The Witches of Vegas

Written by Mark Rosendorf⎮ Narrated by Jeffery Lynn Hutchins

Author: Mark Rosendorf
Narrator: Jeffery Lynn Hutchins
Length: 7 hours 9 minutes
Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC
Released: Jan. 21, 2021
Genre: Fantasy

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Synopsis

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 15-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 400-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?

Willow's Review

5 Stars

This audiobook was provided by its narrator, Mark Rosendorf, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks, Mark!

The Witches of Vegas by Mark Rosendorf is an entertaining blend of witchy themes and fantastically magical realism enmeshed within the gritty urban backdrop of Sin City, A.K.A Vegas, Nevada. Although this is a Y.A. novel, it surely could entertain adult readers with its quippy dialogue and innovative use of the magician, witch, and vampire archetypes with a flare of modern writing in tandem with the art of storytelling, complete with vivid descriptions of the magical and mundane.

The protagonist Isis Rivera is a young fifteen-year-old girl adopted by The Witches of Vegas troupe, which saved her from an abusive family that believed her powers were the devil. The witches and magicians taught her to use her powers for the highest possible good and co-exist within the magical and mundane worlds. The magicians and witches used their magical abilities to further the success of their act in Vegas, which eventuated in the troupe rising to number one.

As the novel unfolded, Isis met teenaged Zack Galloway, who was a magical assistant to one of the last remaining magicians in Sin-city. Initially, his intention was to learn the secrets of the Witches of Vegas and divulge those to a snide reporter. Instead, Zack and Isis soon found magical understanding and the joys and despairs of first love within each other that changed their young lives and their perceptions of belonging and love.

The arrival of 400-year-old Valeria, a vampire with a demonstrable evil plan to destroy the troupe and many other humans and magical beings in Sin-City, created a rapid change in Isis's relationship with Zack. Also, the community of Vegas Witches and other supernatural beings must combine their magical talents to stop the impending doom that Valeria brought to the city. The novel used magical happenstances to teach important lessons to the Y.A. readers. That collaboration with others generally isn't easy; however, it is an important life skill that could eventuate significant change in defeating evil or accomplishing substantial goals.

Narrator Jeffery Lynn Hutchins had a peacefully soft cadence to his voice, paired with clear and crisp pronunciation. The storyline's narration combined with accurately regional accents per character helped create an engaging listening experience.

Indeed, the sequel The Journey to New Salem will be a welcomed read after finishing the fastidiously page-turning The Witches of Vegas. Also, these novels are high-quality books that will be a welcomed addition to the ever-expanding world of Y.A. paranormal/urban literature.

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