Flora Reviews… Things She’s Seen (Northern Circle Coven #2) by Pat Esden

Things She’s Seen (Northern Circle Coven Series #2) by Pat Esden

Read: 23rd – 27th October 2019

Publication Date: 22nd October 2019

Quote from Things She’s Seen

I walked in the mist between worlds,

a ghost among the dead,

a child more lost than those I freed.

– Journal of Emily Adams. New Dawn House. Abany, New York.”

My Overall Rating: 3/5

Plot: 4/5 – Flow: 4/5 – Character Development: 3/5 – World Building: 3/5

Things She’s Seen is the second novel (approx 304 pages) in Pat Esden’s Northern Circle Coven series and would sit happily in the fantasy or paranormal romance genres, although I don’t think you have to have read the first book to enjoy this one.

The Vermont based Northern Circle coven’s remaining full time members include Devlin, Brooklyn and Chandler with Chloe, Midas and Emily having recently passed their initiation into the coven as part of the story in the first book His Dark Magic.  

If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I write about how the story was told rather than the plot itself, which means that my reviews don’t contain spoilers of any kind or reveal any plot twists, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:

The coven’s under investigation. Its future is in peril. And for one troubled young psychic, the coming battle will threaten her newfound freedom—and brings back a dangerous desire . . .

Exploited as a child medium, Emily Adams escaped to grow up on the streets—and hit rock-bottom. She took shelter with the prestigious Northern Circle, intent on staying only long enough to get back on her feet. But the Circle is still reeling from a devastating supernatural attack and betrayal. And vengeful High Council of Witches investigator Gar Remillard is determined to make Em surrender the truth—and disband the Circle forever.

When Em’s psychic ability allows her to see Gar is haunted by a formidable ghost, her attempts to free him challenge Gar’s rugged French Canadian heart and rancorous loup-garou instincts. But even as their new alliance and past connection kindles into raging desire, a malevolent force rises up to destroy them—the Circle and even the High Council.

With all she’s grown to love on the line, Em must draw on her darkest nightmares and alliances with the dead to outwit and out magic a force who can imprison souls with a flick of the fingers and command legions of wraiths with one word. . . 

So, before we get into what I thought about this book, I want you to know that I was given an unedited digital version for free from the publisher (Kensington Books) after making a request via Netgally.com in exchange for an honest review. This has not influenced my review; these are my words, I’m giving you my honest opinion..

Pat Esden is a new-to-me author; I thought this book was good and I really enjoyed her writing style. I liked the world that she created; the politics, hierarchy and laws of the witching world. Esden’s story-telling skills are very good; the pace that this plot developed, at times, had me holding my breath and the prose she used perfectly described each scene – even the gruesome ones that are still stuck in my head. 😉

I liked that the mystery aspect of this story kept me gripped and although I didn’t experience the breadth of emotions that I was hoping for, Things She’s Seen still managed to shock me, make me angry and I even felt a tear trickle down my cheek during one particularly poignant scene.

I like the way that Ms Esden crafted her plot so that many of the main story threads have a satisfactory resolution by the end of this book. However, as expected, this is only the second book in a new series so you should be prepared for some of the background issues to be left awaiting resolution. 

I think that this is a good story, however, I feel I need to explain what didn’t work for me.

My main issue was with our young protagonist – OK, Emily Adams is actually in her twenties so some of you may not class her as young – I found her actions and thoughts too angsty, teen melodramatic for my middle-aged sensibilities. Ms Esden did ensure that Em’s character grew and developed slightly as the story progressed and I do understand how her life experiences impacted on her personality, however, her growth/change during this book wasn’t enough for my tastes.

I think Things She’s Seen is a good paranormal or urban fantasy romance story. It has all the aspects that I’m looking for; great writing style, a gripping plot with a good balance of mystery and action and a collection of well written characters that feel believable.

Although there are no explicit sex scenes, due to the nature of the story-lines and the graphic violence in this book, I would recommend Things She’s Seen to adults who are not offending by content of this nature and are fans of relationship, family and romance tales with grittier aspects within the mystery paranormal genre.

So, has my review of THINGS SHE’S SEEN (NORTHERN CIRCLE COVEN #2) encouraged you to find out more? I hope it has. Just click on any of the links below to check out the book yourself or to find out more about the author.

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Pat Esden would love to say she spent her childhood in intellectual pursuits. The truth is she was fonder of exploring abandoned houses and old cemeteries. When not out on her own adventures, she can be found in her northern Vermont home writing stories about brave, smart women and the men who capture their hearts.

She is the author of the contemporary fantasy Dark Heart series from Kensington Books, and the upcoming Northern Circle Coven series. Her short fiction has appeared in a number of publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, the Mythopoeic Society’s Mythic Circle, George Scither’s Cat Tales Anthology, and the Fragments of Darkness anthology.

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Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to read my review. I hope that my review has tempted you to find out more about this book and possible add it to your ever growing TBR pile. 😉


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