I am always a sucker for anything occult and dealing with Witchcraft, and to have that portrayed in a graphic novel is clearly a real treat for me.
ColI am always a sucker for anything occult and dealing with Witchcraft, and to have that portrayed in a graphic novel is clearly a real treat for me.
Collecting the first 5 issues of the current run, the graphic novel introduces Rowan Black, a cop working in the city of Portsmouth, living the life of a dedicated protector of the law and a practicing Wiccan. It may not be the middle ages, but her character feels that she needs to still hide that part of herself from her colleagues but all is good until she is summoned to a hostage crisis with the man specifically asking for her before setting himself on fire.
Thats just one of the cases that bring up a pattern to light and convince Rowan and her Coven leader, Alex, that she is being targeted and mark.
The graphic novel itself is brilliantly inked and drawn in black and white save for the colored depictions of magick at work.
Be you a practicing Wiccan or someone who just loves the Occult and the Supernatural, Rowan Black is someone you would be rooting for and waiting in baited breath for her next set of adventures to come.
**spoiler alert** Although this is my first Kelley Armstrong book, this is not the first time that local bookstores have her books on stock and have c**spoiler alert** Although this is my first Kelley Armstrong book, this is not the first time that local bookstores have her books on stock and have continually beckoned me to read her. How could you not? The cover with a gorgeous lady holding up a Pentagram on the cover? It's bound to catch your eye, as it certainly did mine. Being Wiccan and all.
But continuous additions to my reading list have pushed my reading way far back and knowing what I know now about Witch-heroine, Paige Armstrong, I probably should've started way back then.
Book 3 of her Women of the Otherworld series picks up the events following, Bitten and Stolen; 2 books which I purposely skipped because it dealt with heroine, Elena Michaels. And although I may be born in the year of the dog in the Chinese calendar, I have never really warmed up to tales of the were and seeing that this 3rd installment shifts POV's to a witch, it was too much to pass up.
In the book, Paige Winterboure, the head of the American coven of Witches is trying to live a normal life; that is running her website design company, living the life of a 23 year old and balancing her obligation to the Coven and being guardian to Savannah; the teenage daughter of a black witch.
When Leah O Donnell, the duplicitous telekenetic witch, comes to seek custody of Savannah for her own means, Paige finds her in the center of a nasty "smear campaign" against her, as a Witch, a practicing Satanist and also a prime suspect for murder. Fearing exposure, the Coven abandons and shuts her out and Paige is finally left to fend for herself and grow up in a world that she has yet to find her place in.
This book totally took me by surprise with its pacing, wit and character repartees that I couldn't put it down. From the first thing I pick up in the morning before I make my first cup of coffee, till I go to bed at night, Kelley has got me hooked and now I am wanting more. Her writing which is streamlined to accurate simplicity, relies not on the vivid set up of scenery of a given situation but in her choice of words and lines for her characters. I love the parent-child bond between Paige and Savannah.
Savannah, the spunky 13 year old is definitely a handful and its Paige's patience that wins out in the end and keeps her from mentally throwing her to the wall. Of course, Savannah by then would have a counter spell made up. Yes, she is that good.
Also, although her depiction of witches doesn't really rest well on the accurate depiction of a Wiccan, as Paige and fellow Witches do not go skyclad on a Sabbat and offer a prayer to deties unlike Wiccans who camp out on her lawn at the height of protest, Armstrong does make it up by giving us a nuanced character, with insecurities, flaws and issues that we normal people have to face everyday.
Whether you are a single parent vying for the best parent award or simply a teenager discovering your own potential and wondering how you and what you can do fits into the whole concept of "the world", there is something for everyone in this book. Although some heated scenes with Paige's love interest, sorcerer Lucas Cortez, must be edited for the young adult reader, it is thus done tastefully and within the parameters of two characters who have discovered love for themselves when everything else falls apart and when the world has equally shut them out. That's the best reward for Paige.
And the best reward for you, is to start reading Kelley Armstrong.
Enough said. Time to scout the next book, Industrial Magic.
Now I know, I have it somewhere in my stash of book boxes.....(dives into boxes...ruffling)...more