Heart of the Citadel Box Set: A Tale of Dragons, Magic, & Rebellion (Heart of the C... Champion of the Gods Box Set: The Complete Epic Magic Fantasy of Sword and Sorcery ... To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Jennifer Ealey's riveting epic fantasy series begins. Easy weekend read, a magical story about a family that will do anything to protect each other from Family Curse, Reviewed in the United States on January 29, 2018. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 25, 2019. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 17, 2019. Since Fall had finally begun and Halloween (my favorite holiday) was right around the corner reading Practical Magic just felt right . Not like the movie, if you’re here because you love the movie DON’T READ, Reviewed in the United States on August 12, 2018. Please try your request again later. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. This novel is not easy for me to review since I’ve seen the movie first. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Set in a world where young sorceresses are sold for their magic and their flesh. Another great adventure by Alice Hoffman. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Sam Sharp had read fictional stories about people being transported to another world, but now it has happened to him. With no other alternatives but to stay in a strange new world forever or to try to defeat the most powerful person in Gythe, Sam Sharp has problems. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 25, 2019. The Owens women have been witches for several generations. Fate, of course, intervenes. It is the story of how three generations of New England women deal with the irresistible force of love. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Meanwhile, Sally's daughters, replicas of their mother and their aunt, experience their own sexual awakenings. Sally and Gillian are complete opposites from day one, but blood, family, the curse and of course love brings this family closer and closer. The unusual Owens women are beautiful, with unforgettable pond-gray eyes; a blood-deep knowledge of the supernatural power of plants, animals, and storms; and pronounced sensitivity to love and evil. Hovering in the background are the girls' great-aunties, Frances and Jet, who are really barely disguised witches. The book is reminiscent in places of Gwendolyn Brooks's tiny jewel of a poem, "Sadie and Maud," and even more of Sue Miller's poignant novel, For Love (HarperCollins, 1993). Overall, it’s still another great story of the bonds of sisterhood, the tragedy, and triumph of love. There was a problem loading your book clubs. I’ll start by saying that I did enjoy this book, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 4, 2018. The main characters in Practical Magic, sisters Sally and Gillian find themselves parentless and orphaned with only the aunts to turn to. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Last weekend I was feeling a bit Halloweeny so decided how would be the perfect time to start reading. Nicole Kidman (Gillian Owens) and Sandra Bullock (Sally Owens) bring this story to life in the movie Practical Magic, they could not have picked 2 better women to play these fabulous characters Alice Hoffman worked to hard to create. At the same time, I’m not sure that having done that, I would have read The Rules of Magic because while this story is great, there are years (22 years) of storytelling experience between Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. This book is a true testament to the powerful bond of sisters, the importance of family and the dangers that await along the road to self acceptance. To preface my review I felt it necessary to mention that I read the prequel to this book titled, The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman prior to reading Practical Magic. Reviewed in the United States on February 7, 2018. I wished I would of check it out then. All are caught in passion's snare in spite of their vigilance against it or disbelief in its power. The real and the magical worlds are almost seamlessly mixed here, the humor is sharper than in previous books, the characters' eccentricities grow credibly out of their past experiences and the poignant lessons they learn reverberate against the reader's heartstrings, stroked by Hoffman's lyrical prose. Impulsive, seductive Gillian goes through three divorces before she arrives at Sally's house with a dead body in her car. I tried to love this book - I really did. The book of course was better than the movie with a few different twists. I highly recommend reading both books in this series by Alice Hoffman and if you enjoyed them watch the movie. You cannot help but fall in love with ALL the Owens women including the ancient and mysterious aunts Francis and Jet (the main characters in the prequel) who took up residence in the infamous Owens family home established by their ancestor Maria Owens Hundreds of earlier. I did read the reviews before I read it though, and knew not to expect an identical story to the film. Can an apprentice, a necromancer and an outcast spy save their city from destruction? Orphaned Sally and Gillian Owens, raised by their spinster aunts in a spooky old house, grow up observing desperate women buying love potions in the kitchen and vow never to commit their hearts to passion. Please try your request again later. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. It seems that through out history the Owens women have tried to deny, hid and run away from who they really are, but fate always has its way of bringing out the truth and bringing the sisters and their aunts back together. I wished I would of check it out then. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Take this as a stand-alone book. In my opinion reading the perquel helped me to better understand the history of the Owens family curse and the role it has played for generations. Putnam Adult; First Printing Edition (June 13, 1995). Wild Kesta must seek help from the feared sorcerer of Elden, but can she bear the terrible price for aid? Magic Lessons: The Prequel to Practical Magic, The Rules of Magic: A Novel (1) (The Practical Magic Series), The Museum of Extraordinary Things: A Novel, The Probable Future: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle), Blackbird House: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle). Since Fall had finally begun and Halloween (my favorite holiday) was right around the corner reading Practical Magic just felt right . Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Something went wrong. Honestly, you should ready both books: The Rules of Magic (prequel) and Practical Magic prior to watching the movie Practical Magic. The dialogue is always on target, particularly the squabbling between siblings, and, as usual, weather plays a portentous role. Please try again.