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The extraordinary new novel from the author of Practical Magic and The Dovekeepers

We first met the Owens in the glorious novel Practical Magic. We discovered the tragedy of the Owens siblings in Rules of Magic. Now we learn how it all began...with a baby abandoned in a snowy English field in the 1600s. Under the care of gentle Hannah Owens, little Maria learns about the 'Unnamed Arts'. Maria has a gift for them - a gift that may well prove her undoing.

When Maria is abandoned by the man she loves, she invokes the curse that will haunt her family for centuries. Because magic has rules, and they must be followed. This is the lesson that Maria will carry with her for the rest of her life, and pass on to her children and her children's children. 


 

©2020 Alice Hoffman (P)2020 Simon & Schuster UK

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A real lesson in magic.

Not only is this a beautiful piece of writing and a gripping story but if you listen closely, you’ll learn much about magic. This author knows what the magic and healing properties of herbs and flowers are but also that words hold power and that one should never let a woman burn. A masterpiece.

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Wonderful

Loved every second of it. Incredible story, very gripping.
As a herbalist I have noticed a few errors (eg Yarrow being planted in the poison bed, Wormwood being poisonous). This did not stop me from enjoying it though.

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Magical

I have loved all three books in the series, so sad it has ended. Beautiful stories about women.

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Beautiful story

Practical magic has been with me all my life something me and my mother share and this story is just as wondrous it’s a beautiful sad and uplifting story highly recommended for people who enjoy these types of genres

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Genius

I could listen to Alice Hoffman book forever. Great storytelling wonderful detail. You feel for the characters

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True, wise, beautiful.

Deep female wisdom, disguised as a witch story. I simply loved it, it made me think and reflect so much; quite exceeded my expectations!

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A Good listen

The story of Maria Owens - which until now was only hinted at in the previous books - is an interesting one with some expected elements, but many that came as a surprise. England and America of late 1600's were places where superstition and fear are rife, going hand in hand with religious fundamentalism; this is evident in the book, but also apt in the context of the series where 20th century reflect centuries old mindset exactly- bar the hangings. This is a book of revelations, but even so I didn't come away from it entirely wowed and I preferred The Rules of Magic as the initially punished prequel that it is. The narrator did a commendable job with the book and characters. A good listen overall.