author: Phil Stern
series: The Cross-Worlds Coven #1
published: 21 December 2013
genre(s): fantasy, romance, sci fi, thrillers
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When it comes to magic, women have always been in control. Until now.
For centuries, only gifted young women have been able to wield magic, using their special talents to protect those in need.
But a powerful wizard has appeared, attacking empowered women across multiple worlds.
A young Terran-based sorceress, the strongest of her generation, must find and stop the magical madman before he can bend the Coven to his depraved will. Along the way, she must also confront doubts about the role her fellow witches may have played in her own family's demise.
I had never read anything by this author before, but I found this novel free on Kindle and decided to give it a shot. It’s a short read, about 64 pages, but it is a terrific story. It blends science fiction with fantasy and it is unlike anything I have ever read. I am not a huge sci fi fan normally, so I am always pleasantly surprised when I find something that appeals to me. The fantasy world exists perfectly alongside the real world and makes for a fantastically interesting story. Even more interesting to me is that the author is a man and writes such strong and real female characters. He captures the “strong but vulnerable” aspect that I enjoy in realistic women characters. The mix of mystery, magic, and science fiction was wonderful. I have seen this book listed in some places as the start of a series, and I truly hope that is the case.
I really enjoyed this read and I highly recommend this!