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The Magick of Dark Root (Daughters of Dark Root Book 2)

The Magick of Dark Root (Daughters of Dark Root Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

April Aasheim
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“There are rules that must be followed, Maggie.”
“Even in witchcraft?”
“Especially in witchcraft. What someone puts into the world comes back to them.”
“You mean karma?”
“Like karma, yes. But for a witch it comes back threefold. Never forget that.”
“That doesn’t seem fair.”
“Who said life was fair?”

In the second installment of The Daughters of Dark Root series, Maggie Maddock and her sisters are back, training under their coven-leading mother Miss Sasha Shantay to take over as the new leaders of The Council. But life isn’t as smooth as Maggie had hoped it would be. Harvest Home’s taxes have come due, and her mother’s illness has returned, stronger than ever.

Desperate, Maggie and Eve devise a scheme to make money through witchcraft.

And that’s when things go terribly wrong.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3691 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499611951
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dark Root Press (3 Jun 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #289,183 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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April Aasheim spent her childhood traveling around the Southwestern portion of the United States with her gypsy mother and her 'get rich quick' stepfather. During those formative years she spent time traveling with the carnival, living in an abandoned miner's shack, and learning to read Tarot Cards.

After spending her early adult years in California, Tennessee, and Arizona, April finally settled down in Portland, Oregon where she has lived for the last decade.

April is a mother, a wife, and a reluctant homemaker. She has written several short stories, maintains an active blog, and is writing her second novel: The Witches of Dark Root, to be released in early 2013.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 17 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Maggie and sisters try to make some money and things go wrong.

Things I liked:

- Well written, like the first one

- Found myself getting very irritated with some of the characters when they were being stupid, which is always good, means I'm involved!

- The end scene was quite touching


- Not sure if I enjoyed this as much as the first one. There was less of the family and home theme in this book, which for me, meant less of the warmth.

- When they do what they do to Leo, I wasn't convinced the reaction was realistic. How would they ever have been convicted, as they used magic? On what evidence? They could've just called the police and moved on. Instead they did the worse possible thing and implicated themselves further.

- I know that if characters communicated properly, there would be few stories, but I found it hard to believe that Eve and Paul wouldn't have had it out earlier, or that Shane wouldn't have spoken frankly with Maggie sooner. Maggie keeping quiet, I could believe.

Summary: still pretty good, worth reading
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5.0 out of 5 stars Supernatural fun! 8 Jun 2014
By Jennie Marts - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Maggie Maddock and her witchy sisters are back, training under their coven-leading mother Sasha Shantay to take over the family business. But Maggie soon realizes that witchcraft can’t solve all of their problems.
This is a book about family, love, life, and sacrifice. There is more magic in this book than in the previous one and more interactions between Maggie and Eve. We also get to meet two new characters: Ruth Anne and Larinda. There’s a bit more romance too as Maggie and Shane’s relationship heats up.
The book is a continuation of the first as Maggie struggles to determine wrong from right. Maggie learns the hard way that karma is real, and if you are a witch, you pay an even heavier price for the things you do.
I enjoyed this book as much as the first one and can't wait to see what Aasheim conjures up next!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark Root returns! 29 July 2014
By K. Cross - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed reading this book, but not as much as I loved the first one. However, it's still a good escapist read.

I was excited to get back to Dark Root, because I love the setting, I love the sisters. I love Maggie's internal wit. I still loved all of that in the second book. Maggie did have a little more character development in this book. There was more ritual magic in this one than before, but it didn't pull from the story to any great degree.

Despite my love for all things Dark Root and book one, I struggled more with this book because of a few things.

I didn't at all like that Maggie and Eve were stiffing people for money by playing pool. I know they kind of have karma bite them in the butt for it, but they totally deserved it. This took away my ability to like Maggie despite her faults. I can tell that Aasheim worked hard to make Leo a jerk in real life, but it was a bit too much. I still hated Maggie and Eve for killing him and didn't buy into the tactic. Also, Maggie acts like a spoiled brat with Shane through this whole book, right up until the end. She's lying to him about her pregnancy, but she throws a hissy fit because he see's him with another girl? It came off a bit self righteous and ridiculous. While I liked the waves that Aasheim created at the beginning of the book with Maggie being unexpectedly pregnant, the way it was introduced was underwhelming. I think there could have been a more drawing way to present it because the book picks up almost right off from book one. One other question I had was in regards to their mother. I felt like that relationship was confusing and not quite defined. Maggie didn't want a single thing to do with her mother in the first book, and avoided it like crazy, but then she couldn't fathom her mother dying? It just didn't seem as consistent.

In the end, I look forward to reading more books from this author because I can still appreciate her talent for setting and dialogue.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic sequel! 17 July 2014
By Mandy Manke - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
After reading the first book, I found myself anxiously awaiting this sequel. I'm happy to say that I wasn't the least bit disappointed in how the story continued, in fact, I loved it!

Where the Witches of Dark Root set the groundwork, the Magick of Dark Root built upon that foundation to create a story that made me laugh out loud at the sisterly antics, weep at their losses, and smile at their growth. April has done a phenomenal job of bringing her characters to life, giving them a plethora of strengths and weaknesses that really bring them off the page.

Ultimately, this is a fantastic book that couples supernatural magic with the magic of family. If you enjoy the Witches of East End or Practical Magic, then you can't go wrong in diving into this series. Likely you'll end up like me, wishing Dark Root was a real place where you could shop in the sister's magic shop or head across the street to Dip Stix for a bite to eat.

The magic is well researched and inventive, the characters are multi-layered, and the story takes such creative twists and turns that I was unwilling to put the book down for important things - like even sleep!

I can't wait to see what mischief Maggie, Eve, and Merry get into next!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Magick of Dark Root is an awesome read! I couldn't put it down 24 July 2014
By Cami - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
The Magick of Dark Root is an awesome read! I couldn't put it down! If you liked the Twilight books, you'll love this series! April Aasheim is great at making the characters so easy to relate to! I can't wait until the next one gets released! I highly recommend. You won't regret it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked Witches, you'll LOVE Magick! 10 Jun 2014
By Stotts - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I spent the better part of my weekend absorbed in this sequel to a fantastic book. I really didn't think it stood a chance at being as good as the first, but it blew me away. The story gripped me from the onset and never let me go!
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