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Illicit Magic (1, Stella Mayweather Paranormal Series)

Illicit Magic (1, Stella Mayweather Paranormal Series) [Kindle Edition]

Camilla Chafer
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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More than three hundred years after the most terrifying witch hunts the world has ever known, it's happening again.

When an attack by ruthless witch hunters forces twenty-four-year-old Stella from her home in London into the protection of the powerful Witch Council in New York, she has to put her faith in strangers just to stay alive, yet she might not be any safer in their midst than the danger she escaped.

Hidden from the Brotherhood in an extraordinary safe house by the sea where she is sent to learn her craft, Stella finds there is more than one dark secret in her new family: Étoile’s sister is spoken of in fear and sadness; Marc is supposed to be a powerful warlock but is missing his magic; where does the owner of their safe house vanish to every day and why does Evan have the eyes of someone not quite human?

One secret is important enough to kill for and it's a secret so powerful it could destroy the fragile threads of Stella's new world.

Praise for 'Illicit Magic'

"Anyone who likes Charlaine Harris would most definitely enjoy this book. It's well written, rich in description and the characters are instantly likeable." Amazon UK review.

" enticing read with engaging characters and action-packed adventure that will have you biting your nails as you delve deeper into the mystery, madness and mayhem of Stella Mayweather’s life. Things aren’t always as they seem as secrets are revealed, the plot thickens, allies become enemies, friendships are tested, and love begins to blossom." The Readers Roundtable Infinity & Beyond.

Other books in the series:
Unruly Magic
Devious Magic
Stella Mayweather Collection, Books 1-3

[Revised edition uploaded October 14th 2011.]

About the Author

Author and journalist Camilla Chafer writes for newspapers, magazines and websites throughout the world. She is also the author/ editor of several non-fiction books. She lives in London, UK. Visit Camilla online at to sign up to her newsletter, find out more about her, plus news on upcoming books and fun stuff including book group guides, playlists, deleted scenes and giveaways. You can also find Camilla on Twitter @camillawrites and Facebook at!/CamillaChafer

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 434 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Audacious (1 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,003 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Camilla Chafer is an author, editor and journalist. She has written for numerous newspapers, magazines and websites internationally including Easy Living, Woman & Home, The Independent, Guardian and The Times. Her novels include the urban fantasy Stella Mayweather series and the Lexi Graves Mysteries.

Visit Camilla online at for the latest on her novels, series extras including deleted scenes, info about her characters and their worlds, plus how to get your hands on exclusive trading cards. Sign up to her mailing list for a monthly newsletter and the latest releases. She wishes she could send virtual cake.

You can also find Camilla at Facebook and Twitter @camillawrites.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, sharp and promising a great series 3 Aug 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I notice another reviewer has already mentioned Charlaine Harris, so I'll lead with that and say: yes, there are similarities.

And they're all good ones. A witty, slightly acerbic tone, a similarly-aged and likewise inexperienced protagonist, a tale of gradual self-discovery and - hurrah! - well-written love scenes that aren't embarrassing to read.

But Stella is also very different to Sookie, being far more restrained and, well, English!

Leaving behind her dull life of temping and making people nervous in London to discover not only her magical talent but a whole new history in another country forms the basis for a promising series. There were enough surprising moments to keep me powering through in just a couple of sittings, and the introduction of supernatural entities that aren't usually so central to paranormal romances. Although do watch out for the token vampire - funny and moving in one.

Chafer has a naturally warm and inviting way of writing that makes Stella seem real and worth caring about, and although I usually play a good game of 'spot the dark secret' or 'guess who she'll end up with', the plot was genuinely quite unpredictable and I appreciated the cleverness.

I look forward to book two!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Started well 23 Oct 2011
By Caro
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I had high hopes of this one.

The first pages of the stalking through London really did manage to hook me in and I settled down for an enjoyable read. Unfortunately this early potential just wasn't fulfilled and it was downhill all the way.

The Brotherhood had great potential to be an interesting adversary but this was not realised at all don't want to say why to avoid a huge spoiler). In fact the synopsis of the plot is most misleading.

This is also teen fiction (other than the fairly explicit and rather dull sex scenes). The plot is thin and most of the characters would benefit from more depth for an adult audience, The style of writing is also very simplistic and yes "young". I've never met anyone out of teenage years who would refer to an attractive man as "yum" and "yummy" and I'm not that old. The misuse of some words jarred - the common misuse of phased where fazed was meant crept in at least once and I spotted other similar errors.

