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The Witches of Dark Root (Daughters of Dark Root Book 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 365 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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"I loved how this book showed the magical side to life, love and family. It transports you to the town Dark Root and makes you want to be a part of bring it back to life. I can't wait to read the second part of this story and see what happens next with these sisters. This book was a greatread, I very much enjoyed it and would recommend it to others!!!" - Goodreads Review Theresa El-Thomas --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- Publication Date : May 31, 2013
- File Size : 1715 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 365 pages
- Publisher : Dark Root Press (May 31, 2013)
- ASIN : B00D6OUDDG
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 061581932X
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #730 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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Maggie left her hometown years ago. She was glad to be out of reach of her mother and to leave behind her town and her work in the family Magick Shoppe. But now her mother is sick and the town has lost its magic. When Maggie arrives, she is surprised by how different her childhood town of Dark Root is from how she remembered. She must find her roots and her family in order to bring it back to life.
I was very excited to find a paranormal book where the magic element didn’t overtake the book, but was integrated into the story and added to the novel.
I love character driven novels and Witches of Dark Root is a well-written character-driven book. The focus on the sisters and their personalities kept me interested, even though the plot moved a little slow. I rather enjoyed the fact that this book felt like a coming of age book for an adult. Throughout the move back to Dark Root and living through her past and finding new connections with her sisters, Maggie discovers who she is and what she wants out of life.
The hints of something else going on were intriguing and the ending tied up most of my questions.
Question: why does Aunt Dora have a completely different accent than her sister and her nieces? It’s incredibly distracting in all of her scenes, I couldn’t figure out why she was speaking in quasi-dialect when literally nobody else was presented in that way.
I enjoyed the book and learned a little more about witchery in the process. A dragon man, myself, I am enjoying stepping outside the box to engage with the larger realm of fantasy. The Witches of Dark Root was a good read, not too long and did have an acceptable ending, leaving the reader into the next in the series. When I finish my current TBR list, I will probably go back and pick up the next book. I do recommend this to fantasy readers, you won't be disappointed.
The dialog between the sisters all came off as really real, which just added to the depth of the storytelling. I was constantly caught by surprise on where the book was going, and never once was I disappointed. In fact, I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel.
I did find Aunt Dora's dialog to take away from the reading experience. I found her accent to be extremely distracting, and didn't really add much to the narrative. Take out the accents, or, at the very least toning it down, could go a long ways in endearing the character to the reader rather than being such a jarring experience.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a fun, light-hearted, mystical read to while away a rainy afternoon. The plot takes unexpected twists and turns, and the characters are fun to know. At the book's end, I found myself wishing that Dark Root was real, as it would be a place I'd totally spend a vacation at!
Top reviews from other countries
Miss Sacha is a witch, who takes her duties very seriously but at the same time she wants to protect her daughters. All four eventually leave home as soon as possible.
Maggie is the daughter who is the strongest witch, but she refuses to believe that. She is asked to return home & reluctantly does so. She has been having very clear dreams about past events & tries to understand what is going on.
Three of the sisters reunite, keeping from the others what they think of as their failures in their lives. There are sadnesses, romance, hard work, renewal & reconciliations.
Will Maggie learn to use her magic? Will they find their missing sister? Will they live happily ever after? You'll have to read the book yourself, go on you know you want to 😉
Things I liked:
-It was well-written, ( only a couple of misplaced POV head hops to mar it), with an easy, smooth, honey-like flow to the prose.
-The story was interesting, as was the background. The characters did what they were meant to do: Maggie was exasperating but likeable, Eve annoying, Merry the sister you always wanted. Dark Root was well depicted; you could get a feel of the place and want to be there.
- I really liked that the focus was the family and the sisters. Such a change from romance romance romance violence violence gore. The author created a warm family feel that you wanted to be part of, and the whole book felt quite Joanne Harris 'Chocolat'.
- Maggie was chubby! Loved this, sick of all the beautiful swan-like sex goddesses in fiction. Sure, it might be due to the the thing revealed at the end, but still, hurray for a non-perfect heroine!
Not many of these. The only things that didn't sit very well with me were as follows:
- Maggie was such a strong minded no-nonsense thing. I couldn't see her joining a cult.
- There was a whole big scene where Maggie was almost raped and murdered, with no follow-up. Such a huge event wouldn't just be glossed over, surely? I'm not sure why this scene was in the book, since she didn't really react to it, none of them did. It seemed a bit extreme, just for the purpose of having Shane find her again.
-Michael and the love potion. The author sets the situation up wonderfully: we hate Leah and Michael and we really don't want Maggie to take him back, the cheating rat! We are glad when she refuses him and he gets his comeuppance. Then it transpires that he was Leah's victim- what are we supposed to make of him now? Are we supposed to feel sorry for him or think maybe Maggie should've gone back to him? I felt this took away the impact of that situation.
Summary: overall, enjoyed it and would recommend. I'm actually going to buy the second one, and it's rare for me to be tempted into a follow-up purchase!
There is witchy Magick, there is sibling rivalry, there are attractive men, there is evil, there are secrets to be revealed (not half!), but most of all there is love (despite all the bickering!).
I liked the jumping back and forth in time as it really put you right in the thick of things. A well written story, well-rounded characters and you feel every emotion they feel. As an only child, I actually felt part of the family and their lives...well, as much as I imagine living with sisters would be! It's a good author who can make me feel that way.
I fell in love with Maggie - the 'flawed as the rest of us' lead character - and especially June Bug. I can relate to Maggie more as she is not your usual model-type, with a 'media-beautiful' plastic-surgery enhanced face and body, and additional trout pout for luck...
I enjoyed this book very much and will be reading the rest of the series.
I really enjoyed this story and the start of this series. April Aasheim is a new to me author and already I love her writing.
We meet Maggie Maddock who dreams of the day she can leave her little town of Dark Root when a stranger arrives in her mothers Magick shop and tell s her he is there for her. Seven years later she has left home to be with Michael in Woodhaven and his new age cult but gets a call to return home as he mother is ill.
Being home and reunited with her sisters who also left Dark Root sees them all come together to help their mother and also help save the town and themselves from the Dark - Maggie's nightmare from her childhood.
This was a fantastic story which I read in a day and I cant wait to see what else April has in store for the Maddock Sisters!