- File Size: 4777 KB
- Print Length: 288 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Pink Moon Books (October 25, 2018)
- Publication Date: October 25, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07HLFKVWY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,813 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As I plow toward my mid-thirties, I have to admit… it’s refreshing to read a book where the main characters aren’t fresh-faced early twenty-somethings. It’s also a joy to have an MC with real life—and really relatable—life experiences. Even in an urban fantasy.
Calliope Jones—our main protagonist in a first-person, single-POV narrative—is facing down menopause, nearly-full-grown sons, a somewhat-recent divorce, and a blossoming desire to not only embrace her sexuality but also to discover the magic her ex-husband forced her to hide for most of her life. Yet despite all that, she’s wonderfully down-to-earth and, while her desire aims toward a certain druid with some intriguing issues of his own, she remains a strong, solid, and independent woman. There’s no “damsel in distress” or “let love be the answer to all your problems” tropes here. Ms. Jones is her own person and, for better or worse, she will fix her own problems.
With a little help from her quickly budding magic and the support of good friends, she aims to take on the world.
I enjoyed the external plot, as well, but will leave that to you, the reader, to discover on your own. No spoilers here!
I highly recommend this book to all lovers of urban fantasy, especially those who appreciate a seasoned romance with a slow, delicious burn.
The story follows Calliope, a single mother of two teenaged boys who also happens to be a witch, as she investigates a crime against magical creatures in her hometown. Joined in the investigation by a moody druid, Tanner, Calliope learns she must seek the help of other witches to boost her waning magical powers and save her family.
Set on Salt Spring Island in the Pacific Northwest, Magic Remembered’s lush descriptions reminded me of the fabulous world-building of Deborah Harkness. The family dynamics—so realistic but with magic, too—were reminiscent of Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic.
As a mature reader, I found it easy to identify with Calliope’s discovery of her own truth and her acceptance of her aging process. Calliope is an earthy, fierce, relatable heroine who’ll easily be able to carry a series. I can’t wait to read the next one!
That being said, once I got into the story, those explanations started to come and I found my sea legs as it were. I enjoyed that Magic Remembered featured an older heroine. It shows that you’re never too old to learn new tricks as it were. Calliope had a lot thrown at her at once and she handled it like a champ. Watching her come into her own was one of the many highlights of the story.
Between the mystery with the apple orchards, the slow burn between Calliope and Tanner(who got a few eye rolls from me early on, but I warmed up to him), and the rich details that bring the setting to life, this story has something for everyone.
Then, free falling into this book, I found myself relating to a witch and intrigued as the pieces of the puzzle started falling into place.
This book a the perfect blend of magic, realism, and slow burn love. And it’s all supported by exceptional writing.
There is too much of an information overload, in the sense that, Calliope had no idea of other supernaturals in her environment, apart from the two she came across on a dating app, and yet suddenly they all start coming out of the wood works. Three druids, three witches and her son's girlfriend's dad is a sorcerer. There is just no cohesion at all; nothing makes sense. So I left it at 32%.
Top international reviews
Nice readable flow - it was a pleasure to dive into Callis world!