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This is the final novel in a trilogy featuring several witches who are predestined to collectively defeat an ultimate, ancient evil. Mia Devlin and Sam Logan fell in love as teenagers, sharing both physical love and their developing magical powers. Although she saw them marrying and growing old together, he left the island to pursue life alone. However, their feelings have persisted over the years and both have found professional success, but lack romantic success.
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Years ago, a curse impacting the island and its inhabitants were made. The three women blamed for causing the need for the curse were the ancestors, also witches, of the three women and therefore they are the three who can defeat it.

Sam returns to the island as a business owner and reminds her that while she and her sister witches are three elements needed to defeat an ancient curse, he is the fourth element and success without him is unlikely. Sam is determined to seduce Mia and win her back, while Mia pretends to be content with her existing life while enjoying an intimate relationship without strings with him.

She is a wealthy, small-business owner who prefers to be in control at all times, while Sam goes out of his way to jostle that control. In essence, she is afraid of her feelings and the intensity of her love and grief, if he were to leave her again.

He is a powerful witch in his own right and proves how important he is to the triad by sharing a psychic connection with Mia and protecting her when she is most vulnerable and not occupying her physical body. That experience is only a small indication of his abilities and it is clear that even though Mia does not want to need him, she does. Even though there have been numerous tensions between Mia and one of her sister witches, she is strongly supported by both women while determining her future with or without Sam.

The 100 year old evil being with the ability to take on corporeal forms is revealed and those corporal forms pursue harm against all parties. Magic by itself is not sufficient to do so, as love, knowledge and trust are also necessary in order to fulfill their destiny. Finally, in the woods, the final battle takes place and good triumphs over evil, even though both psychic and physical injuries occur. Had the battle failed, the island they lived on would have been swallowed by the ocean.

It is proven during that battle that if any of the four were not giving their magical best, their success would not have been possible. This is especially important because Ripley, one of the sister-witches whose story was relayed in the preceding novel, tried desperately to ignore her magical abilities and only joined in when absolutely necessary. Friendships, love and sisterhood are reinforced after that battle, with future happiness provided as well.
Best part of story, including ending: I loved that Mia was an otherwise confident woman who is afraid of an intimate relationship with love, while the man pursuing her is determined to love her. The difference between physical intimacy and emotional industry is crossed, despite her attempts. It is obvious she never really got over him.

Best scene in story: When Mia is astral projecting in her home, Sam becomes aware of the danger she is in, even though he was miles away. He interrupts her ceremony and is furious that she endangered herself without asking for help.

Opinion about the main character: I loved that she was a sophisticated woman with wealth, her own business and a dry sense of humor, who adores the woman who was her childhood nanny, while barely knowing her own parents.

The review of this Book prepared by Roberta Still a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Romance    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Horror story?    -   Yes Horror plotlets    -   the witch chased me on her broomstick! Human/magical couple?    -   Yes Type of couple:    -   He's a human, she's a magical being

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   business executive Age:    -   20's-30's If magical mental powers:    -   can cast many different spells


Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   descript of touching personal anatomy    -   actual description of sex    -   description of breasts How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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