I cannot believe I’m reviewing the final book in the Caitlyn series – my heart is truly broken. If you’ve read my reviews for the first & second book you’ll know that I’m obsessed with this series, & Another Kind of Magic was a fantastic way to end the series – it was packed full of surprises, tension & emotion & I can’t fault it at all.
I was sent this book in return for an honest review as part of a blog tour organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
My review contains some spoilers for books one & two of this series.
This book contains violence, scenes of a sexual nature, suicidal feelings & a suicide attempt.
“I am a cat. But I am no ordinary cat. I am a witch’s familiar. I am also a woman, with a woman’s heart and a woman’s frailty.”
Nearly two hundred years have passed since Caitlyn was trapped by supernatural forces and black magic, and she has known many mistresses. This time, the witch she is enthralled to is Joan, wife of Llewelyn, Prince of Wales.
At first, this mistress appears no different to any of the others Caitlyn has served – until Llewelyn captures William de Braose, and Joan falls in love, risking everything, including Caitlyn, to fulfil her desire.
Caitlyn, meanwhile, has her own cross to bear in the form of the gallant and reckless Hugh of Pembroke…
Another Kind of Magic brought everything to the table that its prequels did, including suspense, sexual tension, mystery & magic, plus something new – humour! Honestly, parts of this book had me laughing out loud & there are two characters in particular that I loved (Maude & Blod) because they were just hilarious. I also realised during this read that I love Caitlyn because her attitude & personality reminds me a lot of Claire Fraser from the Outlander books – so if you love Claire, you’ll love Caitlyn.
In Another Kind of Magic, we jump ahead from where A Stain on the Soul ended & although we don’t get a step-by-step explanation of what happened between the two books, the timeline gap is slowly filled in during the read making it impossible to put down. In this final instalment Caitlyn finds herself caught up in yet another high-standing family, being controlled by yet another woman that’s desperate for more power; in this book we find out more about how the years of control have left Caitlyn feeling & I found myself wanting her to break free even more than before.
A big part of this book does focus on Caitlyn’s emotions – as you may have read in my warning at the start of the review there is a lot of discussion of suicidal thoughts & an attempt at suicide – A Stain on the Soul touched on this very briefly, with Caitlyn’s realisation that her only way out of Herleva’s spell is death, but this part of Caitlyn is explored a lot more in the third book. Some of the scenes were really difficult to read, but I’m glad Elizabeth Davies included them because I think it’s a very realistic portrayal of how someone in Caitlyn’s painful situation would be feeling. In the scene when Caitlyn very nearly dies from suicide I cried, a lot, but thanks to one of our comedic characters the sadness doesn’t last for long, making the topic a little easier to stomach.
Something else that this story focuses on massively is love – in the last book readers got to watch Caitlyn fall in love & then have her heart broken, but thankfully her love life doesn’t end there. Caitlyn does find love again – which you would hope she would after 250+ years of life – & this time the results are a bit (a lot) more positive than before. The love interest in this book is e v e r y t h i n g – if you think you liked her last guy, you’ll love this one!
The final thing I want to talk about is the actual plot of this book… going into this book I thought I had some idea of where Caitlyn’s new mistress would take her, but I was totally & utterly wrong (which I’m actually very happy about because Elizabeth’s ending is so much better than the one I thought up). The book starts of being a lot like the previous two; it lulls you into a false sense of security by leading you to think that you have some idea of what might happen, but in fact you have absolutely no clue & end up being surprised over & over again. I have to say that Elizabeth Davies is very good at writing mysteries & at keeping her readers guessing – even at the end I wasn’t sure which way the story would go.
I’m genuinely heartbroken that this is the end of this series & I pray that Elizabeth may write a short story about what happens next. Caitlyn’s curse has been my saviour over the last couple of months – my mental health has been bad but these books helped me to escape what was going on in my real life, & gave me something to look forward to. I will, without doubt, come back to this series many times during my life & I can officially say that it holds the top spot of my favourite series ever.
Thank you so much to Elizabeth Davies & Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for allowing me to be a part of the publicity team for these books – you have no idea how grateful I am.
Elizabeth Davies is a paranormal author, whose books have a romantic flavour with more than a hint of suspense. And death. There’s usually death…
You can find her website here.
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