The Line

The Line

by J. D. Horn


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Savannah is considered a Southern treasure, a city of beauty with a rich, colorful past. Some might even call it magical.…

To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too familiar with the supernatural side of Savannah, being a member of the most powerful family of witches in the South.

Despite being powerless herself, of course.

Having grown up without magic of her own, in the shadow of her talented and charismatic twin sister, Mercy has always thought herself content. But when a series of mishaps—culminating in the death of the Taylor matriarch—leaves a vacuum in the mystical underpinnings of Savannah, she finds herself thrust into a mystery that could shake her family apart…and unleash a darkness the line of Taylor witches has been keeping at bay for generations.

In The Line, the first book of the Witching Savannah series, J. D. Horn weaves magic, romance, and betrayal into a captivating Southern Gothic fantasy with a contemporary flair.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477809730
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 02/01/2014
Series: Witching Savannah Series , #1
Pages: 285
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

J. D. Horn was raised in rural Tennessee, and has since carried a bit of its red clay in him while traveling the world, from Hollywood, to Paris, to Tokyo. He studied comparative literature as an undergrad, focusing on French and Russian in particular. He also holds an MBA in international business and worked as a financial analyst before becoming a novelist. When not writing he is likely running, and he has race bibs from two full marathons and about thirty half marathons. He and his spouse, Rich, and their three pets split their time between Portland, Oregon and San Francisco.