Overall some potential here - I'd want to see much more of the Brotherhood though and much less teenage angst from characters meant to be in their 20s.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and fabulous read! 21 Jun 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
If you like books by Sarah Allen Addison or Shanna Swendson then you will love Illicit Magic. When Stella is chased by the fearsome Brotherhood, her untamed magical skills and welcome strangers come to her rescue. I always judge a book by how fast I read it and how much it leaves me wanting more. I read this book in two days and I really can't wait for the next one! Four stars!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 30 May 2012
By Lily
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The beginning and end of this book made me give it three stars, the beginning was written well enough to be spooky and the end fight was actually well done. I really felt like I was there with Stella and only seeing what she could see made it that much more suspenseful.
The middle part of the book was a little mediocre, there was that unfleshed out feel you get from a book which has been written quickly without proper editing. Some of the characters grew on you, though the way Stella kept describing some of the female characters was annoying, I didn't really need to know how good looking everyone is. At the start I think she calls Ethan striking but not good looking, this then morphs into beautiful later on. The character's themselves were all a bit superficial. Illicit Magic felt a bit hollow, but I hope the next in the series will show some more mature, well thought out writing because parts of the plotline were pretty interesting.
Read this as a break from revising so I didn't exactly want a taxing read, would buy the next in series :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars exciting new series 3 Oct 2011
By Jackie
Format:Kindle Edition
Illicit Magic by Camilla Chafer

This is the 1st in the Stella Mayweather series.

Stella has lived a life in and out of foster homes, as she lost he parents at a young age. This lack of any kind of a settled life continued as she worked as a temp in various offices, until the night she realised she was being followed as she walked home from work in London.

Stella hadn't given it much thought, but she was aware she felt there was something a little strange about her, odd incidents had happened throughout her life, like when she was annoyed at a work colleague and thought how good it would be if a book case fell on him, and it did!

However, finding herself in the quiet streets with a gang all dressed alike and in black and faces covered and obviously after her, made her a little worried. They were crying out to her they wanted to `burn the witch,' and after a near miss, she manages to get back to her bedsit, where she keeps the lights off but turns her TV on to hear the latest story about women being caught, tortured then burn alive as witches, by the `Brotherhood.'

Shortly afterwards she hears a pounding on her door, and a voice asking for Stella, the person says her name is Etoile, Stella refuses to let her in, but looking out her spyhole sees her disappear and then she reappears in her flat!!

Etoile explains `they' have been watching her and they need to leave now so she can get her somewhere safe. As the sinister gang have arrived they have to do a quick escape, and then they are boarding a plane for New York.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Illicit Magic
This book deserves no less than the 5 star rating. A fantastic supernatural read, a bit like a grown up version of Harry potter mixed with twilight. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Kenny
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmm
I really wanted to fall in love with this book, it seemed to tick all the boxes that I liked in a book, especially when I saw the reviews comparing it to charlaine harris... Read more
Published 3 months ago by hayley g
5.0 out of 5 stars Illicit magic
Must read, kept me gripped throughout. Some unusual turns of events but for the best. Glad it was free, can't wait for more!
Published 10 months ago by aimee
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating.
Loved it . Couldn't put it down. Now can't wait to read the rest. Enjoyed the story and characters that much I read it in one go.
Published 10 months ago by Julie Strachan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
I liked the characters and the story went along at a good pace and I read it at one go, I will get the next instalment because I want to see where the author takes her heroine also... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Tillydog
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading
Not what I imagined, got the book to try as it was free, what a lovely surprise. I moved on to all four and now I wish there was a fifth in the series. One for the girls.
Published 11 months ago by kindle reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Illicit magic
I really enjoyed the book, love the world of magic and romance, look forward to reading the rest of the story.
Published 11 months ago by holliemac
1.0 out of 5 stars blah blah blah
Awful, even if it's for young teens, truly dull. Those with interest in good story or writing don't bother with this book.
Published 12 months ago by delilah
5.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly what I though it would be
Not quite jack is Collins it's a bit subtle on the illicit side more on the magic. It was a good read a bit long drawn out than I like but I did enjoy reading this book, I enjoy... Read more
Published 12 months ago by twinkle
4.0 out of 5 stars Endearingly Realistic
Beautifully written tale of love and loss as Stella is whisked away from her not so mundane life. There's a lot of interacting elements to this story, some of which I hope are... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Anduriel
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