A Spell for the Revolution
This second book in the Traitor to the Crown series finds Proctor Brown and Deborah Walcott continuing their battle against the Covenant, a shadowy alliance of witches who are determined to do great evil, and who are working to defeat the rebel Americans, favoring British troops and Hessian mercenaries in the War of Independence. Proctor and Deborah are still developing their own powers, while they are constantly challenged by members of the Covenant, under the direction of an exceedingly powerful Hessian necromancer. In their quest to keep this man from harnessing the power of young witches, Proctor and Deborah set out from Massachusetts to Long Island to rescue one boy. Their travels place them at key battles, with the action ending at Trenton in December 1776.
I am enjoying this series immensely. I know very little about the American Revolution, but the author limns the details carefully, so that the weather and the despair just leap off the page. The alternate reasons for the outcomes of battles and the condition of the troops are creative and engaging. Yet it is fairly simple to remove the fantasy elements and get an excellent sense of the actual history involved. I strongly recommend reading this series in order, starting with The Patriot Witch.