Updated: Dec 8, 2022
Book Review - The Witches of Vegas by Mark Rosendorf
Hey everyone! Today is a book review in a genre I personally love. Let me give you a hint.
Witches. Vampires. Las Vegas.
Need I say more? No? Yes? Well, here is a review anyways. Spoiler-free of course, so you can go ahead and pick up this book right after you read this!
First, some readers have a controversial opinion on prologues, but this one was so helpful and guided the story into a perfect position.
Selena Quinn… what a character! Even Iris! Her character arc and performance on and off the stage are outstanding. Her family and found family is an interesting complex, and her journey was so much fun and intriguing to follow along with.
The setting is obvious, Las Vegas, and as someone who has vacationed there over five times, the description and vivid detail of the insides and out of the city and strip is amazing! From the shows to the social standpoint, I could visualize it all!
Isis, Luther, Sebastian, Zack, Herb… so many characters are introduced within the first pages and branch out throughout the story in a very well organized way. They all are placeholders in the novel and make an affirmative point to the overall theme.
The Witches of Vegas. Such a straightforward yet effective and luring name. I was interested in the jump and on the edge of my seat for the entire novel. The concept of witches hiding, but not really hiding, under the ‘fake’ disguise in show business was such a great concept.
The paranormal elements in the story intertwined with the show were so cool too. I love an intervention of magic and vampires, paranormal clues, and witches. All in an urban setting, this was set up basically for me!
The theme of respect and equality can be seen amongst immortality versus mortality, as mortal magicians meet and become immersed in the immortality case. This was a source of tension in the story that helped move the plot forward and provide development of the idea of escapism, which is my favorite source of mood in a story.
Overall, this was a great read. With many more to go in the series, you should pick this one up and dip your toes in the world of witches and vampires dealing with shows and modernism. I hope you enjoyed this review, and here is a link to the author’s website!
See you soon!