Review: The Line (Witching Savannah #1) by J.D. Horn

February 1, 2014 Review 0

Review: The Line (Witching Savannah #1) by J.D. HornThe Line by J.D. Horn
Series: Witching Savannah #1
Published by 47north on Feburary 1, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 296
Source: Author
Sexual Content: Minimal
Reviewed by: Libbie
4 Stars

Mercy Taylor, the youngest member of Savannah’s preeminent witching family, was born without the gift of magic. She is accustomed to coming in a distant second to the minutes older, exquisite and gifted twin she adores. Hopelessly in love with her sister’s boyfriend, she goes to a Hoodoo root doctor for a love spell. A spell that will turn her heart to another man, the best friend who has loved her since childhood.

Aunt Ginny, the family’s matriarch, would not approve. But Mercy has more to worry about than a love triangle when Aunt Ginny is brutally murdered. Ginny was the Taylor family’s high commander in the defense of the bewitched line that separates humankind from the demons who once ruled our realm.

A demon invasion looms now that the line is compromised. Worse yet, some within the witching world stand to gain from a demon takeover. Mercy, entangled in the dark magic of her love spell, fighting for her sister’s trust, and hopelessly without magic, must tap the strength born from being an outcast to protect the line she doesn’t feel a part of...

In this riveting contemporary fantasy, Horn delivers the full betrayal, blood, and familial discord of the best of Southern gothic.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from THE LINE. I’d never heard of the author before, but I’ve had a thing for witches since long before a wizard named Harry entered the literary world so I thought why not give it a shot. I’m so glad I did.

THE LINE was a little jarring at the beginning, almost off-putting, because there wasn’t a clear transition between the first chapter and the second. After reading the first few paragraphs of the second chapter I actually went back into the first to see if I’d missed something. I had an uneasy feeling about the rest of the book – one that was wholly unrealized. THE LINE is a solid, tightly written novel and one that keeps you guessing right to the last page.

I truly enjoyed THE LINE’s world-building. In a market practically glutted with the supernatural, it’s hard to find something truly unique but THE LINE comes very close to it. Horn, for his part, does an excellent job of fleshing out his world and the rules that govern it, without making the story feel bogged down with exposition. The wireframe of the story happens both through character dialogue as well as descriptive prose from Mercy’s point of view and the two mesh well. It’s a difficult balance and Horn definitely hits the mark dead center.

I think what helps that is the characters. I loved Mercy – both her resignation of her fate as the only powerless member in a family of strong witches as well as her devotion to her very powerful sister. A devotion that sets in motion not only the plot you see, but the twists and turns at the end that had me reading the last 100 pages in one sitting…most of it with my jaw hanging open. Apart from Mercy, the secondary characters are just as richly developed: her aunts and uncles, her sister, the spirit that dwells around the family and the local hoodoo priestess. They’re all exactly what you think they are…until the moment they aren’t and you’re left stunned.

I enjoyed every bit of THE LINE and I’m already eagerly awaiting the next in the series. I’d give more reason why, but I’m not about to spoil those surprises that come at you hard and fast as the book reaches its climax.

Series Titles:
  1. The Line
  2. The Source
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