Review: The Book of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Series: Practical Magic #2
Author: Alice Hoffman
Publisher: Simon Schuster
Released: October 12th, 2021
Received: NetGalley

It’s here! It’s finally here! Wait, am I ready for this? The Book of Magic, written by Alice Hoffman, is the final novel in the Practical Magic series. It’s time to see how the Owens witches remove the curse that has plagued their family for generations (no, the movie ending isn’t canon – though it is still delightful).

Jet Owens has lived a long and good life. So she is not surprised on the morning she hears the deathwatch beetle. She knows it means her time is nearly here – and that she must get her affairs in order.

Yet Jet is not the only one getting the warning signs. A young man – the newest victim of the curse – is at grave risk as well. It will take three generations of Owens witches to work together in order to save him and finally put this curse to rest.

“Some stories begin at the beginning and others begin at the end, but all the best stories begin in a library.”

The Book of Magic is a novel that had me so conflicted. On the one hand, it’s the book that I’ve been waiting years for. On the other hand, it’s also the end of an era. I wasn’t sure that I was ready to say goodbye. Not to any of these delightful characters. But time goes on, and so must I.

I’ll be honest: I didn’t know what to expect from The Book of Magic. I knew that it wasn’t going to end the way the movie did (duh), but beyond that, I couldn’t even begin to guess how it would all finally come together.

What I got? Was amazing. Bittersweat in every sense of the word. It was a perfect ending for the series, the characters, and the fans. Again, I’m sad to see the series go, but I am so happy that Alice Hoffman found a way to do justice to it all.

I should probably mention: to those that have only ever read Practical Magic; I would strongly advise picking up the prequels before finishing the series. Magic Lessons and The Rules of Magic are both fantastic reads. More than that, plots and characters in those books will be essential for The Book of Magic. It may not make as much sense without their words.

Thanks to Simon Schuster and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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