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  • Love this series

    I very much enjoyed the first book in the series and eagerly awaited the sequel – and it did not disappoint. In the six weeks since the end of the first book, Claire has been trying to learn to control her magic and to read the grimoire – without success. Her son thinks she is either physically or mentally ill. She is frustrated and overwhelmed by the responsibilities of being the fifth Crone – and the situation only gets worse when a wounded Crone and her protector appear at the house seeking help. The other three Crones are missing after an attack by the forces of evil. The confirmation that there is an Earth Crone has earth-shattering consequences for Claire – Keven, her gargoyle servant and Lucan, her protector are bound to the Earth Crone – not to her. She now feels more lost and uncertain than ever, especially when the efforts of Anne, the wounded Crone, to help her with her magic come to naught. Lucan leaves to search for the Earth Crone and in desperation Claire tries to follow him. She locates the Crone and manages to find Lucan and the two remaining Crones, but only at a cost to herself. Then Morok’s forces go on the offensive, and nowhere seems safe. I truly enjoy these books. I empathize with Claire in her insecurity and her struggles. I’m enjoying the character development, especially of Natalie, Claire’s daughter in law. I love the solidarity of the women (Natalie and Claire, Anne and Claire, and, later in the book, the generations of witches who came before). Some of the lines speak so pointedly of society’s view of the role of older women, such as when Claire talks of how “the woman he [her son] wanted her to be” didn’t swear and later: “All the ‘women of a certain age’ who did their part to hold together the very fabric of the same society that wanted nothing more to do with them, that wanted them to go away and be quiet and behave.” Claire, however, in spite of her losses, her fears and her insecurities, doesn’t go away, be quiet, behave or give up. She keeps on learning, keeps on pushing, and keeps on fighting. I can’t wait to see where she goes and what she does in book three. Thanks, Lydia, for giving us this unique, imperfect and inspiring heroine!

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  • Non-stop action!

    The second installment in The Crone Wars does NOT disappoint!! I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reading copy and absolutely devoured it. The story starts off a few weeks after Book One left off, with Claire trying desperately to learn to control her magic and becoming more and more frustrated. The dynamics between her, Kevan and Lucan have changed with the realization that while she is a Crone, she is not THEIR Crone. A Gathering of Crones will keep you on the edge of your seat. You will be cheering Claire on as she refuses to give in to her insecurities in order to help save one of fellow Crones. Don't get me wrong - you'll want to shake her at times to remind her of her worth, but you'll never stop believing in her. I happily bought another copy this morning to support the author - and pre-ordered Book Three, which is coming out in August!

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