The Book of Magic, a review by Cat

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The Book of Magic
Alice Hoffman

Published October 12, 2021
By Simon Schuster
400 Pages

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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).

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. Bittersweet 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.

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