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The Book of Magic: A Novel (4) (The Practical Magic Series) (edició 2022)
de Alice Hoffman (Autor)
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The Book of Magic de Alice Hoffman
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What a wonderful ending to the Practical Magic series. The Owens family is eccentric, loveable, and pragmatic, like most families, but with the addition of magic. Oh, and a curse never to have love. Ms. Hoffman explored their triumphs and tragedies in the previous books, but this conclusion is just perfect.
There's not much else to say except these words from the author:
"Read as many books as you can. Choose courage over caution. Take time to visit libraries. Look for light in the darkness. Have faith in yourself. Know that love is what matters most."
Loved it! Beautiful!
Book series goes backward in chronology
“Some stories begin at the beginning and others begin at the end, but all the best stories begin in a library.”
For the most part, I found that the chronology of the series began at the end or so I thought until this book! Ultimately, each book focuses on a generation of the Owens family.
This is story provides closure to many questions and curses which have followed the Owens family for centuries. They tried and failed at love blaming the curse, forcing them into situations to avoid tragedy. But, tragedy does follow them through the years resulting in unconventional relationships. Reversing the curse had remained a mystery for generations which many have tried and failed. Little did they know that the answers to their questions, although closer than they knew, carried years of resentment for another family.
For Jet, she knew her days were numbered the day she heard the watch beetle. She lived a long and happy life surrounded by family and neighbors in the family home. She knew before her time expired she needed to tie up several loose ends to free the family of the curse which has been preventing them from enjoying a full life.
Jet had studied and reviewed the family Grimoire which seemed to be an ode to the Dark Art, Book of Shadows. She goes through the elusive Book of Raven which should be used with love and courage. Her intentions were for it to be found by her sister Franny as she knew she could trust Franny to do the right thing.
Let’s just say that things don’t go according to Jet’s plan and what follows is a series of events which fall like dominoes. It takes the whole Owen family to come together to help each other break free from the curse which haunted them for generations. This is a great ending to this mystical series.
Very satisfying end to the series!
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The Owens family has been cursed in matters of love for over three-hundred years but all of that is about to change. The novel begins in a library, the best place for a story to be conjured, when beloved aunt Jet Owens hears the deathwatch beetle and knows she has only seven days to live. Jet is not the only one in danger, the curse is already at work. A frantic attempt to save a young man's life spurs three generations of the Owens women, and one long-lost brother, to use their unusual gifts to break the curse as they travel from Paris to London to the English countryside where their ancestor Maria Owens first practiced the Unnamed Art. The younger generation discovers secrets that have been hidden from them in matters of both magic and love by Sally, their fiercely protective mother. As Kylie Owens uncovers the truth about who she is and what her own dark powers are, her aunt Franny comes to understand that she is ready to sacrifice everything for her family, and Sally Owens realizes that she is willing to give up everything for love.
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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)813.6 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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If you've read all the books you're going to fall right into place with Alice's writing style, and the journey thus far of the Owen's Family. I adore how well everything tied together so well, from strands she left loose in each of the three previous books.
If you're coming from the movie Practical Magic, Alice does a really good job of summarizing the two prequals, and the events that took place in PM that did not happen in the movie.
There are multiple things happening within this story, a series is ending, characters are growing, and changing their roles in the family. It's an amazing journey. So many times I found myself yelling NOOOO don't do that, which is funny because as a teen I always Identified with Gillian more, and now I am more of Sally. All the family bounds, and sisterly love is felt deep throughout the book.
Talking too much about the plot will give a lot away, so instead I'm going to tell you that she continues her practice of writing in such a manner that makes you want to google her witchy remedies, and feel like you are part of the family of witches.
This book has the happiest of endings, I couldn't have dreamed a better series ending than Alice wrote, it's perfect. Seriously perfect.
If you aren't used to Alice's writing, she does a lot of storytelling through telling instead of showing, but it is never off putting like most unfavorable telling books are.
If you love any part of the Owen's, the books or the movie, you will adore this book. Even if you've never read or seen a bit of it, you will find this book welcoming you home into a long standing witch family with secrets, love, and an everlasting bond. ( )