Review: Bane (The Coven #2) by Trish Milburn

Book Blurb

To protect those she loves from herself, Jax will leave them all behind. She'll risk everything in a desperate search for answers. 

Jax Pherson fled the darkest of covens and from her own father's evil. For a brief moment, her courage was rewarded. She found everything she'd ever wanted. A normal life. An amazing boyfriend. An envy-worthy best friend . 

But her past put them all in danger, forcing a confrontation with the dark covens. In a life-and-death battle to save those she loved from the covens, Jax gained staggering power. Power so intense, so dangerous, she fears the darkness that now dwells inside her like a living thing. 

If she can't control the power, she may yet become as evil as the witches she conquered. 

With her friend Egan, Jax leaves all she's built and heads for the one place that might hold the answers she desperately needs to hold back the darkness-Salem, Massachusetts. Her research unearths a shocking discovery: the Bane, a secret group of witches dedicated to thwarting the covens.
Jax desperately needs their help in her fight against the covens, but finding the Bane is easier said than done and takes all her skills and courage. As Jax gets closer, her dark powers begin to rise and control her actions. If she succumbs to the darkness, Jax may have as much to fear from the Bane as the evil covens and the determined hunter on her trail.

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Jax and Egan are in Salem, Massachusetts looking for information that will help in fighting their coven.  They have decided to go back to where it all started.  They left Toni and Keller behind to keep them safe.  Both Jax and Egan feel guilty about leaving them but know it was the right thing to do.  As they are doing research they find a family of non-magical witches that agree to help them find information.  Jax is surprised at what she finds.  She must find the Bane and fight the darkness that is trying to overtake her.  Her being a white witch is in danger of being lost.  Everyone they care about is now a target as the ultimate hunter sets his sights on Jax and Egan.  Keller and Toni are also being hunted.  Jax has to fight the darkness and save those she loves.
This is the second book in the series.  Jax is still on the run from her coven with Egan.  They are searching and they make a good team.  You want them to succeed.  I felt bad that she had to leave Keller behind but you understand after you read the ending of the first book.  Jax knows the danger she and Egan are up against.
The author keeps the mystery and time crunch going.  The story keeps the reader on their toes.  You feel the frustration Jax and Egan have as they hit dead ends in their search.  The fear they have when Keller and Toni are missing.  Then Jax has to fight the darkness inside herself.  It is becoming a constant battle.  It adds to the drama of what they are already facing.

The author keeps things rolling and the final battle of the story is surprising and Jax has to balance her forces.  I can’t wait for what happens next.  It was a great read.  I give it a 4 out of 5.

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