With all these vampire books about, and now the start of a clutch of angels books, it’s great to get back to some honest to goodness witches. The slant in 666 Park Avenue, however, is that ancient families of witches have duelled, killed each other and stolen each other’s magic and now prosper all over the world. A hotbed of these witches is modern day Manhattan, where witches fill the ranks of the rich and famous.
Enter Jane Boyle, a young architect living in Paris who, after being orphaned as a baby, has finally got her dream job and a perfect relationship with Malcolm Doran. Malcolm is everything Jane ever wanted so, after the death of her Grandmother, she decides to accept Malcolm’s marriage proposal and move with him to New York. The only shadow on this otherwise perfect relationship is Malcolm’s overbearing mother. Oh, and the fact that Jane is actually a witch, but she has no idea.
666 Park Avenue is the first of three novels, of which two have already been released in the US, but the UK will have to wait until July and it’s certainly worth the wait. Jane Boyle is a likeable character, so it’s easy to root for this ‘good’ witch as she tries to get a handle on her magical abilities while dealing with her mother-in-law to be. The bad witches are suitably nasty and there are a loveable collection of supporting characters to help Jane figure out how to use her magic before it’s stolen by a more powerful witch – ooh…
The book starts quite sedately, with much of the action happening towards the end, but when things start to hot up, they really do and quickly. I enjoyed this book, so much so that I went and bought the second, The Dark Glamour, immediately. The world that Gabriella Pierce has created is glamorous and intriguing and I’m really excited to find out what happens to the characters after they were left quite dramatically at the end of book one. It’s well worth reading even if you’re not particularly into your witches and I think it’d be a good one to take on holiday.