Paige Winterbourne was always either too young or too rebellious to succeed her mother as leader of one of the world’s most powerful elite organizations—the American Coven of Witches. Now that she is twenty-three and her mother is dead, the Elders can no longer deny her. But even Paige’s wildest antics can’t hold a candle to those of her new charge—an orphan who is all too willing to use her budding powers for evil . . . and evil is all too willing to claim her. For this girl is being pursued by a dark faction of the supernatural underworld. They are a vicious group who will do anything to woo the young, malleable, and extremely powerful neophyte, including commit murder—and frame Paige for the crime. It’s an initiation into adulthood, womanhood, and the brutal side of magic that Paige will have to do everything within her power to make sure they both survive.
Kelley Armstrong is the author of the internationally bestselling series Women of the Otherworld. She lives in rural Ontario with her husband and three children, and later in 2007 she will also launch a mainstream crime fiction series with Exit Strategy, to be published simultaneously in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.
“A convincing small-town setting, clever contemporary dialogue, compelling characterizations and a touch of cool humor.… This story’s special strength lies in its seamless incorporation of the supernatural into the real world.”