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The Witchkin Murders

(Magicfall #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  494 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Four years ago, my world—the world—exploded with wild magic. The cherry on top of that crap cake? The supernatural world declared war on humans, and my life went straight to hell.

I used to be a detective, and a damned good one. Then Magicfall happened, and I changed along with the world. I’m witchkin now—something more than human or not quite human, depending on your persp

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Published June 7th 2019 by Bell Bridge Books
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THE WITCHKIN MURDERS by Diana Pharaoh Francis is the first book in her Magicfall series. To me, this was a combination of urban fantasy, murder mystery and supernatural police procedural, with a little paranormal romance.

Four years ago, Magicfall, an explosion of wild magic, occurred and the world was forever changed. While this story takes place in Portland, Oregon, the rest of the world is in similar or worse shape. There was a war between some supernaturals and those that were human and many
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
It's extremely irritating to pay full price (8$) for a traditionally published book and then get a sub par work because the publisher couldn't make a final quality check. The Kindle edition is 'printed' with half the pages randomly in italics, a perfect choice for a screen no doubt :/
It's very difficult to read on a tablet or phone, but even on a 'kindle paper' it's not pleasant. I found it very distracting.

This is a UF book set in post apocalyptic setting (the usual magic tragedy), nothing new
Marta Cox
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
Magic, secrets and of course murder fuel the plot of this story that's set in a somewhat alternative world. The last thing Kayla needs is her ex partner getting wind of why she really quit the force but the universe is certainly having a lot of fun at her expense. First it gave her the worst family imaginable, then it decided to turn her into a Monster and now it's got Kayla working with Ray on a case only this time would you believe there are godly tantrums to sort out ?
I really liked the world
Janet Newport
Thank you NetGalley and Bell Bridge Books for this arc.

I don't believe I've read this author's work before. But a quick check on GR let me know that it likely would have some romance mixed in with the fantasy story. While I'm usually okay with some romance mixed in, I found this to be too heavy on the romance for me in that it was a distraction from the main story.

The world was an interesting one, but apparently there's a previous series -- The Horngate Witches -- in which the world is more ful
Jessica Robbins
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-kindle
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

Magic has entered the world and pretty much completely changed it. Those who developed some type of power are known as witchkin and left to police themselves. The humans separate themselves which could be their downfall. There is some great world building going on, lots of action, some mystery, a touch of romance, and lots of surprises that will keep you turning the page until there are no more. Perfect
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5


The Witchkin Murders is the first installment in author Diana Pharaoh Francis' Magicfall Urban Fantasy series. 4 years ago, the world exploded with wild magic. The cherry on top of that crap cake? The supernatural world declared war on humans, and those like Kayla Reese and Ray Garza found themselves living a different life. Kayla Reese went from a cop to scavenger overnight, while Detective Ray Garza, Kayla's former partner, has been
Three and a half stars.

Four years ago Kayla's world imploded when wild magic exploded and the supernatural world (or Witchkin) declared war on the humans. Now there is an uneasy truce with humans and the technomages on one side and all Witchkin on the other. Kayla was a successful detective until the war, when wild magic hit she transformed into a terrible monster whenever she got wet. Unable to continue working for Portland PD she now scavenges for scarce resources like tampons and peanut butte
Nancy D   Miz-Firefly aka Sparky
The Witchkin Murders has everything I could ask for in a book. A strong take no crap heroine; a yummy, flawed hero, interesting world building. Magic, and secrets, and impending doom. Oh my.

I like Diana Pharoah Francis. I loved her Diamond City Magic Series. I dove into this book hoping to find another read like Trace of Magic but did not find it.

This book is a spin-off/offshot? Of “The Horngate Witches” and I really wish I’d read that first. The world building is interesting, but there is a lo
Eva Millien
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The world exploded with wild magic and the supernatural world declared war on humans and Kayla life went straight to hell. She used to be a detective and now she’s witchkin and a scavenger trying to hide her secret. But any chance she had of escaping her past and keeping her secret disappears when she discovers a murder scene that screams whit signs of black magic ritual. She has to work with her old partner who hates her for abandoning the department and if she screws this up, Portland will be ...more
The Witchkin Murders was all over the place for me. I really did love it at times but then it kind of dragged on and on.

