Master storyteller Alice Hoffman brings us the conclusion of the Practical Magic series in a spellbinding and enchanting final Owens novel brimming with lyric beauty and vivid characters.
The Owens family has been cursed in matters of love for over three-hundred years but all of that is about to change. The novel begins in a library, the best place for a story to be conjured, when beloved aunt Jet Owens hears the deathwatch beetle and knows she has only seven days to live. Jet is not the only one in danger—the curse is already at work.
A frantic attempt to save a young man’s life spurs three generations of the Owens women, and one long-lost brother, to use their unusual gifts to break the curse as they travel from Paris to London to the English countryside where their ancestor Maria Owens first practiced the Unnamed Art. The younger generation discovers secrets that have been hidden from them in matters of both magic and love by Sally, their fiercely protective mother. As Kylie Owens uncovers the truth about who she is and what her own dark powers are, her aunt Franny comes to understand that she is ready to sacrifice everything for her family, and Sally Owens realizes that she is willing to give up everything for love.
The Book of Magic is a breathtaking conclusion that celebrates mothers and daughters, sisters and brothers, and anyone who has ever been in love.
What a journey this series is. Not going to lie, this installment made me cry multiple times.
If you’ve read all the books you’re going to fall right into place with Alice’s writing style, and the journey thus far of the Owen’s Family. I adore how well everything tied together so well, from strands she left loose in each of the three previous books.
If you’re coming from the movie Practical Magic, Alice does a really good job of summarizing the two prequals, and the events that took place in PM that did not happen in the movie.
There are multiple things happening within this story, a series is ending, characters are growing, and changing their roles in the family. It’s an amazing journey. So many times I found myself yelling NOOOO don’t do that, which is funny because as a teen I always Identified with Gillian more, and now I am more of Sally. All the family bounds, and sisterly love is felt deep throughout the book.
Talking too much about the plot will give a lot away, so instead I’m going to tell you that she continues her practice of writing in such a manner that makes you want to google her witchy remedies, and feel like you are part of the family of witches.
This book has the happiest of endings, I couldn’t have dreamed a better series ending than Alice wrote, it’s perfect. Seriously perfect.
If you aren’t used to Alice’s writing, she does a lot of storytelling through telling instead of showing, but it is never off putting like most unfavorable telling books are.
If you love any part of the Owen’s, the books or the movie, you will adore this book. Even if you’ve never read or seen a bit of it, you will find this book welcoming you home into a long standing witch family with secrets, love, and an everlasting bond.
Thank you to NetGalley & for an early copy of this book.