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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Bellwether Magic: Hidden Coven, Book 4 is a paranormal fantasy novel written by Kim McDougall. Bobbi had found her home within the Coven, yet her life was anything but the fulfilling and invigorating life she had hoped for. The rift she had inadvertently opened with her attempts at magic was spewing a horde of imps that had resisted nearly all her and the Coven’s attempts at keeping them under control. Quinn was visibly weakening each day as the mawr, a curse-driven illness, sucked his aether dry. All the aether transfusions in the world would eventually not be enough to keep him alive. Added to those burdens were her own fears that her power was corrupted by her demon blood, that its use would be increasingly accompanied by bitter rage and darkness that both delighted and horrified her. Rosie, her unlikely companion and friend, was an imp who had also escaped the rift, and she seemed to be the only good thing to have happened in the last few months. Rosie helped Bobbi navigate her way when chasing after the imps, and she had quickly become a trusted ally in almost all things.
Bellwether Magic: Hidden Coven, Book 4 is an intense and powerful tale about a young witch imbued with the dark power of her demon father and her attempts to thrive as a member of the Hidden Coven. While you could read this book as a standalone, I’d strongly advise beginning with the first book in this series, Inborn Magic, to get the full impact of the story line and appreciate the development of each of the characters involved. I’ve loved seeing how Bobbi grows and learns to survive in her very individual world. As she develops maturity, it’s kind of fun to remember her first magical forays, where she often reminded me of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice as she dabbled in magic too powerful to be controlled and was powerless until rescued by the Hidden Coven. Bellwether Magic charts her coming of age as a wielder of magic as well as memorializing her growing ability to trust in her own judgment and that of others. McDougall’s novel is an impressive character study as well as an enthralling chapter in the Hidden Coven series. It’s most highly recommended.