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Master storyteller Alice Hoffman brings us the conclusion of the Practical Magic series in a spellbinding and enchanting final Owens novel brimming with lyric beauty and vivid characters. The Owens family has been cursed in matters of love for over three-hundred years but all of that is about to change. The novel begins in a library, the best place for a story to be conjur Master storyteller Alice Hoffman brings us the conclusion of the Practical Magic series in a spellbinding and enchanting final Owens novel brimming with lyric beauty and vivid characters. The Owens family has been cursed in matters of love for over three-hundred years but all of that is about to change. The novel begins in a library, the best place for a story to be conjured, when beloved aunt Jet Owens hears the deathwatch beetle and knows she has only seven days to live. Jet is not the only one in danger—the curse is already at work. A frantic attempt to save a young man’s life spurs three generations of the Owens women, and one long-lost brother, to use their unusual gifts to break the curse as they travel from Paris to London to the English countryside where their ancestor Maria Owens first practiced the Unnamed Art. The younger generation discovers secrets that have been hidden from them in matters of both magic and love by Sally, their fiercely protective mother. As Kylie Owens uncovers the truth about who she is and what her own dark powers are, her aunt Franny comes to understand that she is ready to sacrifice everything for her family, and Sally Owens realizes that she is willing to give up everything for love. The Book of Magic is a breathtaking conclusion that celebrates mothers and daughters, sisters and brothers, and anyone who has ever been in love.


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Master storyteller Alice Hoffman brings us the conclusion of the Practical Magic series in a spellbinding and enchanting final Owens novel brimming with lyric beauty and vivid characters. The Owens family has been cursed in matters of love for over three-hundred years but all of that is about to change. The novel begins in a library, the best place for a story to be conjur Master storyteller Alice Hoffman brings us the conclusion of the Practical Magic series in a spellbinding and enchanting final Owens novel brimming with lyric beauty and vivid characters. The Owens family has been cursed in matters of love for over three-hundred years but all of that is about to change. The novel begins in a library, the best place for a story to be conjured, when beloved aunt Jet Owens hears the deathwatch beetle and knows she has only seven days to live. Jet is not the only one in danger—the curse is already at work. A frantic attempt to save a young man’s life spurs three generations of the Owens women, and one long-lost brother, to use their unusual gifts to break the curse as they travel from Paris to London to the English countryside where their ancestor Maria Owens first practiced the Unnamed Art. The younger generation discovers secrets that have been hidden from them in matters of both magic and love by Sally, their fiercely protective mother. As Kylie Owens uncovers the truth about who she is and what her own dark powers are, her aunt Franny comes to understand that she is ready to sacrifice everything for her family, and Sally Owens realizes that she is willing to give up everything for love. The Book of Magic is a breathtaking conclusion that celebrates mothers and daughters, sisters and brothers, and anyone who has ever been in love.

30 review for The Book of Magic

  1. 5 out of 5

    Angela M

    If you’re a fan of Alice Hoffman’s “Practical Magic “ books as I am, you might begin this one with ambivalent feelings. On the one hand, I couldn’t wait to get back to the Owens family, whom I fell in love with when I started this series. On the other hand, it’s described as the conclusion of it, and I knew it would be hard to say goodbye. There are reminders of the past, things we read about in the previous books, but I would definitely recommend that the other books be read before this one to If you’re a fan of Alice Hoffman’s “Practical Magic “ books as I am, you might begin this one with ambivalent feelings. On the one hand, I couldn’t wait to get back to the Owens family, whom I fell in love with when I started this series. On the other hand, it’s described as the conclusion of it, and I knew it would be hard to say goodbye. There are reminders of the past, things we read about in the previous books, but I would definitely recommend that the other books be read before this one to have the full emotional impact of the Owens family curse over generations- they shouldn’t fall in love. As life sometimes demands, this was a rule that was difficult to follow and not without consequences of loss and grief and unfulfilled lives. A difficult fate for these characters with such a capacity for love. Bringing together characters from the previous books, as well as some new additions, taking us from Massachusetts to Paris, to London, Hoffman once again had me mesmerized as they journey to find an end to the curse. I’ve been under the spell of the Owens family through every book in this series, not through their witchcraft mind you , but through the magic of Alice Hoffman’s amazing story telling, beautiful writing and unforgettable characters. Magic and witchcraft, sure but this is mostly about a family who love each deeply and will do anything for each other. I’ll keep on wishing for some of that black soap to look younger, a cup of Courage Tea because we all need courage now and then, and definitely a slice of Chocolate Tipsy Cake, no explanation needed. Even though the ending was perfect, I’ll mostly be wishing that Alice Hoffman will bring the Owens family back . I received an advanced copy of this book from Simon & Schuster through Edelweiss and NetGalley.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lisa of Troy

    If your grandmother was writing a rambling book with incredibly low stakes and absolutely no angst, that would be this book. The Owens family is cursed. Any one who falls in love will regret it with something bad happening to their loved one. Will the Owens Family be able to lift the curse in time? Rambling took on an entirely different meaning in this book. My gosh, I would often even forget the plot because The Book of Magic would go off into so many different stories and sub-stories that I was If your grandmother was writing a rambling book with incredibly low stakes and absolutely no angst, that would be this book. The Owens family is cursed. Any one who falls in love will regret it with something bad happening to their loved one. Will the Owens Family be able to lift the curse in time? Rambling took on an entirely different meaning in this book. My gosh, I would often even forget the plot because The Book of Magic would go off into so many different stories and sub-stories that I was left confused. Unfortunately, this book was a lot of tell and not a lot of show. This was like a Hallmark movie but with no drama, no urgency. Everything always works out "magically." People fall in love just by looking at each other. Sorry, I can't get behind any book where characters instantly fall in love. This book discussed being a witch and magic, but I do wish that it was more realistic. The author would list off certain spices for potions and other elixirs. There is a certain need in modern medicine to go back to natural cures. For example, nursing mothers often take fenugreek and blessed thistle. Peppermint can help with stomach aches, and C0Q10 can help improve heart health. Doctors are extremely quick to offer up drugs from pharmaceutical companies than offer up natural remedies. The Book of Magic did touch on how the local townspeople would seek certain cures when the porchlight was on, and I enjoyed the idea of people seeking help from non-traditional sources. Overall, I knew I was not going to like this book in the first chapter because the author's writing style was too rambling for my preference; however, if you don't mind extreme rambling and want a cozy, feel-good story in time for Halloween, this will fit the bill. *Thank you, NetGalley, for a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dorie - Cats&Books :)

