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Illicit Magic (Stella Mayweather Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Camilla Chafer
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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Book Description

More than three hundred years after the most terrifying witch hunts the world has ever known, it's happening again.

When an attack by ruthless witch hunters forces twenty-four-year-old Stella from her home in London into the protection of the powerful Witch Council in New York, she has to put her faith in strangers just to stay alive, yet she might not be any safer in their midst than the danger she escaped.

Hidden from the Brotherhood in an extraordinary safe house by the sea where she is sent to learn her craft, Stella finds there is more than one dark secret in her new family: Étoile’s sister is spoken of in fear and sadness; Marc is supposed to be a powerful warlock but is missing his magic; where does the owner of their safe house vanish to every day and why does Evan have the eyes of someone not quite human?

One secret is important enough to kill for and it's a secret so powerful it could destroy the fragile threads of Stella's new world.

Praise for 'Illicit Magic'

"Anyone who likes Charlaine Harris would most definitely enjoy this book. It's well written, rich in description and the characters are instantly likeable." Amazon UK review.

"...an enticing read with engaging characters and action-packed adventure that will have you biting your nails as you delve deeper into the mystery, madness and mayhem of Stella Mayweather’s life. Things aren’t always as they seem as secrets are revealed, the plot thickens, allies become enemies, friendships are tested, and love begins to blossom." The Readers Roundtable Infinity & Beyond.

Other books in the series:
Unruly Magic
Devious Magic
Stella Mayweather Collection, Books 1-3

[Revised edition uploaded October 14th 2011.]


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About the Author

Author and journalist Camilla Chafer writes for newspapers, magazines and websites throughout the world. She is also the author/ editor of several non-fiction books. She lives in London, UK. Visit Camilla online at www.camillachafer.com to sign up to her newsletter, find out more about her, plus news on upcoming books and fun stuff including book group guides, playlists, deleted scenes and giveaways. You can also find Camilla on Twitter @camillawrites and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/#!/CamillaChafer

Product Details

  • File Size: 434 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Audacious (May 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YWKGPO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,721 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bizarrely bad grammar - great story September 22, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I really liked this book, but was extremely perplexed by the bizarre and horrendous grammatical mistakes such as "she was sat behind her," "they were sat in the kitchen," "shaving gel and a razor were stood next to the taps." "Tread" was used as the past tense. A man's muscles were "taught and hard" - perhaps the work of a gym instructor? Something was "hidden in plane sight" and it wasn't a jet. "There was a feint knock at the door" should have been "faint" - no swords were in sight. I wondered if a 5 year old child had taken to the manuscript. To say it interrupted my reading enjoyment is an understatement. I was puzzled that someone who could write such a good story did not have a command of simple English grammar. All that aside, I loved the book (oh please get an editor for the rest of the series!!) and could not put it down.
I will definitely buy the next one.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Illicit Magic June 22, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Illicit Magic (Stella Mayweather Paranormal Series)
Goodreads.com book Blurb

More than three hundred years after the most terrifying witch hunts the world has ever known, it's happening again.
Young witch, Stella, has to put her faith in strangers just to stay alive but she might not be any safer in their midst than from the danger she is running from.
There is more than one dark secret in her new family: Étoile's sister is spoken of in fear and sadness; Marc is supposed to be a powerful witch but is missing his magic; where does the owner of their safe house vanish to every day and why does Evan have the eyes of someone not quite human? There is only one secret that someone will do anything to keep quiet, but whose secret is it and will Stella have to pay the price for silence?

My Thoughts

Stella Mayweather has been sent from pillar to post most of her life after losing her parents at the tender age of five... Never staying in one place for long due to strange occurrences which cause her foster families to quickly pack her up and ship her back to social service workers. After finally turning eighteen Stella moves out on her own and makes her way as best she can... Now at twenty-four Stella has settled into a routine of living in one place, going to work each day and coming home each night without much variance from day to day... Suddenly attacked one night she is thrust into a nightmare from which she barely escapes when a strange young woman appears at her flat and whisks her away before she loses her life in a fire set by her previous attackers when they find her at home...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an extremely fabulous fast read January 16, 2012
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I found this to be an extremely fabulous fast read.
I really enjoy the story and the characters. Stella is courageous, strong willed and completely believable. She questions things, including herself due to her lack of family during her upbringing. She has that honest naiveté that is refreshing. Stella's powers and character grow throughout the story surprising herself and those around her. As she learns to control her magic, her confidence in herself grows and is able to get beyond some of her past, right before it is thrown back at her.
The other characters that become her friends and foes are solid and some are pretty scary. Marc is moody and yet friendly. Evan is strong, mysterious and loyal. Étoile and her sister Seren are very powerful witches who befriend and try to protect Stella. Kitty teaches Stella about friendship, shopping and being a girl.
The places were extraordinary, from London to New York to the Beach house and on to Wilding so vivid the descriptions. I enjoyed the way the author familiarized the locations and made these the places that normal people would live along the supernatural beings.
I found myself immediately drawn into the story. I thought the storyline was well done. There were a few grammatical errors that could have been avoided with a little more editing. However, the errors didn't disturb the flow. I was completely sucked in and can't wait to begin the second book in the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment September 25, 2013
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I decided to read this book after reading the Lexi Graves series by Camilla Chafer. Lexi's stories were fun, sexy and kept moving and after the first freebie I bought the sequels. This book is nothing like them. It is slow, depressing and keeps saying the same things over and over and over. Can't believe it's the same author. I won't be getting any sequels to this one. Glad it was free!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Illicit Magic draws you in... June 10, 2013
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Twenty-four year old Stella Mayweather has always been alone. She spent her childhood in London's foster care system and was shuffled from one home to the next because of "strange things" that occurred when she was around.

