"Terrific romantic fantasy"
Paige Winterbourne has spent much of her twenty-threes
years of life in trouble with the Elders who felt her
defiant ways made her unfit to succeed her highly regarded
mother as head of the American Coven of Witches. However,
nine months ago, the Elders and Paige no longer had time
when her mother was murdered. Paige "adopted" a young
teen witch Savannah Levine who also saw her mom die.
Conversely Savannah's dad, the powerful sorcerer Kristof
Nash, wants his child that he ignored for years as he
recognizes the evil potential.
Besides the common thread of mourning their losses, Paige
knows that Kristof dabbles in malevolence and will use his
offspring in the dispute against witches and others.
Kristof will do anything to obtain control of
this "weapon" including murder and framing Paige as the
culprit. Her best hope to stop Kristof is attorney Lucas
Cortez who is a sorcerer and everyone knows that sorcerers
and witches are like oil and water so why does she think
he is such a hunk.
DIME STORE MAGIC is a terrific contemporary fantasy that
makes sorcery and witchcraft seem genuine in a world
filled with computers even if it is unbelievable that a
witch would ever depend on a sorcerer. The action-packed
storyline is fast-paced and provides strong
characterization especially the heroine, the villain, the
hero, and the teen target. Fans will want to be BITTEN by
the Armstrong aura that mystically leaves the audience
wondering how their time was STOLEN by an author with the
magic to engage the reader in one sitting spells.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 1, 2004
Forget the cackling green hag in The Wizard of Oz, forget Samantha from Bewitched. Real witches are nothing, NOTHING like this. For years real witches have hidden their powers, afraid of being persecuted. They have integrated so well into the community, you could have a witch living right next door and never know about it. Take Paige, for instance, whom we first met in Kelley Armstrong's novel Stolen. Just an ordinary twenty-something who runs her own website design company, worries about her weight and wonders if she'll ever find a boyfriend. Okay, so she's leader of the American Coven and guardian of Savannah, the teenage daughter of a black witch. Really, life is ordinary. But then a telekinetic half-demon, Leah O'Donnell, shows up to fight for custody of Savannah. And although Paige is ready for her, she's not quite so prepared for the team of supernaturals that Leah brings with her, including a powerful sorcerer who claims to be Savannah's father.
When all hell breaks loose -- literally -- and Paige is accused of witchcraft, Satanism and murder, the Coven, fearing exposure, abandons her. Cut off from her friends, Paige is forced against her better judgment to accept the help of a young sorcerer lawyer. And she quickly comes to realize that keeping Savannah could mean losing everything else.
Genre: Urban Fantasy