Dime Store Magic
Reviewed: March 7, 2006
By: Kelly Armstrong
Publisher: Seal Books
414 pages, $10.99
Canada’s Kelly Armstrong is working
on a series known as Women of the Otherworld. Her first two books, Bitten
and Stolen, featured the adventures of a middle class werewolf named
In the second book she introduced a
young witch named Paige Winterbourne, who helped Elena deal with a group of
black arts mages who were kidnapping supernatural beings and using them for
their own ends. Paige is the narrator and central character of Dime Store
Magic and the book that follows, Industrial Magic.
She in the titular head of the American
Coven of Witches, but there are a lot of ways in which she is a mere beginner
as a practitioner. In fact, there is some obscure reason why witches are generally
less powerful than sorcerers. Paige unlocks that secret in this novel.
The central problem of this novel is
actually a custody battle. Paige has taken on the care of a teenage witch
named Savannah, who looks very much as if she might become the Annikin Skywalker
of witchdom. She is very powerful for her age, and the darker powers of the
sorcerers’ cabal want to take her over and train her for their own purposes.
This involves some of the same people who were the villains in Stolen.
Paige lives in suburbia, and the bad
guys raise the neighbourhood against her by painting her as a black magic
user. Besides that, she has to deal with the conservative elements within
her own organization, who would like nothing better than for her to give in
and stop drawing attention to them all.
There are fights, car chases, romance
and lots of tension of all kinds. The book was a bit of fun, for all that
it did remind me a lot of an episode of “Charmed”.