Nightcraft Quartet Book 01: The Queen and The Tower

Calendula Isadora (Callie to her friends) is a powerful witch with a mind for science…magical science. Her independent ways, not to mention her unseemly affection for her human boyfriend, put her at odds with her San Francisco coven. The last straw comes when she builds and animates a massive golem. Really, such things are simply not done among respectable witchkind.


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Creator: Shannon Page
Category: Novel
Age Range: 13+
Vibes: Witch, Witchy, Witch Way did the Old Warlock Go, Romance, Mystery, Magic, Fantasy 

In Short: Callie's unconventional magic and human boyfriend disrupt her San Francisco coven, leading to intrigue and danger with the arrival of a captivating Old Country warlock.

What's It About: Enter the enchanting world of Calendula Isadora, Callie to her friends, a powerful witch whose affinity for magical science challenges convention within her San Francisco coven. When Callie's unorthodox practices and human boyfriend raise eyebrows, tensions escalate, especially with the arrival of a sexy Old Country warlock. Amidst the arrival of this mysterious figure and her best friend's unexplained illness, Callie finds herself embroiled in a whirlwind of intrigue and danger. With the guidance of her mentor, her mother's wild magic, her golem, and her loyal familiar, Elnor, Callie navigates a landscape of illusion and deception, grappling with trust and betrayal in a world where danger lurks at every turn. Experience a spellbinding adventure where magic meets science, and passions ignite amidst the shadows of mystery.


Shannon Page was born on Halloween night and spent her early years on a back-to-the-land commune in northern California. A childhood without television gave her a great love of the written word. At seven, she wrote her first book, an illustrated adventure starring her cat Cleo. Sadly, that story is out of print, but her work has appeared in Clarkesworld, Interzone, Fantasy, Black Static,, the Proceedings of the 2002 International Oral History Association Congress, and many anthologies, including the Australian Shadows Award-winning Grants Pass, and The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk. She also regularly publishes articles and personal essays on

Books include The Queen and The Tower and A Sword in The Sun, the first two books in The Nightcraft Quartet; novel Eel River; story collection Eastlick and Other Stories; personal essay collection I Was a Trophy Wife; Orcas Intrigue, Orcas Intruder, and Orcas Investigation, the first three books in the cozy mystery series The Chameleon Chronicles, in collaboration with Karen G. Berry under the pen name Laura Gayle; and Our Lady of the Islands, co-written with the late Jay Lake. Our Lady received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2014, and was a finalist for the Endeavour Award. Forthcoming books include Nightcraft books three and four; a sequel to Our Lady; and more Orcas mysteries. Edited books include the anthology Witches, Stitches & Bitches and the essay collection The Usual Path to Publication.

Shannon is a longtime yoga practitioner, has no tattoos (but she did recently get a television), and lives on lovely, remote Orcas Island, Washington, with her husband, author and illustrator Mark Ferrari. Visit her at