Spells & Ashes by Kim Richardson – A Book Review

Posted November 24, 2019 by Booksandblurbs in Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 1 Comment

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Spells & Ashes

(The Dark Files – Book 1)

by Kim Richardson
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Urban Fantasy
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Down and Dirty

This is a gritty and fast paced Urban Fantasy that fits into Kim Richardson‘s Dark World. New characters, old faces and well done. Free on Kindle Unlimited.

What is it about?

(Blurb from GoodReads)

Are you ready for a new kind of witch?

My name is Samantha Beaumont and I’m a witch.

But I’m not your average dark witch. I specialize in Goetia—the ancient art of conjuring demons—and exorcisms.

That’s right. I hunt and banish demons and other supernatural baddies. But not with a fancy sword or a dagger. No, I banish these suckers with good old-fashioned magic.

All is well until a human girl is murdered and her soul taken by a Greater demon. It gets worse. Human bodies are dropping like flies and it’s up to me to find the Greater demon and kill it. But everyone knows it’s not that simple.

I might have to reveal my secret… if it came to light, I would be dead and all my friends with me.

Thoughts on Spells & Ashes

4.5 rounded up

How have I never read this author before?? I adore a good urban fantasy and this one is honestly better than most. It gives just enough information to craft the world while still moving the plot along at a fast clip. There’s a touch of romance, a whole slew of danger and a hefty dose of magic – all mixed in a cauldron of awesomeness.


  • Great characters, I’m truly not sure who is my favorite.
  • Ok, Colin… he might be my fav.
  • Or Poe. Honestly? A raven named Poe? Love it.
  • Well written.
  • Very Fast.
  • Plot is concise and focused.
  • That cover!


  • What Good is a psychic if we don’t get to hear the inner workings of what he hears? lol!!


First Person, Single POV

Ending Type



R for violence, but can easily be read by upper teen.

Romantic Dynamic


Character Age Range


Final Verdict on Spells & Ashes

4.5 out of 5 Stars

I really enjoyed this Urban Fantasy – even if it felt a bit formulaic. It has all the right parts and they are slotted together in just the right way to craft a great book that will entertain for a few hours. Free on KU!

Published September 23rd, 2019
327 Pages

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Your Turn

Have you read this book yet? How about other books by Kim Richardson? What do you think? Leave a comment, I would love to talk!


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