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The Line 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars 'The Line' is a fast paced and riveting first book in what promises to be a phenomenal new paranormal series. If any of you follow my blog, then you know that I have a huge weak spot when it comes to books about witches and magic. I can't get enough of them. I was a bit skeptical about this one after reading the description, but I'm incredibly glad that I gave it a shot. It far exceeded any expectations I might have had for it - and then some. This book is full of everything that a fan of urban fantasy and paranormal fiction could want: witches, magic, Hoodoo root doctors, ghosts, demons - you name it. The story was intricate and moved quickly. There was so much going on that I was devouring every page as fast as I could and ended up not stopping until I finished. There are so many story lines woven together to create the main plot. Our leading lady, Mercy Taylor, comes from a long line of witches. Only Mercy got the short end of the stick in the magic department - in a family full of powerful witches, Mercy has no magic. Because of this, she's treated as a lesser part of the family - the black sheep - except when it comes to her twin sister, Maisie (who seems to have won the genetic lottery with her powerful magic and beauty). There are love interests in the book, of course, and it sort of creates a love triangle. Peter is Mercy's best friend aside from her twin. He's also kind, thoughtful, smart, and completely in love with her. Mercy knows he's the perfect guy and she should feel the same way, but there's one thing in her way: her sister's boyfriend, Jackson. Ever since they met six months ago, Mercy has been in love with Jackson. He has a pull on her that she can't explain and just the thought of him makes her heart race. But he's her sister's boyfriend - and she would never her Maisie - so she tries to keep him out of her mind and heart. There's tons of juicy stuff happening throughout the book - and I don't just mean romantic. You've got a family full of powerful witches that also seems to be keeping lots of secrets and betrayal amongst themselves. Enter in Jilo, the Hoodoo root doctor, who hates the Taylor family and decides to mess with Mercy - whether for her own means or not, it's hard to tell. Don't forget about the line that's keeping an army of demons from crossing into Earth's realm to start a war - apparently with the support of some of the witches that are supposed to be protecting the Earth. There's so much going on in the book - love, friendship, family, betrayal, secrets, discovering and accepting yourself - and don't forget the magic, demons, Hoodoo, witches and ghosts. The setting the author chose couldn't be more perfect - the historic city of Savannah, Georgia. A Southern gem that has a long line of paranormal stories and it's own magic - Savannah is a natural pick for the series to be set in. The writing itself was fast paced and flowed effortlessly throughout. The author uses detailed descriptions and vivid imagery of everything - the setting, the characters, the happenings - that I easily immersed myself in Mercy's world and experienced it all right alongside her. The book is chock full of fun, mystery, and thrills - one that will keep you eagerly reading until you've finished and then demanding more. I highly recommend this book to fans of urban fantasy and paranormal fiction - especially those who like books about witches. You won't be disappointed with this one. Now the only problem is waiting for the next book to come out... Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Valerian70 More than 1 year ago
Confession time, I only bought this book because the series was on offer for a price I simply could not ignore and it is a while since I last read something from this genre that didn't involve ghosts. Sometimes the Book Gods smile on us mere readers and this was one of these times. The Taylor Family are notorious in Savannah, everyone knows there's something not quite "right" about them but in a dangerous way so they garner respect through fear. Mercy and Maisie are members of the clan and heading rapidly to their 21st Birthday, a time to celebrate surely. For Mercy it is life as normal, no power, a major league crush on her twin sister's boyfriend and taking her Liar's Tour through Savannah. Maisie got all the power, the beauty and the attention of the family Matriarch, Ginny. She is being groomed to take over as The Anchor and her powers are swelling. When Ginny is found murdered a chain of events is set in motion that cannot be stopped and powerless Mercy finds herself in the middle of it all. From the HooDoo priestess Jilo and her stolen power, the golem Emmet and the 9 family representatives animating his body grown from the earth to the half-wraith little boy Wren this is a completely believable fantastical world. One where the 10 families are trying to keep the shadows at bay and protect mankind from the demons that used to run the earth. The characters within this book are varied and fully fleshed and the, almost political, machinations take this a step up from the usual magical world fare. I was hooked from the first descriptions of the Liar's Tour and would have loved to see more of that, we only get a snapshot though. The Taylor family themselves are as varied as any other, despite their obvious wealth. Somehow the author manages to weave the fantastical around all too human traits of jealousy and love without any of it feeling out of place. This is a book for fans of the genre to savour (I managed to spread it over several days by reading other books alongside it) and I am not rushing to read the next one. I want to let it all sink in before I jump in to books 2, 3 and 4.
BrandieC More than 1 year ago
I can't stand to read series books out of order, so when I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of The Void, the last book in J.D. Horn's Witching Savannah trilogy, I had to buy and read The Line and The Source first. I am so glad that I did. The Line was a terrific introduction to the Taylor family and to Mercy, with whom I fell in love from the very start. While well-written, The Line earned 5 stars, not so much for the quality of Horn's writing, but for his sheer storytelling ability. Even though I was a little confused at the end about whose power came from where, it didn't matter because the ride was so thrilling, I just had to hang on and enjoy it. There were so many plot twists I never saw coming. After finishing The Line, I checked out Horn's author page, where I learned that Witching Savannah was a trilogy, not a series. This knowledge left me with very mixed emotions as I moved on to The Source; while I was delighted that I would be able to read the entire story arc at once, I was disappointed that my time with Mercy and her family would be ending so quickly. The Witching Savannah trilogy should appeal especially to fans of Jaye Wells's "Sabina Kane" series and the "Coven" season of American Horror Story.
Bloggabook More than 1 year ago
In a supernatural genre rife with werewolves and vampires this comes as a huge breath of fresh air.  This isn't just a story about witches. While they are a huge part of this tale, family secrets take the forefront in this one.  The Savannah locale also sets this one apart from the traditional New Orleans background.  I'm very fond of the approach taken towards witches in this one as being the anchors that keep the demons out. Everything about this book breaks it out of the molds that have grown a bit stale in this genre. This reads like a supernatural mystery and the nonchalant portrayal of witches makes this story almost believable.  As I mentioned, family secrets take the forefront in the plotlines, and there are quite a few skeletons in these old Savannah closets. 
bravewarrior More than 1 year ago
ebook/Urban Fantasy: I enjoyed this book a lot. I liked the heroine, her crazy family, and all the red herrings. I didn't see a lot of the ending coming and it was a surprise. I can't wait for the second book to go on sale, too. I thought the male author did a great job writing a female character, which is what I was hesitant about at first. Definitely recommend.
Integrity_Consultants More than 1 year ago
Hold the Line! Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and invited to write an honest review. I was positively entertained by debut author J.D. Horn's, "The Line." I devoured this first installment of the, "Witching Savannah" series in one sitting and am eager to begin the next. I found the author's original magical hierarchy and power structure to be refreshing and was pleasantly surprised along the way by a few unexpected elements and plot twists. Though romantic and family challenges were included, they were integral to the plot and therefore did not overshadow the fantastical elements that drew me to the book in the first place. While there are many books that I enjoy or even love once really "getting into" them, "The Line" grabbed my attention from the start and held on through the final page. While I wish I had that experience with every new read, the rarity of such an occurrence certainly does make it all that more enjoyable. With the vast number of paranormal fantasy and urban fantasy offerings for readers to choose from, especially from newer authors struggling to compete with reader commitment to longtime favored authors and investment in long-running series, this one stands out above so many. I definitely recommend. "The Line" and am looking for more great things from Mr. Horn. I'm pleased to add the, "Witching Savannah" series to my ongoing series list and will be eagerly watching release dates.
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
Well, holy schnikes, this book kicked my butt! It’s pretty much what I thought that other recent books about witches (I won’t mention names, but one was made into a very horrible movie) have tried to accomplish and failed. I am a huge Anne Rice “Mayfair Witches” fan (I have a daughter named Rowan to prove it), and I think that this series satisfied that reader in me, who enjoys magical worlds and creatures that are hidden amongst our everyday, mundane world. This is Mercy’s story. She has grown up as the only non-magical member of a powerful family of witches. Her twin sister is the witching golden child of the family, and Mercy has lived in her shadow for her whole life. One of Mercy’s problems is that she is desperately in love with her sister’s boyfriend, Jackson. In order to try and repair the situation, she goes to Jilo, a sort of voodoo queen, to put a love spell on her to make her fall in love with her best friend Peter, who she knows has loved her for years. Soon after, Mercy’s aunt and family matriarch is murdered, and Mercy wonders if she has caused trouble for her family with her impulsiveness. The Line, the separation between the human world and demon world, is in peril now that her aunt is dead. There is now a threat of a demon invasion, Mercy must find it within her to help protect the line that she doesn’t feel a part of. To me, the strength of this novel is the world building. Hands down, that is the best part of this book for me. I felt so wrapped up in the witching society, magical creatures, the line, and the dark side to the city of Savannah that lives in the shadows that I could not put this book down. Plus, I really liked Mercy’s character. She’s very sweet and trusting, and usually characters without flaws are annoying to me, but in this case it worked. I liked that Mercy kind of represents the best in a person, because she’s able to forgive things that I’m not sure I could forgive. There were, however, a couple of things I didn’t like about this book. Or maybe it’s not that I disliked it, but there was room for improvement in a couple of areas. I found the first part of the book to be very slow and I had a bit of trouble getting into it. Once it gets going, it really gets going, but getting there is a bit of a struggle. There were a lot of plot twists in this book and while that itself is not a problem, I felt the explanation behind a few of these was lacking. Particularly involving Jackson. I just thought that this added nothing to the overall plot and I was a bit confused about his motivations. Overall, I did enjoy this book. I say if you enjoy fantasy novels of the young adult/new adult variety, then this is right up your alley. I’m looking forward to seeing where the next book takes us. 4 stars. Reviewed by Sara for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy provided for honest review*