As an adult, she shuffles herself from job to job and avoids making connections of any kind. She's lonely and recognizes that her life holds little promise of change. We quickly discover she's in danger and in order to stay alive she'll have to embrace the part of herself that she has always avoided.

The reader is taken on an adventure as Stella learns what the "strange occurrences" are, who the Brotherhood is and why they want to kill her, and most importantly as she learns to trust and open her heart to friendship and the possibility of love.

The story is written in first person narrative with Stella as the narrator. She's strong, practical, and deals well with all the things life throws at her. She's a down to earth character that is easy to connect with. I became her personal cheerleader by the end of chapter 2.

This book is fast paced and has great supporting characters that have mysteries and stories of their own.

There's a blend of suspense, mystery, magic, romance, and fantasy.

Series Information: Stella Mayweather Series

Buy books 1- 3 of the Stella Mayweather Series in one volume (Books 1 -3)

Book 1: Illicit Magic
Book 2: Unruly Magic
Book 3: Devious Magic
Book 4: Magic Rising
Book 5: Arcane Magic
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahh Love!!!
I want these books to never end! The author has done a brilliant job with each book. After getting through the first couple chapters if the first the rest of the book seemed to... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Marissa Weir
4.0 out of 5 stars This book was easy to read
This book was easy to read, but still captured my imagination. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Published 1 month ago by Liane B.
4.0 out of 5 stars It sucks you in
This is the first of New series by an author I already enjoy reading. It's a little darker, but I like the world's and the characters. Suspense and magic and drama abound.
Published 2 months ago by Healergirl
5.0 out of 5 stars So fun and too short!!
Good fun writing. Going to find the next book in the series to see what happens next!! That's all I've got!
Published 2 months ago by Re262
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
This is intriguing enough to continue on to book two. 10 more words required. Why is that? Good is good. Silly rule.
Published 4 months ago by jerri
4.0 out of 5 stars Aboslutely Wonderful story but NEEDS editing
I Would Aboslutely recommend this book. It's great. BUT it needs some serious editing, the first few chapters almost made me stop reading but once i got through them the story and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by E. Alma
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I ordered this book then my kindle broke and can't be fixed!! So didn't get to read it!!
Published 5 months ago by ranae
4.0 out of 5 stars loved this!
Had a great night reading this- couldn't put it down. On my way to read the rest of this series.
Published 7 months ago by Bryson Maxwell
5.0 out of 5 stars IF YOU LIKE TWILIGHT, YOU WILL LOVE THIS
Loved it!, reminded me of a more adult Twilight, I am hooked and on book 3, I cant put my kindle down
Published 8 months ago by princessgemmaeve
5.0 out of 5 stars Camilla
What a great book and can hardly wait to read book 2. Of course the book wasn't't long enough for me but they never are when someone loves to read. Thanks for a great first book.
Published 8 months ago by Charlotte Clark
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More About the Author

Camilla Chafer is the author of the Lexi Graves Mysteries and the Stella Mayweather urban fantasy series. If she wrote faster, she'd probably be the author of other books too.

Visit Camilla online at www.camillachafer.com for the latest on her novels, series extras including deleted scenes, info about her characters and their worlds, plus an exclusive Lexi Graves short story (even better, it's free!). Sign up to her mailing list for news on the latest releases and the occasional news such as freebie offers. She wishes she could send virtual cake but hopes you'll settle for no spam instead.

You can also find Camilla at Facebook and Twitter @camillawrites. Though she is equally chatty on both, she will gasp in horror if the word "procrastination" is mentioned.

Series reading:

Lexi Graves Mysteries:
1. Armed & Fabulous
2. Who Glares Wins
3. Command Indecision
4. Shock & Awesome
5. Weapons of Mass Distraction
6. Laugh or Death
7. Kissing in Action - out December 24th
Graves Trouble - a Lexi short story available free on www.camillachafer.com
Lexi Graves Mysteries Omnibus Volume One (Books 1-3)
Lexi Graves Mysteries Omnibus Volume Two (Books 4-6) - out December 6th

Stella Mayweather:
1. Illicit Magic
2. Unruly Magic
3. Devious Magic
4. Magic Rising
5. Arcane Magic
6. Endless Magic - coming soon
Stella Mayweather Collection, Books 1-3
Stella Mayweather Collection, Books 4-6 - coming soon

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