Friday, October 10, 2008

LadyVampire's Halloween Giveaway Day 5

Contest Day Five

Halloween is said to be a time when the curtain between the human world and the world of magic is it at its thinnest. And maybe that’s why magic users and witches are often portrayed as a symbol of the holiday.

Of course in this day and age, witches are not confined to cauldrons anymore. Those are big, heavy, cumbersome tools of the past. Now-a-days spells can be cast in inconspicuous ways. A vial here, a pendant there. And if you really need a brew, you can always put it in a jar. Which makes me think of a book I read not to long ago by Angie Fox called “The Accidental Demon Slayer”. I have to say I loved this book. I would never in a million years have put the words biker and witch in the same sentence but it makes for one ingenious story. There’s lots of fun, mayhem, and twists in this book. And the heroine is definitely not perfect which makes the read even better. The hero is a Griffon. I have to say that I have not read many books that have Griffons in them but enjoyed the rareness of it in this book.

Christine Feehan also has a really good magical series called the Drake Sisters. Although she’s known for her Dark Carpathian series, the Drake series is really well written and thought out. Seven sisters who possess magical abilities and have unique powers to individuals while still able to share their powers as a whole.

And some of you may know Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden as the Dresden files was a series on the Sci-fi channel for a short while. Harry Dresden is a wizard living in Chicago. The only wizard listed in the yellow pages as a matter of fact. And his series is an all time favorite of mine. What really makes the series appealing I think is that Jim Butcher is very clever with his story lines, twists and plots. He incorporates a lot of different paranormal creatures/species. And Harry himself is a wisecracker, hiding behind his humor as he tries to put together his makeshift magic. Definitely worth the read if you haven’t read any of Jim Butcher’s work before.

So now you know some of my favorite magic users. But who are some of yours? Tell me your favorites or recommend a magic-based book or two to me. I’m always open to finding new authors.

Please feel free to comment to this post until October 11th when the contest closes. One entry per person per day per post. And please feel free to go back and comment on the other contest posts. This contest is limited to US citizens only although everyone is invited to comment.



Blogger Ruth Schaller said...

I would definately have to say Annette Blair's Triplet stories. With the three twin witches. I've read Sex and the Psychic Witch and Gone with the Witch and currently waiting for Never Be Witched.

But that's one of my favorite witch books series!

10/10/2008 6:49 AM  
Blogger Mandy said...

This may be a cliche but my favorite would be Harry Potter lol. I also liked Christine Feehan's Drake Sisters. Cheyenne McCray is good too - she wrote the Magic Series - Forbidden Magic, Seduced by Magic, Wicked Magic, Shadow Magic, Dark Magic. I haven't read all of them but I would like to.

10/10/2008 7:05 AM  
Blogger Serena said...

I haven't read a whole lot of books involving sorcerers or witches, but I did enjoy Tanya Huff's Blook Books series, particularly the volume involving the college student engaged in demon conjuring. That was a great ride.

I also watched the Dresden Files and loved his wisecracking attitude. I'd really love to see more in this genre, and I think I will take a look at the books you mentioned.

10/10/2008 8:44 AM  
Blogger danie88 said...

One of my all time favorites is "Playing With Fire" by Gena Showalter... I would recommend it to anyone.

I am in the process of collecting/reading Christine Feehan's Drake Sisters series and I have to agree with you LadyVampire and say so far I really like this series!

10/10/2008 2:25 PM  
Blogger danie88 said...

One of my all time favorites is "Playing With Fire" by Gena Showalter... I would recommend it to anyone.

I am in the process of collecting/reading Christine Feehan's Drake Sisters series and I have to agree with you LadyVampire and say so far I really like this series!

10/10/2008 2:39 PM  
Blogger Raonaid Luckwell said...

I'll have to agree with Ruth Schaller there about Annette Blair's Witch series. There are three books before the triplet stories. ALL HILARIOUS!! Yet Storm, from Gone with the Witch is hands down my favorite.

Joy Nash, Robin Popp, and Jennifer Ashley's Immortal books have witches. They were awesome. It is so hard to pick one!

Cheyenne McCray's Magic series is great. Silver!

