This is by far the best book in the Witching Hour series!
Christine Zane Thomas weaved in so many twists and turns – and managed to keep everything on the rails (even when they were going off the rails for the characters). (Get your copy of As Grimoire as It Gets on Amazon here.)
Early on in this series the author reeled me in with her inside jokes and slight campiness. (The Creel Creek After Dark podcasts, a favorite ongoing theme, add so much to the storyline.) As the series continued, the Witching Hour characters have filled out into amazing “people” you wouldn’t mind having in your own small town. (Although you could probably do without the baddies…)
While there is definitely humor throughout this series, the author also knows when to introduce tender moments. Case in point: In “As Grimoire as It Gets” the scene between Constance and young Elsie on movie night will pull at your heartstrings. (Oh!)
I’ve loved the relationship between Constance and her familiar, Brad. I bet most readers do. The author laid the groundwork in previous books for testing this critical relationship – and boy did she. I was on pins and needles by the end of this book. In contrast to shaking up the Constance-Brad relationship, the author brought together the town’s paranormals in a climax of epic proportions (this is no hyperbole here). That is one scene I would LOVE to see in a movie.
For fans of this series you might notice a bit of a “step back” from character Dave – Constance’s love interest. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still there but this latest book really focuses on the power in (and out of) Constance’s hands. I think this was a great choice by the author.
The cliffhangers in “As Grimoire as It Gets” are plentiful.
What will happen to “the books”? (Brilliant unwinding of what the individual books really are.) Do we really understand the Faction (and who is controlling it)? Who can Constance trust? And… we said goodbye (for now) to a couple of characters. How will that play out in the next book?
Hurry, Christine Zane Thomas, we’re all waiting to find out!