magickMagick (Coven #3) by Trish Milburn
Release Date: September 27, 2012
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Source: NetGalley
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The covens are coming for her.

But is she a White Witch or a Dark Witch? In a war for control of the witch world, the answer will save-or doom-everyone she loves.

In White Witch, Jax gained friends she’d die for and a staggering power that threatens them all.

In Bane, Jax did the unthinkable and killed a supernatural hunter to protect her friends. She found herself lost in darkness and prisoner to the Bane, a secret society of witches sworn to prevent the use of the dark magic.

Now, in Magick, the powers of Jax and her friend Egan have been magically bound by the Bane. She must convince the Bane she can learn to control her power and become a White Witch in truth. She’s their only hope now that the dark covens have called a Conclave with one purpose-to kill this generation’s White Witch and anyone who has ever stood with her. If Jax can’t amass an army of her own, rebuild the trust of her friends and boyfriend, and find the White Witch’s elusive weapon against the dark, it may be too late.

Review:

Here we go! The final installment in what was one of my favorite series at the beginning of the year! (The first two books are reviewed here and here.) We left Bane basically in the middle of a scene, and we arrive at Magick just as Jax is regaining consciousness. The first quarter of this one is Sarah from the Bane explaining the history of both Salem and the Bane, but also of white witches. While there was a whole lot of telling instead of showing (and I’d LOVE to read a history of the original women of the Bane), I found I didn’t mind as much as I normally would. The backstory is interesting and I like getting it in any way I can. There’s also a lot of guilt on Jax’s part due to Barrow’s murder, but that was to be expected. She did what she had to do, and while Toni is afraid of her at first, Egan defends Jax and is on her side. So Jax has to start training to be savior of the world, gain control of her white witch powers, and destroy the covens once and for all.

Things are going swimmingly, romance-wise. Everyone is nicely paired off, including Rule, and… I don’t know. It was all very saccharine, and earnest, like omg, every ten seconds Jax is very seriously vowing to die before anyone else does. This girl is like a forty-year-old. She operates under the weight of her own guilt for the whole series almost, and she’s just so very serious about everything. Love is a big theme in this series, so we go from Jax silently swearing to die for Rule if need be, to Keller going off to buy Jax a Christmas present. It’s all so opposite. There is also a lot of waiting in this one. Jax at the Bane HQ, Jax working on her powers, Jax waiting for the covens to show up, Jax chilling and eating pizza with Toni. But then, something happens, like we’re reminded of the time Jax kissed Rule, and Keller forgave her. And that makes me happy, because it reminds us that Jax is human, and she makes mistakes, and that sometimes mistakes are forgivable. The things we do in times of stress can be the most irrational.

White Witch was one of my favorite books at the beginning of the year, but the series just kind of went steadily downhill for me. It was so sappy, the power of love and all that, and the end was too neatly wrapped up. It was a cute series, but maybe it just ended up not being my style. We didn’t really get to see any real action with the covens either, and the story of Jax’s life with them might have been more interesting than the story of her defection. Anyway, the writing is solid and the love stories are nice, plus all three books are short and super easy reads. If it sounds like your thing, check it out! The trilogy is complete.