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The Source

(Witching Savannah #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  10,664 ratings  ·  554 reviews
Graceful trees and historic buildings fill Savannah, Georgia, but beneath the city's Southern splendor, its supernatural roots run deep. The members of local witch families grace the society pages?when they?re not secretly protecting their magical work from dark forces.

Savannah resident Mercy Taylor may now be in control of the South's most powerful family of witches, but
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by 47North
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I love stories about witches. There are no where enough good witch books out there though. This is one set of books that I've truely enjoyed. Set in Savannah, GA. The author does a fantastic job of incorporating Savannah as part of the story and I frigging love it.

(Case in point) Candler Tree-in the book it is full of spirits. I can so believe that.
Mercy is a strong character in this book and it moves a pace that kept me reading and wanting more the whole book. I'm not crazy about Peter as
Brittany (brittanymariereads) E.
Ugh, my feelers. This book sure did a number on me.

It will be hard to review this book without giving too much away but here it goes. The Source begins with Mercy attempting to adapt to the new roles that she find herself in. It seems as though everything and everyone is working against her. When someone she thought long dead enters her life she begins to question everything. Who can she trust? How can she make the right decisions when everyone around her is keeping secrets? She will do everyth
Initial Thoughts: The Source by JD Horn has some really good atmosphere. Hot and steamy Savannah, Georgia is the backdrop to this story about witches vying for power. At the center of the story is Mercy Taylor of the powerful Taylor witch family. Mercy is just coming into her powers under the watchful eye of Mother Jilo. I love how the author draws from different sources to create his story. There's a golem from Jewish lore, fae lore from Europe, and the hoodoo from the south. There's some fanta ...more
The romance reader in me is confused.

That isn't really the point with this series and I was able to ignore it in the first book, but I couldn't in this one.

I am so confused about how I am feeling! Gah!

Anyway, this was pretty exciting. Poor Mercy never could catch a break. I am dying to see what is going to happen next.

I am also very sad. Sad, sad, sad end.
Jess the Audiobookworm
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.75 ★ Audiobook⎮ I'm tempted to bump this up to a 4.75 rating. The only thing that's stopping me is that there were a couple of scenes-- Screw it. This deserves a 4.75 rating. That ending got me right in the feels. I was going to say that there were a couple of scenes that I felt could have been played out a little a little better to spare me some confusion in the moment, but most everything got ironed out pretty quickly anyhow. I'm just not very quick on the uptake all of the time. Now that I ...more
May 26, 2014 rated it liked it
The Source, like The Line, was another mixed bag for me. It picks up right after The Line, so best to have read that first. Mercy still doesn't know whom to trust. She seems to have forgiven Maisie way too easily, and fallen in love with Peter way too easily, and trusts Emily way too easily, especially for someone with knowledge and experience of magic and illusion. I like her relationship with Jilo, and her aunts and uncle seem better realized characters, I am still not convinced boyfriend Pete ...more
When Mercy came into her powers at the end of book one, The Line her almost normal life ended. Now she has gone from being the one with no powers who was routinely dismissed to being at the centre of a seething maelstrom of plots and counter-plots.

When her mother who she thought was dead shows up telling her to trust no-one she doesn't know where to turn. Together with the one person whose motives she fully understands, Aunt Ginny, she searches for the truth in a whole haystack of lies.

The Sour
Rhonda Stees-marcial
What the hell happened to this series. I loved the first book The Line, but come on, really? All the old characters were there but the story felt so contrived. And to add to the misery, a creepy love triangle with Emmett. I don't think I will be reading the next one.
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Well this was kind of a mess.

I enjoyed the first book. It wasn't great, but it was entertaining and worth reading. This book, though, was really hard to get through. There were so many story-lines and most of them really didn't go anywhere. The relationship between Mercy and Peter was incredibly lackluster to me...I didn't really get any sense as to WHY they loved one another. Of course there was a goddamn love triangle, because why not! (I have this image of writers being forced at gunpoint to
This is the second in a trilogy, and all of the main characters return for a exciting fight between good and evil. I enjoy this series so far because of the twists, turns and the unexpected surprise return of mixed relatives, good and bad. I would recommend this book to any followers of the witchy series, "Beautiful Creatures". It was easy to get attached to this family full of different powers and personalities, however, I have to divulge that I only made it half way through the third book. I g ...more
DNF at 65%

Yes, I made it all the way to the 65% mark before officially giving up on this book. I picked it up numerous times and tried to get into it, but it just never happened :( When I was reading this and realized I could care less if the entire coven blew up killing every single witch (as well as all other characters) and I wouldn't give a shit, I realized that it was time I give up on this series. I enjoyed the first book and had high hopes for the following books, but this one just never
Jilo, please adopt me! It had been a while since I had read the first one so I was surprised and delighted by this one. I really enjoyed it and will continue on to the next book in the series.
Robin (Bridge Four)
**** Possible minor spoilers for The Line ****

I love stories about witches and I am completely enamored with all things southern. So a series that combines those two aspects a family of Witches in Savanna automatically gets a bump up in my book. The Source continues a few months after the Line ended.

Mercy, always thought she was non-magical. She grew up in a family of witches believing that the family power skipped over her. That was until the Line, a magical barrier between this world and a wor
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review Courtesy All Things Urban Fantasy

When I saw THE SOURCE come up for review, I remembered how much I loved The Line, how it kept me so wrapped up at the end that I literally couldn’t put it down for the last 100 pages or so. That memory had me making grabby hands toward the second in the series. I wish I could say I was as pulled in this time, but the truth is, I wasn’t.

