“Descension” is actually two love stories in one – we have present day Layla, a witch who doesn’t know she’s a witch, and Quinn, the strikingly handsome stranger who has loved her his entire life, and later we learn of their ancestors, Rhosewen (Rose) and Aedan, powerful bonded witches in their own right. This epic story got off to a rather slow start, but I was grateful to have been patient for once. Descension continued to gain momentum once Layla and Quinn met, and I was hesitant to put it done from then on.

Burgess chooses to introduce us to Layla, a 21 year old witch, just months after the death of her adoptive mother. Layla is soon led to uproot, leaving her exceptionally sheltered existence to embark on a quest for self-discovery. She meets Quinn, a chivalrous hotty who not only makes her feel things she’s never felt before, but guides her to her Wiccan history. Through him, she learns for the first time that she was adopted as a baby, has an entire family/coven in another state, a rather vivid history, and a whole lot of catching up to do. Oh, and there’s a villain on her trail who had a hand in the deaths of her biological parents.

In addition to the lovers, a bevy of colorful, mostly likeable supporting characters and hateable villains allow the reader to step into her world for the duration of the story. Burgess has woven two sweet love stories into a web of witchcraft, murder, and plain old scornful craziness. With the exception of the somewhat slow start, I really enjoyed “Descension,” and came to genuinely care about the characters. I was especially impressed by Burgess’ ability to weave the two love stories seamlessly. I recommend this book to both YA and adult readers – 4 stars.