About Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo Queen
Zoraida Grey needs help. With the witchy Logan clan holding her best friend hostage in a haunted Scottish castle, she can’t trust anyone—certainly not beguiling but dangerous Shea Logan. And Al, her overprotective boyfriend, doesn’t believe in magic.
Only one creature strikes fear in the blackened hearts of the Logan witches. Trouble is Jock disappeared five centuries ago leaving a trail of destruction across the Gulf of Mexico. Now he’s stepped into a steaming pile of Voodoo.
Can Zoraida drag wayward Jock back to Scotland? And what’s she supposed to do with two men who promise completely different futures?
A Scottish wizard, stripped naked and painted blue—a Voodoo priestess bent on immortality—a yacht-load of Caribbean pirates. What can possibly go wrong?
Review of Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo Queen
You really should read Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones first. But if you haven’t, you may want to skip the next paragraph as it will contain spoilers for that book. For the rest of us, here is a very brief reminder of what happened last season on Zoraida Grey……
Granny says she is dying and needs a healing stone from the family castle in Scotland. Zoraida and her friend Zhu pack up and head that way. The cousin witches in Scotland, Michael, Shea and Ursula, Micheal’s mom, are on to Zoraida as soon as she steps foot in the castle. Likewise, Zoraida, with her raw, untrained talent is on to them and is also on to some mysterious stones and a ghost in the castle. Michael attempts to seduce Zoraida into finding the Stone of Adamantine, fails and throws her into the oubliette. She gets rescued by Shea who sends her back to the US, forcing her to leave Zhu behind with Michael. Also headed to the US is Shea, himself, and his cat. Oh, and there was much consuming of whiskey. Cliffhanger – what about Zhu and the Stone of Adamantine?
I am going to start out by announcing that Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo Queen ends with cliffhanger, just like Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones. But it is the same cliffhanger! I’m not sure if that is genius or evil. Maybe both. At any rate, since it is the same cliffhanger, I haven’t decided if that is a star deduction or not. I’ll let you know when I get to the end of my review.
First let me say that this story is one heck of an adventure! Or series of adventures! Paranormal, geological, meteorological and just plain magical adventures await Zoraida, Shea, Al and a few other friends. They go from one spot of danger to the next. Arkansas to New Orleans, to the Gulf of Mexico to the Yucatan Peninsula. Oh, and eventually back to Scotland. Honestly, with all that was going on in the Gulf of Mexico, I was beginning to think that poor Zhu would be left behind in Scotland. This was a book I could not put down for all the wondering what was going to happen next.
Al, Zoraida’s former and still-want-to-be boyfriend tags along on the adventure even though he doesn’t really believe in magic. For most of the trip, he is kind of a pain. And because of him I was annoyed at Zoraida for not ending it once and for all. I mean, we all know where she is headed. But Al’s presence in the story has a purpose.
Shea is the one Zoraida is headed for, if you didn’t know. Even if she does not know his agenda. He may be working in league with his brother Michael. He doesn’t act like he is necessarily on her side except to reach a certain goal. Zoraida’s first person perspective does nothing to help the reader figure Shea out any sooner that Zoraida does. But he is a great kisser and Zoraida can’t forget that. Neither does the reader.
If you are wondering why Zoraida and company head to the Gulf, it is because they are looking for Zoraida’s grand daddy, Jock. Onetime husband of Granny, but way to restless to settle in one place, Jock is very powerful. Granny believes he can help Zoraida face Michael and company when they return to Scotland. Jock is one colorful character – literally. He likes to cover his body with blue paint and go into battle naked.
The magic in Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo Queen is a combination of the witches of Scotland’s magic and the mysterious voodoo magic. All magic has a good side and a dark side and it is the wielder of the magic that makes the decision to go to the dark side or not. This is a common theme in many books but it never hurts to remind us of that truism. For the non-magically inclined, think money or power.
In this story, Zoraida spends a lot of time working out her abilities. She gets help from others along the way. So she is growing as a witch. Maybe enough to face the Scotland side of the family. All indications are that there will be a bit of a showdown in the next installment, so Zoraida’s skills will need to be better than the best.
I can’t end this review without mentioning whisky. There was much drinking of whisky – from a glass, straight out of the bottle or as a nip in a cup of tea. I like whiskey, mostly in the colder weather, but this book made me thirsty for my Jameson in July.
Well, I hope you now realize that I really, really enjoyed this story! And, though I am experiencing some anguish about Zhu’s fate and the Stone of Adamantine, I will have give Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo Queen 5 stars.
The author provided a copy of her book so that I could bring you my honest review.
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