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Summary

Aged Mother Jilo is wise in the ways of magic...but once upon a time, she was just a girl.

1950s Georgia: King Cotton has fallen. Savannah is known as the "beautiful woman with a dirty face," its stately elegance faded by neglect, its soul withering from racial injustice and political corruption.

Young Jilo - fiercely independent, intelligent, and ambitious, but thwarted by Savannah's maddeningly genteel version of bigotry - finds herself forced to embrace a dark power that has pursued her family for generations, an ancient magic that may prove her salvation...or her undoing.

Explore the fascinating history of one of the Witching Savannah series' most vivid and beloved characters, as the resourceful and determined Jilo comes of age, strives to master formidable magical skills in the face of overwhelming adversity, and forges her strange destiny against the turbulent backdrop of the civil rights struggle in the American South.

©2016 J. D. Horn (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Excellent Pre-sequel to Witching Savannah Series.

A most excellent pre-sequel to the Witching Savannah Series!
Jilo was one of the best and mysterious characters in the first 3 books, so it was great to have her own story and history in a book to herself.
Really loved her story, from birth right through to becoming the Mother Jilo we all love.
A suberb finale.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-10-16

Change of Heart

I almost put the book down because I found the first few chapters boring, and what I felt was not applicable to what I expected. Suddenly things changed and I fell in love with it like I did the other books that had Jilo and the Taylors in it. I just wish I had listened to it first, but in didn't call for it in the series.
I hope author will consider adding to the series because the last books ending left many of us disappointed. We want more! A worthwhile series that brought me many marathons hours of pleasure!

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  • Karlyn Keller
  • 15-10-16

Great story series

Loved this story line. I found it fresh and new. It kept my attention and I ran through it very quickly. I recommend it highly. I enjoyed the characters and the story line. I am looking forward to the next story in the series.

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  • Denise
  • 07-10-16

I wish

Jilo had been the first book in the series. I like Jilo's background.

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  • LoCFo22
  • 24-09-16

STIRRED MY SOUL!

I never write reviews... but this! This is a work of art! I have never experienced such sou-shaking details from ALL of the characters! The history, the pain, the anguish, the true times of how things were, everything within the book makes me want to sob that it is over!

The narrator did the best job I've ever heard! The writer, oh my word... I read the previous three books involving some of these characters along with Mercy, which I enjoyed, but this book takes the cake. This is a true work of art, I am rocked to the core.

I cannot say enough good things about J.D. Horn's talent. I wish the story continued....

It might not start off super-fast, but when it takes off, it zooms. Hold on and listen carefully b/c there is a reason for all of the details. Don't miss out.

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  • NW P
  • 10-09-16

I'm sorry to saga has ended n

I've eagerly read all of the Witching Savannah tales and am now sad to think its over. Jilo may may been the best of them all, but perhaps only because she provide a new and different perspective to the story line. all the witching behaviors. These are folks I know now and don't wish to depart from.

The performance artist could not have poetry the angst, drama, and palpable fear more clearly!

Totally loved and dilly dallied bhut hicompletion b

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  • Mrs. Y.
  • 30-07-16

I put a spell on you.

this book like the others scared me it's spooky just everything that's mentioned in it but it's so interesting addicting and I can never get enough of them I love these books and I hope there's more to come

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  • S. Milberger
  • 19-07-16

Perfect addition to the series

Mia Ellis is the perfect compliment to JD Horn's book; together they bring Jilo's story to vivid life. Jilo is my favorite character in the Witching Savannah series and it was wonderful to see her explored in depth, from Mother Wills' loving protection to Jilo coming into her own. First we follow May, her grandmother, and her relationship with magic and raising her granddaughters. A villain is introduced and we see him again in Jilo's life. (Not sharing more than that - spoilers, sweetie!) The second half is Jilo's story, her ambition to become a doctor, meeting Guy and the Taylors, and her powers.

Took off half a star: My only complaint is the villain's death is almost anticlimactic, but taken in context, it works.

While this is just a companion book, I would recommend this first and then the series. The Line and the source of the magic she and Mercy Taylor share may make more sense in how it's introduced in this book than in the series. This book could also be read alone, but I don't think you'll be able to resist reading the others.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-03-18

Loved it!

It took me a bit to get into the story as it was a bit “slower” then the first three books. However as the story continued, I found I couldn’t stop reading/listening. J.D.’s a great story teller and the narrater brought his words to life, transporting me back in time.
I really enjoyed hearing Jilo’s story. It helped me better understand the dynamics of her relationship with the Taylors and specifically with Aunt Jenny (there’s a character I’d love to hear more about).
I can actually see this working as a television series...

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  • Lisa B.
  • 18-09-17

Such an awesome series!

I love Jilo! If you haven't read/ listened to this series then you are missing out. It is so different and unique.

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  • Flagler Alumna
  • 13-08-17

Narrator not right for this book

What did you like best about Jilo? What did you like least?

I liked getting some background on a beloved character from the first three books in the Witching Savannah series.

What other book might you compare Jilo to and why?

I couldn't help comparing it to the first three in the series.

Would you be willing to try another one of Mia Ellis’s performances?

No, I don't think so. I might be able to get past the fact that she demonstrated NO feel for the language of Savannah, the flow and softness of music of the dialect and accent; her enunciations might suit a more modern, less culturally specific story. But I do not believe I would ever get past her clipped, word.by.word.with.little.or.no.emotion delivery. The entire book sounded as if the narrator was reading the story word by word, with no concept of reading a sentence in its entirety, or of telling a story to the listener, rather than just saying a series of disconnected words.

Could you see Jilo being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No. My imagination does a better job than a director could do.

Any additional comments?

The author's storytelling skills barely saved this book. I understand having a different narrator from the first three books, as the primary character changed. But Mia Ellis was not a good choice. It seemed to me as if she held the culture and all the characters in disdain. I will say that each word was clearly enunciated and easy to understand.