly more than the first one. Schaefer just gets better and better. I do recommend reading The Ghost of Gotham first. Even though it's been nearly 2 years since I've read the first book and my memory is a little vague about the story, I do remember the characters enough to know the impact the first book has on this one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    A Time for Witches (The Ghosts of Gotham Saga #2) by Craig Schaefer I don't think many books could be as good as book one in this series but this tries hard. Before reading this read book one! This continues Maddie and Lionel's tale and its divided pretty evenly. It's a book about mythology gods, magic, creatures, with an intriguing plot and memorable characters. Not quite as good as book one but still good! I have enjoyed all of this authors book series! A Time for Witches (The Ghosts of Gotham Saga #2) by Craig Schaefer I don't think many books could be as good as book one in this series but this tries hard. Before reading this read book one! This continues Maddie and Lionel's tale and its divided pretty evenly. It's a book about mythology gods, magic, creatures, with an intriguing plot and memorable characters. Not quite as good as book one but still good! I have enjoyed all of this authors book series!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Queen Terrible Timy

    This review was originally posted on RockStarlit BookAsylum! Craig Schaefer kindly provided me an ARC of A Time for Witches in exchange for an honest review. “When things are at their worst, when you’re all alone and lost and feeling afraid, and you don’t know which way to turn? Sometimes the best way to push through the darkness and keep fighting is to be strong for someone else.” – Maddie I’m probably going to sound like a broken record at this point, but I just adore the hell out of Craig Sch This review was originally posted on RockStarlit BookAsylum! Craig Schaefer kindly provided me an ARC of A Time for Witches in exchange for an honest review. “When things are at their worst, when you’re all alone and lost and feeling afraid, and you don’t know which way to turn? Sometimes the best way to push through the darkness and keep fighting is to be strong for someone else.” – Maddie I’m probably going to sound like a broken record at this point, but I just adore the hell out of Craig Schaefer‘s books. I used to love UF books once upon a time, but these days if I pick up anything in that subgenre, then it’s more than likely a Schaefer book. You just can’t beat the man. Ghosts of Gotham was one of my favorite reads last year and though it was intended as a stand-alone, I was very much overjoyed when I learned that there is going to be a sequel. A skeptical journalist whose main goal is to debunk frauds and con men, proving magic doesn’t exist; witches; greek mythic creatures in modern-day America. What’s not to love?! A Time for Witches picks things up a few days after the events in Ghosts of Gotham. Maddie and Lionel are both on the hunt, though their paths take some different turns along the way. But eventually, their goal is the same: to save the world and kick some supernatural ass while they are at it. Their chase brings them through America, while many mythological creatures make an appearance to make their life oh so much harder. And much, much more bloody. A Time for Witches is told in alternating POVs: Lionel and Maddie. They both have their own journey to make – both literally and emotionally/spiritually as they come to terms with their own lives. One thing I love about Schaefer‘s books is how well he handles relationships of any kind, how he makes his characters grow while keeping the plot in his hands as well. Yes, this book has action, several galleons of blood flowing, crazy car chases, various kinds of supernatural killers, and a megalomaniac villain. But at the core, A Time for Witches is about second chances and coming to terms with your true self. And about what makes a hero. “Friendship is love, powerful love. I think that’s often forgotten in this age. People are taught that love and sex are entwined, that you can’t love your friends because that means you must expect something more or different from them.” As was the case with Ghosts of Gotham, it’s very hard to put A Time for Witches down. I usually don’t like it when a lot of traveling happens in a book, but when it comes to Schaefer‘s book, I don’t mind that, because there is not a single boring moment. And because I just adore the hell out of Lionel. As Schaefer tends to write his books in the same universe and characters can appear in each others’ series, can I just ask for a meeting between Lionel and Daniel Faust? Pretty please? I’d love to see those two together. One of my favorite parts in A Time for Witches was the scenes in the hotel. Maddie pulled some absolutely cool tricks with the mirrors. That whole setting reminded me of The Shining, even though I’m not a fan of either the book or the movie. But it got that haunted/horror hotel vibe. It was fun. There is a risk of choosing Greek mythology to infuse with Urban Fantasy as there are many well-known and overused stories out there. It’s easy to falling into the “oh hell, this character/story/myth again” pit and bringing absolutely nothing new to the table. What Schaefer does very, very well is picking less known characters as well as giving a fresh twist to age-old myths. I can’t go into details here, but let me just say, well played. Probably my only teeny tiny criticism would be that I would have liked if we didn’t learn about the identity of the villain so early on – if you pay attention you can already see it coming by the time Lionel puts it together. A bit more mystery would have spiced it up even more, but honestly, I just enjoyed the ride way too much to be really bothered. A Time for Witches is a most excellent follow up to Ghosts of Gotham. If Urban Fantasy and Greek mythology ever had a love child it probably would be this series. Schafer takes the reader on a thrilling ride along with characters you can root for all the way to whatever end. Buckle up people, because this will be a bumpy road. But so. Damn. Good.

