Heartless Hunter

­Wednesday Bks. (Crimson Moth: Bk. 1). Feb. 2024. 416p. Tr $20. ISBN 9781250866905.
Gr 9 Up–Rune Winters is living a double life. By day she is an airheaded debutante flitting from party to party and by night she is the Crimson Moth, a masked crusader dedicated to rescuing witches from the clutches of the Blood Guard. Gideon Sharpe took control of his life the day that he helped overthrow the corrupt Witch Queens, sisters who ruled over their island kingdom with the magic afforded them by their blood. Witches need their own blood, or that of another person, to cast their spells, leaving behind an intricate tracery of scars visible to the naked eye. A captain of the Blood Guard, Gideon is convinced that all witches are evil and need to be rounded up and punished. Rune and Gideon will stop at nothing to see their missions completed. When they both decide that cozying up to their own worst enemy is worth the risk, they didn’t count on actually beginning to care for each other. Fans of the enemies-to-lovers trope will not be able to put this book down. Ciccarelli creates a world that will immediately immerse readers. Those familiar with The Scarlet Pimpernel will recognize the essence of the story in this gender-swapped fantasy reimagining.
VERDICT Give this one to fans of Kendare Blake’s “Three Dark Crowns” series and Bridgerton, both the show and books.

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