Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Book Review: Charmed: Leo Rising by Paul Ruditis

Leo Rising by Paul Ruditis
Published: Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2007 Paperback 205 pages
Borrowed from Library
Challenge: Hogwarts Reading Challenge

While a newly mortal Leo is out for a walk with Wyatt and newborn Chris, demons trap the Charmed Ones in the house and take them to the Underworld, where they are imprisoned by demon scientist Dr. Gnivik, who plans to steal the Power of Three. When Leo returns to find the house empty and in even more disarray than when he had left, he tries to piece together what happened, but can't. Due to his recent fall from grace, the Elders ignore his calls. What is he to do? With no other options and no magic of his own, Leo becomes desperate.
It's a typical day the Halliwell Manor, demons are attacking and destroying things around their home. Only tonight, Leo & Piper planned to cook a nice dinner for the family. Although Leo has been stripped of his powers recently, he decides to help the Sisters fight. He is, of course, injured in process. Piper has had enough of Leo "trying to help", blows up on him causing him and the boys to take a walk to pick up some take out. But when he gets back home, Piper, Paige & Phoebe are nowhere to be found.

I didn't like this one nearly as much as I liked Trickery Treat. For one, this book was written before the series was over, so it reads almost like a pretty good Fan Fiction story. He didn't really capture the personality and nuances of the characters as I would've liked. I also felt as though the book took way too long to get to the point. We can see adult Wyatt and Chris on the cover so obviously he's going to get them to help him somehow. But we don't get to this point until about 92 pages in! That's almost half of the book!

Anyway, I give this one 2.5 out of 4 stars. Recommended for uber fans of the Charmed TV series.



  1. I remember watching Charmed series few years ago, and I liked it! I did not know that there's a book based on that TV series. Thanks for the awesome review!

  2. I watched this whole series. It was really fun! I loved all of the mythology that they used.

    I've never read any of the books based on the show, that sucks about taking too long to get to the point. That drives me nuts in books!!

    Thanks for liking my site btw :D I'm new to yours too and I'm liking it!


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