The Invocations by Krystal Sutherland

About this book:  

(blurb from Pan MacMillan SA)

FIVE WOMEN ARE DEAD. The killer leaves no fingerprints, no DNA. Police are utterly stumped. In a world where only women can use magic and the men who know about it seek to eradicate them, three damaged young women – one cursed, one hunted, one out for revenge – will team up to track down and take out a brutal supernatural killer.

Jude Wolf is rich as sin and handsome as the devil. But she’s also cursed. Her immortal soul is tethered to a rather hateful demon – and she wants the hell out of the deal. What Jude needs is a cursewriter – and she thinks the string of dead women, all of whom she suspects are messing with the occult, might just be able to lead her to one.

Zara Jones has also been tracking the murders since they began. Her older sister was the killer’s first victim. Zara doesn’t just want revenge, she wants to find a way to bring her sister back. What Zara needs is a witch, a sorcerer, a necromancer – in fact, what Zara needs is a cursewriter. At the apartment of the fifth victim, Jude and Zara meet by chance, and there they find a clue that brings their paths crashing together: a strange business card bearing three words. Emer Byrne. Cursewriter.

My thoughts: 

Here are five reasons to delve into “The Invocations” by Krystal Sutherland:

Enthralling Witchy Story: This novel spins a captivating narrative of sorcery, supernatural beings, and formidable females. In a realm where both men and demons hide in the shadows, the women in this tale refuse to surrender quietly. If you are intrigued by magic, suspense, and gripping enigmas, “The Invocations” is the perfect choice.

Empowered Female Characters: The novel showcases unique and captivating female leads. Zara Jones, who turns to magic to escape her harsh reality, endeavors to resurrect her slain sister. Jude Wolf, cursed due to a failed deal with a demon, struggles with a decaying soul. Their paths cross with Emer, a witch’s offspring who trades spells with desperate women willing to sacrifice a part of their essence for power.

Compelling Plot: Picture a universe where women can strike bargains with demons, embedding strength into their bodies to combat malevolent forces. However, this mystical power comes with a hefty cost—a fragment of their very soul. To make matters worse, a serial killer is on the prowl, preying on women with magical abilities and siphoning their powers for himself. The stakes are high, and the suspense is palpable.

Visceral Body Horror: Sutherland’s prose plunges into the realm of corporeal terror, crafting vivid and unsettling visuals. The evocative portrayals enrich the overall reading experience, plunging you into the gruesome facets of the narrative.

Author’s Reputation: Krystal Sutherland is a globally recognized writer celebrated for her enthralling storytelling. Her prior works, including “House of Hollow,” have received critical acclaim (this book has been on my TBR for ages). With “The Invocations,” she continues to offer a distinctive fusion of fantasy, mystery, and dark sorcery.

If you are prepared for an exhilarating expedition into a world of enchantment, curses, and hidden truths, “The Invocations” is the book for you!

Thank you to Pan MacMillan SA for the chance to read this book. 

Genre:  Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult, Witches, Paranormal, Mystery

About the Author: Krystal Sutherland