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. Mercy Taylor is all too familiar with the supernatural side of Savannah, being a member of the most powerful family of witches in the South. Despite being powerless herself, of course. Having grown up without magic of her own, in the shadow of her talented and charismatic twin sister, Mercy has always thought herself content. But when a series of mishaps--culminating in the death of the Taylor matriarch--leaves a vacuum in the mystical underpinnings of Savannah, she finds herself thrust into a mystery that could shake her family apart...and unleash a darkness the line of Taylor witches has been keeping at bay for generations. In The Line, the first book of the Witching Savannah series, J. D. Horn weaves magic, romance, and betrayal into a captivating Southern Gothic fantasy with a contemporary flair.
I love anything involving witches and especially anything set in the town of Savannah so when I heard about this book I just knew I had to read it and it didn’t disappoint me at all. These witches are not your typical witches as they deal with tons of black magic and things you would not expect from witches. The author created a nice setting for this book in Savannah as it is the perfect little slow paced everybody knows everybody town for their to be a group of witches. We soon learn that everyone knows about witches because they banded together to create The Line which is a line that keeps of the demons that once ruled over the humans and viewed them as pets and food. I liked that the author created such a different take on the purpose of these witches and why the world needed them. We get introduced to the main character who is named Mercy and is the only one in her family of witches that doesn’t have any power as it all seemed to have went to her twin sister Maise instead. Mercy is living as normal of a life as she can until she decides to go visit a root doctor by the name of Mother Jilo and she soon learns that maybe there are things her family is hiding from her and she sets out to seek answers. As we go through this book we meet a wonderful cast of characters such as Oliver,Connor,Peter,Ellen, Maisie, Wren and others. They all played a part in making Mercy into the person she was and I have to say for some of them I hated them for it. They made her such a weakling until she got around Mother Jilo and then she seemed to get a back bone and learned to stand up for herself and I loved it. There is an event that happens that causes the need for a new Anchor for the Line to be chosen and that was fun to see that whole process unfold and what all goes into it. As the story continues there are major revelations that take place and the selection of the new anchor for the line is not what anyone say coming but I loved that the author took it in that direction. It was so cool to see that all play out and I can’t wait to see what will happen with Mercy next. This book ends on a little bit of a cliffhanger so I am glad I had the other book on hand to dive right into. Overall I loved the book and this is a must for my witch lovers out there especially the ones that like their witches to be a little more gritty and down to earth. I highly recommend this one to other readers.