Survival of the Fittest
Survival of the Fittest Cover
Someone is exercising control of San Francisco…
Novel Information
Written by

Jeff Mariotte

Published by

Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

ISBN Number



Season 4

Novel Guide

The Brewing Storm


Pied Piper


Survival of the Fittest is the 26th book of the Charmed novel series.

The novel takes place right before the Season 4 finale, as Piper is not yet pregnant. This causes some conflict with the actual series timeline, as Paige clearly states it is the end of June (they celebrated the summer solstice).


Alien abduction fever has gripped San Francisco. People everywhere are reporting loved ones missing… only to have them show up at home with no recollection of having been gone. The Charmed Ones can't help but become involved, especially when Phoebe receives a letter to her advice column from a woman who's convinced her sister was "taken." The victim says she was just out, but since she's returned, she's developed an almost demonic devotion to a new workout program.

The workout program in question, created by Meg Winship, has become incredibly popular in the Bay Area. Even Piper, after seeing an infomercial, suddenly finds herself jogging to the "Winship Way." Luckily there's a rally being held in San Francisco in the next few days. Meg Winship herself will appear to further inspire and thank her new disciples. If there's something supernatural involved, as the sisters suspect, the fitness fiesta is their best bet to figure out who—or what—is in charge of the chaos.




Magical Notes


To Free Piper From Meg's Spell

Magic forces on this rise,
Piper needs no exercise.
Lift whatever spell she's under,
Let the Charmed Ones be put asunder.

To Send a Demon Back to Its Plane

Horrid beast,
Which here does roam,
Let this spell,
Transport you home!

Notes and Trivia

  • This is the last Charmed novel to be translated to and published in Russian.
  • Despite the Season 6 promo picture on the cover, the novel took place in Season 4.

International Titles

  • Russian cover: Vyživajet sil'njejšij (Survive strongest)
  • Dutch: De sterkste overwint (The strongest wins)