The Witches of Vegas

Young Adult - Fantasy - Epic
272 Pages
Reviewed on 07/24/2021
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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite

A four-hundred-year-old witch returns after centuries of being exiled and kidnaps the daughter of a witch from a famous Las Vegas act in the spectacular fantasy novel, The Witches of Vegas by Mark Rosendorf. When Isis was nine years old, Sebastian prevents Isis from being torched to death by foster parents and adopts her into his family and coven. For the next six years, while Isis works behind the scenes of the family Las Vegas act, Sebastian trains her to control her exceptional powers in preparation for a potential crisis. When Isis is abducted, Sebastian realizes the family prophecy of a powerful evil returning to destroy humankind is valid, and the family must act quickly. Not only must they rescue Isis, but they also need to save the human race from imminent destruction, and the clock is ticking. Can they get to her in time? Or is it already too late?

The Witches of Vegas by Mark Rosendorf is an exciting young adult fantasy novel filled with action and drama. It is a well-developed novel with an opening scene that captivated me from the startling introduction until its thrilling conclusion. Amidst suspense and conflict, the story moves along at a quick pace, building to a dramatic finale. Expertly written, the book contains a solid plot, well-defined characters, and an intricately woven storyline. As the first book in a series, it is a dazzling beginning, and I can hardly wait for the next adventure. For those who love an innovative witch story, this is an action-packed fantasy that will thrill everyone from twelve to a hundred! I loved the story, loved the characters, and loved the book cover!

K.C. Finn

The Witches of Vegas is a work of fiction in the supernatural, fantasy, and interpersonal drama sub-genres, and was penned by author Mark Rosendorf. Written for young adult reading audiences and upwards, the work focuses on the clever concept of the titular witches being hidden in plain sight, with their magic appearing to be an illusion for the waiting Vegas crowds. Our central figure is fifteen-year-old Isis Rivera, adopted into the fold, who meets the teenage son of the last rival magician left on the strip. Where rivalries ought to bloom, disaster brings Isis and Zack together as the danger amps up, and an old witch with an even older grudge puts both their families in danger.

Author Mark Rosendorf has crafted a very inviting and appealing young adult fantasy novel which never disappoints its audience from cover to cover. I was hooked at once by the concept, and the descriptive work around the magical lore and performance art really makes you feel like you’re there watching the show. More than this, Isis is an endearing young woman with much to learn, but with so much spark and potential herself too. As the story tests her, Isis develops with intelligent narration and dialogue presentation, showing us her journey and all the intense teenage feelings she has about learning to stand up and fight. What results is a fantastic adventure novel with true magic, and overall I would highly recommend The Witches of Vegas to those who enjoy accomplished YA supernatural adventures.

Foluso Falaye

Mark Rosendorf narrates a story about real witches hiding in plain sight as magicians, organizing shows, and mastering their abilities in preparation for impending danger. Fifteen-year-old Isis is the main protagonist in The Witches of Vegas and the youngest witch in the coven. Growing up with her former foster family revealed to her the brutal side of being discovered, so she finds it amazing to be hiding among her own kind. However, she notices a boy while performing on stage and is tempted to reveal her secrets to an instrument of evil that threatens to destroy the lives of the witches and all they've worked to build and protect over the years. Are Isis and her witch family prepared to clash with a formidable enemy?

Deborah Harkness meets Anne Rice in this richly creative witchy narrative, which includes centuries-old vampires, a different dimension with ferocious beasts, and the power of influence, levitation, and conjuring up anything that can be imagined. This roller-coaster ride through ideas from Quantum Mechanics and Carl Jung's Synchronicity Theory propels you to a riveting, breathtaking conclusion. Mark Rosendorf keeps the story absorbing by skillfully making brilliant additions, like the depiction of the contrasts between witchcraft and technology and the impressive and realistic portrayal of a mischievous teenager's mindset: “Ah, better to ask for forgiveness than permission.” The Witches of Vegas is truly brilliant and awe-inspiring. It just gets better and better, and I could not put it down for a second until I reached the explosive end.