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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Review and Giveaway - Whisper of a Witch by Suza Kates

I found this to be a "charmed" story.
Whisper of a Witch by Suza Kates

Genre: fantasy, paranormal
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Mossy Oak Publishing (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984592903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984592906 
Rating:  4.5 of 5

Product Description
Shauni Miller has no idea why her life is changing, but she must answer when an unknown force summons her to a mystical island. She also harbors a secret, one that has the potential to alter her life forever. Dr. Michael Black helps Shauni in her time of need, but sees more in the raven-haired temptress than she ever meant to reveal. He knows she's hiding something, but then, so is he. Only the fates know what role they will play in a centuries-old prophecy. Or if one of them has to die.

This book started with a prologue introducing nine women whose lives are about to change. The women are quite diverse and interesting.  Reading the prologue made me realize (and hope) that the series would have stories for each of the women. The writing is fluid and direct and somehow (magically?) pulls you in to want to know the characters and learn their stories.

The nine women are a special coven who have been summoned together to fight a great evil that is trying to rise in Savannah. Each woman has to face a trial against the evil in order for the group to prevail.  This is pretty alarming when most of the women had no idea that they were witches or could fight evil and they are mostly unprepared. Not to mention that they will have to learn to accept their weaknesses and differences in order to work together.

This first book is about beautiful Biologist, Shauni, who has a special, secret gift with animals.  Shauni has no idea why she is there with these other women and doesn’t understand how she is expected to help them.

As soon as Shauni arrives in Savannah she  rescues an injured puppy and gets to meet hunky veterinarian,  Dr. Michael Black.  Michael is stunned by this beauty but he reacts abruptly and coldly because, in his experience, beautiful women tend to be selfish liars. Although he fairly quickly decides that is not the case with Shauni, he is certain she is hiding some secret.  He wants to find out her secret even though he isn’t ready to reveal his own unusual secret either.

Shauni and Michael begin to get to know each other and decide to take a chance on exploring the electrical attraction between them. But is he going to help or hinder Shauni as she faces her challenge as the first of the nine witches to fight the evil?

The story moves quickly with lots of confrontation on various levels: women learning and coping with each other’s foibles, Shauni and Michael hiding their secrets, and evil opponents attacking the new coven.  The romance element is nicely done adding to the engaging storyline. The description of Savannah is so rich I want to go visit...sooner rather than later.

I enjoyed many episodes of the TV series Charmed, which my daughter would often watch. This book reminded me of that series with the different personalities and the good witches fighting evil. This book is good entertainment and I look forward to reading all the stories in the series.

Thank you to the author for this book to read and review. Ms. Kates has kindly agreed to do a Giveaway of the book too!
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