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Having won the ultimate battle against the forces of darkness, Piper, Phoebe, and Paige—The Charmed Ones—are looking forward to a hard-earned, peaceful future. But when Phoebe’s former love, Cole, returns from the dead and the sisters are reunited with Prue, now imprisoned at the magical convergence between the realms, a dangerous new threat emerges.As seemingly normal mor Having won the ultimate battle against the forces of darkness, Piper, Phoebe, and Paige—The Charmed Ones—are looking forward to a hard-earned, peaceful future. But when Phoebe’s former love, Cole, returns from the dead and the sisters are reunited with Prue, now imprisoned at the magical convergence between the realms, a dangerous new threat emerges.As seemingly normal mortals violently steal the magic of witches, The Charmed Ones must shield their kind while protecting themselves from a modern-day witch hunt.Charmed: The War on Witches continues the story of the Halliwell witches, picking up where the hit television series, Charmed, left off. With only the Book of Shadows to guide them, the Halliwell sisters are the fulfillment of their ancestor Melinda Warren’s prophecy that three sisters descending from her line would become the most powerful witches of all time. As The Charmed Ones, the sisters use the Power of Three to protect the innocent and banish evil from the Earthly realm.


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Having won the ultimate battle against the forces of darkness, Piper, Phoebe, and Paige—The Charmed Ones—are looking forward to a hard-earned, peaceful future. But when Phoebe’s former love, Cole, returns from the dead and the sisters are reunited with Prue, now imprisoned at the magical convergence between the realms, a dangerous new threat emerges.As seemingly normal mor Having won the ultimate battle against the forces of darkness, Piper, Phoebe, and Paige—The Charmed Ones—are looking forward to a hard-earned, peaceful future. But when Phoebe’s former love, Cole, returns from the dead and the sisters are reunited with Prue, now imprisoned at the magical convergence between the realms, a dangerous new threat emerges.As seemingly normal mortals violently steal the magic of witches, The Charmed Ones must shield their kind while protecting themselves from a modern-day witch hunt.Charmed: The War on Witches continues the story of the Halliwell witches, picking up where the hit television series, Charmed, left off. With only the Book of Shadows to guide them, the Halliwell sisters are the fulfillment of their ancestor Melinda Warren’s prophecy that three sisters descending from her line would become the most powerful witches of all time. As The Charmed Ones, the sisters use the Power of Three to protect the innocent and banish evil from the Earthly realm.

30 review for Charmed: The War on Witches: Charmed Series #1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Luke

    It was like watching an episode from the show only with the added insight into their thoughts and emotions. The characters—the ones we know: Piper, Phoebe, Paige and Prue, as well as many others—behaved the way they did in the show, but they have added responsibilities: Piper, Phoebe and Paige are each married with children, and Prue is stuck in the Nexus . . . or, well, the guardian of it, you can say. Overall, I enjoyed it, and I can't wait to read more! It was like watching an episode from the show only with the added insight into their thoughts and emotions. The characters—the ones we know: Piper, Phoebe, Paige and Prue, as well as many others—behaved the way they did in the show, but they have added responsibilities: Piper, Phoebe and Paige are each married with children, and Prue is stuck in the Nexus . . . or, well, the guardian of it, you can say. Overall, I enjoyed it, and I can't wait to read more!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    Oκ it was a good one but I would like something more between Phoebe and Cole.. A little spark between them, a little drama , a kiss or even just a hug. After all, how can you be so cool with someone you had such a long story? You don't bring Cole back just for nothing. I give two stars... Oκ it was a good one but I would like something more between Phoebe and Cole.. A little spark between them, a little drama , a kiss or even just a hug. After all, how can you be so cool with someone you had such a long story? You don't bring Cole back just for nothing. I give two stars...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mahyar

