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The Secret Circle 3: the Power Paperback – May 11, 1995

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About the Author

Lisa Jane Smith is the author of more than twenty books for young adults, including the Night World and Vampire Diaries series (Hodder) and the trilogies The Forbidden Game and Dark Visions (Scholastic). Since childhood she has been fascinated by the night and the way the ordinary world changes in moonlight. She lives in Northern California, in a rambling house in a small town. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Secret Circle
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Children (May 11, 1995)
  • ISBN-10: 0553406752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553406757
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,462,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa Jane Smith is the New York Times #1 Bestselling author of The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle, The Forbidden Game, Dark Visions, Wildworld and Night World series. She has written over two dozen books for children and young adults, and has enjoyed writing every one of them. She lives in the Bay Area of California, with a backyard that is full of flowers, which she adores, especially with many different shades of roses.

She loves to visit a friend's little cabin in the Point Reyes National Seashore area, which has lots of trees, lots of animals, lots of beaches to walk on, and lots of places to hike. Once, while hiking, she saw a snow-white buck which allowed her to follow it nearly half a mile. She also likes to collect things: angels (they remind her of her late mother), tiny boxes from different countries or of fanciful shape, nineteenth century children's literature, and books about quantum physics--especially about the mystery of the dark energy in the universe. A militant optimist, she is also part of the Velociraptor Sisterhood (a fancy way of saying that she likes to read, write and discuss books with strong female characters), and she has traveled extensively in Europe and the Far East. The two countries she loves to visit most are Great Britain, with its historic monuments and amazing country landscapes, and Japan, with its bustling urban life and exquisite mountain scenery.

Her favorite current writer is Terry Pratchett, the author of the Discworld series, for its wild and witty satires on life, death, war, love, assassins, coppers, and Australia. Her favorite classical writer is Jane Austen. Her favorite poets are Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson. Her favorite movies are The Seven Samurai and Avatar (analyze that!). She doesn't have a favorite TV show, because she doesn't have time to watch TV (and only owns one for playing movies).

Her favorite people are her readers, each of whom she cherishes with deep and lasting affection.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Fisher TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
"The Power" is the final book in L. J. Smith's "Secret Circle" trilogy, and I would strongly advise not reading it until you have read the two previous novels "The Initiation" and "The Captive". Yes, it's annoying trying to track down two books that belong to the same story (in my opinion the whole thing should have been one complete volume), but "The Secret Circle" is Smith's most intricate and worthwhile story - you'll get the most out of it if you read all three volumes in their correct order.

In "The Initiation" Cassie Blake joined an elite coven of teenage witches living in New Salem, only to find herself in love with coven-leader Diana's boyfriend Adam. To make things worse, he reciprocates her feelings and soon Cassie is being blackmailed by Diana's cousin Faye to do her bidding, or she'll spill the beans on the affair. In "The Captive", Cassie fell into Faye's trap, and helped her find the sinister crystal skull that releases a `dark energy' that she suspects is behind the mysterious deaths occurring in New Salem. With coven leadership passed to Faye, Cassie's grandmother killed (but not before imparting some valuable information) and Faye preparing to reveal Cassie and Adam's secret, we head into "The Power."

With the unleashing of the crystal skull, the coven now finds themselves up against the original leader of the Salem coven - Black John, who instigated of their births in order to build up a strong yet controllable young coven. Though most of the coven's parents thought they had finished him off years ago, he's back and is now making things intensely difficult for the witches at the school.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "vampkytti" on September 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
In the final book of the trilogy, Cassie and Adam are caught in the line of fire. Begging for redemtion, Cassie promises to redeem herself, and forgiven for all, Cassie now faces much more serious problems. With Nick in love with her, Cassie must decide how to handle her relationship with him. Losing her only family help, she comes face to face with something so terrifying, the coven may not survive. Confronting an enemy from the older coven's past, the coven learns the truth about their past. The enemy they face is the cause of all the death's of so many of the Club's parents. Learning that her family is the strongest, and she is not in fact a half witch, Cassie is shamed to learn the truth about her past. With Faye on the enemy's side, the coven is no longer at full strength. One of the remaining members of the coven is secretly working with the enemy, unknowingly betraying the Club. When Portia and her witch hunting brother's return to town, there's even more trouble. When the time comes for battle, and the coven's new leader is on the wrong side, the coven must elect a new leader. If they don't win they will die, because none of them will ever join the enemy's side. And never have I enjoyed any story more than this one!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Summers on July 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
They're all fantastic. I read the Secret Circle Series when I was like twelve (I'm almost seventeen now) and I still can't get the storyline out of my head. I think that LJ Smith is the reason that I adore witches and fantasy so much.
The basic plot is that Cassie (heroine) moves to New Salem in New England and finds out she's all part of a "bigger plan". She's supposed to complete the coven of twelve witches even though they're all still in high school, they end up battling forces of evil and whatnot even as Cassie has to deal with Faye, one of the more "intense" witches in the coven who dreams of becoming the leader of the coven by overthrowing Diana, Cassie's best friend. Cassie also has two love interests here which also comes into the plot.
To those who have been lucky enough to read this -- am I the only one who wanted Cassie to go for Nick? Anyhow, if you haven't read this, it really is interesting, even if my review doesn't let on and just sounds corny. Like I say, the best plots are ones that you can explain but just have to read. If you're interested, I hope you get your hands on a copy!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
After months of waiting for this book to be republished, I wasonly slightly disappointed. Personally, I like Nick better than Adambut I understand how it wouldn't fully work out. I do think the book had an incomplete ending. I would have liked to see how things ended up back at school, because Portia was still there and things were kind of at a cliffhanger. I'm not judging L.J. Smith by this book, though, because I've read so many of her other ones and they were all ten-star material. So although this one was sort of a bust, don't blow this author off!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 1999
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Anybody who's an L.J. Smith fan will love this book. I loved the way everything turned out, and I am glad that everyone ended up the way they should. Anybody who reads this book will not be disappointed. There is suspense on what will happen next, there is romance, and there are so much vivid imagery, that I could not believe it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2000
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This is a very good book. I have read this book repeatedly since 1997, and now finally own all three. I think this trilogy is one of the best by L J Smith because it's really one book split up into three volumes and goes alot more indepth than some of her other books.
My favourite character is Nick, surprisingly enough but I don't think, like some other reviews I have seen, that he should 'get together' with Diana - the two characters are totally wrong for each other. The ending is rather predictable, but if Cassie didn't end up with Adam the entire trilogy would be pointless, as the basic theme is Cassie and Adam's tormented love for each other - though they don't work out until The Power that their love will never go away.
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