That Old Black Magic

When Some Practical Magic isn’t enough . . .

 When Endora Bast is asked for help by the same witch Tribunal that reduced her magic to almost nothing, she wonders why she should bother. Years ago, they punished her harshly, all because she’d fallen in love. Now, they desperately need her to save the entire witch community.

 Endora is in for a shock when she’s told she must stop her old nemesis, Obsidian Ashmedai, before he regains his full magical powers. If she does, she’ll regain all of her magic and have her record expunged. If she doesn’t, Ashmedai will become the most powerful being in the world.

 Only one other witch can help Endora defeat Ashmedai.

 Marcus Morion, her former lover, was also punished by the Tribunal. As a penalty, Endora and Marcus were forced to remain apart, indefinitely. But now, without benefit of full magical powers, they are the witches’ only hope of survival.   Failure might cost them their lives.  But if they succeed, the happiness they’ve always yearned for will be theirs for the taking . . .

After reading Laurie Kuna’s last book I was very curious to check this out and see if she was able to recapture the ‘magic’ of the last one.

 She actually did a good job and in some ways made it better than her first. There is definitely more action and she focuses on a different set of main characters so you get a wider look at the world she’s created. Her character development is just as good as the first so you have a decent idea of who the players are and how they fit within the movement of the story. Kuna does a good job in her romance scenes of getting the point across without having to get practically pornographic about it. Like the first, her dialogue is well written with witty banter that will have you laughing out loud at times.

 The only real bad thing is that the author hasn’t written anything more yet in this series but here’s hoping she will!

 Thank you to Netgalley and Belle Books for allowing me to review this book.

 *synopsis and pic from

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