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The Heroine's Journey Continues
on September 19, 2017
In the second book of the Daughters of Dark Root saga, Maggie Maddock is coming to terms with her identity as a powerful witch who is being called to assume her aging mother's role as leader of The Council. While Maggie and her sisters Eve, Merry, and Ruth Anne prepare to oppose the sinister forces bent on destroying their quiet little town, Maggie must also fight an internal battle--a secret she cannot reveal to the man she loves. Maggie is young. She sometimes makes bad decisions. She can be maddeningly, frustratingly stubborn. She must learn the hard lesson that power alone cannot solve all problems and even witchcraft has rules that must be followed.
As in the first novel of the series, Ms. Aasheim uses the context of fantasy to explore human relationships: the fears, worries, and responsibilities of motherhood; sibling rivalries; jealousies between lovers; and the sometimes frightful burdens of caring for an elderly, dying parent. In the hands of such a capable writer, life among the witches sounds remarkably like our own.