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The Book of Magic by Alice Hoffman

The Book of Magic

by Alice Hoffman

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The final installment in the "Practical Magic" series is a whirlwind journey of magic, curses, and familial love.

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  • Illustrated icon, Icon_400

    400+ pages

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_FamilyDrama

    Family drama

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_ForbiddenLove

    Forbidden love

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Why I love it

Zoraida Córdova
Author, The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina

I believe. In what, I’m not always sure, but there’s always a pulse of it there. Sometimes it’s that a cup of tea or coffee can cure any mood. Sometimes I believe that the constellations have conspired to steal my luck. The Book of Magic is a book about belief in the most ephemeral things—love, magic, and hope.

Alice Hoffman concludes the story of the Owens family with a joyous cry of a novel. When I opened the first page, I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to these witchy women I got to know in the classic Practical Magic. But I returned to their curious house in Massachusetts because it felt like being welcomed home after a long time away. The large cast of characters welcome you and whisper their secrets in prophetic dreams and old spell books waiting for fate to open their pages. Here are three generations of the Owens family doing everything they can to break the curse that has plagued them for over two centuries. But like the wise aunt Jet says, “Everything worthwhile is dangerous.” What is more worthwhile than family and love?

Hoffman’s words are a love song to the people who go against the grain. Those of us who don’t quite fit—witches, rebels, bookworms, free spirits. So, grab a cup of Courage Tea, and a slice of Tipsy Cake, and settle in for an enchanting tale.

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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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Get an early look from the first pages of The Book of Magic.

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  • edmond, OK

    i loved the first 2 so much, i HAD to know the fates of the 3 generations of sisters i’ve come to adore + celebrates love, sacrifice, courage, and family—a beautiful end to the saga of the owens women

  • Knoxville , TN

    Hoffman is a great writer I have almost all of her books and each and every one is better than the next this one is the end to her practical magic series it tells about how each character’s ending is

  • Hudson, NH

    Do you believe in magic? I do. I plant lavender for luck, keep rosemary, & have been known to throw salt over my shoulder. I also believe in the magic of Hoffman, who has once again left me spellbound

  • Brooklyn, NY

    I loved this book! Alice Hoffman did not disappoint. As a matter fact I feel like she only gets better with each book. I love how she shows the strength in the female characters in such different ways

  • Woodland Park , CO

    This book was a fitting end to the four books I lived so much. The plot was interesting and she is always a lyric writer without being too fey. The characters ended up how I loved them to end up. Fab!

  • Hoboken, NJ

    As a series fan, this one probably ranked 2nd out of the 4. The themes of life, love, & more importantly death, brought together all the beloved characters & wrapped the series up in a big black bow!

  • Marshfield , MA

    What a bittersweet read! I loved it so much. And it is very much worth the wait. Be sure to read the prequel first, as there is viral info in it! I think this conclusion wrapped up everything nicely.

  • Helena, MT

    The beloved Owens clan seeks to break the family curse once & for all in this spellbinding conclusion to the Practical Magic series! A heartwarming tale full of love, fate, & of course, magic. Brava!

  • Troy, IL

    The curse against love has tormented the Owen women for over 300 years. When Kiley's lover falls into a coma & Jet finds a book that can break the curse, they all band together. Great end to series!

  • Medina, OH

    I’m so sad The Owens Family story is done. This book had a LOT of characters, but I absolutely loved it. I love a story ok witches, love and long-cast spells. It was a great ending to this series.

  • Ankeny , IA

    Wonderful and beautiful ending to this series. Everything was wrapped up nicely and all four books work together well. I am looking forward to reading more Alice Hoffman books in the near future.

  • Glendale, AZ

    I LOVED THIS BOOK! The Book of Magic tore straight through to my heart! I smiled, teared up, and was wholly and utterly mesmerized. This was by far the perfect ending to the Practical Magic series!

  • Colorado Springs , CO

    This story stands on its own but also wraps up where Practical Magic left off. It’s about love and sisterhood and living. Not a complex story and not going to change your life, but fun reading.

  • Hilo, HI

    i was never one to gravitate towards books about magic, but i could not get enough of this series. i came to enjoy and love these characters, each and every one of them. truly a book about love.

  • Palm Bay, FL

    Perfect culmination of the Owens family story. I loved seeing old characters return! Alice Hoffman truly has a way of making you feel like you’re apart of the family and along on the journey <3

  • Newtown, PA

    This was the perfect conclusion to this series! I loved how the arc of each character in the family was handled beautifully and written so well. I was so deeply immersed in the story. 5 stars!

  • Charlotte, NC

    This book was like a long hug from an old friend, its so beautifully written and I fell right into it. The characters feel like family. This book will live in my heart for a long time to come.

  • La Habra, CA

    Having read Alice Hoffman's other books in this series, I was pleased to see that she finished up the story in style! This book spoke to me and I can't even tell you why. Maybe it is magic ??

  • Harlan, KY

    This one was a whirlwind, and Jet and Franny made me cry. Loved the love stories and their happy endings and the reappearance of Vincent. A few tiny continuity slips, though. Still loved it!

  • Queen Creek, AZ

    I have fallen in love with these characters and their story. Some of these character vary quite a bit from how they were written in her previous book. But I was happy with their evolution.

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