    ***PEFECT FALL/HALLOWEEN READ*** I have read all of the books in the Practical Magic series by Ms. Hoffman. It was with a bit of apprehension that I approached this book, wondering what would happen to bring an end to the curse that this family has been under for hundreds of years. I shouldn’t have worried, Ms. Hoffman delivers a wonderful conclusion to my journey with the Owens family. If you haven’t read any of the books you should know that the Rules of Magic are “Do as you will but harm no one, ***PEFECT FALL/HALLOWEEN READ*** I have read all of the books in the Practical Magic series by Ms. Hoffman. It was with a bit of apprehension that I approached this book, wondering what would happen to bring an end to the curse that this family has been under for hundreds of years. I shouldn’t have worried, Ms. Hoffman delivers a wonderful conclusion to my journey with the Owens family. If you haven’t read any of the books you should know that the Rules of Magic are “Do as you will but harm no one, What you will give will be returned to you threefold”, the most important rule however is “do not fall in love”. The history of the family goes back to the 1600’s when Maria Owens “is abandoned by the man who has declared his love for her; she follows him to Salem, Massachusetts. Here she invokes the curse that will haunt her family for generations. In this fourth book we will be re-introduced to Aunts Jet and Franny Owens, Uncle Vincent, Sally and Gillian, and Sally’s children, Kylie and Antonia. The book was a slow starter for me as much of the first half is spent reacquainting us to the Owens Family. Since I read all of the previous books, I found a lot of this to be repetitious. I was happy when the book started to shift to present time. Sally has never told her daughters that they are witches. She has never taught them any of the rules of magic or that they would be cursed in love. Kylie, knowing nothing about the curse, does fall in love and there are serious repercussions for the man she loves, Gideon. Kylie travels to Paris to try to find Vincent, who has been missing from the family home for many years. She feels he must hold some key to breaking the curse. She eventually travels to London and meets a man who will introduce her to the dark side of magic, the world of curses and revenge. There is much sadness in this book as Jet Owens has heard the death watch beetle and knows she will only have a short time to live and she feels she still has lots to do. I enjoyed this book and was glad that there was happiness and love in the second half. The conclusion was a bit predictable but ended the Owens ' saga well. As with all of Ms. Hoffman’s books there is beautiful writing : “It was as if the back of a watch had been slid open to see its workings. Even for those with the sight it was a marvel to behold time in all its beauty and confusion: WHAT HAS BEEN, WHAT IS, WHAT WILL BE”. I highly recommend reading the books in order for the most enjoyment. I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss. This novel is set to publish on October 5, 2021

  4. 4 out of 5

    Susanne

    Review published on blog: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Alice Hoffman, you have surpassed my wildest expectations! With The Book of Magic, the fourth book in the magic series, Ms. Hoffman has accomplished what I consider to be an impossible feat. Writing a final installment, that is, in my opinion, better than all prior books in the series. I adored The Rules of Magic and Magic Lessons and frankly didn’t think any book could surpass those, yet The Book of Magic did exactly that. Bravo Review published on blog: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Alice Hoffman, you have surpassed my wildest expectations! With The Book of Magic, the fourth book in the magic series, Ms. Hoffman has accomplished what I consider to be an impossible feat. Writing a final installment, that is, in my opinion, better than all prior books in the series. I adored The Rules of Magic and Magic Lessons and frankly didn’t think any book could surpass those, yet The Book of Magic did exactly that. Bravo Ms. Hoffman, Bravo! Weaving together all prior books, here we have the final book in the Practical Magic series, with Aunts Jet and Franny Owens, Uncle Vincent, Sally and Gillian, and Sally’s children, Kylie and Antonia. Troubling times are ahead for the Owens family, though this should not come as a surprise. The curse that Maria Owens bestowed upon this family still hovers. When Jet Owens hears the knocking of the deathwatch beetle, she knows her time is drawing to a close and that a lot of work must be done before she draws her last breath. The Rules of Magic of course, still apply here “Do as you will but harm no one, What you will give will be returned to you threefold” and of course, no falling in love. The issue is of course, that Sally Owens has raised her children as if magic does not exist, thus they know nothing of the curse until it strikes. For Kylie Owens, this spells disaster. What happens next, is well, pure magic. Almost from the start, chills ran down my spine and made my pulse quicken at the predicament the Owens family found themselves in. Racing against time, Franny, Sally, Gillian, and Vincent desperately try to save Kylie and destroy the curse once and for all. Written from the heart, The Book of Magic is character-driven fiction, magical realism and literary fiction all rolled into one. The Book of Magic is filled with LOVE. Fierce, wicked, and pure. Love is what defines the Owens family and it will prevail. This is a novel that will most definitely be on my Goodreads best-of-list for 2021. To Alice Hoffman, thank you for sharing the Owens family with us for all of these years. To Hannah, Maria, Faith, Jet, Franny, Vincent, Sally, Gillian, Kylie, and Antonia Owens: You are loved, Always. Thank you to Simon & Schuster, Edelweiss, and NetGalley for the arc. Published on NetGalley, Edelweiss, Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    "Some stories begin at the beginning and others begin at the end, but all the best stories begin in a library." Truth! Alice Hoffman continues to bewitch and dazzle me with her writing and this book is no exception. I loved falling into the pages of this book, being reunited with some characters, and having characters of the past mentioned again. It all comes full circle. If you are not familiar with the series, the Owens family has been cursed when it comes to love for over 300 years. DO NO "Some stories begin at the beginning and others begin at the end, but all the best stories begin in a library." Truth! Alice Hoffman continues to bewitch and dazzle me with her writing and this book is no exception. I loved falling into the pages of this book, being reunited with some characters, and having characters of the past mentioned again. It all comes full circle. If you are not familiar with the series, the Owens family has been cursed when it comes to love for over 300 years. DO NOT FALL IN LOVE or the cures will take effect. This book begins in a library and with the appearance of a deathwatch beetle brings the knowledge that an ending for one is coming soon. The Owens family is a tight knit group who love each other deeply. But what happens when they love others? You got it - the CURSE! As they attempt to save a young man, they learn secrets, undiscovered truths, and the meaning of sacrifice. "When you save someone's life, they belong to you, no matter what they might say." Hoffman's writing is beautiful, moving, lyrical and beguiling. She has the ability to transport her readers to the various locations in this book. It's pure magic! Her descriptions are vivid and crisp. Her characters are likeable and endearing. "What begins can end. What is done can be undone. What is sent in the world comes back to you three tines over. So go out, do good, love, and if you have not read this series, you need to do so, but I suggest not starting with this book. To fully appreciate this book, read the other books first. Thank you to Simon & Shuster and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own. Read more of my reviews at www.openbookposts.comable and endearing.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ilikebooksbest.com ❤️

