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The Sisters of Witchdown

(Hexed Novels #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  148 ratings  ·  43 reviews

Luci Jenifer Inacio das Neves, Lucifer for short, isn't your typical teenaged girl.  She's a thief who survives by stealing bad things from bad people in the magical and mystical underworld hidden beneath our own.  So when a policeman's daughter, Gina, is kidnapped by a force he can't explain, Lucifer is the only one who has a chanc
Paperback, 281 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Pyr
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Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
This review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!

I’m a big fan of the urban fantasy genre with it’s kick ass heroines, nonstop action and supernatural elements, and Hexed is a YA urban fantasy that did not disappoint! Hexed features a thief with a mission – to recover a missing girl kidnapped by supernatural forces.

Not to be mistaken with the devil, Lucifer is a smart, resourceful and kick ass heroine who steals magical artifacts from bad people. I was really impressed wit
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Another excellent Young Adult novel from Pyr, the first of what I hope will be Hexed series featuring more of heroine Luci Jenifer Ignacio das Neves – Lucifer for short. Based on the author’s comic of the same name which I’ve actually not read before tackling this book (but you can be sure it’s on my to-read list now), Hexed: The Sisters of Witchdown has made me a new fan of Michael Alan Nelson.

The story begins with a Bl
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Luci is a kick arse, intelligent heroine that takes on the supernatural world with fervor.

Tracking down the missing Gina, Luci and Gina's boyfriend, David, uncover the dark truth behind her disappearance. As their trek progresses, the relationship between Luci and David starts to evolve into something more.

Hexed is a dark magical adventure. It was fun, entertaining and enjoyable. I really liked Luci, but I had a really hard time with the nickname Lucifer. As you can see by my lack to use it in
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars.

The nitty-gritty: An unexpectedly awesome combination of urban fantasy, Buffy-like hijinks and cinematic action scenes, with a dollop of teen angst and emotion thrown in for good measure.

"So, how does this friend of yours know about me and what exactly did she say?"

"That you were familiar with situations like this. That you were a . . . " He cleared his throat. "That you're a witch."

Lucifer couldn't stop laughing. "A witch? Seriously? Wow, is your friend off the mark. I'm not a witch
Hexed was like reading urban fantasy that was written for young adult readers. It was fast paced, fun and had the touch of romance that seems to be required with YA books.

Lucifer the main character has spunk and her self proclaimed status as thief of dangerous magical artifacts was a great way to put her into a position for many more future stories/books. What with that backstory I was surprised that the first adventure we experienced with her was a kidnapped persons case instead of her retrievi
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

I'll admit to being a bit wary of a book based on a comic. In fact, I had very low expectations for HEXED: THE SISTERS OF WITCHDOWN. And while it didn't blow my mind, HEXED was still an enjoyable young adult read with some fun characters and creative mythology.

Lucifer, the heroine of HEXED, is pretty badass. She survives on her own, stealing supernatural objects to keep them out of the hands of the bad guys. She's got mad skills, in my opinion, and is
Lynn Williams
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars - I love this.
Just finished reading Hexed which was a really entertaining start to what promises to be a great new series of urban fantasy books (at least I hope there are going to be more books!)

This is a fast paced story with plenty going on. We get off to an immediate start after a young girl called Gina is abducted following a stop over gone wrong at the local spooky derelict house. This is no normal abduction though, Gina has been literally
Apr 18, 2015 added it
I read the first 70 pages of Hexed. This one turned out too scary and full of witches and demon possessions for me, but Lucifer seems like a fun main character. I'm not sure how I feel about the love interest being in a committed relationship with the girl that is kidnapped since that seems like it can only lead to scumbag or unhappy angst though. The writing is snappy and banter-filled.
May 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Luci Jenifer Inacio das Neves--Lucifer, for short--isn't the kind of teenage girl you'd find at any given high school. Beyond the mundane such as her unusual name, living on her own in a dump of an apartment, thieving for a living, and avoiding the authorizes, there's the fact that she knows about magic while the rest of the human population lives unawares. She makes it clear from the beginning that she doesn't have magic, but she can use magical items. That's where the thief part comes in: she ...more
Angie Elle
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thank you to PYR and Netgalley for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars

Hexed is the story of a young woman named Lucifer who steals from the greedy in order to keep the rest of the world safe from the nefarious impulses of the paranormal. When a cops daughter goes missing, he enlists Lucifer’s help to get her back.

