This is an omnibus so I'll review the three books separately. Overall I thought the characters were appealing and the setting (or most of it) was believable. I liked that the timeline started in the 80's and moved forward from there, basically making the characters my contemporaries.
The first book brings you into the world where witches and magic have a place, albeit a small one, in the world we live in. The family goes to stay in their newly inherited home in the country which makes an excelleThis is an omnibus so I'll review the three books separately. Overall I thought the characters were appealing and the setting (or most of it) was believable. I liked that the timeline started in the 80's and moved forward from there, basically making the characters my contemporaries.
The first book brings you into the world where witches and magic have a place, albeit a small one, in the world we live in. The family goes to stay in their newly inherited home in the country which makes an excellent setting for the weirdness that happens. My one complaint was that the second half of the book dramatically changes the setting and tone of the novel in a way I found discombobulating. I think I might have been happier if the story had even ended on a bit of a cliff hanger and then the author picked up in the new setting. The way it was it felt like she was trying to splice a wholly different story into the thing and it really didn't work for me. That said, I did enjoy the book and moved right into the next one.
Of course with this book I started out disappointed. I'd gotten so used to the voice of the main character from the first book that when the author introduced someone else as the teller of the tale I was annoyed. The good thing was that the book shifted in the middle again, rather abruptly and we were back to Fern's perspective. Overall again I enjoyed the story and the characters, but wanted a little more consistency in the writing style.
The final book was perhaps my favorite. The horror aspect built from book to book to culminate in an appealing way in this story and there was no jarring transition halfway through. The ending was surprising to me, but satisfying. Overall an enjoying read. ...more
The first book was phenomenal; the second book you just kind of have to endure to get to the third book which, while not quite as amazing as the first one, was much more enjoyable than the 2nd, and although I wasn't always sure where the author was going, by the very end it all made sense and the 3-book story was excellent and absolutely worth reading. In fact, it may be time to go back and read them all again...
I really liked Prospero's Children, and had read it separately, but did not care much for the other two stories. I ended up not finishing the book, and may stick with re-reading the first book of the omnibus in the future.
an omnibus! I should know better then to get an omnibus but I'll try again.
really enjoyed the writing! characters, description etc all good. due to the nature of the writing, this was a slow read for me; in a good way, immersion slow reading kind of way. would probably give this more of a 4 and a half star but will give it 5. great enough to drag me through the omnibus.
still hate omnibus! shoot me if i ever try it again.
I did read several reviews before I dove into this book, and they were basically on the mark. The first and last story are the best, and more compelling. The second story went slow, but in a way it made sense. A young witch learning the ropes does take time. It can't be rushed.
I really enjoyed the tale, as a whole. I found the ending a bit sad for me, but it really was the only way it could end, and still on a good note.