    What a wonderful way to end the series! This book is a bit different than the first three books, but it is the best of them. I loved the movie Practical Magic though I think it influenced me too much where instead of just enjoying the book, I spent most of the time comparing the two. But the two prequel books (written after Practical Magic) were fantastic. Magic Lessons was Maria’s story and how the Owen’s curse originated. The Rules of Magic was the story of Frannie, Jet and their brother Vincen What a wonderful way to end the series! This book is a bit different than the first three books, but it is the best of them. I loved the movie Practical Magic though I think it influenced me too much where instead of just enjoying the book, I spent most of the time comparing the two. But the two prequel books (written after Practical Magic) were fantastic. Magic Lessons was Maria’s story and how the Owen’s curse originated. The Rules of Magic was the story of Frannie, Jet and their brother Vincent and was so very awesome. This book involves all the main characters from The Rules of Magic and Practical Magic in a great story about love and family. I can easily see this being made into a movie. The movie Practical Magic takes place when Sally and Gillian are in their twenties and Sally’s children Antonia and Kylie are young. This book takes place when The aunts are in their 80’s, Sally and Gillian are in their 40’s, Antonia and Kylie are both attending Harvard. It could definitely be made into a movie with the same actresses. Though the ages would just need a bit of fudging. Though I definitely didn’t need it in movie form to picture it all in my head and I really enjoyed every bit of this book. Alice Hoffman has a writing style that truly lends itself to this genre extremely well. It makes even the smallest things sound a bit magical. I liked the way the previous books had so many little touches of magic here and there. These witches are no Samantha, Sabrina, or Charmed sisters. They have small magics, potions for healing and the sight. Not that they can’t do bigger magic, but a lot of the more showy magic is left handed magic or dark magic and there is always a price to be paid for that type of magic. Left handed magic is what Maria Owens used to curse her descendants, trying to prevent them from heartache like she suffered. So to this day, anyone an Owens loves is ruined and in turn so are they when they lose that love. The family finds out in this book that to get rid of the curse, you have to walk the crooked path and left handed magic is what will remove the curse, though it will take a sacrifice. The Owens family goes on a journey to save one of their own who sets out to remove the curse and save the man she loves. They want to save her from harm because they know that she will be following a dark path to get what her heart desires most. All I can say is I loved it and when will the movie come out? I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own. Blog|Goodreads|Facebook|Instagram|Twitter|BookBub

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    It's fantastic to be back with the Owens family at their home on Magnolia Street. They are still cursed centuries later if they fall in love and the men end in early deaths. This time around it's Sally's daughter Kylie who's in love and her boyfriend is in a coma from an auto accident. She's determined to break the curse set by her ancestor Maria Owen. The family travels from Massachusetts to Essex England where it all began. A new and strange development for me where I love two prequels (book 0. It's fantastic to be back with the Owens family at their home on Magnolia Street. They are still cursed centuries later if they fall in love and the men end in early deaths. This time around it's Sally's daughter Kylie who's in love and her boyfriend is in a coma from an auto accident. She's determined to break the curse set by her ancestor Maria Owen. The family travels from Massachusetts to Essex England where it all began. A new and strange development for me where I love two prequels (book 0.1 and book 0.2) more than Practical Magic 1 and 2. Knowing this is probably, most likely the last of Practical Magic it pains me to rate it so low. But it's very repetitive and isn't as solid as the rest in the series. **MA

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    The Book of Magic is, well, bewitching. It's both a magnificent culmination of the story of the Owens sisters -- the whole Owens family -- and a deeply moving stand-alone novel. The characters are vivid and alive, and their race against time to save the life of one young man is as fast-paced as it is fascinating. I'm not sure which I savored more: the witchcraft or the beautifully wrought prose. Alice Hoffman is a gem and you'll treasure every page of her new novel. The Book of Magic is, well, bewitching. It's both a magnificent culmination of the story of the Owens sisters -- the whole Owens family -- and a deeply moving stand-alone novel. The characters are vivid and alive, and their race against time to save the life of one young man is as fast-paced as it is fascinating. I'm not sure which I savored more: the witchcraft or the beautifully wrought prose. Alice Hoffman is a gem and you'll treasure every page of her new novel.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)