Kayla was a police detective when the magicfall happened. She quit her job and disappeared from her partner's life. But now she needs him when she discovers murders in the park.

Ray is angry with Kayla for leaving without a trace but he was pretty mean to her when she said she needed to go. He still has no idea what caused Kayla to quit the force but he sure isn't going to let
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
This is the first book in the Magicfall series. The author is a new one for me and I was not disappointed. Awesome stuff lives in these pages. I realized later that I had another of the author’s books in my Kindle Library (THE CIPHER). So, I may be reaching for that one soon hoping it is as stellar as this one.

This book has a pretty interesting magic system. I used to wonder what people meant when they said that, and this book really schooled me on magic systems and what they truly mean. Basic p
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked that this book is set in the world of the The Horngate Witches, but if you haven’t read the series you will have no problem reading this one. This books seems to be the aftermath if what happened in the other series a few years later.

I liked the dynamic between Kayla and Ray, how they had a great history of partners when they were cops. Sadly when the magic apocalypse happened their relationship imploded as Kayla left the police force. Now it’s years later, both of them are hiding things
Diane Pharaoh Francis “The Witchkin Murders – Magicfall” is a great addition to the paranormal urban fantasy oeuvre. Francis knows how to write interesting stories and this “kitchen sink” urban fantasy successfully melds the paranormal, post-apocalyptic, romance and detective genres in the first in a new series about a much changed world after Magicfall and the Witchwar. The world erupted in a cataclysm, magic was strewn around affecting a vast slice of people. Magical creatures have come out of ...more
Bobbie Kirkland
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of THE WITCHKIN MURDERS (Magicfall: Book 1) by Diana Pharaoh Francis in exchange for an honest review. Magicfall brought the return of magic to the world and a war between the magical witchkin and the humans. The war is now over, and the magical and nonmagical people reside uneasily together in this strange new post-apocalyptic world. Prejudice is rampant, and police assistance is only available to the nonmagical. Kayla was a police detective before Magicfall; afterward, s ...more
Elena Linville
I tried ya'll, I really did. I gave it 50 pages to grab me or to at least feel something other than growing irritation with the two alternating protagonists. But in the first 50 pages we have all the things that I hate in books:

1. Info-dump about the world and what happened in the first 5 pages.

2. A female protagonist that behaves like a hormonal teenager with a short fuse. Actually, scratch that, EVERYONE I met in the first 5 pages behaves like hormonal teenagers with short fuses. How can matur
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Witches, mages, and Gods. Oh my! Great characters with an exciting new world to explore. Action, mystery, and romance kept me glued to my ereader. The Witchkin Murders is the first book I’ve read by Diana Pharaoh Francis and definitely won’t be my last! I’m looking forward to more in the series!

*ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome book. The world building is great. I can't wait to read what comes next!. #TheWitchkinMurders #NetGalley
Katherine Paschal
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
*Review can be found at

When the Guardians rose up, tired of the magical community living in hiding from the humans, they brought forth magic and war to the humans. But many people who thought that they were just simple humans had hidden powers brought forth as well, causing them to be altered in surprising ways, even at times losing their human shapes. Kayla is one of the altered ones, leaving behind her past as a police officer to instead scavenge and attem
Deborah Ross
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Magic, long underground, has exploded from its confines, leaving the world and its human inhabitants transformed by Magicfall and the subsequent Magic Wars. Most of those transformed by magic – “witchkin,” including witches, dryads, and many even more mysterious creatures – are shunned by humans. When Portland, Oregon, police detective Kayla realized she was one such, she abruptly left the force rather than be discovered. But when she stumbles upon the ritualistic mass murder of witchkin, she ca ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Advance copy provided by NetGalley.