  8. 4 out of 5

    THE BIBLIOPHILE (Rituranjan)

    An entertaining sequel to Ghosts of Gotham, that reads like a mythological action thriller. I breezed through the story, which has the acquired taste of the Gothic and supernatural blending into an urban atmosphere. Schaefer concotes an excellent story with the familiar characters we got to meet in the first book, but, I missed the sense of mystery as well as the evocative writing. I hope we will get another book soon, for, I can't wait enough to rush headlong into the dangerous world of witches An entertaining sequel to Ghosts of Gotham, that reads like a mythological action thriller. I breezed through the story, which has the acquired taste of the Gothic and supernatural blending into an urban atmosphere. Schaefer concotes an excellent story with the familiar characters we got to meet in the first book, but, I missed the sense of mystery as well as the evocative writing. I hope we will get another book soon, for, I can't wait enough to rush headlong into the dangerous world of witches, magic, and capricious gods. This was a plot focused book, and we get very less character interactions. I wanted more of Maddie and Lionel together, and long to see them as a duo in the next book. I loved how Schaefer has portrayed the Amazons. A group of gun-slinging badass women, and it was amazing to see them in action. However, I wanted a more in depth interaction between Maddie and her Ex. We get a few moments between them, but, it wasn't enough for me. Nonetheless, the antagonist was the weakest of the characters, one dimensional and a typical stereotype villain. But, for a one time showdown, it worked pretty well for the story. Schaefer seriously should continue this Gotham saga. It has potential to be an awesome urban fantasy series. Greek mythology has always fascinated me, and I can't be more happy while finding so many elements in a perfectly new manner. I also believe that the author has only scratched the surface of this world of Gods, heroes, mortals, and witches. I want the next book in the series already. Bring it on Mr, Schaefer.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mihir

    Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic A Time Of Witches is the direct sequel to Ghosts Of Gotham, and not the standalone that Craig has previously written and spoken about (you can access that via his Patreon page). The story begins just over a month after the events of New York City where Lionel Page found out about the hidden world, his own heritage and who Regina Dunkle is. He also met Madison Hannah over there and his life changed UN. Now that he's been alerted to the real nature of the w Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic A Time Of Witches is the direct sequel to Ghosts Of Gotham, and not the standalone that Craig has previously written and spoken about (you can access that via his Patreon page). The story begins just over a month after the events of New York City where Lionel Page found out about the hidden world, his own heritage and who Regina Dunkle is. He also met Madison Hannah over there and his life changed UN. Now that he's been alerted to the real nature of the world, he has (kind of) accepted Hekate's offer of becoming a witch in her service. Lionel finds himself on the road as he seeks to find why things ended the way they did in Montauk. However along the way, a most mysterious murder attempt soon puts him on the trail of an enigmatic entrepreneur who might not be to blame. Lionel finds a new mortifying mystery that forces him to lean back on his journalistic skills and soon find himself in another sinkhole of murder and carnage. Things become more complicated as his target seems to be just ahead of him however he has to also help out innocent folks. This second surprising chapter in the Secret History universe is a wild, action packed ride into the annals of Greek mythology and small town America while showcasing all of the charismatic characters and plot twists, that one has come to expect from Craig Schaefer's works. This book heavily plays up its Greek mythological roots and while I loved that aspect in book 1, I was even more ecstatic with its in-depth usage towards all aspects of the plot of this sequel! I won't spoil anything about what facets the author utilizes but here's a small hint (we get a quick look into Madison's past). For folks who have read Ghosts Of Gotham, they will know exactly where things might be headed. There's also the addition of the Amazons which was a nice twist and I think many readers will enjoy the explanation (about their origins) provided by Craig Schaefer. Safe to say, it fits in with the mythological roots and the author also manages to weave it with the life and hardships of common Americans. This book unlike the first one doesn't have a gothic atmosphere, it’s more of a mystery thriller with terrific action sequences as well as some nice glimpses of horror (seriously there's one scene is the book which rivals the best of Alien & Ring in its sheer creepiness). The story unfolds like a proper mystery wherein our protagonists are introduced to the central mystery and then alongside the readers, go forth trying to resolve it. I'm a fan of the mystery genre and this book was a solid effort considering all the topics that it encompasses. The characterization as with any Schaefer title is a highlight and here we get two protagonists who while having a bit of grey within them, are still admirable as any other heroic ones. Lionel and Madison are characters who while being heroic are very much normal people (Madison less so) but Lionel is very much a commononer who’s trying to find his footing while constantly having to expand his horizons with new information. Lionel’s everyday man approach to things was a refreshing outlook as it fit the genre needs as well as kept the plot on an even keel. Secondly Madison is a very complex character and within this book, we are given a small glimpse into the horrific events in her past. This made me want to read more about her and I hope if the author writes more sequels, he explores that as well. Madison's reformation began in The Ghosts Of Gotham and it continues with some vital steps in this sequel. She's a scene stealer and her action sequences in a hotel are one of the highlights of this book. The dialogue is smooth and the pace of the plot is even throughout (at no point does it lag). We get a mystery and then the characters get to solving it. The process was a straightforward one and in respect to Craig's other titles, was different enough so as to make this series stand out (as compared to the Charlie McCabe series which is the closest to this one but has more of the action-oriented feel to it. I know the author has mentioned that this series of books is not connected to his First Story saga, but I feel that with the common connection to the Lady In Red, there might be a teeny weeny one which might get revealed later. Overall this book had a lot of connections to Greek mythology and so for those who are decently versed, will get to enjoy things a bit more. For me, the only negative about this book was that there’s a group of villains who are seemingly underutilized. I can’t reveal their names or who they are, but you’ll know when you come across them. Their leader is a big name and so I was expecting a bit more. However this observation is completely subjective and other readers might not find any such deficiencies. CONCLUSION: A Time For Witches is a sequel that takes on what’s been established by its predecessor and then proceeds to blow everything apart by injecting action, more Greek mythology and some terrific touches of horror. I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel and can’t wait to read what Lionel, Madison do next. Whatever Craig envisions next, I’ll be there cheering them on all the way.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hans

    Wohooo, I already liked Ghosts of Gotham, but this one is another step up and gives us some pure Craig Schaefer goodness. Much like its predecessor, A Time for Witches basically scratches the same itch as Schaefer's other Urban Fantasy series (Daniel Faust, Harmony Black, The Wisdom's Grave Trilogy), but with a twist towards Greek mythology that sets it apart from his other works. Nevertheless, it's as much a high octane page turner as I have come to expect from this author. The action is nonstop Wohooo, I already liked Ghosts of Gotham, but this one is another step up and gives us some pure Craig Schaefer goodness. Much like its predecessor, A Time for Witches basically scratches the same itch as Schaefer's other Urban Fantasy series (Daniel Faust, Harmony Black, The Wisdom's Grave Trilogy), but with a twist towards Greek mythology that sets it apart from his other works. Nevertheless, it's as much a high octane page turner as I have come to expect from this author. The action is nonstop and fierce, the inclusion of Greek mythology works even better than in the first one and the character development definately goes in the right direction. At first, I was a bit scared that this might turn into one of those stories where one character has to chase their love interest around for several novels with an endless back and forth before they finally make up. But luckily, Schaefer isn't prone to unnecessary drama and this is decidedly NOT a Paranormal Romance story. If I had to criticise anything, it's that the main villain is a bit bland this time and that the character development of a certain secondary villain came a bit sudden, but I guess the essential message here is that mythological heroes aren't necessarily very bright or principled. Anyway, this was a fun read and I'm almost a bit sad that this isn't part of the orther series' shared universe (yet). I mean, it might be possible. Who knows, maybe Hekate is another incarnation of Nessa from another parallel universe.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Isaac

    Another wonderful story I never thought there was going to be another chapter in this world. If you don’t already know how well Craig Schaefer builds the universe in which his characters dance across the stage then you have a rare experience ahead. This second peek into a New York (and wider America) that’s just a little bit adjacent to our own grips you firmly and leads you to follow with wide eyes as you rediscover the world you thought you knew so well. It’s got brightness in the dark, like s Another wonderful story I never thought there was going to be another chapter in this world. If you don’t already know how well Craig Schaefer builds the universe in which his characters dance across the stage then you have a rare experience ahead. This second peek into a New York (and wider America) that’s just a little bit adjacent to our own grips you firmly and leads you to follow with wide eyes as you rediscover the world you thought you knew so well. It’s got brightness in the dark, like stars in the firmament. It’s really really good. Bravo!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Stokes

