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Waking the Witch

Women of the Otherworld, Book 11
Narrated by: Johanna Parker
Series: Otherworld, Book 11
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (567 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

One of the most popular writers of paranormal fiction and the number-one New York Times best-selling author returns with a rollicking new novel in her Otherworld series.

At 21, 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.

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©2010 Penguin Audio; 2010 Kelley Armstrong

Critic Reviews

"Armstrong skillfully juggles her twisty plot, weaving in characters from previous novels as she builds to a fast-paced conclusion. This supernatural mystery is unabashedly aimed at fans of Charlaine Harris and Stephenie Meyer, and may well hit the mark." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Oh I love adult Savannah! She is still young and a little bratty but I loved how she just wants to prove she is no longer a child. She did a great job with her first investigation and I loved how we get to see her softer side a little with friendships and kids. I missed Adam through most of the book and was happy when he finally came to help.

The narration is good but I'll be honest I kept thinking about Sookie Stackhouse ;)

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Ending was annoying

The story was ok, but for a series that has never had this type of ending before this cliffhanger was really annoying.

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  • GH
  • Sherborn, MA, United States
  • 01-08-15

Outstanding Plot and Theme

Alright, we are on book 11 and this series is going strong. Of particular note is the strong plot. I have to admit, I did not guess what was going to happen in this latest installment by Armstrong. This novel is the first one to center in Savannah where she is the clear protagonist/hero of the story. We are getting a very much humanized (pardon the irony) view of her personality and the changes which differential her from Paige and her mother Eve.

This book has absolutely no sex in it and is really all about character development and interaction and the deepening complexion Savannah's thinking. One key in a novel such as this is how complex the characters are and how they interact -- and it is excellent in this installment. This novel is all about the complex interactions of the small group of characters. Paige and Lucas are on vacation we see a little of Adam.

If you are a fan other series you are really going to like this one. My recommendation -- start listening immediately.

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  • Yuriko
  • Fairfield, CA, United States
  • 08-23-10

If only the ending was different....

I really like the Women of the otherworld seires and I always had a soft spot for Savannah. That said this book was a bit of a disappointment. I like the main story of Savannah going out on her own to investigate, however I really hated the cliff hanger ending which never happened before in the series. So I will give 4 stars for the main story but minus a star for the end. The main mystery was solved but it left me with a bad taste in my mouth. (and I wanted to swear just like Savannah at the end) Supposedly that will be resolved in the next book, but I really wish the book didn’t end as it did. Now I eagerly await the next book in both dread and hope. I have faith in Ms. Armstrong so I will wait patiently. (sigh)

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mediocre book

I love Women of the Otherworld, but this book ties with Living with the Dead for least favorite. I liked the narrator and I liked getting to know Savannah better. Still, I kept waiting for the romance and... there isn't one. Add that to the cliffhanger ending and It feels like half a book.

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Another solid offering from Kelley Armstrong

I enjoyed hearing more about Savannah, especially from her point of view. The pacing was fast and there were nice twists & turns. I liked the references to the old characters I've come to love & her growing relationship with Adam. The only thing I question is the use of Joanna Parker for the narrator. I kept thinking I was listening to Sookie Stackhouse even though Joanna is a great narrator. Also there was the big cliff hanger. I hate those because then I have to wait so long for the next installment!! In general I would recommend this book to Armstrong fans.

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Savannah steps out on her own!

The little girl who has been in the background of the Otherworld series has now stepped out on her own.

While she struggles with her first 'solo' case, she shows that she is her own woman.

Thank you Kelley Armstrong for another strong woman with her own personal snark!

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the narrator wasn't the best

the narrator was not good. I couldn't get through the book because there seemed to be a disconnect

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Loved it!

I wasn't sure a book mainly about Savannah would be interesting but it was hard to put down. Great story.

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Savannah Levine is grown up

Savannah is grown up and takes on a case on her own. Kelley Armstrong wrote another good book.