It's always darkest before the dawn.
Cassie hasn't felt this alone since she moved to New Salem and joined the Circle - the closest thing to a family she's ever known. But now that the Circle has been possessed by powerful evil spirits, Cassie is left with no choice but to turn to her dark side to rescue them. As she struggles to get through to her friends and her soul mate, Adam, she finds an unexpected ally - one who will tempt her more than ever before.
With her enemies quickly closing in, Cassie fights to keep her heart true and her soul pure. But she knows better than anyone that all magic comes at a price, especially when Black John's Book of Shadows is involved. Will Cassie defeat the darkness once and for all? Or will the Circle be lost for good?
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"Offers What You Expect"
If you have reached Book 6 in the Secret Circles Book then you clearly like what has been offered up in the series already, that or you simply refuse to give up on the series. The book offers up exactly what you have come to expect with some slight improvements.
In previous reviews of this book I have been a bit critical of the whole 'fated lovers' angle that the author seems to exploit in a sense. In this novel though they have dialed down that aspect of the storyline (although not removed all together) and instead has replaced it with more depth in the story itself. The book brings an end to another interesting saga that the circle has gone through and, if the author so wishes, have left enough unsaid and enough characters essentially under developed to add on a bit more to this story.
I stand by the thought that this story has a whole lot of better if the author ever desires to move away from more of the cliche themes it has explored over the past few books. Yes, I agree it is a winning formula for L.J. Smith and thus far it is good but it could be great.
The narration I have gotten used to and there isn't any more I can say now that I haven't said in my previous reviews. Devon does a good job, and as a good narrator should do seems to improve the overall quality of the book.
I'm a fan of this series and will continue to be a fan based on the series thus far, this included.
"I sense a finale..."
Book 6 seems to have brought the Secret Circle series to an end. I enjoyed the first 5 books, far better than the TV series which left out a number of characters and skewed several of the relationships between those characters. I was glad to see Cassie grow into a powerful and confident witch. I enjoy reading L.J. Smith books. I am looking forward to reading the Vampire Diaries series next.
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