    Well, its hard to really say anything about it. Hadn't been for the show, I wouldn't have liked it to be honest....paranormal books are always unrealistic but also there are always made up facts that make it believable but this one...was all over the place. It was too fan-fictionish... And at times, it didn't represent the characters as you remembered them to be on the show. Overall, it was a fun read and fast-paced. Well, its hard to really say anything about it. Hadn't been for the show, I wouldn't have liked it to be honest....paranormal books are always unrealistic but also there are always made up facts that make it believable but this one...was all over the place. It was too fan-fictionish... And at times, it didn't represent the characters as you remembered them to be on the show. Overall, it was a fun read and fast-paced.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Oh Charmed. My ultimate it’s so-bad-its-good show. Let me tell you: I stanned for this show hard. My mum even gifted me a replica of the shows Book of Shadows for Christmas one year. It’s what sparked my interest in tarot cards. I was adamant this show was nothing but perfection in my childhood eyes and it was, quite frankly, the best thing on TV. Ha! Once every couple of years I tend to go back and rewatch everything and usually gain a new perspective on it every time. Two rewatches ago I was o Oh Charmed. My ultimate it’s so-bad-its-good show. Let me tell you: I stanned for this show hard. My mum even gifted me a replica of the shows Book of Shadows for Christmas one year. It’s what sparked my interest in tarot cards. I was adamant this show was nothing but perfection in my childhood eyes and it was, quite frankly, the best thing on TV. Ha! Once every couple of years I tend to go back and rewatch everything and usually gain a new perspective on it every time. Two rewatches ago I was out and out “damn this is bad, huh?”. Last rewatch I settled on “this is bad but I love it”. I even persevered and watched Season 8 — the one I think most Charmed fans also pretend never existed — and I didn’t completely hate it. I mean, I didn’t love it. But when I realised the show wasn’t that good, actually, I lightened up my opinion on Season 8. On the search for Charmed media tie-ins, I saw this one was available for Kindle and I thought it would be interesting to see a postseason 8 setting. Then I realised this is set after Season 9 – the comics. Uhhhh. So. I really, really didn’t like the comics (also written by Paul Ruditis). A combination of disliking the art and still-low-key-irritated-at-Season-8 feelings really soured me from them. I tried reading them again last year and I was still unimpressed but recalling the storyline vaguely at least contributed to my understanding of the setting of this book. Though I think you could easily skip the comics and just read this and accept Charmed was nonsense anyway that you don’t even need the backstory to enjoy it! And I have to say: this is probably my favourite media tie-in. I mean, I didn’t care about the story that much. Witches in trouble, Charmed ones save the day? Blah, blah, blah, BORING. Been there, done that, worn the T-shirt. Nuh uh. The story doesn’t matter. What matters is the characters: and Paul Ruditis has captured them perfectly, in all their smug we’re-better-than-you petulant glory. Yep, the Charmed Ones on reflection were largely kind of unlikable in the TV show. They were constantly moaning about their duties, considering themselves untouchable when it comes to the ‘personal gain’ clause and forever moaning about wanting a normal life while doing so. This novel? Nails them. From the Charmed Ones steamrolling over traumatic events for the people they save “I’m tired of the explaining part. Figured I’d cut to the chase. Show, don’t tell.” and Phoebe assuming that a demon wanted gossip about her and Cole, it’s little character beats like that which remind me so much of the show that I appreciate that the characters actually DID seem like their TV counterparts. Additionally, he weaved in callbacks to events from the TV show without it being terribly overhanded. Morality Bites was one of my favourite episodes and mentioning it did tie in well with the story here. Colour me pleasantly surprised by this one. And listen: this is not the kind of story you’d pick up unless you liked Charmed already, but if you do like Charmed, I’d recommend this one. It feels like Charmed, much more than the comics did for me, and much more than Season 8 even felt like Charmed to me. Blog Review: https://heyannarld.wordpress.com/2019...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Enchanted Bookshelf

