Hidden Coven

The Complete Series

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
435 Pages
Reviewed on 04/18/2019
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Author Biography

If Kim McDougall could have one magical superpower, it would be to talk to animals. Or maybe to shift into animal form. Definitely, fantastical creatures and magic often feature in her urban fantasy stories. So until she can change into a griffin and fly away, she writes dark paranormal suspense and romance tales full of witches, demons, werewolves, vampires, yetis and maybe even a gargoyle or two. Kim is also passionate about fiber art, photography, children’s literacy, rescue animals, nature, and genre-bending fiction.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite

Hidden Coven: The Complete Series by Kim McDougall comprises five novellas: Inborn Magic, Soothed by Magic, Trigger Magic, Bellwether Magic, and Gone Magic. The main characters are Bobbi, the incompetent witch who is inherently more powerfully dangerous than she guesses, and Quinn, Head of Security at a unique village hidden in the hills of Pennsylvania. Bobbi runs an ordinary wool shop until an irresistible magic experiment causes a fire. Time to learn how to control her powers, right? And where better than the nearby coven? Quinn does not welcome a wannabe witch, but his story and hers were entwined before they were born. Rules of magic have their own logic that holds good throughout what is both a love story and a wild rollercoaster of adventure where more than human lives are at stake.

Hidden Coven is the best boxed set I’ve ever read. Each novella stands alone, with a few unobtrusive reminders dropped in, but I didn’t need them. I read one after the other, constantly astounded by how the already well-grounded characters, the plot, and the suspense increased. Will Bobbi learn to control her dark magic and use it to defeat a demon, or must she allow Jane, mistress of the coven, to use the weapon entrusted to her by The Lady? Will Bobbi’s lover, Quinn, even survive, sick with mawr that allows the mildest infection to drain his aether, his magic strength? In Hidden Coven, Kim McDougall has created magic worlds that will captivate paranormal suspense fans and convert thousands of others.

Romuald Dzemo

Hidden Coven: The Complete Series by Kim McDougall is an entertaining collection of novellas in the urban fantasy genre with interesting characters. A coven hidden in the inaccessible hills of Pennsylvania and guided by an eccentric seer is under serious threat. A dangerous force is about to break through the defenses of the coven, coveting the magic of the witches. Bobbi Cole and Quinn Mason must work together to protect the coven. But they both have their own personal issues to deal with before standing up against a formidable adversary.

I was pulled into the narrative by two strong elements: the colorful setting and the elaborately developed characters. Bobbi starts as an unskilled spell caster and it is interesting to follow her journey as she develops to become the hope of the survival of the coven. The relationship between Quinn and Bobbi starts up in an awkward manner, lacking trust. But they grow through the conflict to focus on the essential. Hidden Coven: The Complete Series is a captivating series for fans of novels that are fast-paced, featuring themes of magic, family secrets, and strong conflicts. I found myself racing from page to page, from one installment to the next, and enjoying how the author builds on what happens when our deepest secrets are exposed. I fell in love with the key characters and enjoyed the author's handling of conflict. The prose is beautiful and the writing filled with powerful imagery. It's a well-plotted, skillfully written, and enjoyable read.

Christian Sia

Hidden Coven: The Complete Series by Kim McDougall includes all five novellas in the series that explore magic and the quest for power, a narrative with sophisticated and ingeniously developed characters. A coven of witches is located in the rocky hills of Pennsylvania, hidden from the ordinary world and protected by powerful magic. The coven is guided by a seer, but now dark forces are about to break in and all they want is to have magic for the sheer fun of adding to their dark power. Two people can stop them — a young spell-caster called Bobbi Cole and Quinn Mason, but can Mason trust the novice and how fast can Bobbi Cole learn the craft to have what it takes for a standoff with an incredible force?

Kim McDougall is a great writer who crafts a yarn with characters that leap off the pages with a lot of life. It is interesting to follow their development and how the author explores and builds background story, exploring family roots and how they connect to the perception that the characters have of themselves. One of the things I loved about the writing is the way the conflict is developed — at every level. The descriptions are terrific and they conjure up powerful images in the reader’s mind. I enjoyed Bobbi’s journey in magic and rooted for her all along, wanting to see what becomes of her. Hidden Coven: The Complete Series makes for an enjoyable reading experience, a narrative that explores a powerful conflict and the quest for survival against great odds.

Divine Zape

Hidden Coven: The Complete Series by Kim McDougall is an urban fantasy with a fascinating setting, a strong plot, and memorable characters. It follows two main characters who must work together to protect a community of witches from being overrun by a powerful enemy. The Coven is hidden in the rough hills of Pennsylvania, a quaint village reminiscent of another time and age. What has kept it safe and hidden is the witches' strong, yet dangerous magic. But dark forces have discovered the Coven and want to harness the magic of the witches for themselves. Can a mad seer guide this community and ensure they come to no harm?

In this context, a young witch, Bobbi Cole, has to quickly hone her skills and mature from a careless, awkward spellcaster into a strong warrior. This book contains all the novellas in the series and takes readers on an interesting ride as they follow the growth of the protagonist and immerse themselves in her world. Quinn Mason is a no-nonsense man and his connection with Bobbi creates friction that fuels other levels of the conflict. It is interesting to follow the plot as they explore each other’s worlds, family secrets, and their roots. Kim McDougall keeps the narrative intriguing and focuses on the depth of the characters, unveiling them one layer at a time. They are real, genuinely flawed, and their growth is developed in a way that brings realism into the story. Hidden Coven: The Complete Series is a collection that will delight fans of urban fantasy, a narrative that explores the conflict between the normal world and the world of magic.