From Publishers Weekly
This enchanting contemporary fantasy from Hetley (The Summer Country
) explores themes of loyalty, love and family while providing escapist thrills and chills. The charmingly roguish Morgans, whose patriarchal magic has made them highly successful thieves, have lived for centuries in the down-at-the-heels coastal town of Stonefort, Maine. When Daniel, current head of the Morgan clan, falls into the clutches of a Peruvian drug kingpin and Inca brujo
(or witch) who wishes to usurp the source of the Morgans' power known as the Dragon, Daniel turns for help to Alice Haskell, a member of the rival witch clan that's inhabited Stonefort "since Noah stepped off the Ark." The Morgans and the Haskells must join forces to protect Daniel's daughters in particular and Stonefort in general from the brujo
's malevolent magic. Solid writing, an evocative sense of place and delightful characters will leave readers breathlessly anticipating the promised sequel.
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*Starred Review* Stonefort looks like any other quaint, small town on the rugged Maine coast. But folks who live there know, or have their suspicions about, the founding families, and keep their mouths shut. The Morgans--thieves and smugglers, every one--have an interesting family legacy, passed down only to the
Morgan, the current male head of the family. It is the source of the Morgan magic: the Dragon. Across town, Haskell House has always had a resident witch, greatly respected by the community. Currently Alice, a Naskeag Indian, is the witch, and guardian of Haskell magic: a spring in the basement that connects to all of the waters beneath Stonefort and its surroundings, and that strengthens and fiercely protects the house and all the women, resident or refugee, in it. The Morgans and Haskells have had their differences and kept something of a professional distance between them. But seriously dangerous evil has recently entered the picture in the person of a South American drug lord and powerful bruja
who will stop at nothing to gain control of the Dragon's power. The two families must overcome differences and work together to stop him, or stand by as everything and everyone they love is destroyed. All of Hetley's characters are truly memorable, and he does a seamless job of blending several magical traditions. This one hooks you from page 1. Well done! Paula LuedtkeCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved