Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Father Knows Death (Fair Witch Sisters #1), by Christy Murphy

Christy Murphy, October 2018

Joy and Didi are twins. What they don't know is that they are twin witches, and that their mom, who runs a tea shop where she reads tea leaves for clients, really can read the tea leaves, along with a lot more magic that she's using in ways they're not aware of.

Oh, and two weeks after their 35th birthday, they're going through "The Change," when late-blooming witches start to manifest their powers. As disturbing as this is for two rationalist modern women, it's worse to be informed that their line of witches has born some evil fruit, and the Witches' Council is subjecting them to a trial in which they need to prove their innocence. To do that, they need to help a suicidal mortal solve the murder of his true love, while proving their internal goodness.

They don't know how to use their magic. No one can help them. There's no way to know how they're doing, or how long they have. They have one familiar between the two of them, who loves Didi, but whom only Joy can understand. And if they don't pass the test, they'll be killed. What could possibly go wrong?

This is, in many ways, a lighthearted, funny book. The sisters and their family and friends are likable, quirky, and interesting. Joy and Didi have a lot to learn, not just about magic and their family history, but also their own strengths and non-magical abilities. I like the way magic works here,and we can't overlook Fred, the cat. Fred is very much a cat, right down to his totally unfair, somewhat theatrical, preference for the person who doesn't understand him quite as well. We've all known cats like that...

And, it's important to note, the cat doesn't die. Fred is alive and well and opinionated as ever, by the end of the book.

Enjoyable. Fun. Not great literature, but a lot of fun.

I received a free electronic galley from the author, and am reviewing it voluntarily.