She came to life on Halloween. She cast a wicked spell upon the residents of Windale, Massachusetts. And then she was destroyed .... but Elizabeth Wither, the leader of an ill-fated coven of witches, still haunts the one human powerful enough to dispel her ancient curse: the supernaturally gifted Wendy Ward.
The abominable snowman crossed with a werewolf. A rabid grizzly on steroids.
With four females as the main characters, none of whom are quite what they seem, I was delighted that Passarella wrote them so well. Strong and yet at the same time vulnerable, they were totally believable and I found myself really caring for them - especially Abbey and Hannah who, unusually for such books, were children and particularly well written with the author, very cleverly I thought, exploring just how youngsters of that age might cope given these types of 'powers'.
Not unreasonable that an author should invest lots of time in their characters, in getting the reader to understand just why they are the way they are but much less common is the author devoting so much time to a mythical, and lets be honest, a really quite terrifying, beast and yet Passarella does exactly this in getting us to see the, I think, tragic story of the wendigo.
Not a horror as such and certainly quite unlike any of the other supernatural stories I have read, I'd recommend Wither's Legacy, an ex library stock read, to fans of both these genres.