    I have been a Charmed fan for as long as I can remember. I have watched the series countless times, have all of the 90's - 00's tie in novels, comics and even a replica Book of Shadows. This is one of the more recent novels to come out after the comic series was started. While I liked the story and it had a Charmed like quality there were a few things that irritated me. 1) Prue didn't have any of her Prue like qualities. She was never a whinger or a woe is me kinda gal. That irked me. 2) I was hopi I have been a Charmed fan for as long as I can remember. I have watched the series countless times, have all of the 90's - 00's tie in novels, comics and even a replica Book of Shadows. This is one of the more recent novels to come out after the comic series was started. While I liked the story and it had a Charmed like quality there were a few things that irritated me. 1) Prue didn't have any of her Prue like qualities. She was never a whinger or a woe is me kinda gal. That irked me. 2) I was hoping that Cole and Phoebe would have some kind of chemistry/altercation given their history but it was all pretty beige. 3) Piper spending all of her time with Prue. This concept is not lost on me but given Pipers history and drive for family, normalcy and financial stability it was odd to see her character lose sight of everything for Prue. 4) Leo!!! Why are you not in there more? Just why? Overall it was still a good read for any Charmed fan. Creative story that followed a human boy helping rid the world of dark magic that witches posses. He is guided by a mentor who lost his family to dark magic as a child. They are in possession of books that make the holder immune to magical attacks and strips witches of their powers. This boy is joined by two others who much like him, want to rid the world of evil. He starts to second guess the reason behind what they are doing after seeing his mentor pull a gun on a witch. This is happening while the Charmed ones are dealing with Prue being back and the Guardian of the All. This gives her the ability to see the witches losing their powers and this is how the Charmed ones cross paths with the boy and his mentor. The boy is not actually human and is a descendant from the warlock who betrayed Melinda Warren in the past, and got her burnt at the stake. The mentor turns out to be a mid level demon hell bent on becoming an upper level demon and has manipulated three young warlocks to assist him. Cue the Charmed ones with their witchy ways of figuring out how to be in the right place at the right time to confront the big bad. If you want to see how it ends, read the book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Persephonie

    A fun little jaunt down the Charmed memory lane! Some of the character voices blended together too much to be distinct, but still nostalgic! I wish that there would have been something more between Phoebe and Cole (otherwise why bring him back?) but an entertaining read nonetheless!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carolien

    Like the series, except way more sugary sweet and combined with stunted dialogue. No. Just no.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Corey Deiterman

    At first I felt like The War on Witches kind of read like fan fiction, but it does get pretty well into the characters and the series in a true to form way. It reads like an extended script of an episode of the series. As a massive fan of the show, it is really enjoyable to spend some time with these characters again. There are a few flaws though. Ruditis has a tendency to tell, not show. We're given needless exposition of Phoebe's inner thoughts on her sister, Prue, and her ex-husband, Cole, fo At first I felt like The War on Witches kind of read like fan fiction, but it does get pretty well into the characters and the series in a true to form way. It reads like an extended script of an episode of the series. As a massive fan of the show, it is really enjoyable to spend some time with these characters again. There are a few flaws though. Ruditis has a tendency to tell, not show. We're given needless exposition of Phoebe's inner thoughts on her sister, Prue, and her ex-husband, Cole, for instance. Rather than allowing us to see she has a problem being around Cole and Prue because of their shared past, Ruditis has multiple characters expound on it and then tells us Phoebe is thinking about it. It's insulting to the reader's intelligence and makes the book come off like it's written for a younger audience. The other issue I have is that Ruditis, perhaps in an effort to contain the length of the book, spends little time with some characters. Leo is a non-factor. We get more time with the book's villain of the week than one of the most important characters on the show. I get that he has relatively little place in the book, but a way could have been found to fit him in more. Ultimately, I can't give it more than three stars because it's just dumb fun in the Charmed world. The show didn't have a tremendous amount of depth itself, so I didn't expect that from a continuation in novel form, but the writing itself could have been stronger regardless.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Soulfire

