Published by 47North on Feb 1, 2014
Genres: Adult, Paranormal
Format: eARC from Netgalley
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Mercy Taylor, the youngest member of Savannah’s preeminent witching family, was born without the gift of magic. She is accustomed to coming in a distant second to the minutes older, exquisite and gifted twin she adores. Hopelessly in love with her sister’s boyfriend, she goes to a Hoodoo root doctor for a love spell. A spell that will turn her heart to another man, the best friend who has loved her since childhood.
Aunt Ginny, the family’s matriarch, would not approve. But Mercy has more to worry about than a love triangle when Aunt Ginny is brutally murdered. Ginny was the Taylor family’s high commander in the defense of the bewitched line that separates humankind from the demons who once ruled our realm.
A demon invasion looms now that the line is compromised. Worse yet, some within the witching world stand to gain from a demon takeover. Mercy, entangled in the dark magic of her love spell, fighting for her sister’s trust, and hopelessly without magic, must tap the strength born from being an outcast to protect the line she doesn’t feel a part of...
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This was a southern magic story that was both captivating and beautiful. Set in Savannah, Georgia, this story really used the expectations of southern behaviour and magic in a great way, while also avoiding the stereotypical New Orleans cliches.
Mercy is the unfortunate younger twin of the very powerful Maisie. Poor Mercy has no magical ability, and seems to be hated by the family matriarch. She is surprisingly well adjusted though, and it was easy to like her. She’s not perfect by any means, but she is relatible, and makes generally sound and believable decisions.
I really liked the secondary characters, especially Mother Jilo. She was quite intricate, and almost stole the show a few times. The rest of Mercy’s large and very disfunctional family were also quite entertaining.
There were a few twists and turns that completely surprised me, and while the ending felt a bit rushed, it was definitely exciting. I want to jump into the second book right away.