Trying to remember a book in the occult genre - modern day magic - in which a woman is trying to teach herself witch magic as a way to fight back against her overbearing, controlling husband. It turns out her husband is deep in the occult. The climactic fight scene takes place in a defunct zoo.

  • Hi, welcome to the site. In roughly which year did you read this and when do you think it might've been published? Also, do you recall anything about the cover? Jun 7 at 2:16

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Sworn to the Night by Craig Schaefer sprang immediately to mind when reading this question.

From the blurb on Goodreads:

On the other side of the city, Nessa Roth is a college professor trapped in a loveless marriage, an unwilling prop in a political dynasty. She's also a fledgling witch, weaving poppets and tiny spells behind closed doors.

A bit later on in the blurb:

Just outside New York, an abandoned zoo becomes the hunting-ground for servants of a savage and alien king.

I recall the ending battle being in the zoo, but I could be recalling it wrong.

  • that's the one! thanks DafyddNZ!
    – Sam in MA
    Jun 7 at 20:46

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