That’s not so say the sophomore installment isn’t a good story, it is. The characters I loved from The Line were still as
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Now that Mercy is an anchor, she needs to learn about (and control) the new magic she possesses. Emmet is her designated tutor, but he seems to think the Line created him to be Mercy's personal "person", which doesn't go over well with her fiance, Peter. (view spoiler) ...more
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from NET GALLEY for an honest review

This is book two in the series. We pick up where book one left off. Mercy is trying to get ahold of her new found powers. Which is kind a difficult with meddling family and a baby on the way. Trying to come to terms that her fiancé had a spell put on her. Then add the pressure of her mother reappearing in Savannah. It is a wonder the poor Mercy doesn't have a mental breakdown. The secrets are getting out of control. Everyone has their ow
Denise Trans
Better than the first, but still have doubts

Definitely more action than the first book, and darker, which was a real plus. The magic in this world will not be some soft kids fairy tale, and I look forward to how it will play out.

Aside from that, I do have some concerns. The side characters seem rather faceless (ie useless) for the most part, save Mother Jilo. There are quite a few and none of them are very fleshed out. My biggest concern since the first book is Mercy's pregnancy. That may turn m
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
I really liked The Line - the first book in this series - but found that The Source left me a bit cold. Mostly because every single thing that Mercy did was STUPID. And as you are reading it, it is clear that it is a TRAP and she's being STUPID. And then she does it anyway.

But I'll still read book 3, I imagine, when it comes out.
Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it
I know, I didn't like the first one but I read this one anyway. I don't know what happened, but I've started the third one, also. I guess sometimes you just need some crappy magic/romance/drama in your life. Plus, it's on kindle unlimited.
Ashley M
The first one was okay and it may just be time/place/attention-span, but I'm sort of hating this. Lots going on, nothing really coming together, characters seem to not react like real people would, or even their characters would. I don't like anyone because I dont care about them, the list goes on.
Book 2 of the series and this one was so much better than the first. I'm really enjoying these quick reads. Love the characters, especially Jilo.
Can't wait for the 3rd book sometime soon.
3.5 stars

This is the second book in a series that I started a couple years ago. Stop reading if you don't want to hear spoilers of the first book. Unfortunately, I didn't write a review, but I think it would probably be similar to my reaction to this one. Mercy Taylor comes from a family of powerful witches. She is now trying to understand her recently acquired powers so she can rescue her twin sister, who has disappeared. She is also planning a wedding and growing a baby --- she's one busy girl
Christal (Badass Book Reviews)
AH and I discussed The Source on Badass Book Reviews and we highly recommend reading JD Horn's debut novel, The Line, first.

AH and Christal's Review - 4 Skulls - B+

Christal: We're back with Mercy and the Savannah Taylors for the second installment in the Witching Savannah series. What did you think about the world building this time around, AH?

AH: Savannah is the perfect backdrop for this series. It's an older town, steeped in the traditions of the south, complete with hoodoo, witchcraft, etc. T
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: southern-gothic
Way too much sexual content in this one. I'm also a bit disappointed that more supernatural beings have been added in. Maybe it will play a bigger part in the remainder of the series but in this book it didn't seem to add anything, and detracted a bit from the story for me.
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read the first book in Horn’s series, The Line, earlier this year and loved it. And while many of the same elements are present in book two, it didn’t have quite the same punch as the first book. Don’t get me wrong, I had a blast reading The Source and revisiting Horn’s family of southern witches, but I feel as if it suffered from Second Book Syndrome—it didn’t feel as tightly edited, as finely plotted, or as carefully focused as the first one. In many places I felt as if there was just too mu ...more
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read and great next step for Mercy Taylor. The action moved pretty fast and some little sub plots helped to carry the overall story. The narration also supported the storytelling nicely.
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I always make a Savannah Ice Tea when reading this book.
1/2 oz. Rum
1/2 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
1/2 oz. Southern Comfort
1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps
3/4 oz. Sweet and Sour Mix
3/4 oz. Cranberry Juice
1 splash(es) 7-Up


Build over ice in a pint or collins glass.
Alisha Tarran
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Source is another of my most anticipated books. Yes I know I have a lot of those, but I love a lot of series, and find lots of new ones every day! I loved The Line, I wasn't expecting the amazingness that was that book when I started reading, and I was sad to finish it. I honestly could not wait for this book, and I was so psyched NetGalley had it available to request!

When we rejoin Mercy, she's in charge but she's struggling to control her new powers. Not to mention she also has to deal wi
For a few brief moments towards the middle of this book, I was a wee bit worried that this book was veering towards a True Blood "Sookeh" Stackhouse kind of vibe. Not that that's a bad thing per se, but not what I got out of the first book and not what I wanted from the second.

I mean, all of a sudden (view spoiler)

But it all worked out in the end, and the disparate threads got pulled together and suddenl
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Got to love a book about witches that includes a diverse group of characters including a Jewish witch who learned tracking while serving in the Israeli army and created a golem to protect and teach the main character in the book about witchcraft. She is a minor character who I hope plays a bigger part in books to come later in the series. Other characters are gay, alcoholic, widowed, fae (but he doesn't know it), and one of the best supporting characters is an African American woman who is a col ...more
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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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