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Warring witches and stolen magic, set in the heart of New York City, this book has a lot to offer. My only complaints are that not very much time was spent going into the history of the witch families and the ending was abrupt and very much a cliffhanger. Luckily there are two more books in the series to the loose ends to be tied up and the history to be explored in.
Then it was cancelled with so much left unresolved.
Last Saturday, 7/13/13, was the final episode, unless the series gets picked up by SYFY or a similar network. Since I couldn't wait, I looked through the files Amazon maintains.
This book is SO much better. (So was Jurassic Park, Frankenstein, and True Blood and the three part Lord of the Rings, to name a few.) Forget what you saw on that boob tube, aside from a few characters who've retained the same names, this is a vastly different story.
Jane Boyle was orphaned at less than a year old when her parents were killed in a car wreck. She's shipped from the U.S.A. to be reared by her maternal grandmother in a small village in France. Jane thinks her grandmother is mental; the woman sees dangers in every shadow and refuses to install a phone. Yet when Jane nearly drowns in a pond and wishes for the woman she instantly materializes and saves the child's life.
When Jane goes to college to become an architect, she vows never to return to her childhood home.
She meets with success in her chosen profession and has become a personal buyer of antiques.
Enter Malcolm Doran, rich American.
Jane can't believe this Adonis would even look at her. They wind up in bed on their first night and every night after for several weeks. Malcolm proposes to Jane.
She decides she should visit her grandmother before leaving for Malcolm's home in NYC.
Things aren't quite right when the two pull in, little things. They open the door to find her grandmother dead. A hidden letter in Jane's old room tells her she is a witch. It explains why the topic was not discussed when Grandmother was alive.
The envelope also holds a plain silver ring, one that suddenly gives her the power to read most peoples' minds. It will amplify her powers in the future as well.
Jane and Malcolm hold a funeral for Jane's grandmother and Jane can barely stand it. Every villager has something crude to think about the girl who never returned for a visit. Some even think she was guilty of murder. Jane runs out on the proceedings.
Back in NYC, Malcolm introduces Jane to his huge family. All the aunts and cousins live together under one roof. Malcolm's mother, Lynn Doran, runs the show. After introductions, Jane finds one wall dedicated to the family tree.
Lynn plans the wedding like a general planning a battle. She expects her word to be law and her opinion to be the only one. When she hears that Jane plans to work she explodes. Jane goes on the interview anyway and finds the person who was once so enthusiastic, now hates everything about her.
It happens all the time: what Lynn Doran wants, Lynn Doran gets.
But Jane runs into a few people who can help her develop her talents. They work together, but that puts them in danger of suffering the wrath of Lynn.
I can say no more. This is an action packed, friend in need, where do I hide, kind of story with a blurry line between the good guys and the bad guys.
ABC lost out when they rewrote the script.
It took me a bit to get into our heroine, maybe because I wasn't sure of her personality or her motivations but slowly her character evolved (mostly due to influences outside of her) with the assitance of the friends we meet who will end up taking this witchy adventure with her.
Women are the power in this series but they guys here are also interesting, compelling and mysterious, too.
One last comment: ABC has recently planned a new 2012 Fall pilot "based on the book," they say. Well, the advertised pilot is NOTHING like this book. Shame on ABC and goodie for the reader -- THIS story is worth reading. Beware of TV pilots that "use" popular books to draw interest but don't have the juice. ABC advertises a couple who take on high rise mgmt only to discover the tenents have made deals with the Devil. That has NOTHING AT ALL to do with this book/series.