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The Line

(Witching Savannah #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  18,851 ratings  ·  1,563 reviews

Savannah is considered a Southern treasure, a city of beauty with a rich, colorful past. Some might even call it magical…

To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Me

Paperback, 296 pages
Published February 1st 2014 by 47North
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Courtenay I absolutely love it, and am reading the series for the second time. Perhaps, being 74, I'm a bit too old fashioned, but I, personally, would rather n…moreI absolutely love it, and am reading the series for the second time. Perhaps, being 74, I'm a bit too old fashioned, but I, personally, would rather not let anyone under 16 read the books. (less)
Juli Shapiro Kim, I just finished the 1st of the 4 books & I really enjoyed it. It's not as intense as the Vampire Shade series, but truly entertaining if you like…moreKim, I just finished the 1st of the 4 books & I really enjoyed it. It's not as intense as the Vampire Shade series, but truly entertaining if you like a light paranormal genre. Being from the South & being very familiar with Savannah helped ME to connect with the story immediately, however, I don't think the connection is NECESSARY for an enjoyable read. It's not a "book that you CAN'T put down" but it DID hold my interest quite solidly. Hope you try & enjoy. Never read J. D. Horn before but I definitely WILL be trying his other series & stand-alones!(less)

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Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: just-ok
I just finished this book and honestly I'm not sure how I feel about it. On one hand, it was entertaining enough to keep me interested to the very end. But on the other hand, I had too many issues with this book that I felt--with a better editing job--would have made such a difference.

In this review, there will be SPOILERS so be forewarned.

The Bad:

First things first, a minor but important issue I had with this book is that I'm not sure the writer knew what he wanted this book to be. Is it youn
Robin (Bridge Four)
Sale Alert January Book Deal for $1.99 on Amazon

I got this for free through the Amazon Prime program and I was really only going to read the first chapter or two to get a sense of the book, but then I was totally captivated. Now this could be because I have had an unnatural fascination with Savanna since Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil but in the first few chapters I was totally enthralled with the story.

Mercy is a squib (unshameless use of Harry Potter vernacular), she is the only perso
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

Disclaimer: I'm going through a I Hate Everything but Ilona Andrews and Pippa DaCosta and Craig Schaefer Phase (IAEbIAaPDaCSP™). Just sayin'.

DNF at 45%

Shortest Crappy Non Review (CNR™) in the history of Short and Crappy Non Reviews (SaCNR™):

Want to know how I feel about this one? Look at how I shelved it. Go on now, don't be afraid, my Little Barnacles, my shelves only attack crappy books, not Tiny yet Lovely Arthropods (TyLA™) like you *waits patiently for her Favourite yet Clueless Crusta
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Set in Savannah GA this book begins with a family of witches. The main anchor Aunt Ginny has been murdered. Got to find a replacement for her ole hateful ass. So the families converge on Savannah.
Savannah is the perfect setting for this book. A strong family of witches in one of my favorite cities? Heck yes.

At about 40% of the book I got frustrated. I thought it was going to go the love triangle way and I hate that crap. People if your book is good YOU DO NOT NEED THAT!
Luckily, that ended
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is my second five star review and addition to the 'absolute favorites' shelf in a row. What is going on, people?!

I saw The Line on Kindle First and was instantly intrigued. The Savannah setting, the family of witches as a staring cast, and the concept of there being a 'line' that has to be held down around the world to keep the demons away pretty much add up to my idea of a perfect book, and damn if The Line didn't live up to my expectations.

I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical of rea
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
After finishing a book, I often wonder why the author felt called to write it. What was it about these particular characters that clamored to have their story told? To me, The Line had a curious emptiness at its heart. It felt as if Horn had made a list of the elements most likely to appeal to readers of paranormal romance–plucky heroine, supernatural world, love triangles, Deep South quirkiness, melodramatic plot twists–and checked them off one by one. I read a few blog posts and interviews wit ...more
✨ Gramy ✨
I was looking forward to an interesting read when I cracked open this book. There are four books in the series and it is available for free through Kindle Unlimited at this time. The storyline is a bit murky so far, but this is just the introductory installment. So things will hopefully be revealed more clearly at some time or another. The focus has been on the main character, who is supposed to be a non-magical being in a family of powerful witches. This is kind of intriguing until - BANG! The
The Line was kind of weird but a pretty quick audio book. Listened to it within a couple of hours on 2x speed mostly because.. it was just weird. The family was crazy and the whole story was just weird to me.

