December 12, 2016

Book Review: The Line (Witching Savannah #1) by J. D. Horn

Savannah is considered a Southern treasure, a city of beauty with a rich, colorful past. Some might even call it magical…

To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too familiar with the supernatural side of Savannah, being a member of the most powerful family of witches in the South. Despite being powerless herself, of course. Having grown up without magic of her own, in the shadow of her talented and charismatic twin sister, Mercy has always thought herself content. But when a series of mishaps—culminating in the death of the Taylor matriarch—leaves a vacuum in the mystical underpinnings of Savannah, she finds herself thrust into a mystery that could shake her family apart…and unleash a darkness the line of Taylor witches has been keeping at bay for generations.

The Line seduced me from the first chapter, full of southern charm and underlying sultry secrets. Mercy’s powerlessness in the midst of a family known for its strong magic intrigued me – going against the grain of fantasy books centering around “chosen ones” with special gifts. Mercy’s family figures prominently in the book, as the matriarch witch dies under shocking circumstances and the wall between the demons and humans suddenly becomes vulnerable.

Horn weaves all sorts to colorful magical lore that kept me spellbound, wondering what was going to happen next. Each chapter had a supernatural twist lending to a fast-paced unpredictable plot. The only weakness I felt was with the unconvincing love triangle. Otherwise, prepare to be bewitched.

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