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The Witchery (Herculine #3)

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New York Times bestselling author James Reese has been praised for his lush and evocative prose, his bold exploration of illicit sexuality, his deft handling of historical settings, and his extraordinary rendering of the supernatural. His novels are sumptuous trips back in time to an era filled with unforgettable characters, human strife, and emotions that transcend time. ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 25th 2007 by Harper (first published 2006)
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Kait
Aug 14, 2008 Kait rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, historical
I enjoyed reading The Witchery, although there were times that I found Herculine to talk on and on about very little to do with the plot. However, I did find the wordiness and description to be beautiful and well done. The parts that took place in Havanna were interesting and creative. I found the overall story fairly captivating. I'm not sure if it is because I was fairly invested due to reading the two books prior, but I still enjoyed the final installment in Herculine's tale.

The Witchery was
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Tommy
Sep 27, 2011 Tommy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was sad when I reached the end of this third and final book about the French witch Herculine, set in the 1800s. The first book (The Book of Shadows) I really enjoyed, then the second one (The Book of Spirits) I really enjoyed PARTS of, but kind of got bored. Then this final volume hit everything right on the mark for me. Especially when Herculine assembles her "family," made up of the handsome sailor lad Calixto (who goes both ways), and two other characters I won't spoil for you. "The Witcher ...more
Rose
Jan 16, 2010 Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
really good ..wish he would hurry up and write another
Jimmy
Mar 25, 2011 Jimmy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, supernatural
This is the concluding book in the Herculine trilogy. Like the previous two books, it is written by Herculine in a diary fashion. Because it is written different than other books, I was forced to read it slower in order to understand what the authors (Herculine & Reese) are trying to convey. I was also forced to do a little research on the internet, to discover what a few of the French words meant (words like enfin, alors, and bref that are used again and again).
As Henri, she sails for Hava
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Joy
Sep 07, 2009 Joy rated it really liked it
This book is rich in plot, descriptive writing, prose, and poetry. I don't even know where to start this review. The only thing I didn't like about it is the withholding of a certain story, the explanation of how something went, because Herculine backtracks every now and then, like arranging the pieces of a puzzle.

It had a gripping start, it dragged for a while during the Quevedo Bru arc, and the way James Reese wrote those parts, it was very vivid, the writing lets the imagination run wild, Ree
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Jimmy
Mar 25, 2011 Jimmy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: supernatural
This is the concluding book in the Herculine trilogy. Like the previous two books, it is written by Herculine in a diary fashion. Because it is written different than other books, I was forced to read it slower in order to understand what the authors (Herculine & Reese) are trying to convey. I was also forced to do a little research on the internet, to discover what a few of the French words meant (words like enfin, alors, and bref that are used again and again).
As Henri, she sails for Hava
...more
Iyanna
Jul 01, 2008 Iyanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
I finished this book today. I must say I felt bereft when it ended. I enjoyed all three of the books in this series and contrary to the feedback left by most readers, I enjoyed James Reese's use of the language. The narrative was written in first person by a witch who was supposed to have lived in the late 17-early 1800's, and I felt the use of language and dialect was authentic. The feel was gothic which solidified the main character's authenticity for me. Also, the flowery and overly descripti ...more
Carrie
Mar 26, 2014 Carrie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: supernatural
I started this book back in 2007 when I picked it up in an airport bookshop. My hope was that it would be reminiscent of Anne Rice's The Witching Hour but alas it was a far cry. Reese's writing style was very difficult to get a handle on. Starting chapters and ultimately the entire book with something seemingly out of place and making no sense and then spending the rest of the chapter bringing it to light. The French sprinkled throughout was also somewhat annoying. There are moments of inspirati ...more
Brooks Milam
Jan 21, 2008 Brooks Milam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
I've been greatly disappointed by this trilogy. I bought all three with high hopes based on the recommendations of Diana Gabaldon and Anne Rice, so I felt committed to complete my reading of them. Reese interrupts the narrative repeatedly to go on and on about historical events that have little if any effect on the story and the character's life. It's as though Reese wants his audience to sit in awe of his historical research and knowledge rather than developing a good character about whom one c ...more
Tracy
Jun 11, 2014 Tracy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
James Reese is a master of loose ends, explaining even the smallest detail that you might wonder about for months after finishing a book. This trilogy was the most rewarding literary find I've encountered in YEARS! In fact, it absolutely made my summer fly by. If you haven't yet read his works, please do yourself a favor and check out "Book of Shadows", "Book of Spirits" and "The Witchery". You'll be glad you did. PS. If you're a witch, you'll appreciate these even more. I promise!
Lisa
Dec 18, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one took a while for me to get going. It was slow to start then got completly stuck with a section that involved too much waffle. About two thirds of the way through the book at last got going and I wanted to keep reading right to the end. A mixed bunch this one, reminded me of being stuck in the traffic then at last the lights go green!
Talva Burnette
Oct 27, 2013 Talva Burnette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book, deep dark and a bit funny. Written in a voice that is at first hard to read but then because a song I liked to hear sung. Very complex characters and storyline. A great story with a bit of an education while you read. Love it!
Marissa
Oct 16, 2008 Marissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK so not quite as good as #1 or #2 in the series but definately a continuaton of the story and by the time I started this book I was very invested in the characters. Some really strange pliot twists (I mean even stranger than in the first 2 books) but still enjoyed the read, a lot.
Hilary
Feb 10, 2010 Hilary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I really loved this series. The wording and vocabulary was an absolute delight. The plot was very interesting and engaging, as were the characters. I didn't want it to end!
Kit★
Oct 07, 2010 Kit★ marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I read the first two books in the set years ago and loved em, but I hardly remember them now. Will have to re-read before going on to this one.
Brittany
Apr 05, 2013 Brittany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really love this book series. Not many books suck me in much but this one is a page turner. I found myself sad because the series was over, its one of those. Great job to the author James Reese
Tashie
Jul 09, 2012 Tashie rated it really liked it
If you like a historically set fiction book than this is the series for you. I didn't enjoy this as much as the first two books in the series but it was still a really good read.
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James Reese was born on eastern Long Island. He attended the University of Notre Dame and the State University of NY at Stony Brook, where he received an MA in Theatre. As an undergraduate, he had a play staged off-Broadway at the Actors Repertory Theatre. While living in New York, New Orleans and Key West, Reese held various jobs in the non-profit sector, working on behalf of the arts and the env ...more
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