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The Book of Magic: A Novel (The Practical Magic Series 4) Kindle Edition
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“Some stories begin at the beginning and others begin at the end.” So opens The Book of Magic, the final installment of Alice Hoffman’s popular Practical Magic series, a page-turning fairy tale of a saga that spans three books, one star-studded movie adaptation and multiple centuries of adventure and misadventure, love lost and found and bottomless cauldrons of sorcery in the lives of the bewitchingly witchy Owens family....like the witches who populate her stories, Hoffman certainly knows how to enchant." —NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
"Alice Hoffman has given us such a gift with this series, and this final chapter is sure to be another heartfelt celebration of mothers and daughters and the magic of falling in love." —LITHUB
“I love Alice Hoffman. Full of Hoffman’s bewitching and lucid prose and vivid characters, The Book of Magic is ultimately about the very human magic of family and love and actions that echo through generations. Filled with secrets and splendor and light and dark, the novel works as well as a stand-alone as it does as a conclusion to a mesmerizing series. It casts a spell.” —MATT HAIG, New York Times best-selling author of The Midnight Library
About the Author
- ASIN : B08VJN4NCS
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster (October 12, 2021)
- Publication date : October 12, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 4508 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 396 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #822 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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First off, I must confess that I have loved and adored The Practical Magic series. The Owens family has been so incredible for so many reasons! I am so sad to say goodbye to them and am tearing up as I write this. The most important and best part of this series is it is a book about women as the main characters, witches (who doesn't like them?), love, and a woman author!!
I have read many of Alice Hoffman's books and The Book of Magic was brilliant. The author has a lovely, luscious style of writing that is engrossing. Honestly, I only wish that I had found her books SOONER!! But, I am slowly making my way through the unread books and hopefully more incredible books to come.
What a FANTASTIC way to end the series. Alice Hoffman just has THE GIFT of writing. I so didn't want to read this book because I knew that that series was over, but once I got going I just couldn't stop reading it. That is THE sign of a brilliant book!!
It kind of hurts my heart to write this, but if you loved The Rules of Magic and Magic Lessons, along with the original book (or film), you may not receive this final piece with ease. Perhaps it's just me, but continuity in story and character are very important. It's how I suspend disbelief and become invested in a story. Without spoiling anything, I found it disturbing that a character who died in a specific way in both the book and film "Practical Magic" was described as having died in a completely (and unnecessarily) different way in the book. A character whose internal dialogue suggested she was deeply attracted to men suddenly "always had preferred women anyway." It would have been better for her to have evolved as bi, preferring women as she matured, rather than to state that her previous attractions to men didn't exist. She was also described as incredibly beautiful in a previous book and not particularly pretty in this one. There was also a sense of "never mind" in the outcome of a relationship that meant a lot to those who enjoyed Practical Magic. And there was so much repetition (again, where was the editor?) and telling, rather than showing or demonstrating through dialogue that it was hard to plow through. For instance, the entire story could have started at the second chapter. The last quarter of the book improved upon this, though.
Unfortunately, much of the outcome was also predictable, especially in the relationship department. All of this grieves me to write as I revere Alice Hoffman. I just wish she could take this one back and do some revising.