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Witches (The Cross-Worlds Coven Series Book 1) by [Stern, Phil]
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What readers are saying about The Cross-Worlds Coven Series:

"Bursting with action and magic."

"Keeps you intently interested from beginning to end."

"The landscapes are rich, new and fresh."

"An appealing and vigorous read."

"I really enjoyed this foray into Phil Stern's universe, and I will be checking out his other works."

From the Author

Look for Book Four of The Cross-Worlds Coven Series to be released in 2016!

Product Details

  • File Size: 354 KB
  • Print Length: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Phil Stern (June 3, 2014)
  • Publication Date: June 3, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IL1T4M
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,595 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In the world of Witches, it seems like young women can't catch a break. Abused by their fathers and envied by their mothers, they seek shelter in the magical world of Haven. Here they hone their powers and cross boundaries into other dimensions. When a rare male wizard kidnaps several young witches, Haven must take action. Tiffany, a rebellious young witch, is drafted to search for her missing "sisters," beginning a cross-dimensional quest against the forces of evil.

But whose evil? With the possible exception of Tiffany, everyone in this story commits reprehensible acts. The villain is odious, but his cruel quest for revenge is built up with a heart-rending backstory. The plight of the young witches is sympathetic, but it is impossible to endorse the social structure of the coven, which thrives off its own form of sexual abuse. Tiffany seems largely unaware of her miserable circumstances. While she is beginning to question the mores of the world around her, she never considers (or experiences) an alternative. In a truly feminist book, either romantic love or sisterhood would win the day. Here Tiffany remains isolated, her future unclear.

This is not to say that Witches is a bad book; this is not a negative review. I believe the moral ambiguity in Witches is intentional. The story is well-written and plotted, the magic is exciting, and the moral mysteries will keep me occupied for some time. There are many who are clearly wrong, but who is in the right?
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Phil Stern is an unusual author. If you did not know that his name was Phil and he was a man it would be easy to think he was a female as his writings often have female leads and he is in tune with that strong, yet vulnerable side women really want to see in female leads. You know this is true, when you are alone at home you yell at the foolish girls in movies that go into dark basements with no weapons and die, or have to be rescued; wonder why anyone would go into the woods on a hike in skimpy clothing and high heels; and bemoan the weak woman who needs to be rescued.

Real women are strong, weak, vulnerable, powerful, and use all of that to take care of themselves and everyone around them. This is what Tiffany does in Witches. She has had a rough life, we find out, but she doesn't whine or blame anyone. She works hard to help others and she is more powerful that you would think.

Phil Stern brings this world to life and makes you want to get in there and help Tiffany, not because she needs it but because she brings out that quality in you. I enjoyed this book. I read it in one sitting and was totally amazed to find that time had passed while I was in this other world.

My only complaint was that the story ends with characters that hadn't been introduced before and I was really confused by it. I am going to hope that as I read more I can connect these character in another book to help me come to some sense as to why they suddenly showed up.

I give this 4 out of 5 clouds.
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This book is about a coven of witches who basically prey on human normal men in order to basically breed. Definitely a unique concept, and an interesting one. Then a very powerful wizard begins attacking and kidnapping witches. They are shocked because it is believed that only females have powers. So, a group of powerful young witches is sent out to track him down and dispatch of him.
I enjoyed the plot of this book and the characters as well. The only real disappointment, to me, was the ending. It was so abrupt, I had no idea I was that close to the end (I use a reader and rarely check to see my progress in a book, esp. if I'm really into it). I would have liked to know about how things turned out for some of the characters involved, but it was almost open for a sequel.. If Phil Stern does write a sequel, I would definitely read it.
I gave this book 3 stars.
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For centuries, the witches have controlled the power of magic. They have travelled between the worlds and used their `gifts' freely. But now a wizard has rising and challenging their powers. One by one, three young witches have disappeared. With notes left behind in their place, it was as if the wizard was mocking the witches. The council decides and sends six of their best to find and kill this wizard. With other dead or captured or injured, it falls on Tiffany to take care of the business herself. She is the strongest witch of their generation and turns out to be the only hope that her people could have of survival.

This is an action packed novella of some 55 odd pages. There's a lot in those few pages. We learn a lot about the different worlds, how the witches' council works and how the witches themselves live their lives. There is a lot of action, emotion and drama. There's also a matter of domestic violence handled in this book.

Phil Stern's writing style in unquestionably amazing. Few days back I had the chance to read & review another book of his, and though the plots of both the books are very different - two things about his writing has turned out to be consistently good - his writing style and his characters. I loved them both.
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