• The Book of Magic

  • The Practical Magic Series, Book 4
  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ehle
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The stunning, unforgettable conclusion to the beloved Practical Magic series.

For centuries, the Owens family has been cursed in matters of love. When beloved Aunt Jet Owens hears the sound of the deathwatch beetle, she knows that it is a signal. She has finally discovered the secret to breaking the curse, but time is running out. She has only seven days to live.

Unaware of the family’s witchcraft lineage and all it entails, one of the young sisters of the new Owens generation has fallen in love. As the curse strikes once again, her love’s fate hangs in the balance, spurring three generations of Owens to venture back to where it all began and use their gifts to break the spell that has marked all their lives.

But doing so threatens to destroy everything the family has fought so hard to protect. How much will they give up for the greatest gift of all?

©2022 Alice Hoffman (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, UK

Critic Reviews

"Full of Hoffman’s bewitching and lucid prose and vivid characters, The Book of Magic is ultimately about the very human magic of family and love and actions that echo through generations...it casts a spell." (Matt Haig)

"This page-turning Atlantic-crossing caper is, above all, a paean to family love.... These fast fairytales for grown-ups are full of enchanting comfort–more escapist than curse." (Sunday Times)

"A satisfying tale springs from a slow beginning, packing in escapist fable, real-world savvy and incidents galore." (Mail on Sunday

"Delightfully witchy... Alluring on its own, it's also a satisfying end to a timeless saga." (New York Times Book Review

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  • Nine B
  • 01-28-22

A magical ending...

Loved it, a perfect ending to the series. so beautifully written, every sentence is delicious.
This series of books have meant so much to me so reading the very last was bittersweet but this book was just as magical as the others.
Alice Hoffman's writing just draws you in and keeps you hooked. The characters I have come to love, reach their satisfying conclusions and the story is whole. Hoffman's observations on family, sisterhood, life and love stay with me.
I have no doubt I will read them all again. meanwhile I shall take the Owens's advice and live a lot!

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  • DC Ponton
  • 02-26-22

A good end.

Pretty good finish to the series.
A little repetitive in places but still ok.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-26-22

amazing book

absolutely amazing book. I cried at the end. so emotional. beautifully written and read

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  • chris
  • 02-13-22

Magical Hoffman

I love Alice Hoffman so maybe a bit based but thought this brought the 'magic' series to completion perfectly and practically. Narration was pleasant and as an English person decent attempt at our accent.

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  • C Frost
  • 01-14-22

Beautiful - 5 stars!

It’s very rare I’ve ever rated anything 5 stars before, it’s also very rare that a book makes me cry. This managed both.

I wasn’t a fan of the original Practical Magic (I loved the film though) but I loved the two prequel books. Read those before you read this.

This book wrapped up the stories of the characters we loved, and I can’t think of a more perfect way to do it. Everyone got the ending they deserved, although some made me cry. This will be a favourite that I re-read many times, I’m sure

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  • Donna
  • 01-12-22

Loved it so much I listened twice

Beautifully written, the writer leads you through the life’s of the characters. I have listened to the whole series and very much look forward to the next