    How very wonderful to have completed a series that made me wonder and love the gifts of magic contained within its pages! As Alice Hoffman's series of Practical Magic continued, we once again are enamored with the Owens family as they deal with the many possibilities love can take and how being denied this wondrous emotion can possibly be overcome. Perhaps, for those of us who find joy in reading of magic, we, too, would love to be part of this family either in the past or presently. The curse pl How very wonderful to have completed a series that made me wonder and love the gifts of magic contained within its pages! As Alice Hoffman's series of Practical Magic continued, we once again are enamored with the Owens family as they deal with the many possibilities love can take and how being denied this wondrous emotion can possibly be overcome. Perhaps, for those of us who find joy in reading of magic, we, too, would love to be part of this family either in the past or presently. The curse placed on the family has had many who have valiantly tried to avoid its happening and when a young man loved by one of the current sisters, is seriously hurt, she will do anything to trace down the curse and try to eliminate it. The family rallies to her support traversing overseas to eventually wind up where it all started with Maria Owens. As three generations of the Owens family work together to reverse the curse and save the young man traveling to death's door, they learn that love in all its forms can conquer all. Franny Owens, with the aid of a book and her long lost brother realize that anything worth fighting for involves a sacrifice, perhaps the greatest sacrifice of all. Joined in love and that wonderful gift they all possess even though Sally Owens wants to keep her daughters away from the secret, they all come to the final truth that love is worth every sacrifice, every stolen moment, and sometimes requires every bit of courage and magic one possesses. I have loved this entire series, and of course am saddened by its ending. However, the magic in the world will continue as the old saying goes, love conquers all. Thank you to Alice Hoffman, Simon Schuster, and NetGalley for a copy of this endearing story which published recently.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    3.5 stars, rounded up I am not a fan of fantasy and I’m also not a fan of romance novels, but I am a fan of Alice Hoffman. This, the fourth book in the “Practical Magic” series, is the final one. I can’t say it worked for me as well as the previous books in the series, but I was pleased to see how it all came together. The Owens family has been dealing with a curse for generations. Anyone that a family member falls in love with, comes to harm. Finally, as the love interest of Kylie lies in a coma 3.5 stars, rounded up I am not a fan of fantasy and I’m also not a fan of romance novels, but I am a fan of Alice Hoffman. This, the fourth book in the “Practical Magic” series, is the final one. I can’t say it worked for me as well as the previous books in the series, but I was pleased to see how it all came together. The Owens family has been dealing with a curse for generations. Anyone that a family member falls in love with, comes to harm. Finally, as the love interest of Kylie lies in a coma, she seeks to break the curse. This involves walking on the dark side of witchcraft. And in an effort to help, other members of the family travel behind her. The youngest generation were unaware of their heritage. The middle generation had tried to ignore their heritage. The older generation were the last ones to embrace who they were. Hoffman has created characters that I care about and want to see them finally be able to love openly and freely. Each character was fully developed and each faces some form of self realization. The theme of the book is basic, but not trivial. It’s that love is what makes us fully alive and we need to be willing to risk ourselves to embrace it. “Everything worthwhile was dangerous.” The problem was the pacing of the book was not uniform and I found it dragged at times. Also, parts were predictable. Walking on the dark side, not everyone can be trusted. But I adored the ending. Hoffman’s beautiful writing really came to the forefront then and I was highlighting phrases right and left. My thanks to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for an advance copy of this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    The dreaded curse of the Owen Family. How to break it? No one can fall in love without disaster happening. This is the historical fiction novel, written beautifully of the Owen Family. It is #4 in the series. I would suggest reading the other books in the series to know about all the characters in this story. It takes us back to 1600’s to the witch trials in Salem. A witching tale of mystical herbs and potents, teas and magical cakes. The story of three generations of witches, some of which never k The dreaded curse of the Owen Family. How to break it? No one can fall in love without disaster happening. This is the historical fiction novel, written beautifully of the Owen Family. It is #4 in the series. I would suggest reading the other books in the series to know about all the characters in this story. It takes us back to 1600’s to the witch trials in Salem. A witching tale of mystical herbs and potents, teas and magical cakes. The story of three generations of witches, some of which never knew of the history of their family. Kylie Owens boy friend has a tragic accident and is in a coma. She must find a cure for this curse, but will she succeed? She travels to England to learn about Maria Owens and the cruse that was brought on the family. Sally and Gillian follow in hot pursuit. Sally and Gillian travel from England to Paris in a race to save Gideon’s life. If they can break the curse, Gideon will come out of his coma. Secrets are discovered and what they have to do to save him. At the same time Kylie is missing. Where has she gone? Wonderful series, well written I enjoyed this series very much.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    I started this book with a sadness that it was the last book in the series. I certainly wanted to read it, but didn't want the series to end because I have loved all of the books and the characters. The entire series is beautifully written and captivating and this book was wonderful! It starts out with Jet in the library who begins to hear the deathwatch beetle and she has only seven days to live. Also, a young man is near death as a result of the continuing Owens family curse and three generatio I started this book with a sadness that it was the last book in the series. I certainly wanted to read it, but didn't want the series to end because I have loved all of the books and the characters. The entire series is beautifully written and captivating and this book was wonderful! It starts out with Jet in the library who begins to hear the deathwatch beetle and she has only seven days to live. Also, a young man is near death as a result of the continuing Owens family curse and three generations of the Owens women work together to break the curse and save him and to release the family from the curse. Alice Hoffman has woven a beautiful tale of family and magic that I know will remain in my memory as one of those special stories. The family is full of love and support for each other and they all work together for the benefit of all. I guess you could read this book as a standalone, but I don't recommend it. The rich history from the previous books make the story so much more meaningful. I can't imagine a more perfect ending for this series. Bravo Hoffman! Many thanks to Simon & Schuster through Netgalley for an advance copy. This book will be published on October 5, 2021.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    I’m sorry to see that Alice Hoffman is ending the beloved Owens family saga after twenty-five years. I haven’t read the first book, Practical Magic, but found pure enjoyment in her last three novels, including the movie “Practical Magic” as a precursor to Halloween every year. I’ve been told the book is even better than the movie (which they usually are, right! ;) The Book of Magic opens with, “All the best stories begin in a library,” and this story begins in the Owens Library, in Essex County, I’m sorry to see that Alice Hoffman is ending the beloved Owens family saga after twenty-five years. I haven’t read the first book, Practical Magic, but found pure enjoyment in her last three novels, including the movie “Practical Magic” as a precursor to Halloween every year. I’ve been told the book is even better than the movie (which they usually are, right! ;) The Book of Magic opens with, “All the best stories begin in a library,” and this story begins in the Owens Library, in Essex County, Massachusetts. The Owens family curse began three hundred years ago in the 17th century. The curse, cast by Maria Owens, demands that descendants avoid entanglements of the heart because love cannot be trusted. What was meant to protect them from love, now harms. Well they’ve learned to trick this curse (or so they’d thought) — by never declaring love or marrying, as it always destroys those they love. Death being the end result. When the curse strikes the youngest generation, Sally’s daughter Kylie, Kylie vows to break the curse once and for all. She will do everything possible to not lose her best-friend (and secret love) Gideon (whom was just involved in a life-threatening accident.) She travels to England to where the curse began, with two older generations of family following close behind to help. I love that Alice Hoffman has layered her story with strong women, love, independence and equality. I couldn’t be happier this last generation of Owens ends on a happy note. Alice Hoffman has written a wondrous, magical series that I highly recommend. ❥ *Thanks to Simon and Schuster via NetGalley for kindly providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    The Book of Magic by Alice Hoffman was the last and final book in The Practical Magic series. In my opinion it was a fitting ending for a very enjoyable series of books. Alice Hoffman never seems to disappoint. Her writing was brilliant, addictive and so enjoyable. I loved how this series of books brought to tuition very strong female characters. All the characters in The Book of Magic were both vividly represented and very believable. The heartbreaking and mesmerizing conclusion was both satisf The Book of Magic by Alice Hoffman was the last and final book in The Practical Magic series. In my opinion it was a fitting ending for a very enjoyable series of books. Alice Hoffman never seems to disappoint. Her writing was brilliant, addictive and so enjoyable. I loved how this series of books brought to tuition very strong female characters. All the characters in The Book of Magic were both vividly represented and very believable. The heartbreaking and mesmerizing conclusion was both satisfying and compelling. I knew the series would end with this last book but I found myself a little sad to say goodbye to the characters who had become so familiar. I listened to the audio CD that was enjoyably narrated by Jennifer Ehle and also read some of it on my kindle. The Book of Magic was dedicated to finding a way to end a curse that had plagued the women of the Owens family for over 300 years. It had originated with Maria Owens and still affected the Owens family all these centuries later. It took three generations of the Owens family women to puzzle through the origins of the curse and find a way to end it once and for all. Success for breaking the curse depended on the discovery of a rare and very powerful book, The Raven, guidance and direction from Jed Owens, Franny Owens and even their recently found brother and the determination of the third generation and youngest of the Owens’ women. The Owens’ women knew that to love was to bring about death. Kylie, Sally’s youngest daughter, would not stop at anything until she figured out how to end this curse once and for all. I loved The Practical Magic Series and The Book of Magic tied all the loose ends together in a very satisfying way. The Book of Magic explored the relationships between mothers and daughters, sisters, aunts and nieces and even sisters and brothers. It was so well written and kept me up late into the night not wanting to stop reading. I’m sad the series is over but I look forward to the next book Alice Hoffman decides to write. I highly recommend this book. Thank you to Simon and Schuster for allowing me to read this advanced digital copy of The Book of Magic by Alice Hoffman through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cheri

