Waking The Witch by Kelley ArmstrongWaking The Witch by Kelley Armstrong

Waking The Witch

byKelley Armstrong

Paperback | June 21, 2011

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The orphaned daughter of a sorcerer and a half-demon, Savannah is a terrifyingly powerful young witch who has never been able to resist the chance to throw her magical weight around. But at 21 she knows she needs to grow up and prove to her guardians, Paige and Lucas, that she can be a responsible member of their supernatural detective agency. So she jumps at the chance to fly solo, investigating the mysterious deaths of three young women in a nearby factory town as a favour to one of the agency’s associates. At first glance, the murders look garden-variety human, but on closer inspection signs point to otherworldly stakes.

Soon Savannah is in over her head. She’s run off the road and nearly killed, haunted by a mystery stalker, and freaked out when the brother of one of the dead women is murdered when he tries to investigate the crime. To complicate things, something weird is happening to her powers. Pitted against shamans, demons, a voodoo-inflected cult and garden-variety goons, Savannah has to fight to ensure her first case isn’t her last. And she also has to ask for help, perhaps the hardest lesson she’s ever had to learn.

Book 11 in the Otherworld series.

KELLEY ARMSTRONG is the internationally bestselling author of Omens and Visions, the first two books in her Cainsville series, the 13-book Women of the Otherworld series and the Nadia Stafford crime novels. She is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling young adult trilogies, Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising, and Sea of ...
Title:Waking The WitchFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.97 × 5.18 × 0.74 inPublished:June 21, 2011Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307359018

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the series This wasn't my favourite book in the series but still pretty good. Highly recommend reading all the books!
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I dig it This book had a very different feel than all the others I've read. it was great to finally see Savannah come into her own. Many things happened that I wasn't expecting. Of course the cliffhanger at the end was great.
Date published: 2018-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not my favorite I love the Otherworld series but unfortunately I didn't enjoy this book as much as some of them in the series. Great story though.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YESSSSSS I read this book in 8 hours! Savannah make for one kicka$$ female lead! I love watching her take on her own adventures and try to be independent, there is something very relatable about her. Except for maybe the fact that she is half demon/witch/sorcerer, but we can all dream, right?
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Love that this book is from Savannah's point of view, she is a great character and now she is old enough to have her own story. Adam is one of my favorite characters in the books too (disappointed he didn't make it into the TV series based on these books) Great fantasy read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid book I liked this book a fair bit, pretty much the same as the majority of the books in this series.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good! ** spoiler alert ** I liked being able to hear about Savanah's point of view after so much of having her a character but not POV. I liked the hinted romance and crush she had and I'm not one overly bothered by age differences so I was okay with that.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Waking the Witch This does not disappoint. Whether you are new to Armstrong or not, give this a read. Although it is part of a series, you really don't have to read in order. Savannah is by far the best witch.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Surprisingly great for a Savannah focused book! I really enjoyed it
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bewitching Great storyline, kept me guessing at each page turn. Really enjoyed seeing Savannah's character develop!
Date published: 2015-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Waking the Witch Very well written. I couldn't put it down. In short awesome.
Date published: 2013-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! What a interesting ending good thing I have the next book or I might scream with frustration.
Date published: 2013-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Waking the witch Great read !
Date published: 2013-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story, Not Sold on the Character Full review at http://urbanfantasyland.wordpress.com I've always wanted an Otherworld story from Savannah's point of view. From the moment we met her and learned of her parents, I always wanted to see what it would be like to grow up with that legacy, with the conflict of knowing what you're capable of but not being able to do anything about it. So I was very excited to learn the last three books in the series would all be narrated by Savannah. As a new woman of the Otherworld, I found Savannah to be not as great as I'd hoped. Perhaps because she's a bit whiny at the beginning, wanting to run her own investigation assignment. Perhaps because she's so eager to prove herself she takes dumb risks. I'm not sure if this is the fault of my expectations, or if she's a disappointing character. Perhaps I'm just not sympathetic to risk-taking twenty-somethings. I loved the mystery in WAKING THE WITCH. I wasn't sure whodunnit until the very end. I love it when mysteries build up so that the outcome could go one of two ways. With regards to the hot guys, I was very sad for Savannah. She was on the right track, getting involved with someone else, trying to forget about her school-girl crush, Adam. And then it doesn't work out. I wasn't too happy about this-- I wanted it to work out-- but I think the point of WAKING THE WITCH may be to see Savannah take risks, make mistakes and grow up. I also loved that we were back to learning more about the witches' culture. Though their magic may not be as flashy as other races in the Otherworld, and the coven women can be quite catty, I think they're the most understated race, so it was nice to see them in action again. WAKING THE WITCH is a great start to the final three books in the Otherworld series.
Date published: 2012-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read what can i say , great series , great book!!
Date published: 2012-07-07