Mercy and Maisie are twins. One has magic and the other doesn't - or so we think. Mercy is basically the lone wolf or the black sheep of the family. Everyone but like one person actually hates her. Despises her for living and slowly but surely we find out why. Honestly, everyone's reasoning
Savannah is one of my favorite cities. Rich in history, redolent with the aromas of the South,and a just plain fun place to spend some time. And you don't have to look too deeply or far to know that Savannah is not just a pretty face. The city is steeped in the energies of those who have gone before.
Because of my love affair with Savannah, I am pretty protective of her. So if you are going to use her in a book, it had better be good. I believe this author did a pretty good job. Granted , there
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This really caught and kept my attention. I liked the focus just on witches and thought the magical explanation for the mystery at the heart of the story was a good one. It will be interesting to see where the second book goes.
Marc Jentzsch
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
The book starts far stronger than it finishes, as it descends into expositional monologues, secret princess (witch) wish-fulfillment and generally failing to deliver much witching at all.

The first few chapters drew me in. They were well-done, well-paced and interesting. By the time things really start rolling though, it becomes clear that what little plot there is exists solely to show us how special the main character is.

There is very little world-building, the main character is too passive, an
Jacob Proffitt
Feb 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
Okay, I got fed up. There are some things broadcast from the very start, and maybe it's just me that I picked up on this, but some story structures are just obvious. And if you're halfway through the book and the obvious hasn't yet been confirmed, denied, or twisted you have a problem.

I'll spoiler tag the rest of this for the sake of people who may be skimming reviews but really, I can't see how you don't see this coming from miles away. And yes, I read a bunch of reviews here seeking out spoile
J. Fenn
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: can-t-put-down
In high school I almost always carried around a well-thumbed copy of “The Modern Witch’s Spellbook”, but for me, sadly, none of the spells ever panned out as promised. So I always enjoy a good book about witches and witchery in general, and was very happy to get my hands on an ARC of “The Line” by J.D. Horn. It’s a captivating and enjoyable read. We’re introduced to the graveyards and back alleys of Savannah, itself a main character, as well as a powerful family of witches who have produced the ...more
Initial Thoughts: Loved this! I loved the setting (Savannah, Georgia). I loved Mercy and Jilo. I loved the story. Nicely done.

The Review:
Witchcraft, hoodoo, and even Jewish lore combine to create an enthralling narrative. The Line kept me on the edge of my seat with its unexpected twists and turns.

Savannah's paranormal side is brought to light in The Line. The Line is the first book in J.D. Horn's Witching Savannah series. The book focuses on the Taylor family witches, notably fraternal twin s
Nov 12, 2014 rated it liked it
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Brittany E.
Welcome to Savannah, a city where magic is real and everyone has a secret.

Mercy Taylor is from a very powerful line of witches but unlike her family there is no magic coursing through her veins. She is a disappointment to her family, and more often then not, herself. When her aunt is murdered everything in her life changes. She quickly finds that nothing is as it seems.

I enjoyed every second of this book! It was fast paced and an easy read. There were twists and turns throughout the entire n
Savannah is my favorite city in the whole world so I may be a little biased, but this book is awesome! From the very beginning I was hooked. Mercy, the narrator, is hosting a ‘liar’s tour’ which is hilarious, especially if you’ve been to the places that she is referencing. Then you learn that Savannah really does play host to powerful magic, spirits and some old world hoodoo. The story is about Mercy ’the disappointment' and her family of powerful witches. Mercy was born without powers, but her ...more
Nov 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
I thought this was a decent starting point to a series with Southern-flair and intriguing magic. Savannah plays a huge role in the book and is well-described. I thought the characterisation was a bit off and didn't really connect but will likely try another one in the series! ...more
Christal (Badass Book Reviews)
4.5 stars

AH and I discussed this book for the March installment of our Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge on Badass Book Reviews!

I loved this book! It was a wonderful debut from J.D. Horn and I am actually a little surprised that it is his first book. Don't let the back cover copy fool you though, this really isn't anything like the Sookie Stackhouse books. The Line was a very unique tale is a genre that has been getting a little stale lately.

The Line starts out with main character Mercy Taylo
Nov 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I'm bummed.

I was really looking forward to this book. Hailed as the next Sookie Stackhouse, big UF hit. Yeah, not.

I made it about 60% through before I just gave up. Lots of issues with the book, mainly just the hackneyed, cliched plot lines.

Yeah, UF gets old if you read a lot of it, but this wasn't even well-written enough for me, a UF addict, to keep reading.

