Tor, Dec 2004, 23.95, 288 pp.
Most people are unaware of paranormal entities residing in this world, but those who do see the creatures of myths and legends quite clearly. Eight people want to eliminate those who cause suffering and pain in innocents. One of these individuals manages to remove strands of pain and takes it to his laboratory for study.
This underground group comes to the attention of the Vulture Clan who wants to control the San Francisco human and non human population; the Vultures see this group of eight as a threat to achieving their objective. They send magical dogs to kill the enemy, but the group escapes, but not before one of them is turned into a werewolf. Using their varying magical skills, the eight plan to stop the Vulture Clan, but first must retrieve a jaguar from South America to use in a spell that will convert the werewolf back to a human. Then they will challenge the Vulture Clan.
Though a bit difficult to keep track of who's who amongst the champions as BAD MAGIC has eight heroic protagonists, each is eccentric in their own way. There is plenty of humor as the heroes and the author looks at the upcoming altercation with a tongue in cheek attitude.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner