When single girl Jane Madison moves into Peabridge Library’s “guesthouse” (read caretaker’s hut) after the board decides to not only have the library staff return to Colonial garb, but to cut Jane’s salary by twenty-five percent thus demolishing her ability to pay rent, she isn’t sure what to expect. It certainly wasn’t finding a hidden key which leads to a room full of strange books and a odd statue of a giant cat. What’s so strange and odd about that you might ask? The books are tomes of magic large and small (and I don’t mean books that tell you how to pull rabbits out of hats either… I think) and the giant cat statue turns into a real cat which then turns into a real guy (the term real is, of course, relative) who turns out to be Jane’s flamboyantly gay feline familiar.
For you see, not only is Jane Madison a librarian in Washington D.C., but she is a previously unknown witch whose happenstance use of magic has brought a rather yummy cosmic cop down on her head. Though he lets her off with a warning, he makes her promise not to cast spells without training and to keep an eye on Neko (her, thanks to the full moon, free to roam familiar). That promise will prove hard to keep in the coming days as she has to deal with her Imaginary Boyfriend possible becoming un-imaginary, a lovesick and designer obsessed familiar, a best-friend with blind date syndrome, and a mother that has suddenly become un-dead (as in never died, not as in zombie), and so many other trials and tribulations.
Written in first person, everyday girl Jane Madison is a blast to follow as she tumbles from one magically solved mishap to the next while at the same time dealing with everyday (or not so everyday) struggles and emotions that are easy to relate to. An almost classic contemporary chick lit tale with some seriously magical elements that are barely introduced in this story, Mindy Klasky describes an interesting world of warders, the Covenants, Covens, and witches, that I hope we learn more of in the coming books in this series. Her use of secondary characters is very well done, if there is ever a time that you find it hard to relate with Jane then Melissa, Neko, Montrose, or another is sure to fill the blank. A good start to a simply magical series, Mindy Klasky has introduced a fascinating cast of characters that I can’t wait to see more of and a world that could prove to be interesting indeed.
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Red Dress Ink (October 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0373896077
- ISBN-13: 978-0373896073
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