Anya Bast has a neat twist to witches.

Rachel Morgan from Kim Harrison's Hallow books keeps coming to mind!

Witch-based books are a favorite too me.

10/10/2008 6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only magic books I've read that I can think of are the Harry Potter books and they were highly entertaining. I'll be interested in hearing other people's suggestions too.

10/10/2008 7:39 PM  
Blogger darbyscloset said...

Ted Andrews book "Animal Speak" is about animal magic and is facinating!
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10/10/2008 7:49 PM  
Blogger mari said...

You named one of my favorites...Harry Dresden! Love this series. Also, Harry Potter. I can't say that I have read any others but am always looking for some good new books.

10/10/2008 11:26 PM  
Blogger tetewa said...

One of my favorites is Christine Feehan's Drake sisters.

10/11/2008 12:09 AM  
Blogger Pam P said...

Some of my favorite magical romances are older titles:

Eternity and Infinity by Maggie Shayne

Wizard of Seattle by Kay Hooper

10/11/2008 3:36 AM  
Blogger Crystal Adkins said...

HI Lady Vamp. I have a lot of fav.'s Hmmm I do love Erin McCarthy's books. And I love the Price Sisters :) Oh and I secretly love Christopher Paolini's Books

10/11/2008 8:07 AM  
Blogger LadyVampire2u said...

Ruth, I just the other day got ahold of one of Annette Blair's books. I think it was Gone With the Witch. Now I'm looking forward to reading it after seeing your comment.

Mandy, I have to be honest and say I havent read the Harry Potter books. I've cheated and watched the movies instead. But I do have Cheyenne McCray's books here. Awesome series!

Serena, I think Blood Price was Tanya Huff's book with the spell caster right? That was the first book I read of her series that got me hooked. And I love Harry Dresden. Every time Jim Butcher comes out with a new book I have to run to the library or book store.

Danie88, I think of the ebook of Playing With Fire by Gena Showalter but havent read that one yet. The Feehan books I love though.

Raonaid, Your the second person to mention Annette Blair's books so I definitely have to read her book next. Kim Harrison is another favorite. Cheyenne McCray too. Anya Bast is on my wishlist here. And I enjoyed the Immortals series.

BlueViolet, As I confessed above, I didn't read the Harry Potter books and instead skipped right to the movies. I know, bad of me. Plus the books always have more in them that the movies leave out.

Darby, This is the first I've heard of Ted Andrews. I'll have to look his books up.

Mari, I am a huge Dresden fan here. And I was so ticked off when the Sci-fi Channel stopped the series after only one season. I even campaigned for the Sci-fi channel to reopen the series.

Tetewa, Feehan's Drake Sister series is one of the best in my opinion too. Feehan has a knack for coming up with heart warming personalities and creating magical storylines that rock.

Pam, I loved that Maggie Shyne book also. And I actually have that Kay Hooper book but havent read it yet.

Crystal, Erin McCarthy is a favorite of mine too. The Price sisters, I think I have some ebooks of theirs but I haven't read them yet. Paolini sounds familar. I'll have to look that author up.

10/11/2008 2:17 PM  
Blogger Pam P said...

I was ticked off when they canceled Harry Dresden, too, I was really starting to like that show. Blood Ties on Lifetime was another I was really sorry to see get nixed.

10/11/2008 2:22 PM  
Blogger TerriRainer said...

I have to add that I also LOVED Annette Blair's books.

The Witch of Cologne by Tobsha Learner was a good historical, but a bit misleading...she was thought a witch for studying the Kabbalah, not quite what I was expecting.

:) Terri

10/11/2008 8:16 PM  
Blogger LadyVampire2u said...

Pam, is it me or do a lot of the good paranormal tv series get cut? Not only the Dresden Files and Blood Ties but they cancelled Moonlight too. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping there wont be any cuts with Charlaine Harris's HBO series True Blood. Have you seen that show yet?

TerriRainer, Third times a charm so I guess I'm making Annette Blair's books next on my reading list.
I've never heard of Tobsha Learner but I'll check her books out since you mentioned it. Thanks for the recommendation!

10/12/2008 3:50 AM  

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