Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong

Waking the Witch (Women of the Otherworld, Book 11)
Title:  Waking the Witch
Author:  Kelley Armstrong
Publisher:  Dutton
Publication Date:  July 2010
Format:  Hardcover, 320 pages
Age Group:  Adult
Series:  Women of the Otherworld (Book 11)

Savannah Lavine, orphaned daughter of a dark witch and a notorious sorcerer, hasn't had an easy time of things growing up.  Now she is twenty-one and eager to prove her skills as a paranormal investigator in the family business.  When she is offered a case while her guardians are on vacation, she jumps at the chance to go solo.  Can Savannah solve the murder mystery on her own or will the supernatural danger be more than she can handle?

Savannah and her guardian, Paige, have been two of my favorite of Armstrong's characters since they were introduced to the series.  Usually Paige and Lucas are the stars of the show so I was really excited to find out Savannah was going to be the main character for the next few books.  I was glad to see that Savannah hasn't lost her attitude even as she has matured.  Waking the Witch really shows Savannah coming into her own as she takes on more than her share of the responsibility while eventually learning to admit when she needs some back up.

Savannah is really put through a lot in this book while trying to put the pieces of the murder together.  While following up with the usual suspects, she also has the insight to dig deeper into the story and go at things from another angle.  In the end though, the killer was someone I never saw coming and Savannah didn't see it until it was almost too late.  I think I need to re-read some of the earlier books as I'd clearly forgotten some of the back story that would have helped me understand the big reveal a little more.  I still wouldn't have put things together any faster but at least I might have remembered the events Armstrong was building from.

The ending really left me wanting more and I can't wait until Spell Bound comes out in 2011 to continue with Savannah's story.

I received a copy of Waking the Witch from Dutton because I am the Guru of a related title on GetGlue.com.

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