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From the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Witching Savannah series comes the story of a young witch's quest to uncover her family's terrifying history...

Magic is seeping out of the world, leaving the witches who've relied on it for countless centuries increasingly hopeless. While some see an inevitable end of their era, others are courting madness - willing to sacrifice former allies, friends, and family to retain the power they covet. While the other witches watch their reality unravel, young Alice Marin is using magic's waning days to delve into the mystery of numerous disappearances in the occult circles of New Orleans. Alice disappeared once, too - caged in an asylum by blood relatives. Recently freed, she fears her family may be more involved with the growing crisis than she ever dared imagine.

Yet the more she seeks the truth about her family's troubled history, the more she realizes her already-fragile psyche may be at risk. Discovering the cause of the vanishings, though, could be the only way to escape her mother's reach while determining the future of all witches.

©2018 Jack Douglas Horn (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Jennifer
  • SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States
  • 02-09-18

Really entrancing!

I was hooked from the beginning.
A peek into the witchy world of New Orleans that will keep you listening...

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  • BB
  • Alexandria, VA, United States
  • 03-02-18

Love the story, but the narrator needs to learn how words are pronounced.

Maybe it’s my degree in English, but come on people, if you’re going to work as a narrator, you should at least know how to pronounce the words.

In fairness, Ms. Moss did a very good job otherwise, but the flow is interrupted by the consistent mispronunciations. Look up the word or ask someone.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Bad audio made this annoying to listen to

Bad audio made this annoying to listen to- frequently the readers voice changed significantly enough for me to wonder if this was a different character or something. I think it must have been re-recorded, but there was such discontinuity it was severely distracting. Multiple times I went back to redirect my focus, thinking I had tuned out or something, but that was never the case. Just didn’t make sense and made the story come across very choppy.

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Big Disappointment- Too meandering and not enough focus

I didn’t realize when I bought this book that it was the first in a trilogy and not a stand alone story. My last listen was a bust so I was really hoping for strong story that would hold my interest. This wasn’t it.

Although the premise for the story is nice, there are too many different points of view and wandering back and forth between characters for my taste. Also, the plot was way too slow to hold my interest in the “can’t put it down” way that I was hoping for. This was slow as molasses and because the point of view kept changing it made the pace even slower and harder to follow. A few times I slipped back in the narrative because I thought I had missed something, but it was just another change of pov which made the story seem choppy and disjointed.

I really didn’t want to start another trilogy where the rest of the series isn’t even written yet because I hate to be left hanging for how ever many years it takes the author to finish. But I would have been ok with that if the book itself made me want to continue with the rest of the story. This was too slow to make me
consider another book by this author - thanks Audible for your return policy! Hoping my next listen is a winner.

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I loved it!

The story and the characters and the mystery built up where fantastic! I loved the attention to the detail and the vibe of the city and all the magic.
But the ending was a bit flat to me, and I wasn't so impressed with the resolution because it left a lot of things hanging. Is there a second book? I hope so.

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Big disappointment after Witching Savannah series

I didn't finish it. Prose is excessively flowery, NOLA details seem...pretentious, forced, pompous. The premise sounds cool, but from someone who grew up in the greater New Orleans area I can promise no one throws around French terms like this. It reads like the author was adding words to make a word count minimum on an assignment. And just learned how to use a thesaurus.

I'm a huge fan of the Witching Savannah series, so bought this without listening to the sample. BIG MISTAKE. I hope my review saves someone some money.

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could have been much better

The story idea was not original but still could have been interesting. narration was bland at best and the story was jumbled and confusing at times. I did finish the book but only out of desperation to pass some time on a long car ride.

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Convoluted

This is an amazing story. The French part was a bit too confusing for me. French speaking listeners will enjoy more. The names of the characters left me listening hard for the exact phrasing so my head could assign the right name to the right character. The realignment of family got even more convoluted. All in all I liked the book enough to watch for the next part of the story. Going back to listen to this book before listening to "The Book of the Unwinding" was a good way to refresh the names and enjoy the story. Convoluted or not I am ensnared in the story. Waiting for the next one.

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I love J. D. Horn.

I love her novels. I first fell in love with New Orleans, when I was 12..

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Very mixed feelings

I have very mixed feelings about this book. I think the author is hugely talented and much of it was really good. However, at the end of the book I was not happy with it and am unsure I will bother with more of the series.

The good:
The language and the sense of place. He did a wonderful job of making me feel New Orleans.
SOME of the characters were very engaging.
The "world building" of the magical world.

The bad:
Too much of a good thing -- this book is almost all "world building" and very little actual plot. It reads like one very long
prologue to the next book. That annoyed me no end. Almost nothing actually happens plot-wise until the very end of this
book and is then just a set up for the next.
Much of the character building is too ambiguous for too long. I applaud subtlety and clever plotting, but having no idea who
the good guys and bad guys are for 4/5th's of the book was too much. I very nearly DNF'd this one.
The quality of the recording was not up to par. The places where edits had been patched in were obvious and distracting.

The Meh
Many of the characters are well drawn and fascinating, but not all of them. Some were just "meh" there and taking up space.
Since the book is all "hang on and wait for the next book!!" I am not sure they are important characters. I am also not sure I care enough to read the next book to find out.

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  • R Wright
  • 02-03-18

Loved this book!

I really enjoyed this book and the narration was spot on, well written, a little confusing in parts but that’s just a good excuse to listen again. I can’t wait for the next one