    ’Some stories begin at the beginning and others begin at the end, but all the best stories begin in a library.’ I’ve had this copy of this for months, but I knew this was the last one in the Practical Magic series, and so I held off reading it as long as I could. I know Alice Hoffman has many other books that I still haven’t read, and many others that I have, but this series has held an almost magical enchantment of its own for many readers. Set in the present, this story begins in a library whic ’Some stories begin at the beginning and others begin at the end, but all the best stories begin in a library.’ I’ve had this copy of this for months, but I knew this was the last one in the Practical Magic series, and so I held off reading it as long as I could. I know Alice Hoffman has many other books that I still haven’t read, and many others that I have, but this series has held an almost magical enchantment of its own for many readers. Set in the present, this story begins in a library which is where Jet Owens hears the deathwatch beetle, and knows she only has seven more days to accomplish what she knows she must before it’s too late. End the family curse. Fortunately, she knows where the book that shares the way to accomplish this feat. This covers a lot of the family history, centuries worth of history, but it never loses its momentum as this story includes many moments that will leave the reader turning pages until the end. I loved this, but am sad to leave this family behind, a series that always reminds me that the real magic is family and love. Pub Date: 12 Oct 2021 Many thanks for the ARC provided by Simon & Schuster

  16. 4 out of 5

    Selena

    Bewitchingly Brilliant!! I have been a huge Alice Hoffman fan but absolutely love the Practical magic books. In this book, the Owens sisters finally figure out how to break the family curse. The curse of falling in love only to end up loosing them. This book brings readers back to Essex County to confront and end the mysterious curse forever. A beautifully woven story that is so amazingly written. The writing brings you into their magical story where you loose yourself in all the beauty and magi Bewitchingly Brilliant!! I have been a huge Alice Hoffman fan but absolutely love the Practical magic books. In this book, the Owens sisters finally figure out how to break the family curse. The curse of falling in love only to end up loosing them. This book brings readers back to Essex County to confront and end the mysterious curse forever. A beautifully woven story that is so amazingly written. The writing brings you into their magical story where you loose yourself in all the beauty and magic. Thank you to NetGalley for this advanced book to read for my honest reviews.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Erin Clemence

    Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication date: October 5, 2021 Alice Hoffman brings you the Practical Magic sequel you didn’t know you needed! “The Book of Magic” brings the entire Owens family back one more time- Aunts Franny and Jo, Gillian and her sister Sally, and Sally’s now adult children, Antonia and Kylie as they work together to eliminate the curse that has plagued their Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication date: October 5, 2021 Alice Hoffman brings you the Practical Magic sequel you didn’t know you needed! “The Book of Magic” brings the entire Owens family back one more time- Aunts Franny and Jo, Gillian and her sister Sally, and Sally’s now adult children, Antonia and Kylie as they work together to eliminate the curse that has plagued their family for centuries- any man who loves them is doomed to die. Using dark magic, old family Grimoires, and the help of a few friends, the Owens’ clan must do everything in their power to get rid of the curse, before another man dies. Hoffman’s incredibly brave, headstrong characters that make up the Owens family, her addicting, page-turning plots, elegant and composed writing and magical stories make “The Book of Magic” a five-star read. It is not necessary to have read “Practical Magic” (or its prequel, “The Rules of Magic”), as “Book” stands out on its own but I would highly recommend both of Hoffman’s other magical novels all the same. With the return of the familiar Owens characters, and the addition of some others, there is not an unlikable character in the bunch and I felt myself rooting for them all (with maybe one exception). Hoffman focuses on Antonia and Kylie for some of this novel, and it was sweet to see the sisters as young adults trying to start their own lives. The novel is narrated in the third person, and every Owens’ woman gets her chance to star, allowing all the characters to get their deserved ending. “Book of Magic” contains nothing but love for books and libraries, and I instantly connected with this. Books are cherished, respected and handed down through the ages (as they should be), and most of the characters meet and bond over their shared loved of literature or books of magic. As a matriarchy, the Owens family (and witch clans in general) encourage intelligence, bravery and independence in their female offspring, refuting the traditional gender rules of societies through the ages. Each and every theme in this novel hit home, and brought all the feels. Hoffman’s writing is pure magic, and “The Book of Magic” doesn’t disappoint. I loved the return of the Owens sisters, and enjoyed every page of this series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    DeB

    A wending way through Alice Hoffman’s magical imagination, spells deep with the beloved characters from the series- and a plethora of new ones- on the way to discover how the Owens’ family curse might finally be broken. Detail-heavy and I admit to losing track of the how/why of the new guys on the blocks (in England), but I cheerfully backtracked to reconnect the lineage. In all, I felt “charmed” by the good spiritedness of the novel - a satisfying conclusion to this really wonderful series of b A wending way through Alice Hoffman’s magical imagination, spells deep with the beloved characters from the series- and a plethora of new ones- on the way to discover how the Owens’ family curse might finally be broken. Detail-heavy and I admit to losing track of the how/why of the new guys on the blocks (in England), but I cheerfully backtracked to reconnect the lineage. In all, I felt “charmed” by the good spiritedness of the novel - a satisfying conclusion to this really wonderful series of books which simply saturates the senses, promotes the heroic, believes ardently in the power of love - and yes, magic. Fans will likely love it most of all; I’m not sure that I’d ever have read it as a stand-alone though I’ve seen some readers who recommend it. 4.5 stars bumped up to a magical 5.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Linden

    The Owens women, all witches, were cursed by an ancestor hundreds of years ago: falling in love will end in disaster. Several have tried to evade the curse, but it seems impossible. Kylie's boyfriend is hit by a car after they declare their love, and she is determined to break the curse at all costs, traveling to England and getting mixed up with some dark magic. This novel can be read as a stand-alone, but I recommend reading all of the Owens novels for a fuller picture of the characters. Thank The Owens women, all witches, were cursed by an ancestor hundreds of years ago: falling in love will end in disaster. Several have tried to evade the curse, but it seems impossible. Kylie's boyfriend is hit by a car after they declare their love, and she is determined to break the curse at all costs, traveling to England and getting mixed up with some dark magic. This novel can be read as a stand-alone, but I recommend reading all of the Owens novels for a fuller picture of the characters. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    2.5 It pains me to give this book such a low rating. Maybe my expectations were too high, being an Alice Hoffman and having loved Practical Magic 1, but it lacked the magic I anticipated and felt shallow. This was a buddy read with PorshaJo, in which we were both underwhelmed.

  21. 4 out of 5

    La La

    The first 20% was basically an info dump for those who hadn't read the other books in the series. To me this was a waste because I don't think it was done well; the backstory she gave was confusing to me at times and I have read all the other books. I don't think it added much to the understanding of new to the series readers, and it certainly did annoy me as a past series reader. There were several continuity blips, way too many easy coincidences used to move the storyline forward, and too much The first 20% was basically an info dump for those who hadn't read the other books in the series. To me this was a waste because I don't think it was done well; the backstory she gave was confusing to me at times and I have read all the other books. I don't think it added much to the understanding of new to the series readers, and it certainly did annoy me as a past series reader. There were several continuity blips, way too many easy coincidences used to move the storyline forward, and too much of the writing felt clumsy and plodding to me. Then there was the cheesy magic... One of the aspects of this series I have enjoyed even in Practical Magic, a book I didn't care for, is the magic was in a way believable... like your next door neighbor could be a witch in a regular world. However, in this piece of the series there were scenes that could be found in many a badly written High Fantasy tale, which take place in fictional worlds. This was profoundly disappointing for me. Then there was the devolution into the bad drugstore paperback romance scenes which were my biggest problem with the first book, Practical Magic. After giving us two brilliant and intelligent prequels, The Rules of Magic and Magic Lessons, so much of the depth and thoughtfulness I found in those stories was stripped away. The story did tie up the series well; giving closure to plot threads and questions about characters' futures, so I'm not sorry I took the time to read it. I was approved for an eARC, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    The Book of Magic is the fourth and final book in Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic Series. Please note that each one can be read as a standalone novel and your enjoyment will not be sacrificed. Since I read them in order of their publication date, I am excited to now read them in chronological order: 1.Magic Lessons (2020) 2.The Rules of Magic (2017) 3.Practical Magic (1995) 4.The Book of Magic (2021) These books follow several generations of the Owen family in which the women are all witches. I norma The Book of Magic is the fourth and final book in Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic Series. Please note that each one can be read as a standalone novel and your enjoyment will not be sacrificed. Since I read them in order of their publication date, I am excited to now read them in chronological order: 1.Magic Lessons (2020) 2.The Rules of Magic (2017) 3.Practical Magic (1995) 4.The Book of Magic (2021) These books follow several generations of the Owen family in which the women are all witches. I normally don’t read books about witches and maybe you don’t either but I recommend you make an exception for this series. The common thread through all of these books is a curse, which began with Maria Owen. The curse was on any person that was romantically loved by an Owen woman. In this story, the youngest Owen girls are determined to end the curse. But what will be the price and are they willing to pay it? Strong women are the focus in the entire series. Hoffman creates complex characters and appealing relationships that are sure to engage. Some of these women partake in different spells and remedies — Hoffman has a vast knowledge of the herbs and their different uses. The wrap up of the Owens saga, though I am sad to say goodbye, was satisfying and fulfilled my expectations. I strongly recommend this series and can’t wait to re-read them in chronological order. Thank you to Simon and Schuster and NetGalley for an advance reader copy in exchange for my honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    This book made me so happy. Author Alice Hoffman has gifted us a wonderful final installment in the Practical Magic series and with the Owens family. THE BOOK OF MAGIC connects the previous books and weaves everything into one final tale that is satisfying, meaningful and let‘s us leave these beloved characters in good hands. Everything comes down to the family curse, demanding that descendants avoid entanglements of the heart because love cannot be trusted. Once begun to protect family members This book made me so happy. Author Alice Hoffman has gifted us a wonderful final installment in the Practical Magic series and with the Owens family. THE BOOK OF MAGIC connects the previous books and weaves everything into one final tale that is satisfying, meaningful and let‘s us leave these beloved characters in good hands. Everything comes down to the family curse, demanding that descendants avoid entanglements of the heart because love cannot be trusted. Once begun to protect family members from hurt, it now destroys their loved ones, capriciously and permanently. But can it be broken, once and for all? Prepare to invest yourself in their world, because this is a gorgeous and substantive book. I am sorry I finished it, but, then again, I didn‘t do anything else for 24 hours. This is a joy. I received my copy from the publisher through edelweiss.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alissa

