This book had the difficulty of being the first book I read after finishing the Tower Lord by Anthony Ryan (a 5 star experience). This is also the sixth book in Juliet Blackwell’s Witchcraft Series. It ended up being a nice quick read that helped me move on from Tower Lord. The series is about Lily Ivory, a witch who has a way with textiles- meaning she can get impressions / vibrations from touching them. There is a nice cast of supporting characters, including a talking pet/familiar – Oscar, a homeless surfer and a local witch coven. In this book, there is an evil oak tree (that is more than it appears to be) that Lily must defeat, or lose someone very close to her. I give this book 3 stars.
Here’s a breakdown…
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What is this book about?
The plots of this series are normally several seemingly different story lines that end up coming together and being related. There was the story line about the velvet cape that Lily bought from Sebastian (who was killed under the previously mentioned evil oak tree). The cape gave her flashbacks of a witch burning. There was a story line about the oak tree itself and what role it had in the disappearance of Oscar (who climbed up the tree and didn’t come back out). There was a story line about Bart, an old man who had a curse put on the male’s in his family so they would never find true love. The velvet cape (found in a chest that Bart’s niece sold Sebastian) would take Lily back to the past where Bart’s ancestor was burning Deliverance at the stake (and Deliverance cursed his family) and Lily’s ancestor was trying to dispose of her ashes properly (but her actions were misinterpreted and she was hung). Deliverance’s ashes ended up being buried at the base of the oak tree, which effectively made it evil. In the end Lily battles Deliverance to get Oscar back and she seems to win.
In addition to the mystery of the current book, there isn’t a lot of overarching story line (which would probably make it easier to just pick these up and read them out of order). There was some indication that some of the local characters were losing power- Aiden, Sailor…to complicate future maters Deliverance didn’t seem to get defeated by Lily- maybe just laying low and building power?
What did I think about this book?
It was a nice quick read that was a good change of pace from some of the more serious fantasy I’ve been reading.
I wish there was more going on with the overarching story line that would continue to pull me back into the books, instead of just being a standard mystery format.
“Then why do I have the feeling you will soon be running around town searching for a way to break the curse and in the process encountering all manner of individuals of a sinister nature.” – Maya says this to Lily- which is a wonderful example of the light hearted nature of this book not taking itself too seriously (because that, in effect, is what happens in every Witchcraft mystery!)
I’m sure there will be a seventh book, but I’m not sure the characters or the plot will be strong enough to pull me back in.