1950s Georgia: King Cotton has fallen. Savannah is known as the "beautiful woman with a dirty face," its stately elegance faded by neglect, its soul withering from racial injustice and political corruption.
Young Jilo - fiercely independent, intelligent, and ambitious, but thwarted by Savannah's maddeningly genteel version of bigotry - finds herself forced to embrace a dark power that has pursued her family for generations, an ancient magic that may prove her salvation...or her undoing.
Explore the fascinating history of one of the Witching Savannah series' most vivid and beloved characters, as the resourceful and determined Jilo comes of age, strives to master formidable magical skills in the face of overwhelming adversity, and forges her strange destiny against the turbulent backdrop of the civil rights struggle in the American South.
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By Beelzibubbles on 24-09-16
Excellent Pre-sequel to Witching Savannah Series.
A most excellent pre-sequel to the Witching Savannah Series!
Jilo was one of the best and mysterious characters in the first 3 books, so it was great to have her own story and history in a book to herself.
Really loved her story, from birth right through to becoming the Mother Jilo we all love.
A suberb finale.
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By Flagler Alumna on 13-08-17
Narrator not right for this book
What did you like best about Jilo? What did you like least?
I liked getting some background on a beloved character from the first three books in the Witching Savannah series.
What other book might you compare Jilo to and why?
I couldn't help comparing it to the first three in the series.
Would you be willing to try another one of Mia Ellis’s performances?
No, I don't think so. I might be able to get past the fact that she demonstrated NO feel for the language of Savannah, the flow and softness of music of the dialect and accent; her enunciations might suit a more modern, less culturally specific story. But I do not believe I would ever get past her clipped, word.by.word.with.little.or.no.emotion delivery. The entire book sounded as if the narrator was reading the story word by word, with no concept of reading a sentence in its entirety, or of telling a story to the listener, rather than just saying a series of disconnected words.
Could you see Jilo being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
No. My imagination does a better job than a director could do.
Any additional comments?
The author's storytelling skills barely saved this book. I understand having a different narrator from the first three books, as the primary character changed. But Mia Ellis was not a good choice. It seemed to me as if she held the culture and all the characters in disdain. I will say that each word was clearly enunciated and easy to understand.
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By Amazon Customer on 26-10-16
Change of Heart
I almost put the book down because I found the first few chapters boring, and what I felt was not applicable to what I expected. Suddenly things changed and I fell in love with it like I did the other books that had Jilo and the Taylors in it. I just wish I had listened to it first, but in didn't call for it in the series.
I hope author will consider adding to the series because the last books ending left many of us disappointed. We want more! A worthwhile series that brought me many marathons hours of pleasure!
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