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Calendula Isadora (Callie) is an uncommonly powerful witch with a mind for science. But her independent ways run afoul of her San Francisco coven house, especially when she creates life in the form of a massive golem. And her unseemly affection for her human boyfriend? Such things are simply not done among respectable witchkind.

Callie is settling into a new, more private home when the attentions of an enticingly sexy Old Country warlock complicate her relationship. Then Callie's best friend, Logandina, falls ill with a mysterious malady that causes her spirit to waste away before vanishing altogether. Worse yet, this illness appears to be contagious.

As Callie delves deeper into the mysteries behind her friend's departure, the witchkind powers-that-be try to keep her from searching for the cause - or culprit. But she defies them with help from her mentor, 800-year-old Gregorio Andromedus, and her mother, a "wild magic" witch with a talent for the tarot.

In this world of coven politics, witchkind parties cloaked with illusion, and devious warlocks, Callie finds herself embroiled in a deadly mystery...one that only becomes more complex the more she pursues its answer.

©2018 Shannon Page (P)2018 Shannon Page

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An engaging, can't-put-it-down read.

This is a wonderfully written and narrated book, and I'm very much looking forward to the next one in the series! Callie is a very engaging, likable witch dealing with a very complicated life. The creativity that went into creating the world and all the rules that go along with it was very impressive. There was an expression that will always ring in my ears when I think about this book. At one point, Callie is ruminating, and she mentions how Jeremy is Warlock-splaining to her. It's all the little gems sparkling brilliantly while tucked into an engaging, satisfying plot that make this such a great book. The writing is top notch, and very well edited. The narrator is also a great way to enjoy the book. I originally started reading the kindle version, then got the audio version and switched back and forth between the two (which seems to be my preferred method of reading these days. All hail Amazon's WhisperSync!) I'm ready to read the next book, please!

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  • Zander Nyrond
  • 09-27-18

Excellent. When is the next one coming out?

I bought this entirely on spec; I'd never read anything by this author before, but the blurb looked appealing.

It entirely justified my decision. The story is fun, the setting well-thought-out, the characters sympathetic and believable.

The reading is to my taste a little flat--I do personally prefer the kind of reading that is a performance, with voices and a little more emotion, the way I read myself--but I understand that that is a matter of taste and some prefer books to be read "straight."

My wife and I will be waiting impatiently for the next volume.