The Witches of Vegas by Mark Rosendorf

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Pages: 272

Series: The Witches of Vegas, Book 1

Genres: Paranormal; Witches; Urban Fantasy; Young Adult

Publication date: August 5, 2020

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Where can Witches and their vampire mentor practice their powers without being discovered or persecuted?

By using their magic, the Witches of Vegas become the number one act performing on the Las Vegas Strip—a great achievement for them, but not so much for the magicians—who can’t possibly keep pace.

Isis Rivera is the adopted fifteen-year old daughter of The Witches of Vegas. Zack Galloway is the teenage nephew and assistant to the last magician left in the city. Although they should be rivals, when Valeria, a four-hundred-year-old witch with a long-seeded grudge against humanity arrives in Sin-City, both teens act to bring their families together to stop the evil hag in her tracks.

But can the combined witches’ powers and the ingenuity of the magicians be enough to stop Valeria from taking over the city and possibly the world?

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“How… how do you know me?” Isis asked.

“You ask a lot of questions. I like that. A curious mind is a good thing.” Sebastian held out his hand and made circular motions. A tiny rainbow appeared inside the imaginary circle. Isis reached with her left hand for the rainbow. Her fingers went straight through as if it wasn’t there.

“My wife and her sister sensed you. They’re far more connected to the energy than I am. But maybe not as connected as you. We’ll have to see.”

Prologue

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I received this story in exchange for an honest review and I’m glad that this book was brought to my attention. It’s got exactly what I look for in a book – magic and mayhem. Who doesn’t like to watch a good magic show? While I’ve personally never been to Vegas so haven’t seen a magic show on the strip, I can only imagine that this would be even better if the show contained real witchy magic.

While the main plot of this story is certainly the battle against Valeria to save the world from her evil ways, I liked the more subtle lessons that the book dealt with as well. For instance, sometimes it’s hard to picture what consequences your actions will have, how they’ll affect other people. Hindsight is 20/20, but as soon as you’ve been shown the error of your ways, you should do what you can in order to prevent the same mistakes from happening again.

Isis might not have come into her full powers yet, but that doesn’t stop her from being a badass and doing what’s right in order to protect those who can’t protect herself. Even if it means risking her own life to do so.

Rosendorf did a fantastic job at creating a world that was vibrant and full of life. Of creating characters that have true emotions and motivations, family ties that are stronger than life itself. Even the way the story starts – Based on a true story from a different reality – had my attention peeked at once.

I greatly enjoyed my time in this world and look forward to jumping back into it in Journey to New Salem. Isis’ journey is far from over and I can’t wait to see what the crew will do from this point forward.

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*Spoilers ahead*

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Isis didn’t feel the same sadness. Not because she wouldn’t miss him – she would – but because she was certain they’d see him again. Luther, and Valeria, too.

Chapter Twenty-Nine

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What is it about Isis that makes other people want to set her on fire? What is it about witches that screams “burn at the pyre”? I never understood why that was people’s go to answer. I know that the Salem witch trials were real and an dark stain in history, but why?

I get why Valeria wanted to burn Isis – apparently it’s the only way for a witch the absorb another witch’s power – but why did the humans want to use fire? While it’s not explicitly said in the book, I have to assume that Valeria was the reason that humans were burning witches in the world of this book. They would have been scandalized to hear that she wanted them burned so that she could steal their powers. But how many witches had to die by Valeria’s hands – through different means, of course – before she discovered that burning a witch made it possible for her to absorb their powers?

It’s crazy to think that Valeria is as powerful as she is simply because she’d stolen the power of numerous witches to get there, yet Isis was able to hold her own against her being only partially trained in wiccan magic. Sebastian wasn’t kidding when he said that Isis’ connection to the planet was incredibly strong. I’m sure that the strength of Isis’ connection is going to end up causing her problems in the future.

Speaking of magical problems, Valeria certainly had some nerve putting a love spell on Zack and Isis. Pretty clever of her, if I have to be honest, but nervy! Teenage hormones are crazy, unpredictable things. Messing with them almost never ends up well. I wonder if Isis and Zack would have fallen for each other without the spell, or if it was because of the spell that they were able to see parts of the other that they liked and might not have otherwise seen. Either way, the two of them are cute together and I’m glad that even though the spell wore off they still liked each other.

Though I’m sure that Zack isn’t going to forget about Sacha’s warning about Isis keeping a fire extinguisher by her anytime soon.

I’m glad that the witches accepted Zack into the fold after everything that transpired. They didn’t hold his involvement in the battle against him, instead understanding that he’d come from a place of hurt and hadn’t meant any harm. He might have been trying to debunk the witches’ show in order to garner more publicity for his uncle’s show, but he never meant to hurt anybody.

I adore that Herb’s memory is going to continue to impact the Witches of Vegas show. Zack is now there in order to bring some reality to the shows and to draw magician’s keen eyes away from the reality of the magic being performed, but it’s more than that. Herb gave his life for Luther, for the slim chance of beating Valeria with his help. That’s a profound sacrifice, and something the coven isn’t soon going to forget. Herb’s actions are going to impact everything that they do, along with the knowledge that they need to be good enough to thank him for his sacrifice. The poster of the Amazing Herb Galloway that they brought from the Galloway Theater isn’t going to hurt their memory of his sacrifice, either. He’ll always be there, looking after the show and making sure that his nephew is in good hands.

Like I said before, I look forward to seeing what this world has in store for Isis and her coven. Saving the world isn’t an easy thing to do, but if that’s what you have to face at fifteen, you should be able to take on the rest of the world no problem. Here’s to the coven and seeing what they make of themselves next.

2 thoughts on “The Witches of Vegas by Mark Rosendorf

  1. Thank you for the great review. I look forward to hearing your take on Journey To New Salem. To answer one comment you made –
    “I greatly enjoyed my time in this world and look forward to jumping back into it in Journey to New Salem. Isis’ journey is far from over and I can’t wait to see what the crew will do from this point forward.”

    All I can say is: Oh, boy, life won’t be getting any easier for them…in fact, it will never be the same again…

    Thanks again,
    Mark Rosendorf
    http://www.markrosendorf.com

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