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One  For five years, I’d toiled as executive assistant slave to Lucas and Paige and now, finally, I was in charge. For the next week anyway. The plaque still read Cortez-Winterbourne Investigations, but  that could be easily changed with the deft use of an energy-bolt spell. Levine Investigations rolled off the tongue so much more easily. At one time, I would have done it, if only as a joke, but there are things you can get away with at sixteen that just don’t fly at twenty-one. I used my key card, then crept through the lobby, trying to squelch the click of my heels. “Savannah!” a voice chirped behind me. “I thought I heard you come in.” I started a cover spell, but Tina had already spotted me. I considered a knockback spell—make her trip and give me time to escape. But that would, sadly, not be a good way to launch my week playing a responsible adult. When Paige said we were getting an accountant for a tenant, I’d thought, Great, someone nice and quiet. That was the stereotype, but apparently, no one had told Tina. “I’m so glad I caught you,” she said. “It’s almost ten and no one’s in the office yet.” It was 9:14. “There was a man here looking for Lucas,” she continued. “I called upstairs and the phone rang and rang. Did he and Paige leave on vacation already? I know Adam is at a conference. In Spokane, isn’t he?” I made a noncommittal noise. Tina might be human, but she had a supernatural sense for snooping. Adam said we should hire her. I threatened to give her his home address and that shut him up. “I hate to tell you kids how to run your business, but you really need to have someone up there during business hours. It’s no wonder you have hardly any clients. You need a full-time receptionist.” She patted my arm. “Yes, I know, dear, you’re the receptionist, but you’re always flitting off, doing God-knows-what. I could—” “Oh, my cell phone’s vibrating,” I lied. “Could be a client. I’ll talk to Paige about drop-ins.” “It’s no bother, dear. I wanted to speak to you anyway. I think I have a job for you.” Tina lowered her voice, though we were the only ones in the lobby. “I started dating this man. A widower I met online.” “And you want me to run a background check? Good idea.” “Oh, no. A man has the right to his privacy. It’s just . . . Well, I was watching this show on private investigators, about a firm of women hired by other women to test their mate’s loyalty.” It took me a second to catch her drift. “You want me to try to seduce your boyfriend?” Her lips pursed. “Certainly not. Just get dolled up, talk to him, flirt with him, and see whether he’ll flirt back.” “I’m probably half his age. I’d be worried if he didn’t flirt back.” A muffled snort made me glance down the hall. A guy a couple of years older than me leaned out of the stairwell doorway. Light hair just past his collar, denim jacket, boots, and a pair of snug-fitting worn blue jeans. He lifted a finger to his lips, shushing me, and I tried not to stare even if he was definitely stare-worthy. I turned back to Tina. “That guy who wanted to speak to Lucas. Did you let him in?” “Certainly not.” She lowered her voice. “He looked a little dodgy.” “Was he in his midtwenties? Dark blond hair? Looks like he lost contact with his razor a few days ago?” The guy arched his brows, mock-indignant. “Yes, that’s him,” Tina said. “Now about my job offer . . .” “Spend the money on a shopping spree at Victoria’s Secret and make sure he’s too exhausted to look at twenty-year-olds.” Before she recovered from that suggestion, I took off. The guy waited until she was safely in her office, then strolled to meet me. “Dodgy?” he said. “I’m not the one wanting a hot chick to try seducing my new boyfriend.” He extended his hand. “Jesse Aanes.” I’d heard of him. A half-demon PI out of Seattle who’d worked with Lucas a few times. Lucas said he was a good guy, which was the only seal of approval I needed. “What brings you to Portland?” I asked. “Cases. One that I’m working now and a new one I wanted to run past Lucas. Two birds, one stone. I left him a message, but he hasn’t returned it, which isn’t like him.” “He’s on vacation with Paige. I confiscated their cell phones and the only messages I’m passing on are well wishes and death notices.” He laughed. “Good idea. They can use the break. Did that woman say Adam isn’t around either?” “He’s at a conference. It’s just me for the rest of the week.”Jesse hesitated and I knew what he was thinking—he needed help, but I wasn’t what he had in mind. “Why don’t you come up to the office,” I said. “Tell me what you’ve got.” I used my key card to unlock the stairwell door. Yes, we have key card entry everywhere, plus a shitload of protective spells for the second floor. I undid them under my breath as we walked. As Tina said, we don’t get a lot of drop-in clients. We don’t want to. While we rarely turn away paying human customers, our clientele is almost exclusively supernatural and they don’t need an ad in the Yellow Pages to find us. Given that Lucas is heir to the Cortez Cabal, though, not everyone who finds us