Lucifer was a wonderful main character. She was a strong, kick-butt heroine who rarely needed anyone to help her out of a jam. She chose to let the most p
Apr 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Lucifer is a thief and knows the secrets of the magical realm. She steals magical objects that if in the wrong hands could mean disaster. But in Hexed, a cop hires her to find his missing daughter. She's not just missing though. She was taken by a witch into the Shade, the realm of death. Lucifer needs the money, but she also knows she just can't leave Gina to her fate, so she takes on her most dangerous job yet. With the help of Gina's boyfriend and some new acquaintances, Lucifer must find her ...more
Shannon Flowers
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was unfamiliar with the Hexed comic book series from Boom! Studios by Michael Alan Nelson started in 2008. So when I received Hexed the book based on the comic book series I wasn’t sure what to make of it. Would I be lost because I hadn’t read the comic? Would none of it make sense? An emphatic “No.” to both of those questions once I started to read Hexed, subtitled The Sisters of Witchdown.

The great thing about the novel, is that Michael Alan Nelson is the author of the comic book series, so
Jul 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
Review written for and published by Portland Book Review on July 9th:

Young Luci Jenifer Inacio das Neves, or Lucifer for short, is a thief. However, she isn’t interested in the usual jewels or valuables, not unless they’re cursed or magical items. Lucifer works to keep these dangerous items out of the hands of people who would use them to harm others. Due to her familiarity with the magical underworld a policeman, whose daughter has been kidnapped through a mirror by a powerful coven of witches,
Alasia Kinton
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars!

If you're a fan of Buffy, or kick butt female protagonists in general, then this is the book for you. The writing is excellent and very easy to follow without having to bust out a thesaurus.

I found myself engrossed in Lucifer (the origins of this name are explained in the book though it is a bit of a stretch) and her world from the very first page. I have read a lot of urban fantasy though this is the first I've read in Ya form and it was a great introduction to the genre! She is a per
Blodeuedd Finland
Apr 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, ya
A good book is one which when you start to read it the pages just fly by. I enjoyed this one. Easy to read, entertaining, fun.

Lucifer, oh I can't remember all her names, but it's shortened Lucifer. She sees it as a memory to her grandmothers and is proud over her nickname, and since I named my cat that. Good name girl.

She is a thief of magical objects, living on her own and well able to protect herself. She is hired to find a missing girl that has been taken by magic. She gets some help from the
Feb 03, 2015 marked it as to-read
Expected publication: May 5th 2015 by Pyr
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Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Review copy provided by Prometheus for an honest review.


• One of the most unique magic system I've ever read about, rivaling Blaze of Glory
• Kick-butt protagonist
• David's sweetness and cute smile
• Awesome magical items - where can I get my own trick bag?
• Suspenseful plot, kept you on your toes
• Lucifer's name - love it!
• Lucifer's no-nonsense attitude
• The fact Lucifer had to make someone sneeze out a filcher demon possessing them... I'm still laughing at that scene!


• Love triangle
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
originally posted at:

I am a big fan of supernatural stuff and when I saw the cover of Hexed it directly reminded me of Firestarter by Stephen King. The guys and girls over at Pyr definitely know how to make a book attractive. Later I learned that Hexed is the first book adaptation to the popular comic book series, also written by Michael Alan Nelson, with the same name. From this you can make up that I am not familiar with the comic series so this is all
Gordon MacKenzie
Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it
wasn't quite sure what to expect with a character called Lucifer but, it grew on me and was an enjoyable read must read more :-)
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Sisters of Witchdown is the first book in the Hexed series, a young adult novel based on the Hexed comic. If you haven’t read any of the comics yet, don’t worry, the book perfectly introduces you to the main character Lucifer and her world, so no prior knowledge is needed. I was however curious to see how a story that has been growing as a graphic novel would translate to prose. In this case it was pretty successful. I really enjoyed the powerful story and was immediately hooked by the quirk ...more
Clay Haase
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Hexed: The Sisters of Witchdown follows Lucifer, a teenage girl and a thief who survives by stealing magical items that could spell disaster if in the wrong hands. Written by Michael Alan Nelson, and a young adult and paranormal (low fantasy) novel, it is the first novel based on the Hexed comics to come out. Is it interesting? Certainly. Is it a page-turner? Definitely.

