Aged Mother Jilo is wise in the ways of magic...but once upon a time, she was just a girl.
1950s Georgia: King Cotton has fallen. Savannah is known as the "beautiful woman with a dirty face," its stately elegance faded by neglect, its soul withering from racial injustice and political corruption.
Young Jilo - fiercely independent, intelligent, and ambitious, but thwarted by Savannah's maddeningly genteel version of bigotry - finds herself forced to embrace a dark power that has pursued her family for generations, an ancient magic that may prove her salvation...or her undoing.
Explore the fascinating history of one of the Witching Savannah series' most vivid and beloved characters, as the resourceful and determined Jilo comes of age, strives to master formidable magical skills in the face of overwhelming adversity, and forges her strange destiny against the turbulent backdrop of the civil rights struggle in the American South.
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I almost put the book down because I found the first few chapters boring, and what I felt was not applicable to what I expected. Suddenly things changed and I fell in love with it like I did the other books that had Jilo and the Taylors in it. I just wish I had listened to it first, but in didn't call for it in the series.
I hope author will consider adding to the series because the last books ending left many of us disappointed. We want more! A worthwhile series that brought me many marathons hours of pleasure!
Loved this story line. I found it fresh and new. It kept my attention and I ran through it very quickly. I recommend it highly. I enjoyed the characters and the story line. I am looking forward to the next story in the series.
I love reading books. I love and read several genres. I like books that make me think and feel.
Jilo had been the first book in the series. I like Jilo's background.
I never write reviews... but this! This is a work of art! I have never experienced such sou-shaking details from ALL of the characters! The history, the pain, the anguish, the true times of how things were, everything within the book makes me want to sob that it is over!
The narrator did the best job I've ever heard! The writer, oh my word... I read the previous three books involving some of these characters along with Mercy, which I enjoyed, but this book takes the cake. This is a true work of art, I am rocked to the core.
I cannot say enough good things about J.D. Horn's talent. I wish the story continued....
It might not start off super-fast, but when it takes off, it zooms. Hold on and listen carefully b/c there is a reason for all of the details. Don't miss out.
I've eagerly read all of the Witching Savannah tales and am now sad to think its over. Jilo may may been the best of them all, but perhaps only because she provide a new and different perspective to the story line. all the witching behaviors. These are folks I know now and don't wish to depart from.
The performance artist could not have poetry the angst, drama, and palpable fear more clearly!
Totally loved and dilly dallied bhut hicompletion b
this book like the others scared me it's spooky just everything that's mentioned in it but it's so interesting addicting and I can never get enough of them I love these books and I hope there's more to come
Mia Ellis is the perfect compliment to JD Horn's book; together they bring Jilo's story to vivid life. Jilo is my favorite character in the Witching Savannah series and it was wonderful to see her explored in depth, from Mother Wills' loving protection to Jilo coming into her own. First we follow May, her grandmother, and her relationship with magic and raising her granddaughters. A villain is introduced and we see him again in Jilo's life. (Not sharing more than that - spoilers, sweetie!) The second half is Jilo's story, her ambition to become a doctor, meeting Guy and the Taylors, and her powers.
Took off half a star: My only complaint is the villain's death is almost anticlimactic, but taken in context, it works.
While this is just a companion book, I would recommend this first and then the series. The Line and the source of the magic she and Mercy Taylor share may make more sense in how it's introduced in this book than in the series. This book could also be read alone, but I don't think you'll be able to resist reading the others.
I'm all tapped out after this one. I felt like the series started off with strong, well-rounded characters, but ended with scene after scene of hackneyed witch battles where no one ever dies forever. Like the Terminator, they just keep coming back again and again.
I have no idea how such a strong, fascinating character in the first book could be transformed into such a weak, almost dunce-like individual. A sad miss.
Sadly, not for me. A great disappointment
I loved this book! Jilo's story really adds a lot of background information that enhances the other books in the series. The performance by Mia Ellis was exceptional! I high recommend this book and the entire J. D. Horn series.
This book started out really good, very different from the others in the series, and I had very high hopes for it, especially since it focuses on the earlier life of Jilo, one of the best and most endearing characters. I thought this one was going to be by far the best. However, the gratuitous "magic fights" (not only in this one, but in all of them) are overdone, boring, and really detracted from the overall credibility and enjoyment of the stories. Also, in all four books, there was a little too much "politically correct" preaching.
I was REALLY disappointed in the ending which was jagged, un-graceful, and didn't even make sense! It was as if the author didn't really know how to end it, or was in a hurry to end it, or just simply didn't care anymore, or I don't know what!
There was a different narrator for this book than the other three, which was definitely appropriate for the different "flavor "of this one, although at first I was surprised and disappointed because I really liked the narrator for the first three. This narrator was pretty good, with good pacing, but not too good at doing the different tones and accents of the various characters, and a lot of them sounded too much alike.
Overall, I don't know that I would necessarily recommend this book: while it does start out well, the ending is choppy and does not really "jive" with the Jilo we had come to know in the earlier installments. My overall feeling at the end was that it had actually been a total waste of my time.
"Excellent Pre-sequel to Witching Savannah Series."
A most excellent pre-sequel to the Witching Savannah Series!
Jilo was one of the best and mysterious characters in the first 3 books, so it was great to have her own story and history in a book to herself.
Really loved her story, from birth right through to becoming the Mother Jilo we all love.
A suberb finale.
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