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on September 21, 2017
Where I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and couldn't wait to see what happened next, this one fell short... the book has a slew of remedial level grammatical errors including mixed up homonyms (like using "peaked" instead of "peeked") and a whole bunch of commas where they really don't belong (My red, sweater). I may have been able to overlook this if the plot was more interesting, but it just sort of aimlessly bumbled along, dragging out something that should have ended in the first book. If the errors were annoying, the author's horrible and tasteless attempt to "spice things up" ruined the book. For some reason Maggie has rape fantasies every few chapters and the only thing it accomplishes is making the reader very uncomfortable while she pines after a guy who treats her with no respect and fantasizes about him forcing her. I will not be reading the rest of this series.
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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.
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on August 4, 2017
This is a book about characters. Magic is there but not prominent. The characters graves my attention from the start. It is well plotted throughout. This is not like Harry Potter where magic is almost in everything they do but about witches who are learning magic in their own way. I don't believe anyone who likes paranormal stories would not like this story. There is even some romance in the story some is least expected.
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on May 18, 2017
I read the first book of this series and really enjoyed it, not being able to wait to read this second book! I love all of the characters in this book. They are so well-developed that I feel like I know them personally! It took me even less time to read this than the first one! I am hooked & can't wait read the next book!

I had rated the first book 4 stars because of grammatical errors. I was pleased to only see a few errors in this book, much less than the first!
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on July 17, 2018
This is book 2 and I really enjoyed it. I also read book one,The Witches of Dark Root, it was intriguing enough for me to read Book 2. The story kept me wondering about what was going to happen next It did seem to get a little off track a few times but found its way back. I think its a good book on a day when you want to relax against a bunch of pillows and get lost in the story. If you like paranormal fantasy then you will enjoy this one too.
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on March 27, 2018
I really enjoy this series. It is written to be believable not that magic is the answer to all. The characters are flawed and have issues to deal with. The world they live in is believable and everyday problems that you can relate to. The book has a good pace and keeps your interest until the end and wanting the next in the series. I am a fan.
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on November 25, 2017
So I did this weird thing where I accidentally read book two first. I have to say, I was not lost at all! April did a wonderful job writing this book, it has a great setting, awesome characters, and a superb plot. If you enjoy books with realistic story lines that include a bit of magick then this series is one for you!
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on March 1, 2018
What makes a family is important, the love, the witchcraft, adventure, character development and the stories are attention grabbing. Our dogs were a bit ignored until the series was finished. I'm looking forward to the next set of books starting in the summer of 2018.
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on May 5, 2016
Well it seems I could not keep away from the 2nd book. I was completely enthralled by it. What surprised me was that by the description went I didn't think I wanted to read it. I was pleasantly surprised.

Now that I have read her first book I knew more of her writing so was not expecting the book to be as dark, so there was no disappointment. I enjoyed the story arch and the growth of the sisters with each other and themselves.
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on February 20, 2015
If you like a good "learning to use your magic" story, this is series is for you. I always love a good Sister/Sibling angle, and April Aasheim doesn't disappoint. You get drawn into the characters, especially Maggie. There are times you want to just smack her, but she comes around. I would read this series again, probably even a third time. It was that enjoyable. :)
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