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Book Three in the darkly magical Witching Savannah series.

An otherworldly energy runs through the city of Savannah, betraying its sleepy, moss-cradled charm. The old, beguiling streets look welcoming to most - but certain families know what lurks under their genteel surfaces. Families like Mercy Taylor's, which has the most powerful lineage of witches in the South, know this all too well.

Mercy and her husband, Peter, are happily preparing to welcome baby Colin into their lives. But their excitement quickly becomes overshadowed by a gruesome discovery: someone has scattered severed limbs throughout the city. After a troubling visit from an old foe, Mercy learns dark magic is at play, and someone - or something - wants her and her unborn child out of the picture. To uncover the shocking reason why, the amateur witch must face a force beyond her power - or risk losing everything.

The third book in J.D. Horn's Witching Savannah series, The Void is a gripping adventure about the enchantment - and evil - that can lie just beyond sight.

©2014 J.D. Horn (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Ridiculous ending

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I think if you like overly emotional endings that try to give everyone everything without any attempt at believability, then this book is for you. I was so angry for reasons I can't really go on about because I don't want to put in spoilers. Suffice it to say, I sort of regret having started the series because of how ludicrous the ending was.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Honestly, this sort of turned me off to the whole fantasy thing for a bit, so I think I will go for something a bit more rooted in reality.

Did Shannon McManus do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

She did okay, though I found her voice too girlish overall. I did have trouble getting past that, but eventually did - only to face the disappointment of the series' ending.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

It ticked me off. I did get sad and then the ridiculousness of the ending and its attempt to make everything alright made me angry that I had ever felt any sadness, since it was all sort of fake.

Any additional comments?

I am sure there are others who would not feel as strongly as I do that the ludicrous way this series ended made the investment in the whole story line not worthwhile. But, for me, I feel cheated by the way it ended with a sort of "we will work it all out" wrap-up that does not go into how impossible things will be worked out and that means the sadness the book made me feel earlier was all just tear-jerking. It strikes me as lazy and facile on the author's part.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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So much potential!!! Such a massive let down...

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If you have read the first two books, then yes you should finish the series. If you have not yet started the series...No, don't even get started.I loved the first two books and was deeply entranced in the story line. The author developed Mercy and her character into such a sweet yet conflicted individual that I could not help but keep listening and thirsting for more of her story. <br/><br/>***Spoiler Alert!!!***<br/><br/>But the decided ending to this chronicle is not a compliment to it's prior depth and controversy. When an author builds up a story of insurmountable odds against our heroine and then resolves all conflict by simply allowing her to will everything to be different and in the process turn back time and make everything right for everyone, I lose all interest. It's too simple and truly lacks imagination on the part of the author. <br/><br/>Ending the story in this manner makes the sacrifices and hardships of the heroine and her supporting characters become nothing!!! The story becomes nothing. It's as bad as if the author allowed the main character to wake in a hospital bed, having dreamt the whole tale. Just a figment of her unconscious mind.<br/><br/>After such a wreck of an ending the author tries to recover by allowing her to come back and everyone not just remembering her and the true turn of events, but also the happy ending she endeavored to give them. However, with the previous turn of events this effort lacks a compelling tie-in to the rest of the story and it all falls flat.<br/><br/>This was a terrible conclusion to one of the best short novels I have listened to (anything less than 18 hours of listening is short for me). And this truly is a train-wreck when you compare this finale to the massive potential empowered by the first two books!!! Very frustrating.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Next I will venture back into the Epic sub-genre and listen to Mage's Blood by David Hair.

What about Shannon McManus’s performance did you like?

This perfomer is wonderful!!! From the tone of her voice and accent, to her syntax, the performance is by far one of my favorites!!!

Could you see The Void being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No, not unless there is some creative liberty allowed with the story and it's terribly written ending.

Any additional comments?

I'll say it again...The ending ruins this whole series.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Bittersweet responsibilities of power and love

Any additional comments?

I am disappointed that so many reviewers hated the ending. I hope to provide a different perspective because I found the entire series to be powerful and bittersweet. There are quantum mechanical and metaphysical references that explained to my satisfaction what was going on. Some listeners might have missed these when skipping forward?<br/><br/>**SPOILER**<br/><br/>Mercy's enemies finally mess up and give her the power to challenge their plotting. Because of her love for her family,friends, and other innocent bystanders hurt by Line politics, she tries to keep their best interests in mind while protecting herself and diffusing the evil done by her enemies. She puts the happiness of others in front of her own, and moves out of their lives, but her family's love for her brings her back once again. Maybe not all of the questions are fully answered, but most those answers are implied, especially when the reader remembers that Mercy prefers to choose the path of love, sacrifice, honor and forgiveness.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Awesome!!!

This is the third book in the series. I enjoyed them all immensely. Great!!! Excellent!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing Ending

What would have made The Void better?

The Void would have been better as 2 books with more focused plot lines. This last book of the series felt like the author was trying to shove as much story as possible into a last book.

What do you think your next listen will be?

A sci-fi mystery/thriller.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator did a poor job of maintaining character accents and making them discernably different.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It was just nice to have an end to the story.

Any additional comments?

I'm not sure if my opinion of this book was adversely affected by the technical difficulties I experienced with the audio book, but this last installment was very disappointing after the first two great books.

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  • MAB
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 01-05-15

Hated the ending. Hated it.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. This series wasn't awful, but isn't something that I would want to listen to again. If you've already listened to the other two books, then you'll probably listen to this one as well. This instalment was my least favourite of the three (and I was on the fence about the other two).

Would you ever listen to anything by J. D. Horn again?

Probably not. I didn't like his writing style. There was way too much going on...too many antagonists, too many side stories, an irrelevant Nazi back story, just too much "stuff" in general. And I didn't care for Mercy all that much either. She made a lot of stupid decisions and came across as immature and selfish at times. It's really hard to get into a novel when you don't care for the protagonist.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

She was okay, but her delivery could have been more natural. She mispronounced a few words, and I really didn't like the way she pronounced the word "appreciated", which, oddly enough, came up often enough that it grated on my nerves.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe. Maybe the story could be better told if a decent scriptwriter got a hold of it and streamlined the story.

Any additional comments?

I cannot emphasize enough just how much I hated the ending, like in my Top 5 most hated endings of all time. It was just so stupid how the whole thing wrapped up, and it confirmed my feelings that I didn't care for Mercy as a character.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Twisty Turney

So many twists and turns, just when I thought I had it figured out here comes another sharp turn.

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Another great in this series

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This was a really great book until about hour 4 left in the book, it started winding down and explaining things like any story putting all the pieces together but I felt it was a bit long winded and I was disappointed. The ending was not what I expected although good, it was still a let down to me. I'm listening to the last book in this series and I feel it should've been listed as book 1 as it talks about Jilo and it gives history about what is to come in the other books.

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witching in Savannah

I just love this series, so much so, I've read all three again. I wish that Mr. Horn would write one more in this series.

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super

third book in the series of 4. just as good as the last 2 books. a good read