So, what does the plot of Hexed follow?

So when Gina, a policeman’s daughter, is kidnapped by a
Apr 22, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a book that is based on a comic series. I haven't read the comic so I was curious as to how this translates into book format. It is well written and I think that even those YA readers who are rather young would enjoy this one. It does have a horror element to it so I guess it depends on the reader as to how well they would be able to handle it. Those that read adult horror will have absolutely no problems with this one.

While I did enjoy Lucifer and how she got her name, I did not enjoy t
R. Kain
Sep 02, 2015 rated it liked it
As a fan of the Hexed series, I liked this book. I liked learning more about Lucifer and her past. I liked her going out of her way to save some girl she hadn't met before. It's the sort of thing I like with Dresden Files and it made me happy I bought this book.

There's one factor that stopped me from rating this higher: DAVID.

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Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've been a little salty by how often Goodreads classifies what I'm reading as "young adult", and oh no here we go again: The main character is Lucifer, the Brazilian thief first introduced in the Fall of Cthulhu series. The author gave Lucifer her very own 4-issue miniseries in 2009, and then a full 12-issue series in 2014. This book appears to take place before the miniseries, and has consequences that aren't addressed until the full series.

Lucifer is accosted @ home by a police officer who w
Henry Lazarus
May 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Michael Alan Johnson continues his graphic novel Hexed (which I haven’t read) with a real novel about The Sisters of Witchdown (Trade from Pyr ), witches trapped in the Shade. There’s a book wrapped in human skin that, if read, will allow the witches to trap a young woman to eventually hold one of their souls. Gina, who they trap, fortunately has a cop for a father. He has the connections to contact Lucifer (named for her two grandmothers who saved her life). She is a seventeen-year-old illegal ...more
This was a pretty fun read! The descriptions were quite vivid, so it was easy to see how it was adapted from a comic book.

I think I struggled with the same problems many other readers did, namely, Lucifer's motivations, her interest in David, and her willingness to let him joyride on the job.

Lucifer as a character was fun and interesting and I felt less like I was diving into a world too late, as I felt with Owl and the Japanese Circus . There were enough flashbacks that it didn't feel like I
Lady Entropy
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks
I do like this comic book series, but the novel was underwhelming. It did spend some time setting up the support characters from the comics, but the weakness of the book laid in Lucifer herself. For someone who was supposed to be amazing and smart (herself and the book and the other characters kept telling us that), she acted incredibly stupid all the time, and unable to see things everyone else could. She insulted people for no reason, in the vain hope it'd make the readers see her as badass an ...more
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This novel is a prequel to the amazing graphic novel Hexed, and I want more of both. Lucifer is a fabulous character, normal and magical, brave and brilliant and so strong, but also sad and lonely and hopeful. I would LOVE for this to be a TV show. The blurbs say she's the next Buffy, and she might be, only coming at it from the other side--her whole life has been a strange, frightening, mystical experience, and only now is she starting to connect with real people.

Anyway, this was a fast-paced a
Jan 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book is proof that comic books and novels are NOT the same thing and just because you can write one does not mean you can write the other. I liked the Hexed comics. They weren't great, but they were interesting, I'd give them a solid C+. I was actually excited when I heard about this book, as it seemed like a continuation of the comics. But this book is just plain awful. The prose is so stilted and the dialogue reads like the most awkward and amateurish play. So sad. I guess I'll just go re ...more
Deanna Laming
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spoon good

I have been looking for a book that would get my interest for awhile
When I saw this the cover pulled me in at first. The descriptions does not do it justice.
Lucifer is a badass, streetsmart girl who knows how to get things done. But she also feels, but not the the point where is it annoying.
If you are looking a book where there is magic, action and a badass female lead. Then this is the book for you.
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Michael Alan Nelson grew up in a small Indiana farming community before moving to Los Angeles in 2002. He is the winner of the 2004 New Times 55 Fiction contest for his short-short "The Conspirators" and was awarded the 2011 Glyph Comics Award for Best Female Character for the character Selena from his series "28 Days Later." Michael is the author of the critically acclaimed comic series "Hexed," ...more