    Best Schaefer Book in Years Everything had become so dark and macabre in other Schaefer series that I’d almost given up on this author. I’m glad that I read the second installment in the series about Maddie and Lionel. It had a fresh storyline and none of the annoying crossover characters that are weaving between the other series. The ending was on an upbeat, hopeful note and I look forward to future installments.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Schaefer has managed to blend urban fantasy classics, witchcraft, and mythology into a setting that is an easy rival to his other popular series. (Plus, my GOD. That cover.) This book is a bit more of a classic adventure after the gothic introduction to the setting in the first entry, and it definitely hits the ground running. The narrative, split between Lionel and Maddie, is balanced properly- the split in perspective gives a chance to show more of the rules and details of Schaefer's fantasy myt Schaefer has managed to blend urban fantasy classics, witchcraft, and mythology into a setting that is an easy rival to his other popular series. (Plus, my GOD. That cover.) This book is a bit more of a classic adventure after the gothic introduction to the setting in the first entry, and it definitely hits the ground running. The narrative, split between Lionel and Maddie, is balanced properly- the split in perspective gives a chance to show more of the rules and details of Schaefer's fantasy mythos on multiple levels, from that of a master and an initiate. I'm crossing my fingers for more entries to the series to get released, whether they follow our budding witches or not- The Hungry Dreaming, being released on Schaefer's Patreon is a good taste, but I could devour even more. If you're in the mood for an interesting supernatural read, give The Ghosts of Gotham Saga a try.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Campbell

    Take your time with it... There are so many details in Craig's writing, you don't want to rush and miss them. Of course, the story is good enough that you could devour it very quickly! For this book, it felt well balanced between Lionel and Maddie. (If you haven't read the first book in the series, you definitely should read that first, or you'll be missing out!) I think Lionel is working his way to being a legend himself, and I love that Maddie treats him like a partner, not an underling. There Take your time with it... There are so many details in Craig's writing, you don't want to rush and miss them. Of course, the story is good enough that you could devour it very quickly! For this book, it felt well balanced between Lionel and Maddie. (If you haven't read the first book in the series, you definitely should read that first, or you'll be missing out!) I think Lionel is working his way to being a legend himself, and I love that Maddie treats him like a partner, not an underling. There are so many more things I could say but, you should just read the story for yourself. Definitely worth it. Side note: I love that Craig can have multiple book series going and still manage to make each little universe unique. His characters aren't carbon copies of each other and it's refreshing.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Neil Holmes

    Craig Schaefer is a gem He has a weird cosmic vision for his universes that I find compelling. He fits in with a handful of authors whose work makes my brain move in new directions that, after being an avid fan of fantasy and science fiction for over 40 years, makes me feel wonder, like the first time I read Bradbury, a new world with new rules and myths. It's not just the mythology and world building, his characters feel true. Lionel and Maddie are fully fleshed and are a testament to Schaefer's Craig Schaefer is a gem He has a weird cosmic vision for his universes that I find compelling. He fits in with a handful of authors whose work makes my brain move in new directions that, after being an avid fan of fantasy and science fiction for over 40 years, makes me feel wonder, like the first time I read Bradbury, a new world with new rules and myths. It's not just the mythology and world building, his characters feel true. Lionel and Maddie are fully fleshed and are a testament to Schaefer's ability to go beyond Daniel Faust and Harmony Black. I think that is why impressed me most: that he's willing to write into a new universe when so many other authors slavishly mine the good idea they had until it's a ghost of what it once was. I'd really like to see Maddie and Lionel get an extended vacation but I suppose that would make quite a dull book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dayanara Ryelle