    Dear Ms. Hoffman. Now that the saga of the Owens family is complete (or will be, officially, come October), please now publish a cookbook containing all the recipes compiled from all four books. Tipsy Chocolate Cake, Courage Tea, and, yes, even Midnight Margaritas (even though this one is from the movie, not the books, it's too iconic to NOT be considered Cannon). Also, please make sure said cookbook contains a special section of home remedies and folklore. And please fill in any gaps or white s Dear Ms. Hoffman. Now that the saga of the Owens family is complete (or will be, officially, come October), please now publish a cookbook containing all the recipes compiled from all four books. Tipsy Chocolate Cake, Courage Tea, and, yes, even Midnight Margaritas (even though this one is from the movie, not the books, it's too iconic to NOT be considered Cannon). Also, please make sure said cookbook contains a special section of home remedies and folklore. And please fill in any gaps or white space with quotes from the books. And maybe a sidebar or two. If you make this happen, I will preorder as soon as it is announced. Thank you, Alissa p.s. Please refrain from killing off any more beloved familiars. I can't deal.

  25. 5 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    In this last installment, we travel from Massachusetts to the English countryside, London, and then Paris, as the Owens family unite to save the life of a young man. When the deathwatch beetle appeared, I knew trouble was brewing and tears would follow. I first fell in love with the movie before beginning my reading journey many moons ago. I read the books and then began the series on audio again when the prequels first appeared. It has been a delightful journey, as we got to know each generation In this last installment, we travel from Massachusetts to the English countryside, London, and then Paris, as the Owens family unite to save the life of a young man. When the deathwatch beetle appeared, I knew trouble was brewing and tears would follow. I first fell in love with the movie before beginning my reading journey many moons ago. I read the books and then began the series on audio again when the prequels first appeared. It has been a delightful journey, as we got to know each generation of Owens and the curse that plagues them. One of my favorite aspects of this series is the magic and how believable it all feels from potions to spells. In The Book of Magic, dark magic is unlocked and with it comes some intense scenes. The first part of the book offers a lot of recaps, primarily for new readers. The story ties up threads as they embark on this final chapter. We spend time with Jet, Franny, Uncle Vincent, Sally, Gillian, and Sally’s children, Kylie and Antonia. Sally’s children are the ones who discover the book Franny hid. Before it is all over, there will be loss and not just of life. Sacrifices will be made in the name of love because, at the heart of this story, is the love of family. The youngest girls are stubborn, and there is some anger at being kept in the dark. They didn’t know that they were witches. As a result, they knew nothing about the rules of magic or the curse bestowed upon them. When Kylie falls in love with Gideon, the curse is triggered. Hoffman’s storytelling is magical and has a lyrical quality to it. While the story had made sub-stories and threads, she never failed to hold me captive and tug at my emotions. I loved the details and seeing the Owens together again. I wept, shook my head in frustration, and rejoiced. The story delivered a satisfying conclusion to the series, but I think it also left the door open for more stories within this world. Jennifer Ehle brought the story to life through her narration, using tone and inflection to enhance Hoffman’s lyrical writing. She beautifully gave voice to each of the characters and made listening a pleasure. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    "This is what love was, you stayed when you wanted to run away. You held on when you knew you had no choice but to let go." And so begins the ending of a much loved series. I grew up with Practical Magic and have adored each novel since. The way we've met the Owens sisters and then their nieces and their children has made for I admit quite a few characters but all memorable due to how well she's able to craft a world of magical realism. And just as before, she did not disappoint. The Owens women "This is what love was, you stayed when you wanted to run away. You held on when you knew you had no choice but to let go." And so begins the ending of a much loved series. I grew up with Practical Magic and have adored each novel since. The way we've met the Owens sisters and then their nieces and their children has made for I admit quite a few characters but all memorable due to how well she's able to craft a world of magical realism. And just as before, she did not disappoint. The Owens women have always been cursed in love, but most of them were aware of the curse. Due to Sally losing two husbands to the curse, she didn't want to tell her daughter's about it or their magic until they actually fell in love. Only problem is Kylie has secretly fallen in love, and her boyfriend is in a coma. Due to her finding out about the curse at the worst possible moment, she takes off to England alone and doesn't tell anyone where she is. And of course the deathwatch beetle comes for someone in the very first chapter. You'll start crying there and sniffle the whole way through. The absolute best thing about this novel is the closing. Everyone gets an ending wether good or bad and there are no cliffhangers left. You'll be able to close this book and truly know what happens to every last one of the Owens women. The worst part is the exact same. I'm hoping in a few years the author decides she has another Owens book left and must write it, but after reading this I doubt that will happen. We also have for once all of the Owens women together, past and present. This book is pure magic! We see how much each woman is willing to give for the safety and security of a sister, daughter, or someone she loves. And were also reminded that nothing is done without it coming back to you. I truly feel so lucky to have read this book months before publication date. You will have to wait until October 5 to get your hands on this one, but that's not entirely a bad thing. The Owens sisters books have always paired well with a cool fall evening with a Halloween feel, so I did feel a little strange sweating it out in the summer reading this one. But trust me, every single page is worth it. As usual, Alice Hoffman has crafted such a world that I want to go and make a Tipsy Chocolate Cake and read the Grimoire until my hearts content! Was there any question? Five huge stars and more if I could give them. ☄☄☄☄☄ Thank you to NetGalley, Alice Hoffman, and Simon & Schuster for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  27. 5 out of 5