Our heroine, Mercy, falls flat flat flat. I feel like she just appeared out of nowhere when the book was written. No history, no back s
Shera (Book Whispers)
It doesn't seem like too many new Urban Fantasy series are coming out lately. Authors are either expanding beloved series, ending them, or moving into Paranormal Romance and Young/New Adult. So that's why The Line caught my eye. It takes place in Savannah, one of my favorite Urban Fantasy cities next to New Orleans. Then it threw witches into the mix. And if I'm honest witches are my guilty pleasure for Urban Fantasy. True, I'm a hard core werewolves and vampires fan. Deep down witches will alwa ...more

I'm going to make a confession here and say that I was kind of a snob when I picked this out. And looking back on it, I have absolutely no idea why. The kindle first deals just didn't seem to appeal to me this month, I guess, and I picked the one that seemed like the least of the four evils. Maybe I was just feeling cynical that day, or maybe I am a little more disappointed in my past choices than I really thought. Sometimes males don't write females well, and vice versa, so maybe I was a little
Stephanie Swint
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
J.D. Horn introduces us to the addicting series 'Witching Savannah' with 'The Line.' This book is set in Savannah, Georgia and the magic that lives there. Mercy is the daughter of a powerful family of society witches, but Savannah is also home to hoodoo root doctors and a bevy of ghosts. Residents are used to the unexpected and unexplainable.

Mercy has a fraternal twin, Maizy. When they were born their mother died bringing Mercy into the world. Mercy barely survived and was born powerless but her
Ariana Fae
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have always been drawn to stories about witches and when I saw The Line I had to read it. J.D Horn creates an interesting urban fantasy set in Savannah, Ga about family conspiracies, betrayals, rivalry and revenge. I immediately liked the protagonist, Mercy, when she is introduced, she is spunky and clever. However, as the story plugs along I began getting annoyed with her. Mercy is supposed to be twenty years old but I felt she came off as being sixteen with her actions, choices and thoughts. ...more
Jan 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-first
While The Line started slowly, and felt like it would be predictable, it wasn't, at least not toward the end. The characters that are fully fleshed out are fantastic, but they are few. The feeling that The Line should just be the first section of a much larger book (which is the case for many of these ubiquitous series which are intended from conception to be series- instead of "I think I have another story to tell with these characters, perhaps I'll write a equal") is there, but not as bad as s ...more
Oct 21, 2015 rated it liked it
I actually prefer listening to this book. Savannah is an atmospheric type city in the way it is described by the narrator. The witchcraft aspect adds to the story. oh SHIT, Peter went 2 Jilo first?????? wow, what a plot twist!

The book ended as surprisingly as it started. You really have to listen to the nuances. I listened to this book and I'm glad I did. The narrator added more to the story than the written word. Happy reading!
I totally forgot to review this book after I read it.
This story takes place literally 45 minutes up the road from where I live, in Savannah, Georgia. Of course, that caught my eye. It's a really good book until it gets kind of complicated between a few of the characters and then a little predictability.
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Joint review with Victoria


Well, I'm eating my hat now. First of I didn't like this book, ladies and gents. It took awhile to get used to somewhat detached writing style. The emotional accents were not where I was expecting them. But... in the end the whole experience was awesome. J.D. created a story rich in flavour, intensely atmospheric and full of unexpected twists.

What do you think, V.? What were you initial impressions on the book?


Okay, so first impression – I might have fallen
Kayla Beck Kalnasy
Review originally posted on Bibliophilia, Please.

I must have paid some sort of sacrifice to the god of bestowing wonderful books because I've come across many lately, with J.D. Horn's debut, The Line , being the latest of the bunch. I was worried that I wouldn't like the book, despite it being a paranormal fantasy set in the South. However, the main character, Mercy Taylor, and Horn's excellent writing won me over within the first handful of pages.

Because of Anne Rice, I've noticed that many
So, I Read This Book Today
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fantasy
Recommended to So, I Read This Book Today by: Kindle First
Who would that old woman have accepted her death from? That’s the Question you need to be askin’.” Mother Jilo, The Line

An atmosphere of lies like that infects and poisons the whole life of a home. In a house like that, every breath that the children take is filled with the germs of evil.
HENRIK IBSEN, A Doll's House

The allure of having unlimited access to power was too hard to resist. If Mercy Taylor had remembered that, had truly thought about it? Well, who knows what pain could have been diver
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J. D. Horn is the author of the standalone dark fantasy Shivaree and the bestselling Witching Savannah series (The Line, The Source, The Void, and Jilo). The Witching Savannah series has been/is being translated into Russian, Polish, German, Spanish, Italian, French, and Romanian. He and his spouse, Rich, and their rescue Chihuahua Kirby, split their time between San Francisco and Palm Springs.

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