Book Review: Waking the Witch by: Kelly Armstrong

Waking the Witch (Women of the Otherworld, Book 11)

Publisher: Dutton Adult

Publish Date: 27 July 2010

Origins: Publisher for Review

Format: Paperback

Blurb: The orphaned daughter of a sorcerer and a half-demon, Savannah is a terrifyingly powerful young witch who has never been able to resist the chance to throw her magical weight around. But at 21 she knows she needs to grow up and prove to her guardians, Paige and Lucas, that she can be a responsible member of their supernatural detective agency. So she jumps at the chance to fly solo, investigating the mysterious deaths of three young women in a nearby factory town as a favor to one of the agency's associates. At first glance, the murders look garden-variety human, but on closer inspection signs point to otherworldly stakes.

Soon Savannah is in over her head. She's run off the road and nearly killed, haunted by a mystery stalker, and freaked out when the brother of one of the dead women is murdered when he tries to investigate the crime. To complicate things, something weird is happening to her powers. Pitted against shamans, demons, a voodoo-inflected cult and garden-variety goons, Savannah has to fight to ensure her first case isn't her last. And she also has to ask for help, perhaps the hardest lesson she's ever had to learn.

Review in 5: Fast-paced, intriguing, wonderful, well-written, imaginative

Review: Savannah Levine is now 21 and still ‘just’ a researcher at Paige and Lucas’ agency. She feels like she’s ready to take on a case of her own when one just falls into her lap. Paige, Lucas, and Adam are all away and Savannah’s headed out to the town of Columbus, Washington to investigate three murders with supernatural overtones.

There are some very interesting characters that Savannah meets in her search for information about the three young women who were killed: Kayla and Paula, one of the murdered girls’ daughter and mother; Michael, the latest dead girl’s brother; Cody, the shady married boyfriend; and the ‘cult’ of cookie makers in the hills. Between the obstacles she finds in her path and her suddenly unreliable powers, Savannah has a lot to deal with on her first solo investigation. What happens when you realize you really can’t do everything on your own?

I was so very happy when I got to review this book! I love all of the books in Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series and this one was no different. Of course, now that I’ve read it, I can’t wait for the next book!! I enjoyed the story very much and I think it’s great that she finally wrote a book in Savannah’s voice and we get to see so much more about what makes her tick. Remember: never make promises you can’t keep…

Series: Women of the Otherworld Series: Bitten (1), Stolen (2), Dime Store Magic (3), Industrial Magic (4), Haunted (5), Broken (6), No Humans Involved (7), Personal Demon (8), Living With the Dead (9), Frostbitten (10), Waking the Witch (11)


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  1. I agree with you, I've been waiting for Savannah's story for a long time! I can't wait to see how it continues, I hope she goes straight back into it from her POV again in the next book.

  2. Between you and Beth---I think I am convinced I must read Kelly Armstrong :)


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