    debbicat *made of stardust*

    " Edward proceeded to prattle on about a private library not far from where she was staying, near Lancaster Gate, across from Hyde Park" "They've got everything you could be looking for. Names, faces, places. Only thing is, you've got to be a member to get in. And don't mention me to anyone there. I've made a few deliveries to them. They tend to get pissy about privacy." The outstanding ending to this 4 book series,Is one you will not want to miss. I did receive an ARC of this from NG very early. " Edward proceeded to prattle on about a private library not far from where she was staying, near Lancaster Gate, across from Hyde Park" "They've got everything you could be looking for. Names, faces, places. Only thing is, you've got to be a member to get in. And don't mention me to anyone there. I've made a few deliveries to them. They tend to get pissy about privacy." The outstanding ending to this 4 book series,Is one you will not want to miss. I did receive an ARC of this from NG very early. I wanted to read it so badly bc I do love these characters. Life kept jumping in my path. I just finished it last night and feel sad and happy at the same time. Full review to follow. Definitely a favorite for 2021! I loved this book! Alice Hoffman really delivers. I have now read all the books for this series and it is one of my favorites. The characters are old friends. I enjoyed getting reacquainted with them and realized I have missed them. A few new characters are introduced and I developed a big crush on Ian. I think this is my favorite book of the series. Hoffman writes beautifully and bewitchingly just as I had hoped she would. I am very grateful I was allowed an advance copy for review. This one is unforgettable. 5 ⭐️ stars from me for The Book of Magic. I know this is one I will read again. Very satisfying. Many thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for a digital copy to read for review. Highly recommended. All the magic!!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kaethe

    Ok, I have had enough summer now. Let's move on to All Hallow's Read, cooler weather, and a new witch book from Hoffman? Kthnx *** p. 106 Many and many a time I have complained about novels in which no one reads and/or no one talks about books. Well St. Jerome or some nondenominational exalted and book-specific being that I can't think of at the moment interceded or something because The Library is the center of this story, and there are frequent references to beloved books and reading, and I could Ok, I have had enough summer now. Let's move on to All Hallow's Read, cooler weather, and a new witch book from Hoffman? Kthnx *** p. 106 Many and many a time I have complained about novels in which no one reads and/or no one talks about books. Well St. Jerome or some nondenominational exalted and book-specific being that I can't think of at the moment interceded or something because The Library is the center of this story, and there are frequent references to beloved books and reading, and I couldn't be more delighted if it came with a bookstore gift card. *** Pulls together all the threads in a gratifying way: not only the characters and plots from the Owens Family chronicles, but the theme of magic providing justice for women in misogynistic societies, and of a witch's grimoire as a record of their silenced voices. In addition to all the books named, this is also a gift to lovers of quotes: about sisters, and family, and love, and pain, and nature, and curses, and plague. Like Our Town, there is an awareness of the beauty of being alive, even in grief. I'm going to need to revisit the whole series together before too long. Library copy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jenny (Reading Envy)

    I wanted something witchy for Halloween and this book was of course the perfect thing. It is technically book #2 of the four Practical Magic books but published last and pulls all the women together - from the very first Owens woman to be called a witch! I had a copy from the publisher through NetGalley; it came out October 12th, 2021.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Anniken Haga

    I kind of ''rage listened'' to this book. Not because I have anything against Hoffman, but because there were so many technical difficulties for me to get the audiobook, I would be damned if I didn't listen to the whole thing! Even if I was bored, didn't care, and kept dozing off. Unfortunately, that pretty much sums up my experience of this book. I would have DNFed if not for the things mentioned above. Hoffman has a clear writing voice, and that was as expected. There were A LOT of characters, I kind of ''rage listened'' to this book. Not because I have anything against Hoffman, but because there were so many technical difficulties for me to get the audiobook, I would be damned if I didn't listen to the whole thing! Even if I was bored, didn't care, and kept dozing off. Unfortunately, that pretty much sums up my experience of this book. I would have DNFed if not for the things mentioned above. Hoffman has a clear writing voice, and that was as expected. There were A LOT of characters, and I very much trouble keeping them apart. A small part of me want to say she has so many characters because the way she ''shows'' them individually is very shallow. She's good at telling us what her characters are like, but she doesn't really show it a lot. Maybe that's just her writing style, but it's not something I enjoy much as a reader. Then there was the story. It was very straight forward and predictive. Also, she retconned a lot of the big stuff from the previous books, and that just... It felt like she had to do these things to force one last book out of the series. And there's the heavy handed message that sisters are the best things in the world, so if you're having trouble with that, this book is not for you - I'm one of those that keep getting annoyed at this ''trope''. One thing I did appreciate, however, was the polyam message, and the message that love is different for everyone. I think this will be my last Hoffman book. She has done something great for the witchy realism genre, but I think she's beating a dead horse at this point.

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