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By Earth (The Witches of Portland Book 1) Kindle Edition
Cassiel moved to Portland to escape the literal ghosts of her past. But when the nervous witch meets a handsome construction worker named Joe, the last thing she wants is to get an earful from the guy's dead girlfriend. As Joe's ghostly former squeeze shares a conspiracy theory about evictions throughout the town, Cassiel can't hide her shock when she gets her own notice to pack her bags…
With the help of a local coven, Portland's newest witch must discover the secrets hidden by the town's most powerful members. To keep her apartment and protect her fellow residents, Cassiel must embrace her magical powers before a devious force makes her just another ghost…
By Earth is the first spellbinding book in The Witches of Portland series of paranormal urban fantasy novels. If you like fast-paced plots, real-world issues, and a dash of charming romance, then you'll love T. Thorn Coyle's magical series.
Discover By Earth to break the spell of corruption today!
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This is a standalone book in a linked, nine book series.
- ASIN : B07CJ3ZG71
- Publisher : PF Publishing (April 27, 2018)
- Publication date : April 27, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 2811 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 242 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1946476056
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,606 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I like these people. I like their world. I like that it offers a world whose magic may just be within anyone’s reach (I highly recommend her non-fiction as well. Check out “Evolutionary Witchcraft”). Her writing style may be gentler and simpler than so much “magic and bullets” urban fantasy, but it offers me something they don’t (but I am still reading every new Harry Dresden to my wife).
The Witches of Portland, Book 1
Cassiel is a witch who moved to Portland, Oregon a couple of years ago. As a teenager in Tennessee, she began to see ghosts and tried to help them move along, including being involved with law enforcement. Burned out and spiritually drained, she moved across the country hoping to create a better life.
In Portland she has found a community and joined a coven. But life in Portland has its own problems. She’s about to lose her apartment due to rent increases and a housing shortage. To make matters worse, a ghost appears to her while she’s working magic with her coven. The beautiful woman asks her to help a man finish something and mentions Joe and Darius. They next day Joe shows up at the cafe where she works. He’s friends with her boss, a fellow coven member.
Joe is a contractor. He works with his brother rehabbing houses. He’s still recovering from the death of his girlfriend. Although it was ruled a suicide, he has a hard time believing that. Tarika just wasn’t that type of person. She was a reporter and was working hard on a juicy story at the time of her death. He can’t believe she would suddenly commit suicide when there was no sign of trouble beforehand.
After meeting Cassiel, Joe finds out that Tarika’s brother Darius has been investigating her death. He believes it was related to the story she was working on about a series of fires that have occurred at new housing projects in the area.
Eventually Joe, Darius, Cassie and her coven begin investigating the fires with guidance from Tarika. Together, will they be able to untangle the mystery and bring the wrongdoers to the surface?
I really enjoyed this book. The mystery, characters and paranormal elements blended together in a very satisfying way. The romance was subdued, but that felt appropriate for the situation. The series features the various members of the coven and their different magical talents. I look forward to finding out all about them.
The story launches from there. Without giving away the plot, By Earth is a fast-paced tale of magic, crime, social justice, and acceptance. The characters feel real, as do the magic and world in which they all exist. (Not surprising, given that T. Thorn Coyle is an experienced practitioner and teacher of magic, and the author of several non-fiction books on the topic.) The story pulled me in, and although the ending was fitting and well done, I wanted it to keep going. Luckily, with 9 books in the series, I have much to look forward to!
Cassie is a witch and Joe is a working guy getting over the pain of the death of his girlfriend. Cassie is struggling with issues of bad landlords and tenant unions, while the cost of healthcare in the US looms large for Joe. Both these issues - and the slowly building relationship between Cassie and Joe play a bigger part in matters than the magic, and so the supernatural elements feel almost tacked on at times, coming into play as the mystery of what happened to Joe's journalist girlfriend plays out.
There are a lot of authentic elements - the Portland setting feels genuine to me as a reader - but the mystery doesn't feel deep enough, and the resolution comes a little too easily for me.
That said, it's an easy read, and blends social justice issues well into the narrative. It wasn't for me, but I can see other readers will adore it.
The opening book By Earth is a delight from beginning to end and introduces us to the coven of witches I suspect we will get to know much better.