Kelley Armstrong is definitely one of my fave authors and I’m sad to admit that I’m not totally caught up with her Women of the Otherworld series. However, that so didn’t matter while I was reading Waking the Witch, the eleventh novel in the series.
At twenty-one, Savannah Levine-orphaned daughter of a notorious dark witch and an equally notorious cutthroat sorcerer-considers herself a full-fledged member of the otherworld. The once rebellious teen has grown into a six-foot-tall, motorcycle-riding jaw-dropper, with an impressive knowledge of and ability to perform spells. The only problem is, she’s having a hard time convincing her adoptive parents, Paige and Lucas, to take her seriously as an adult. She’s working as the research assistant at the detective agency they founded, and when they take off on a romantic vacation alone, leaving her in charge, Savannah finds herself itching for a case to call her own. (She’s also itching for Adam, her longtime friend and colleague, to see her as more than just a little girl, but that’s another matter.)
Suddenly, Savannah gets the chance she’s been waiting for: Recruited by another supernatural detective, she travels to Columbus, Washington, a small, dying town. Two troubled young women have been found in an abandoned warehouse, murdered. Now a third woman’s dead, and on closer inspection small details point to darker forces at play. Savannah feels certain she can handle the case, but with signs of supernatural activity appearing at every turn, things quickly become more serious- and far more dangerous-than she realizes.
It is weird though – the last Otherworld novel I read was No Humans Involved and Savannah was still a teenager causing trouble. In Waking the Witch, Savannah is now 21 years old and out to prove herself to Paige and Lucas. I’ll be honest, of the entire series, I am totally a werewolf girl. I’ve never connected with any of the magic users and the demons/vampires just haven’t been the focus yet (or I’m missing out since I’m not caught up). However, with Savannah, I totally enjoyed reading about her. She isn’t as naive or innocent as Paige comes off and she knows that there is always a gray area to explore, especially when it comes to magic. You can also tell she had to grow up fast, but she’s still very much the little girl when it comes to those she loves. I love the duality of her personality.
One of the reasons Armstrong is a favorite author of mine is you never know what is going to happen. I was totally engulfed in Waking the Witch and it was such a good thing that the monkey had friends over today so I could read because I seriously did not want to put this book down. Every time I thought I knew where the story was heading, the next event would totally screw with whatever I was thinking. The plot was perfect for Savannah. Nothing to hardcore that a novice working her first solo case couldn’t handle, but enough dangerous situations that had her being cautious and thinking things through instead of rushing headfirst into multiple situations. You can definitely see Savannah growing up and for anyone who’s been a fan of hers since Stolen, I seriously think you’ll love what she goes through.
I will be honest, the ending threw me. I wasn’t expecting the villain to be who it was and the fact that s/he was still around surprised me a little. I’m not going to say who the villain ends up being, and if you’re caught up, you may catch on to who it could be, but it totally came out of left field for me. However, the one aspect that completely caught me off guard was what ended up happening after the big fight. Waking the Witch is definitely a stepping stone for something much larger involving Savannah. We get to see her grow up a little, but I don’t think it will be anything compared to what she will be going through in book twelve. While you don’t have to read the previous novels in the Otherworld series to read Waking the Witch, you will need to read this one before book twelve.
Yes, if you’re familiar with the series, then you’re going to see a lot of new faces. However, if you’re not, you won’t be lost if you start with Waking the Witch. If anything, Armstrong gives us enough information to give a clue as to what has happened in the past, but nothing that is detrimental to the story. However, I will say that anyone reading Waking the Witch before any of the others will probably end up more than a little curious and will want to pick up the previous novels.
Overall, Kelley Armstrong has delivered another fabulous story with Waking the Witch. We’re given some great character development with Savannah; a twisting plotline that kept me guessing and re-evaluating the entire time; and a setup for a fabulous new conflict with a new breed of supernaturals. Honestly, why hasn’t someone thought of this particular breed before. Where you have witches, they should be obvious. Seriously, whether you’re a fan of Armstrongs or not, you should totally be picking up Waking the Witch. Who cares if you haven’t read the series, you’ll be wanting to by the end.
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