The Brewing Storm is the 25th book in the Charmed novel series.

Paige says she has been working to finalize Tyler's adoption for almost a year, but the series/novel timeline indicates that it has been less than three months since in his debut episode "Lost and Bound". Phoebe has divorced Cole, which would place it somewhere before Season 5 episode "Centennial Charmed".


Earth, air, fire, water—
A child must bring them all together.
Calm the shaking, quell the slaughter,
Tonight's the night—it's now or never.

Despite wacky weather threatening the San Francisco area, life for the Charmed Ones is as normal as ever. Normal, that is, until eleven-year-old Tyler Michaels shows up at their door. Tyler, a Firestarter, is on the run from demons. Though the Halliwell sisters have dealt with Tyler before, a glance at the Book of Shadows turns up new, unexpected information about the boy… and the forces for which his magic can be harnessed.

Once a century the planets align in such a way that the tides shift and the climates changes, causing unpredictable weather and earthquakes. With the world out of balance, the Firestarter is charged with gathering the other Elementals on the Night of Aeolus to perform a sacred ritual. Without this ritual the weather will eventually tear the world apart. But the demons chasing Tyler want to divert the Elemental power and channel it for a dark evil. The Charmed Ones must prevent this from happening at all costs—but the Night of Aeolus is already upon them…






Magical Notes

Book of Shadows

The Night of Aeolus

Once every century, the planets align in such a way that it causes the winds to shift and the climate to change. During that period, weather becomes unstable and the Earth begins to shake as the world falls out of balance.
On the Night of Aeolus, by the light of the full moon, the elements must come together to set everything in its proper place. To do this, a Firestarter is charged with gathering other Elementals at the Circle of Gaea to perform the Ritual of the Guardians.
If the elements do not combine, the weather will continue to wreak havoc and could eventually tear the world apart.
If the Elementals use the ritual to divert the power of the elements to the demon Tempest, he will be able to control the weather and the very Earth itself.


Tempest was banished to a neutral environment that he can only leave on the Night of Aeolus. Tempest commands a quartet of demons with the ability to drain the powers of Elementals.
If the powers can be collected from four Elementals by the Night of Aeolus, they will transfer those powers to their master, and he will be able to control the weather all over the world.


To Unbind Tyler's Power

When time is ready
Or need is dire,
Unbind his power
Return his fire.

To Vanquish Tempest's Servant

This one's going down
Only three more to go.
Then Tempest will frown,
As we vanquish our foe.

To Vanquish Tempest

Power of Three spell
By the Water and the Air,
By the Earth and the Fire,
By the powers that we bear,
Tempest's life, now expire.

Ritual of the Guardians

For the ritual, the guardians need to stand on one point of the pentagram in the Circle of Gaea. The Firestarter will wield either a sword or a wand, the Windwalker the same, the Waterbearer will wield a chalice, and the Earthshaker will carry coins. The Human Spirit simply needs to be there.
Guardians of the North, the West, the South, the East,
Join together in the spirit of this circle
And bring about peace.
Calm the winds, hold back the rains, subdue the fire, and let Earth rest.
On this Night of Aeolus, in this the Circle of Gaea,
We implore you to take back your power by using our strength.



  • Aerokinesis: Used by Rafe to save Phoebe's car from turning over.
  • Energy Beam: Used by Muriel, Gabrielle and Rafe to transfer their powers to one of Tempest's minions to overwhelm her with their raw powers and vanquish her in the process.
  • Levitation: Used by Phoebe to dodge a minion's attack and fight them.
  • Molecular Combustion: Used by Piper.
  • Molecular Immobilization: Used by Piper to freeze Tempests' minions, and by the minions who reflected the power back at them. She also froze a speeding bullet to save Leo.
  • Orbing: Used by Paige and Leo to move between places.
  • Power Absorption: Used by Tempest's minions to steal other beings' powers once used against them and reflect them back at the users.
  • Power Manipulation: Used by Tempest to turn the Elementals' powers against the Charmed Ones while standing inside the Circle of Gaea.
  • Premonition: Used by Phoebe to see CHristopher Young's death.
  • Pyrokinesis: Used by Christopher Young to ignite himself, and Tyler to shoot fire, then create a fireball to light the way.
  • Super Strength: Used by one of the minion demons to break through doors.
  • Telekinetic Orbing: Used by Paige to move objects. She orbed a gun into her hands after a bullet was fired and threw several objects at a demon.
  • Teleportation: Used by demons to travel.


  • Book of Shadows: The Halliwell family's tome of spells and information.
  • Chalice: A tool used by a Waterbearer for the ritual.
  • Coins: Tools used by the Earthshaker for the ritual.
  • Sword: A tool used by the Firestarter or Windwalker for the ritual.
  • Wand: A tool used by the Windwalker or Firestarter for the ritual.



Notes and Trivia

  • This is one of the rare novels where Darryl gets a major role.
  • The demon Tempest was introduced in this novel. This led to some confusion for fans as to whether they were discussing Tempus, a demonic sorcerer from season 1, or a new character named Tempest. In addition, Tempus was mentioned in the story when Paige flipped through the Book of Shadows to look for Tempest.
  • This is one of four stories that the author of the comic book series wrote prior to the comics.
  • The shot of Darryl Morris dates back to Season 1.
  • Sheila Morris appears in this novel. She is still unaware of the Halliwell's secret.

Differences from the Show

  • Paige incorrectly refers to Phoebe as being divorced from Cole. This is likely because of the fact that the novels were written a year out (or behind depending on the point of view) and the author did not know how the show would develop.
  • Piper confirms that she is not pregnant, but Cole and Phoebe are recently divorced, meaning that this novel would have to take place immediately before the season 5 episode "Witches in Tights". This would actually place it before the 23rd novel Inherit the Witch, even though it was published afterwards.
  • Paige is a social worker, a job she didn't get until the beginning of season 5 then promptly gave up to focus on her craft.

International Titles

  • Russian: Nadvigajuščajasja burja (Rising Storm)
  • Dutch: De dreigende storm (The brewing storm)
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