Trigger Magic

Hidden Coven Series, Book 3

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
88 Pages
Reviewed on 12/27/2017
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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite

Trigger Magic: Hidden Coven Series, Book 3 finds Bobbi still wishing she could cast spells for everything, but there are critical gaps in her skill. She does know, when she enters her house one stormy night, that there is an aether present, other than those created by her plants or a stray cat, and she fears her father’s evil machinations. Un-witchlike, she dials 911, but the intruder blasts her with powerful magic. Thus, author Kim McDougall grounds Book 3 in the series quickly for new readers, so welcome to Pennsylvania’s unique village. The secret coven is once more under attack from Koro, and Bobbi feels responsible. Quinn, in charge of security and busily trying to deny his attraction to Bobbi, feels responsible. Will either of them defeat the enemy, or will it take both? Will the coven survive?

A Bobbi-created rift in the wall that protects the coven… an insane demon… berserkers… swollen lay-lines… and through it all the thread of an unlikely romance. The trigger is magic, dark magic that must be defeated, and it leads Bobbi and Quinn into danger. “There was a crooked man who walked a crooked mile.” Who would have dreamed that a nursery rhyme could lead to peril? Kim McDougall, mistress of the art of making fantasy seem more real than reality with her adroit use of the everyday to make readers believe in magic: that’s who. Trigger Magic is her third book that’s left me searching for another word to describe her writing. I’ve used riveting, enthralling, and spellbinding. Captivating; I can’t wait to read Book 4.

Jack Magnus

Trigger Magic: Hidden Coven Series, Book 3 is an urban fantasy novella written by Kim McDougall. While this is the third book in the series, the author gives enough background information for it to be read as a standalone novel. That said, the first two books in the series, Inborn Magic and Soothed by Magic, set the stage quite well for this book and help define Bobbi’s character, her heritage and her complex relationships with the Hidden Coven. Bobbi had only wanted to slip under the covers and go to sleep after a long day spent with her father at his Open Gate Farm Tour Fundraiser. She had been up for hours, and the rain, lightning and hailstones made the imagined warmth and comfort of bed even more appealing. As she approached her house, however, she instantly knew something was wrong. The wards she routinely set up were not in place, and the power was out. Even worse, the shattered patio door and the sense that an intruder was actively in the house had her fearing for her life. As she dialed 911, she heard a crash and then a ball of light arced its way toward her.

Kim McDougall’s heroine, Bobbi Cole, provides the essential glue that makes the Hidden Coven Series work so very well. In Trigger Magic, Bobbi continues to be the outsider, the outlier who possesses so much elemental power yet has no real idea just how much power she actually has or how to control it. Her prosaic existence as the owner of the Woolery, a yarn and fiber shop in small downtown Ashlet, is in stark contrast with her heritage as the daughter of a powerful demon and her uneasy alliance with the coven, who are in turns hostile and helpful to her. Trigger Magic beautifully continues Bobbi’s story as she discovers elements of her past that were long hidden and finds, to her dismay, that she may just have ripped the fabric of whole worlds apart. I was thrilled to discover that McDougall has a fourth Hidden Coven Series book in the works, Bellwether Magic, and am looking forward to continuing to follow this magical and beautifully written saga. Trigger Magic: Hidden Coven Series, Book 3 is most highly recommended.

Kristen Van Kampen (Teen Reviewer)

Trigger Magic (Hidden Coven Series Book 3) by Kim McDougall is a stunning fantasy novel about a witch named Bobbi. One day, when she was training, Bobbi accidentally tears open a rift between dimensions. Unfortunately, the rift opens to a demon realm, and a few escaped. To top it all off, nobody in the coven is able to close it for good. However, it is believed that a grimoire would have a spell that would close it, but it hadn't been seen in years. The search for the book brings Bobbi and Quinn to the grounds of her childhood home, which had burned down. Will they be able to find the grimoire? What dangers will they face along the way?

I enjoyed reading Trigger Magic by Kim McDougall. The book is very well written, and I liked that the story was told through a few different perspectives. The book is a great addition to a series that fans will love. The story is very exciting and thrilling. I liked that even though Bobbi has magic and has to deal with many magical issues, she still has relatable problems as well, like relationship struggles. The book is a real page turner, and will keep the reader wanting to know what comes next. I was hooked by the first page, and I didn't want to put this book down. The characters are very likable, because they are all very brave, and they fight valiantly. I would definitely recommend this book to all fans of the fantasy genre.

Melinda Hills

Bobbi is under attack in the mundane world again and needs help from the witches she is sure don’t want her around in Trigger Magic: Hidden Coven Series, Book 3 by Kim McDougall. Because of her relationship with Koro, the king of demons, Bobbi is the constant target for evil forces. While practicing with her magic tutor, Bobbi reaches for aether in the earth, but does not find a ley line as usual. Instead, she taps into some dark aether that opens a rift between dimensions and nearly kills Quinn.

After the destruction five months earlier that forced her to leave, Bobbi is sickened by the fact that she has caused more harm to the coven. With one possibility to solve the problem, she and Quinn set out to find her childhood home that was destroyed by mage fire nearly 20 years earlier. If they can find her mother’s grimoire, the coven may be able to find a way to seal the rift. Unfortunately, they are not alone on this quest and it will take all of Bobbi’s strength to save Quinn and herself so that Koro does not succeed in finding a way into this plane.

Kim McDougall’s tight writing, the simmering sexual desires, and the exciting action keep you turning the pages of Trigger Magic, Book 3 of the Hidden Coven Series. The characters retain their identities and strengths from book to book and you have the opportunity to grow with Bobbi and the others as they continue to face demonic challenges. While you can certainly enjoy Trigger Magic as a stand-alone book, I highly recommend starting from the beginning of the series so you can really appreciate the growth of Bobbi’s abilities and her struggle to get them under control. The series is well worth the time. I can't wait for the next volume!

Rosie Malezer

Trigger Magic is the third book in the Hidden Coven Series written by Kim McDougall. In the small town of Ashlet, Bobbi Cole is attacked in her home. When the same assailant ransacks her work place, Bobbi returns to Hidden Coven, much to the surprise of Bobbi’s former flame, Quinn. While Bobbi puts her defense training into overdrive, she accidentally tears open a portal to a foreign dimension, leaving Hidden Coven vulnerable not only to attacks from new demons, but also from an old enemy, Koro, Bobbi’s demon father who will stop at nothing to get to his daughter. Trying to right her wrongs, Bobbi watches helplessly as the number of casualties increases more and more each day, eventually exposing a secret Quinn had gone to great lengths to keep buried. Bobbi’s fate now lies in the hands of the Goddess, the coven, and her own learned skills, as she must utilize every trick she can fathom if she – and the coven – are to survive.

I have been waiting anxiously for the third book in the Hidden Coven Series to arrive, and Kim McDougall did not disappoint in her delivery. From beginning to end, Trigger Magic delves right into the heart of the story, while also reminding readers of crucial elements in the previous two installments of the series. Quinn and Bobbi’s love interest keeps me coming back for more time and again, as does the obsession of Koro with his gifted daughter. It is unfortunate that Bobbi is constantly scorned and judged by others in the magical community simply for being Koro’s next of kin – something far out of her control. Staying true to her heart, however, Bobbi’s romantic connection to Quinn never fails to pull me in time after time. The action, mystery, thrills and shock factor are a constant, with each page bringing about new secrets which threaten the future of all that Bobbi Cole holds dear. Kim McDougall’s writing is exceptional, and I cannot wait to read more of her work in the future. I recommend Trigger Magic to fans of magical adventure, romance, and a love for the occult. Hidden Coven is sure to be a hit with lovers of the paranormal.