Book Forty-Seven of 2014: THE LINE by J.D. Horn


Move over, Sookie Stackhouse—the witches of Savannah are the new talk of the South. Bold, flirty, and with a touch of darkness, debut author J.D. Horn spins a mesmerizing tale of a family of witches . . . and the problem that can arise from being so powerful. As Charlaine Harris’ series winds down—and as Deborah Harkness’ series heats up—Witching Savannah is new contemporary fantasy that will be sure to enchant new readers.
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… 
In this riveting contemporary fantasy, Horn delivers the full betrayal, blood, and familial discord of the best of Southern gothic.

There aren’t many books about witches. Sure, you have your urban fantasies or Harry Potter-esque books, but there aren’t many books about witches. THE LINE is a Southern Gothic tale that reminds me of Alice Hoffman’s PRACTICAL MAGIC and a dash of Melissa De La Cruz’s WITCHES OF EAST END. There is true blue magical abilities and the story centers on two sisters and their family.

J.D. Horn weaves an intricate world and centers it in the beautiful and magical Savannah, GA. I visited that beautiful city once and when I began reading the book, I felt the heat and could see where the characters were. I love his writing and his interesting world of witches, both good and bad.

In the beginning, you may see this as a love triangle story. Mercy, our narrator and heroine, is in love with her sister’s man, but her best friend, Peter, loves her. Sure, you may think this is cut and dry and you may well believe you figured out the ending. Hah, you haven’t. There are twists, secrets, betrayals, everything that makes Southern Gothic so delectable.

This is definitely a book to read. There was so much going on and so many secrets brought forth that there is no way for me to describe the book without letting the cat out of the bag or geeking out.

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