Graceful trees and historic buildings fill Savannah, Georgia, but beneath the city's Southern splendor, its supernatural roots run deep. The members of local witch families grace the society pages...when they're not secretly protecting their magical work from dark forces.
Savannah resident Mercy Taylor may now be in control of the South's most powerful family of witches, but she's struggling to master her newfound magic. Pregnant with her first child and still reeling from a heartbreaking betrayal, she just wants to be able to use her supernatural abilities without accidentally destroying dishes or blasting the doors off buildings.
But when Mercy's long-presumed-dead mother suddenly returns, begging Mercy to keep her presence under wraps, the witch wonders how many secrets her family is hiding...and who she can really trust. And when the danger around her intensifies to deadly levels, Mercy knows she must discover the truth behind her family's magic—before it destroys her.
When I saw THE SOURCE come up for review, I remembered how much I loved The Line, how it kept me so wrapped up at the end that I literally couldn’t put it down for the last 100 pages or so. That memory had me making grabby hands toward the second in the series. I wish I could say I was as pulled in this time, but the truth is, I wasn’t.
That’s not so say the sophomore installment isn’t a good story, it is. The characters I loved from The Line were still as wonderful as I remembered, and they all became richer and more developed in THE SOURCE and new characters brought even more depth to the story. Emmett, in particular, really added to that in a surprising way, for me at least. Surprising because I usually shy away from the love triangle plot device. I think that stems from my overall meh feelings for the main love interest, Peter. He wasn’t my favorite in The Line and became even less-so in THE SOURCE. All signs point to the fledgling triangle being both introduced and resolved within this book rather than being a drawn out choice, but as there is a third planned, I can’t help wondering.
What detracted in THE SOURCE, is a lack of tightness to the story as a whole. There just seemed to be so much that felt thrown in there out of nowhere and plot twists that are more like plot wrenches. The bait and switch around the arrival of Mercy’s mother, for one. Peter’s mother going from creepily obsessive over Mercy’s unborn child and getting the pair married as soon as possible to sympathetic mother-figure. Then there’s the whole subplot about Peter himself and keeping his family’s Big Secret from him, even though it directly impacts him and his son. Top it off with the mysterious Bad Guys, and, the whole almost contrived use of Tillandsia as sexual titillation factor, and it just felt like too much. It changed gears so many times, and so quickly, I kept having to go back and re-read sections to see if I missed something.
I enjoyed reading THE SOURCE and will no doubt be reading the third in the series to finish out Horn’s world to see how it all comes together, but I’ll do so with a hope that this time it’s a return to the tighter storytelling of The Line.
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