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The Strange Power

L. J. Smith

Publication Date

1994 (first published)

2009 (republished as omnibus edition)

Published By

Pocket Books (1994 edition)

Simon Pulse (2009 edition)


ISBN-10: 0671874543 (1994 edition)

ISBN-10: 1416989560 (2009 edition)

Publication Order
Preceded by
Followed by
The Possessed

The Strange Power is the first novel in the Dark Visions series by L. J. Smith.


While in class one day, Kaitlyn Fairchild begins drawing a picture of eyes behind a spiderweb. Soon afterwards, a nearby car accident occurs, and Kaitlyn realizes that what she had drawn earlier had not been a spider web with eyes, but the shattered glass of a car windshield with a frightened child looking out.

Kaitlyn has the ability to foresee events before they happen, compelled to express her visions as drawings, although she cannot control what she will see, giving her much grief. However, she is soon approached by a man, Mr. Zetes, who has learned of Kaitlyn's power and offers her the chance to hone her skills at his institute for young psychics like her. Kaitlyn takes the opportunity, in the hopes of learning to strengthen and control her visions. 

Moving into the Zetes Institute, Kaitlyn soon meets others, with differing abilities: Anna, Lewis, Rob, and Gabriel. She quickly falls in love with Rob, who heals her leg with his power when she is injured, but her hopes are dampened upon learning that Rob, from a past accident, cannot feel romantic emotions anymore. She is also disturbed by Gabriel, who has a rocky past with Rob and whose power is not revealed, although the devastating effects of it are made clear during a test issued by the institute.

However, the teenagers soon realize all is not what it seems; discovering Mr. Zetes's true motive for creating the institute, the group conspires to flee to safety, although the institute is determined to keep them where they are.


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