wants to hire us. Hence the heavy security. Jesse followed me up the stairs. “I guess the daughter of Eve Levine and Kristof Nast doesn’t need to worry about strangers attacking her in an empty office.” “If they do, I can always use them for my next ritual sacrifice. Volunteers are so hard to come by.” It’s not the sort of crack you should make when you have a notorious dark witch for a mother and an equally notorious cutthroat sorcerer for a father. It was a test of sorts, and Jesse passed, just laughing and saying, “I’ll watch my step then.” “So what’s your power? I know you’re a half-demon.” “Agito.” Telekinesis, then. Agito was the second of the three levels, meaning he had mediocre abilities. Having dealt with a high-level Volo before, I was much more comfortable with an Agito. His powers explained how he’d snuck past Tina. Using telekinesis, he’d caught the door before it closed. I’d have to talk to Lucas about that. Yet another argument against human tenants. I led Jesse into the meeting room. He didn’t sit down—didn’t even take off his jacket—just strode straight to the table and pulled files from his satchel. He set a crime-scene photo on the table. “Six months ago, two young women were murdered in Columbus, Washington, about an hour over the Oregon border. I doubt it made the Portland news. Nothing all that hinky about the killings. No sign of a serial killer or sexual sadism. Just the shooting death of two twenty-five-year-olds who led the kind of lives where you sort of figure, sooner or later”—he gestured at the photo of the two women—“this is how they’re going to end up.” “Hookers?” He shook his head. “Just not exactly sterling members of society.” “Drugs?” I said. “Booze? Petty crime? All of the above?” “You got it. Nothing you haven’t seen a million times before. I was on that path myself until Lucas got me out of some trouble and persuaded me there were legal ways to use my skills. Anyway, these girls didn’t run into a Lucas. They were high school dropouts. Never held a job more than a few months. One had a kid at sixteen. Both had short rap sheets, and a string of boyfriends with longer ones.” I lifted the photo to take a closer look. The two bodies lay on a floor. Both were fully dressed, T-shirts covered in blood, each bearing a hole. Single gunshot wounds to the chest. One was on her back, eyes open, arms akimbo, legs twisted, a pool of blood under her. The other was stretched out, arms and legs only slightly bent, eyes closed. The blood under her was smeared. “Both shot, as you see,” Jesse said. “A through-and-through for the first, the bullet apparently lodging in the wall over there.” He pointed to the edge of the photo. “They recovered another bullet from inside the second victim. The first one died immediately. The second didn’t.” “Doesn’t look like she tried to get away, though. Drugged?” “I don’t have tox screens.” “No sign of rape or torture, like you said. Looks execution style. A classic case of ‘Hey, bitch, you gonna pay for that dope or what?’ The answer, apparently, being ‘or what.’ ” “Yep, that’s what it looks like.” When he didn’t go on, I glanced at him. “So what’s your interest? Is one of these girls a supernatural?” “Not as far as I know.” He set a second photo on the table. It was another murdered young woman, also early twenties, though one glance told me this girl didn’t sell herself for dime bags. I put the two photos side by side. All three bodies had been left in the same place. “Basement?” I asked. “Of an abandoned building.” I could hear Lucas’s voice. The fact that the deceased are found in a common location may speak less to a connection than to a simple matter of convenience. Yes, Lucas really did talk that way. Drove me nuts, especially when I found myself slipping into the same speech patterns. On the plus side, I may not be an A student, but I sure as hell can sound like one. When I told Jesse my theory—small town, not a lot of places to put a body, someone had already used this one, so the second killer followed suit—he shrugged. “Possible, but in this particular small town, there’s no shortage of abandoned buildings.” “What’s the local murder rate?” “You’re looking at it. This double killing last fall, then the single one ten days ago. Before that, the last homicide was a domestic incident in 1999.” “Lot of drug activity in town?” “It has its share, maybe a little more. You can blame that on a depressed economy, though. It’s not exactly a hotbed of gangsta activity. Mostly kids selling pot from their lockers, the laid-off guy down the road dealing out of his garage, that sort of thing.” “Do the police think it’s the same killer for all three?” “Yep, but only because otherwise they’d need to catch two murderers, and that’s more work than they care to contemplate.” “You’re going to make me guess what the supernatural connection is, aren’t you.” “I was just seeing if you’d pick it up. It’s—” I lifted a hand to cut him off. “Is the answer here?” I asked, pointing at the photos. He nodded. “Give me a minute.”From the Hardcover edition.

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