**Disclaimer: I was given a free ARC in exchange for an honest review from the author.**
Title The Conjurer
Author Luanne G. Smith
Release Date January 12, 2021
Date Finished January 15, 2021
Availability Free with Kindle Unlimited
Sidra didn’t murder her husband. Yet even a jinni can’t wish away a wrongful imprisonment. Determined to prove her innocence, she returns to her adopted home—a French village renowned for its perfume witches—with her friends Elena and Yvette by her side. Here is where Sidra’s true destiny awaits, but danger also lurks in the village’s narrow lanes.
On her trail is Jamra, another jinni, who’s after more than revenge for the murder of his brother. He also seeks vengeance for the indignities inflicted on jinn by mortals over the centuries. When he learns of an ancient relic capable of unleashing chaos on the world, and that the weapon is in the hands of his murderous sister-in-law, he vows to destroy Sidra to get it.
Relying on a sisterhood of magic, a mysteriously faithful dog, and a second-rate sorcerer, Sidra defends herself using the village’s greatest asset: its perfume. It’s as beguiling a lure as it is a formidable shield. But is it enough for Sidra to protect herself and those she loves from powers yet to be released?
Honestly, I was afraid to read this book. I love this series so much and I didn’t want it to end. I knew it would be amazing but I couldn’t bear the thought of the end of stories about these characters.
Some Things I Liked
- Sidra. She was such a fascinating and mysterious character in the first two books. I’m so glad we finally got her POV. She’s sassy and witty and didn’t pull her punches. I loved her attitude.
- Full circle. I applaud an author’s ability to make every little detail throughout a series feel both purposeful and significant. No stone was left unturned in this series. Every little detail, no matter how small had a reason behind it and I loved that. I wasn’t left wondering how anything happened but, at the same time, I didn’t feel like it was tied up too well. It was the perfect balance that left me both satisfied and craving more.
- Scent magic. This was another really interesting element of the story. Weirdly, I just read an article about how smell is the strongest memory triggering sense and I loved that this idea was incorporated into this story.
I loved this series. I think the world building is phenomenal and I’d love to see these characters in action again in the form of more sequels or spin offs.
Furthermore, I love Luanne’s writing. I can’t wait to read her next series which, I believe, is going to be set in Victorian London.
I adored this series. I’m so sad that it’s over but I am also so glad that I read it. This has been a wonderful journey with some amazing characters. This series made me fall in love with historical fantasy and I can’t recommend it enough.
Recommendations for Further Reading
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – ok, this is one of my favorite books of all time. I can easily say, if you liked The Vine Witch, you will enjoy The Night Circus. Both stories have such rich world building and are perfect fall stories.
- A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness – if you liked the supernatural elements in this story, witches, demons, etc., give the All Souls trilogy a try.
- Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin – once again, if you liked the witches element, do yourself a favor and read this new release by Shelby Mahurin. It’s seasonal, perfect, and has multiple POVs.