    I used to love Charmed. I watched the show live, muted, with closed captioning because my parents would have grounded me if they’d caught me watching. I took that risk, though, because I loved the sisters and their world. A few years back I saw that they had made a comic book for a season following the last, I bought the first volume immediately but ended up not liking the art or really the story so I didn’t continue. Still, I would randomly look into the series and recently decided to try this I used to love Charmed. I watched the show live, muted, with closed captioning because my parents would have grounded me if they’d caught me watching. I took that risk, though, because I loved the sisters and their world. A few years back I saw that they had made a comic book for a season following the last, I bought the first volume immediately but ended up not liking the art or really the story so I didn’t continue. Still, I would randomly look into the series and recently decided to try this book. The War on Witches takes place after the comic and if you haven’t read it you’re going to be confused at first. I know I was, I ended up finding a plot synopsis online for the comic to catch myself up. I can’t say I’m actually fond of having Prue and Cole back, but I can see why they did it. They are some of the fans two favorite characters and book form is the perfect way to bring them back. The book ended up being almost exactly like the show and I loved that. However, there were times when the characters didn’t quiet sound like themselves and that wasn’t really helped by being able to see inside their minds for the first time. There were demons, warlocks, reference to past episodes, and family drama, it was exactly what you’d expect from an episode of Charmed. Really, my only complaint is that I wish there was more about the family and Leo. 3.5/5

  10. 5 out of 5

    Azul

    Give us Phoebe and Cole you cowards. You can easily kill Coop you know no1currs. LOL I'm kidding (or am I?) Other than that it was enjoyable enough, it does seem like its overloaded with characters (which is their own fault for setting it after S8, its honestly hard and I have no interest of keeping track of the kids). There's too many characters, and the Ruditis (here and in the comics) tries so hard to make Coop happen that's not going to happen that we lose our beloved Leo because there's jus Give us Phoebe and Cole you cowards. You can easily kill Coop you know no1currs. LOL I'm kidding (or am I?) Other than that it was enjoyable enough, it does seem like its overloaded with characters (which is their own fault for setting it after S8, its honestly hard and I have no interest of keeping track of the kids). There's too many characters, and the Ruditis (here and in the comics) tries so hard to make Coop happen that's not going to happen that we lose our beloved Leo because there's just no space for other leads here. Cut the crap, go into an alternate timeline and give us the Leo/Cole team up the show always teased us about, and the Phole that we have waited for since 2002! I was excited when I saw that Prue and Cole were back, but I'm not sure that they are being used in the best way they can be. Having read the comics also makes me dread what is going to happen to Cole. It does seem weird Prue is alone, like her life (or afterlife) never progressed. Idk it makes her seem Prue of S1 when everyone else in S9 (of the comics).

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melissa T

    This is an interesting continuation story, where Prue is back to life. Problem is, she's trapped as a facilitator of a spiritual nexus called The All. And Cole is back too. Mainly to help her and to be able to redeem his soul. Of course Phoebe is trying to avoid Cole, and Prue for that matter. And Piper is overcompensating by mediating between them. Paige is actually doing more of everything, and seems more like the middle sister in that she tells Phoebe to stop avoiding Prue, and Piper to stop This is an interesting continuation story, where Prue is back to life. Problem is, she's trapped as a facilitator of a spiritual nexus called The All. And Cole is back too. Mainly to help her and to be able to redeem his soul. Of course Phoebe is trying to avoid Cole, and Prue for that matter. And Piper is overcompensating by mediating between them. Paige is actually doing more of everything, and seems more like the middle sister in that she tells Phoebe to stop avoiding Prue, and Piper to stop avoiding her family and restaurant in trying to help Prue adjust. I really would have loved to have read more about Prue's return and her giving up her place in The Power of Three for Paige. That could have been a story all on it's own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carol Gibson

    I always enjoyed the show Charmed. This book takes place after the end of the series and I found it a great read. It was fun to catch up with the witches and to see what they had been up too. I think this book follows events that happened in the comic series which I have not read but I had no trouble following the story. The book captures the sisters perfectly as I read I could hear their voices in my heads. I enjoyed the story itself as well it had enough mystery and danger to keep me turning the I always enjoyed the show Charmed. This book takes place after the end of the series and I found it a great read. It was fun to catch up with the witches and to see what they had been up too. I think this book follows events that happened in the comic series which I have not read but I had no trouble following the story. The book captures the sisters perfectly as I read I could hear their voices in my heads. I enjoyed the story itself as well it had enough mystery and danger to keep me turning the pages. If you enjoyed the series then this is a must read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Juan Carrillo

    If your a fan of the original series this is a great read. We pick up with the sisters years later after marriage and more children and the return of pure. This is a wonderful way for a fan to jump back into this world.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Loved it

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sylvester

    Unfortunately, this is a canon book that fits between season 9 and 10 of the comic book continuation. We have already seen the Halliwell sisters powerless before so this is nothing new, the sisters have battles far greater evil than witch hunters. Ruditis did a good job staying true to the personalities of the characters but the plot seemed more like explaining things than storytelling. It's an OK book for the charmed fans, you will feel like reading an episode of the TV series. Unfortunately, this is a canon book that fits between season 9 and 10 of the comic book continuation. We have already seen the Halliwell sisters powerless before so this is nothing new, the sisters have battles far greater evil than witch hunters. Ruditis did a good job staying true to the personalities of the characters but the plot seemed more like explaining things than storytelling. It's an OK book for the charmed fans, you will feel like reading an episode of the TV series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nisha Vyas-Myall

    Absolutely brilliant new instalment of Charmed, set between season 9 and 10. As always, Ruditis captures the essence of Charmed and its characters extremely well whilst also giving a really compelling story to go with it. I was slightly disappointed to spot a couple of continuity errors, but they're not particularly important to the plot, so I will let it slide. Ruditis once again brings life to the Halliwell sisters and those in their lives. In addition to them, he introduces us to some really Absolutely brilliant new instalment of Charmed, set between season 9 and 10. As always, Ruditis captures the essence of Charmed and its characters extremely well whilst also giving a really compelling story to go with it. I was slightly disappointed to spot a couple of continuity errors, but they're not particularly important to the plot, so I will let it slide. Ruditis once again brings life to the Halliwell sisters and those in their lives. In addition to them, he introduces us to some really complex side characters (innocents, demons, warlocks) who you really feel like you know by the end of their introductory chapter. I really want Eleazar to pop up in the comics in the future- after you read the book, I'm sure you will too! Ruditis' writing is emotive, funny and gripping- we expect nothing less from the best writer in the Charmed off-screen canon. Advice to readers: you MUST read the season 9 comics before digging into The War On Witches otherwise you will be utterly confused from the very first page. There's a lot of backstory between Forever Charmed and this novel. Then you should read season 10 too... since it is pretty awesome.

  17. 4 out of 5

    travis williams

    Power of three will set us free I gave charmed the war on witches five stars because like the tv show it's a masterpiece well concocted I love the sibling bond the three sisters share I have seen every single episode of charmed more than once and i have to say reading this book for me was like watching a episode unfold and I was blown away how they brought prue and Cole back along for the ride I can't find a dislike for this book I'm sorry and I know some haters will disagree but let them I recom Power of three will set us free I gave charmed the war on witches five stars because like the tv show it's a masterpiece well concocted I love the sibling bond the three sisters share I have seen every single episode of charmed more than once and i have to say reading this book for me was like watching a episode unfold and I was blown away how they brought prue and Cole back along for the ride I can't find a dislike for this book I'm sorry and I know some haters will disagree but let them I recommend this book to all the charmed fans out there and any newcomers well let's just say I put a spell on you to read this book

