Alchemy of a Witch: Part One: Calcination and Dissolution
Centuries before Dark Root...
A once peaceful land is besought with unrest, as The Great Sickness spreads its malignant vines across towns and villages. Suspicion reigns, as neighbor fears neighbor, and The Church searches for the root of the plague, and a scapegoat.
As the dead accumulate, a verdict is delivered: witchcraft is to blame.
In a sudden upheaval, the once revered Keepers-of-the-Old-Ways are vilified and hunted, as a new consciousness sweeps across the world—
Submit to the new ways, or perish.
As plague rages across neighboring villages, Leckwich's wise-woman, Almara, is arrested for witchcraft. Before she is taken away, Almara tasks her daughter, Morgan, with guardianship of two precious heirlooms. When Morgan herself is accused of witchcraft, she becomes a fugitive from her own village. Escaping with only her Mother's strange book and stone, she disappears into The Great Forest, and the rumored beasts that reside there.
This four-part, stand-alone prequel series reveals secret chapters of Dark Root lore.
Behind every story, is yet another story.
The mystical saga begins.
Alchemy of a Witch: Part Two: Separation and Conjunction
"Why would a witch bargain with the devil?" Morgan asked the young pilgrim marching alongside her.
The boy gave her a toothy grin, obviously pleased to pass along his wisdom. "The devil gives the witch her powers! He gives her the power to curse folk, to turn a man impotent, to command the weather, and to even take a soul! That's the devil's ultimate goal--collecting souls. We must always be vigilant," the boy said, stroking the silver cross dangling from his neck.
In the second installment of the Alchemy of a Witch series, Morgan returns to Leckwich to save her childhood friend from the nefarious Witch Hunter General and his band of mercenaries. There, she encounters old acquaintances, new allies, and long-forgotten magick. And she learns that she, herself, is the Witch Hunter's ultimate prize.
Alchemy of a Witch: Part Three: Fermentation
As Morgan continues her race to see her father before he hangs for heresy, her life is intersected by three powerful females:
The Prioress : A holy woman always willing to cut a deal.
The Lady: A noble woman determined to vanquish old magick.
The Hedge Witch: A cunning woman with tricks up her sleeve and stories to tell.
Each woman has the power to shape Morgan's destiny--but can any be trusted?
In this exciting third installment of the Alchemy of a Witch series, Morgan learns more about who she really is, and what is really important.
Alchemy of a Witch: Part Four: Distillation and Coagulation
After witnessing Alistair's hanging, Morgan flees Orshire in the wagon of a local hedge witch. In payment, Morgan agrees to become her apparentice while she waits for word from Jon.
But Jaffrey now has his fabled ring, and an army of dark servants. If they don't draw Morgan out of hiding, perhaps the threat of a witch-burning on Samhain will?
Alchemy of a Witch: The Complete Series
As The Great Sickness spreads across towns and villages, a once peaceful land is besought with unrest. Suspicion reigns, as The Church searches for the root of the disease, and also a scapegoat.
As the dead accumulate, a verdict is delivered: Witches are to blame. As a new consciousness sweeps the continent, the once revered Keepers-of-the-Old-Ways are faced with a choice: submit to the new ways or perish.
Now, young Morgan, who is next in line to become her village High Priestess, finds herself running from both the plague, and the men who hunt her. On her journey she meets a druid, a priestess and a hedge witch, who teach her the ways of magick. But can any of them be trusted?
Drawing upon history and occult lore, April Aasheim crafts a medieval witchy saga rich with romance, mystery and adventure, that will leave you believing in magick long after the story ends.