The story is set in an interesting "post-Magicfall" Portland, when magic has challenged technology for supremacy. Fans of the Kate Daniels series and the show Grimm will likely find the premise familiar. The protagonist is a former cop who's hiding one or two really significant secrets: 1. She's witchkin, and 2. she comes from a background none of her former colleagues would suspect. Once Magicfall hit - when magic became the dominating force over technology -
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-reads, favorites
Title: The Witchkin Murders
Series: Magicfall Book #1
Stand Alone Title: yes
Author: Diana Pharaoh Francis
Genre: Romance, Sci-fi Fantasy
Blurb: Four years ago, my world—the world—exploded with wild magic. The cherry on top of that crap cake? The supernatural world declared war on humans, and my life went straight to hell.
I used to be a detective, and a damned good one. Then Magicfall happened, and I changed along with the world. I’m witchkin now—something more than human or not quite human, dependin
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Four years ago the supernatural world declared war on the humans and magic rained down on everyone causing mayor changes for everyone in its path. After Magicfall the world was never the same for anyone.

Kayla’s life changed drastically for her after Magicfall. Kayla is now a witchkin something that is not exactly human anymore. Before Magicfall Kayla was a detective a job she loved very much but after the war changed her she left the department and now she can be found scavenging the streets fo
Ashley Reyes
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy for an honest review from Netgalley.

This is not the first book by this author I’ve read. I liked the voice and attitudes of the characters in the previous two series’ i’ve read, and this definitely does not disappoint. Like her other books, this is an alternate history- magic came and literally exploded out; changing the landscape and fabric of humanity.
Before, Kayla was a decorated detective, partnered with Ray, and disappeared from the force after Magicfall. According t
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this novel from net galley and the publisher. Thank you!
This novel was an excellent read to start the series! So much action and mystery, involving murders and magic. The author draws you into this new world. Magicfall occurred four years ago, and some people developed special abilities and powers. This did not sit well with the humans. Kayla is one of those people, who had to leave a job she loved because of her own transformation that she could not control. Her partner, Ray, felt be
C. S.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNFing at 16% for primarily it's-not-you-it's-me reasons.

The worldbuilding and base concept of this book are really intriguing and well grounded in a tantalizing setting. The plot is also a juicy genre blend of mystery, procedural, and gritty urban fantasy.

But I'm just not into it.

The main female POV character is strong and engaging, but I had trouble connecting with the main male character, especially when early on, he made this inner dialogue comment about a female coworker: "If she needed or
Ashley (Red-Haired Ash Reads)
Wow! This was so good. This was a fascinating world with amazing characters.

Magicfell was an explosion of magic that revitalized and unleashed magic upon the world. Old creatures came back to life and some humans found they were no longer human. Kayla, a ex-cop, left the force right after magicfall when she realized she was a shifter. Four years later she comes across a magical murder and calls in her old partner, Ray, to investigate.

I really loved all the characters in this book. Kayla was st
Rebecca Goss
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Magicfall occurred many humans were changed. When two cops, partners, friends were both changed and neither told the other, feelings were devastated and left to fester for several years. When Kayla discovers and reports a witchkin murder, Ray responds. They work together to solve the crimes and find help along the way. Prejudice and fear, from themselves and others, cloud Kayla and Ray’s actions and must be faced. I enjoyed this fantasy book a lot and look forward to the next in the series. ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A truly amazing novel. It includes mystery, character, magic, a little romance, and a lot of intrigues.

There are multiple layers to this story, and there is a feeling of a fully formed world one in which a lot more could hopefully be explored. The richness of this story led me to read straight through and I think it'll do the same for anyone else.

I received this copy from NetGalley in exchange for a frank review and it is my opinion that this is well worth the purchase and well worth the time
Karen Fisher
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: karen-fisher
Amazing book! My eyes are blurred from not being able to put it down. The intricately detailed and designed world is beyond words. This is the first book by this author I have had the pleasure of reading but it definitely won't be the last. The story is built around Kayla. Her past, her family, her state of being propels this book into epic fantasy. A truly great book! I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley and freely leave this honest review.
Maggie Mcdonald
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So good

So, so good. What an interesting twist on the genre. Mysteries to solve, powerful bad guys, the formation of a group of heroes. It really doesn't get better. Diana Pharaoh Francis has been a favorite author of mine for years. She's got another winner here. Check it out
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