  18. 5 out of 5

    AnnaMarie

    I drew this book out to make it last longer, I didn't want it to end! Well, not until the next one was out, anyway. I love Charmed, and Paul Ruditis has carried on the series very, very well. (This is not meant to dis Pat Shand in any way, it's just that Ruditis is the author currently in question.) Paul has done a great job growing, while preserving the personalities of, these characters, and I can't wait to read more! I drew this book out to make it last longer, I didn't want it to end! Well, not until the next one was out, anyway. I love Charmed, and Paul Ruditis has carried on the series very, very well. (This is not meant to dis Pat Shand in any way, it's just that Ruditis is the author currently in question.) Paul has done a great job growing, while preserving the personalities of, these characters, and I can't wait to read more!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

    Two stars because it brings back good memories of Charmed and mostly follows the storyline. I had a problem with the dialogue--it just didn't sound like the girls most of the time. Izax blinked instead of dematerializing. He's a demon! The whole Prue situation is just a bit much for me along with the Nexus of the All. That needed to be toned down a bit and why does she have a different body? Interesting plot for a Charmed story though. Two stars because it brings back good memories of Charmed and mostly follows the storyline. I had a problem with the dialogue--it just didn't sound like the girls most of the time. Izax blinked instead of dematerializing. He's a demon! The whole Prue situation is just a bit much for me along with the Nexus of the All. That needed to be toned down a bit and why does she have a different body? Interesting plot for a Charmed story though.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dylan Gillam

    I so love this book and I was glad to see the writer of this book brought prue back I think there should be a part two to this book so that way we can see what's going to happen with Cole and pure Love the book it made me want to cry now this was a better ending Then the show blessed be I so love this book and I was glad to see the writer of this book brought prue back I think there should be a part two to this book so that way we can see what's going to happen with Cole and pure Love the book it made me want to cry now this was a better ending Then the show blessed be

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pauline

    I liked it for sentimental reasons only, to be honest. It was quick and fun, but other than that there wasn't really much substance to it. The danger wasn't built up well, the final encounter (or any encounter for that matter) was anti-climactic, and the ending seemed simplistic and rushed. But I must admit - reading this kind of made me want to revisit the show! I liked it for sentimental reasons only, to be honest. It was quick and fun, but other than that there wasn't really much substance to it. The danger wasn't built up well, the final encounter (or any encounter for that matter) was anti-climactic, and the ending seemed simplistic and rushed. But I must admit - reading this kind of made me want to revisit the show!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    The TV series Charmed is one of my guilty pleasures. I enjoyed the relationships both between the sisters as well as the romances. This read just like an episode of the show. Once in a while I could even hear the actresses voices. Not a great read, but I enjoyed a visit with old friends.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Stewart

    Makes me want to re-watch Charmed this book was a fun read because you could picture the actual characters. The author stayed true to the show. It would be interesting to see this story made into a tv episode. Overall well done, I will look for others

  24. 4 out of 5

    Joel Liriano

    Really liked it! Feels like a special episode. Actually, this would make a really good reunion movie.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Katelin

    Loved it Good Charmed story of the sisters.I recommend this book to everyone who love the charmed one's.Bring back charmed my favorite show of all time. Loved it Good Charmed story of the sisters.I recommend this book to everyone who love the charmed one's.Bring back charmed my favorite show of all time.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Resa Boydston

    I read a sample of this book on my Google Play Books. The portion I read was pretty good.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Luther Parmelee

    This book was amazing!! I absolutely love Paul Ruditis and he really knows his charmed details. So many memories put together so perfectly !! A must read for any charmed fan.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    DNF at 65% This book was boring. I set it aside hoping that it would be better when I picked it back up. It was not, so I'm done. DNF at 65% This book was boring. I set it aside hoping that it would be better when I picked it back up. It was not, so I'm done.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Sanders

    It was a quick fun read! I loved the show so it was fun to engage with the characters again and be a part of their magic.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    TWOW A very fun easy read. I loved the charmed series and this picked up very nicely. If you're a fan you will enjoy this book immensely. TWOW A very fun easy read. I loved the charmed series and this picked up very nicely. If you're a fan you will enjoy this book immensely.

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