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A beguiling novel of revenge, deliverance, and a powerful sisterhood of magic by the Washington Post bestselling author of The Vine Witch and The Glamourist.

Sidra didn’t murder her husband. Yet even a jinni can’t wish away a wrongful imprisonment. Determined to prove her innocence, she returns to her adopted home - a French village renowned for its perfume witches - with her friends Elena and Yvette by her side. Here is where Sidra’s true destiny awaits, but danger also lurks in the village’s narrow lanes. 

On her trail is Jamra, another jinni, who’s after more than revenge for the murder of his brother. He also seeks vengeance for the indignities inflicted on jinn by mortals over the centuries. When he learns of an ancient relic capable of unleashing chaos on the world, and that the weapon is in the hands of his murderous sister-in-law, he vows to destroy Sidra to get it. 

Relying on a sisterhood of magic, a mysteriously faithful dog, and a second-rate sorcerer, Sidra defends herself using the village’s greatest asset: its perfume. It’s as beguiling a lure as it is a formidable shield. But is it enough for Sidra to protect herself and those she loves from powers yet to be released?

©2021 Luanne G. Smith (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“Jones' standard American accent contrasts with Assadourian’s light Middle Eastern cadence, which hints at the story's ancient mystery, and her tones, which allude to the underlying danger the sisterhood faces. The quest engages the imagination and the narrators increase suspense through wide-ranging emotional phrasings - from seeing the mystical Grand Pere in the forest to women’s whispered thoughts amid an incense burner’s gentle scent and cries of fear and enthusiasm as they call spells.” - Booklist

“Series readers and newcomers alike will be enthralled.” - Publishers Weekly

“Readers will enjoy catching up with the characters they already know. Smith (The Glamourist) does lovely work describing the luscious smells that Sidra works with.” - Library Journal 

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Romeo and Juliet vibes, but with djinn

The Conjurer is the final book in The Vine Witch trilogy and is full of action and magic with some surprise Romeo and Juliet vibes. It tells the backstory to the third fascinating character in these books, a djinn called Sidra with an anger problem, and the reasoning why the three women keep being thrown together. Like the previous two books, I enjoyed this one. I was going to rate it 4 stars but I'm settling for 3.75 because I wasn't expecting the trilogy to conclude where it did with a big villain and a threat to the world. Not disatisfying, just so unoriginal for such a unique fantasy world.

Thoughts on the overall trilogy... I feel as though the author could have padded out these books better by including more of each of the main characters' specific magic and how they use it. I really would have enjoyed reading about Elena's witch work on the vineyard, Yvette learning about her fae glamour, and Sidra's djinn wishing magic. Mostly I just wanted more explanation of the magic system, especially regarding the wishing magic because it's so prevalent in this book and the second. It's not really explained beyond it being a powerful, persistent, yet convoluted type of avenue of magic.

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  • 15-03-21

Others were better

I had high hopes for this book as I really liked the first two in the series. This one was difficult to get into. Halfway through the book, I realized I had no idea what was going on and I realized I didn’t care that much. I wish it was more centered around the vine witch and not about the other characters so much.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-02-21

3rd book

book 2 my favorite. this one had too much going on, hard to follow. I used audible, maybe if I read it I will enjoy and focus more.

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  • Erica
  • 07-06-21

Luanne G. Smith is BRILLIANT

I was pleasantly surprised to find there were 2 more books following The Vine Witch! I'd really enjoyed it and I KNEW I'd enjoy the following 2 as much.

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  • Shara Orr
  • 28-05-21

magical but not as compelling as the first 2 books

The story is cute and whimsical but it lacked the grip of the first books.

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  • Momobrien
  • 24-05-21

Great Final Book

This was the 3rd book in the series. All could have been read alone and enjoyed but, together they were perfect. Each built on the last and the entire story line wrapped neatly by the end of this book.

Narration and performance thereof was excellent. I look forward to another book by Luanne Smith as well as one narrated by Susannah Jones and or Vaneh Addadourian. Well done ladies!

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  • J. Weathers
  • 15-05-21

Just meh.

I dont really know what to say. It wasnt romantic in the slightest.
It's better than anything I could write, however, its just... meh.

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  • Maria
  • 29-04-21

Praise for the Vine Witch Trilogy

Volume 3 focuses on Sidra, the Gini and other conjurers like her. Ms. Smith has excellent imagery and the narrators blend English, French and Middle Eastern accents well.
This story tells more about how Sidra ended up in the prison where she first met Elena and Yvette in book one. It ties up the lose ends of all 3 women’s stories with a satisfying conclusion. I gave all the books 4 stars instead of 5 because for me, they lack that “edge of your seat suspense” I found in Deborah Harkness’s “A History of Witches” stories, and in the Outlander stories. However, I would definitely recommend them as a fun listen with several twists.

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  • Nicole Maki
  • 25-04-21

Delightful

I enjoyed The Vine Witch immensely but merely liked The Glamourist. This is a return to the highs of Vine Witch plus even more. Great plot and character development. The time flew by. Loved it!

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  • Aisha Alsaifan
  • 19-04-21

I loved the first two audiobooks but this was one was difficult to enjoy.

The switch between two narrators in a third-person narrative does not work.
Sadly, I couldn’t enjoy the story as I did the previous ones.

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  • joel
  • 11-04-21

An excellent finish to the series

The final book was well written and a good ending for all the characters in the series.