    If the first book was a jalapeño popper or two, this one was an entire container of your favorite spicy thing. I wouldn't usually make such an analogy, but I was eating a spicy dip when I started into (view spoiler)[the great road battle, and the food and the text were equally as spicy. WOOHOO! (hide spoiler)] I don't think I cared whether Ghosts got a sequel, but after Witches? Yes, please! I don't think I'll be happy without Lionel or Maddie, especially with the biweekly Patreon serial giving us If the first book was a jalapeño popper or two, this one was an entire container of your favorite spicy thing. I wouldn't usually make such an analogy, but I was eating a spicy dip when I started into (view spoiler)[the great road battle, and the food and the text were equally as spicy. WOOHOO! (hide spoiler)] I don't think I cared whether Ghosts got a sequel, but after Witches? Yes, please! I don't think I'll be happy without Lionel or Maddie, especially with the biweekly Patreon serial giving us regular trips into their world. (I think those characters could do with a book themselves--if not meeting up with Lionel and Maddie in their next.) Please, sir, I would like some more peppers! Rating: 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    This is more adult that a lot of UF. The Witches are also less pop culture. The main theme in both books of this series has been greek mythology with Hekate being the goddess the Witches are sworn to serve (but not in a christian satanist, demon crap ideology.) The new Witch, former investigative reporter and magic sceptic makes a good lead character to discover this strange world of magic. His immortal lover from mythology is his gun slinging girl and mentor in magic she's had centuries to perfe This is more adult that a lot of UF. The Witches are also less pop culture. The main theme in both books of this series has been greek mythology with Hekate being the goddess the Witches are sworn to serve (but not in a christian satanist, demon crap ideology.) The new Witch, former investigative reporter and magic sceptic makes a good lead character to discover this strange world of magic. His immortal lover from mythology is his gun slinging girl and mentor in magic she's had centuries to perfect. A fine, mature pair of heros.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Barrett

    Great sequel, liked it better than the first one. Really great job on this. Thoroughly enjoyed it. If the author ever decides to revisit this world again I’ll definitely be back on board.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Winner Winner! This book, along with 'Ghosts of Gotham ', is an absolute must-read. I kid you not, one of the best I've ever read. Thank you, Craig, for a glimpse into your twisted mind. Winner Winner! This book, along with 'Ghosts of Gotham ', is an absolute must-read. I kid you not, one of the best I've ever read. Thank you, Craig, for a glimpse into your twisted mind.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Miguel Mitchell

    Excellent sequel I was really excited to see what Lionel and Maddie were up to, as witches and as a couple, more of Maddie's past and Lionel's development as a witch and a person. This book did not disappoint. Well worth reading! Excellent sequel I was really excited to see what Lionel and Maddie were up to, as witches and as a couple, more of Maddie's past and Lionel's development as a witch and a person. This book did not disappoint. Well worth reading!

  21. 5 out of 5

    campbell don

    A Page Turner The ghosts of Gotham was a good read and this book just raised it to another level Craig’s Daniel Faust books got me hooked on his style of writing and this is I hope the beginning of a set of new heroes

  22. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This book was really fun! Not quite the detective noir that the first was, but a really good story in its own right. I was very happy to be back in the world of Maddie and Lionel and the addition of new faces kept things interesting. As always, Craig Schaefer is a master storyteller.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Donraj

    I liked it more than the first one. But I'm disappointed that the author passed up on an obvious opportunity to have Maddie explain the classical Grecian ideal of small penises. I liked it more than the first one. But I'm disappointed that the author passed up on an obvious opportunity to have Maddie explain the classical Grecian ideal of small penises.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Diane Stevenson

    Excellent A fitting sequel to Ghosts of Gotham. Loved the way the characters have developed. Would like to see another in this series

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cat

    ❤️❤️ Didn't think anything could be as good as ghosts of Gotham ...this is nearly there , absolutely loved it . ❤️❤️ Didn't think anything could be as good as ghosts of Gotham ...this is nearly there , absolutely loved it .

  26. 4 out of 5

    CHall

    Love A force we often forget in this world and sometimes we need a story as a reminder. Thank you for this.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Peanutsmommy

    Spellbinding! So happy there is a sequel! This book will grab you and not let go. After this book, I'll read anything Mr. Schaefer writes. Spellbinding! So happy there is a sequel! This book will grab you and not let go. After this book, I'll read anything Mr. Schaefer writes.

  28. 4 out of 5

    adunola henry

    Engaging I personally love reading this author’s work. I enjoy the way his characters think. I come away with new ideas and I am entertained.

  29. 5 out of 5

    John E

    A hero's journey Lionel and Maddie are back in the story. Greek myths abound in this epic tale. Fans of mythos from past to present will enjoy this Amazonian quest. A hero's journey Lionel and Maddie are back in the story. Greek myths abound in this epic tale. Fans of mythos from past to present will enjoy this Amazonian quest.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Loulou

    More please and thank you!

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