J.D. Horn: The Witching Savannah Series

by Rachel Baker on April 27, 2014

I love when I get introduced to a new author’s work and their writing style reminds me of one or more of my favorite authors. I am talking about J.D. Horn and the Witching Savannah series. The first book in this series is titled The Line which was published by 47North on February 1, 2014; The second book, The Source, is scheduled to be out on June 3, 2014; and I really hope that four months after that, book three will be coming out. I was given access to these books for review from netgalley.

The story is about a family of witches based out of Savannah, Georgia. Horn immerses the reader in the nuances of Savannah the same way Anne Rice does with New Orleans in the Mayfair Witches series. The last two nights, I spent an incredibly lovely time walking around all the old places in Savannah – and I was really sad when the books were over, because that particular part of the ambiance of the story was gone. The detail made me want to do the day trip to Savannah and walk around the places described in the books, starting with the Liars Tour and ending with the cemetary at the end so I could pay my respects.

The story is excellent with twists and turns and surprises that I never saw coming. Horn does a magnificant job creating a witchy world with completely believable characterswithout needing to tie them all together with a laughable lovestory and lots of unruly sex. (Thankfully, Horn has distanced himself from the paranormal romance trend of otherworldly creatures having an insatiable appetite for sex. Don’t get me wrong, its there; but for those of you who want great witchy sex with every hot guy they run across, well, you will need to go elsewhere.) This series is about family pulling together, finding friendship in the least likely of places, and working together for the greater good against all odds.

There’s depth to this series, unlike anything I’ve seen since Anne Rice’s The Mayfair Witches series of books. I’m hoping there will be a book three (and maybe more) as I don’t think the story is over yet. There’s still so much more to find out – how will the Anchors deal with Colin; how will Mercy deal with the Anchors; what will happen with Mercy’s sister and for that matter, her aunts and uncle? And really, I have to say, I don’t want to see these questions answered in a movie. I want a third book and I haven’t really felt like this about a series in a very long time.

In case you missed The Line, its on sale at Amazon for $1.99 and you can pre-order The Source for $4.99 at the same time.

Book Descriptions
The Line: Savannah is considered a Southern treasure, a city of beauty with a rich, colorful past. Some might even call it magical…

To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too familiar with the supernatural side of Savannah, being a member of the most powerful family of witches in the South.

Despite being powerless herself, of course.

Having grown up without magic of her own, in the shadow of her talented and charismatic twin sister, Mercy has always thought herself content. But when a series of mishaps—culminating in the death of the Taylor matriarch—leaves a vacuum in the mystical underpinnings of Savannah, she finds herself thrust into a mystery that could shake her family apart…and unleash a darkness the line of Taylor witches has been keeping at bay for generations.

The Source: 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.

The second book in J.D. Horn’s Witching Savannah series, The Source casts a thrilling spell.

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