Title: Waking the Witch
I’m not usually a fan of books that cast a witch as the main heroine. They’re just not preternatural enough for me I guess. However, seeing how this one’s written by my all time favorite author, Kelley Armstrong, and I’ve already read the other 10 books in this series; I just had to give it a shot. Waking the Witch single handedly changed the negative views that I have about witches in Urban Fantasy. I adored Savannah as the leading lady in this book! I’ve only experienced her previously as a side character in this series but she is a phenomenal protagonist. Adam also tags along for the ride and I love me some fire demon!
I’ve always enjoyed Savannah’s personality so I was happy that I got to explore her point of view in greater detail in this book. She’s a tightly wound ball of attitude, cockiness and energy. Levine really wants to prove herself as an investigator and that she’s quite capable of working a case without supervision. I really admired her spunk! Part of why her witch heritage appealed to me so much is that she’s not afraid to use her magic. I find that the majority of fictional magic users are hesitant to use their powers and prefer to avoid conflicts whenever possible. Savannah’s the complete opposite of what I consider to be the typical witchy stereotype. The whole karma philosophy annoys me in this context. Powers are meant to be used in my opinion. I want my heroines to zap themselves some bad guys! In Waking the Witch Levine uses spells as much as she breathes.
The plot revolves around a cool “who done it” murder mystery. A few bodies have turned up and Savannah has been called in to help find the murderer. I liked how in many social situations Levine would think to herself: “how would Paige handle this situation?” This witch can be perceived as insensitive at times so she tries to align her thoughts with those of her guardian’s in order to get witnesses to cooperate. It can be hard to uncover leads when no one wants to talk to you! Paige would be so proud! All of the suspects seemed guilty which tested Savannah’s detective skills. I couldn’t make up my mind as to who I should point the finger at which is the sign of a great book! I hate it when the ending is too predictable.
Kelley Armstrong’s trademark writing is, as usual, flawless. The plot unravels so smoothly that you’ll loose track of time and be done before you know it. One of the things that I admire the most about the Women of the Otherworld series is how it feels like the story unravels in real time. I met Savannah as a child in Stolen back in 2002. It’s now nearly 10 years later and she’s 21 and has her own book. The twelfth novel, Spell Bound, also casts Miss Levine as the main character and I can’t wait to see what kind of trouble she gets into next! Waking the Witch bridges the gap between the Urban Fantasy and Young Adult genres by offering an adult approach to a young witch’s problems. Kelley Armstrong has never once disappointed me in this series and this is the 11th installment. That right there says it all!
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