Title: Dime Store Magic
Author: Kelly Armstrong
Publication Year: 2004
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
Paige Winterbourne was always either too young or too rebellious to succeed her mother as leader of one of the world’s most powerful elite organizations — the American Coven of Witches. Now that she is twenty-three and her mother is dead, the Elders can no longer deny her. But even Paige’s wildest antics can’t hold a candle to those of her new charge — an orphan who is all too willing to use her budding powers for evil…and evil is all too willing to claim her. For this girl is being pursued by a dark faction of the supernatural underworld. They are a vicious group who will do anything to woo the young, malleable, and extremely powerful neophyte, including commit murder — and frame Paige for the crime. It’s an initiation into adulthood, womanhood, and the brutal side of magic that Paige will have to do everything within her power to make sure they both survive.
At first, I wasn’t sure how much I would like this book. It’s the first one in the series that isn’t narrated by Elena, and I had grown rather attached to her. Plus, there’s no werewolves! It’s more about magic and family drama than anything else.
But it didn’t take long for Paige to win me over. And once the story really got underway, and Lucas came to join her and Savannah in finding out what’s happening, I completely forgot my reservations about the change in focus. Each of the three characters in this story are great on their own, but together, it was like a powerhouse trio of magic. I loved the way that Paige and Lucas interacted with each other – particularly the progression from antagonism to … something else – and Savannah was just plain spunky. It was great.
As far as the main conflict was concerned, I found that I wasn’t all that interested in the Coven politics. The family drama with Savannah and her newfound father, Kristoff, was far more interesting. The lengths that everyone was going to in order to try to sort things out was intense, but that’s what made it so interesting. Dime Store Magic was a great introduction of magic, witches, and sorcerers into the fold of the series.