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Sidra didn’t murder her husband. Yet even a jinni can’t wish away a wrongful imprisonment. Determined to prove her innocence, she returns to her adopted home—a French village renowned for its perfume witches—with her friends Elena and Yvette by her side. Here is where Sidra’s true destiny awaits, but danger also lurks in the village’s narrow lanes. On her trail is Jamra, an Sidra didn’t murder her husband. Yet even a jinni can’t wish away a wrongful imprisonment. Determined to prove her innocence, she returns to her adopted home—a French village renowned for its perfume witches—with her friends Elena and Yvette by her side. Here is where Sidra’s true destiny awaits, but danger also lurks in the village’s narrow lanes. On her trail is Jamra, another jinni, who’s after more than revenge for the murder of his brother. He also seeks vengeance for the indignities inflicted on jinn by mortals over the centuries. When he learns of an ancient relic capable of unleashing chaos on the world, and that the weapon is in the hands of his murderous sister-in-law, he vows to destroy Sidra to get it. Relying on a sisterhood of magic, a mysteriously faithful dog, and a second-rate sorcerer, Sidra defends herself using the village’s greatest asset: its perfume. It’s as beguiling a lure as it is a formidable shield. But is it enough for Sidra to protect herself and those she loves from powers yet to be released?


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Sidra didn’t murder her husband. Yet even a jinni can’t wish away a wrongful imprisonment. Determined to prove her innocence, she returns to her adopted home—a French village renowned for its perfume witches—with her friends Elena and Yvette by her side. Here is where Sidra’s true destiny awaits, but danger also lurks in the village’s narrow lanes. On her trail is Jamra, an Sidra didn’t murder her husband. Yet even a jinni can’t wish away a wrongful imprisonment. Determined to prove her innocence, she returns to her adopted home—a French village renowned for its perfume witches—with her friends Elena and Yvette by her side. Here is where Sidra’s true destiny awaits, but danger also lurks in the village’s narrow lanes. On her trail is Jamra, another jinni, who’s after more than revenge for the murder of his brother. He also seeks vengeance for the indignities inflicted on jinn by mortals over the centuries. When he learns of an ancient relic capable of unleashing chaos on the world, and that the weapon is in the hands of his murderous sister-in-law, he vows to destroy Sidra to get it. Relying on a sisterhood of magic, a mysteriously faithful dog, and a second-rate sorcerer, Sidra defends herself using the village’s greatest asset: its perfume. It’s as beguiling a lure as it is a formidable shield. But is it enough for Sidra to protect herself and those she loves from powers yet to be released?

30 review for The Conjurer

  1. 5 out of 5

    julia ☆ [owls reads]

    #1 The Vine Witch: ★★★✮☆ | 3.5 stars #2 The Glamourist: ★★★☆☆ | 3 stars * 4 stars! * The Conjurer was such an intriguing read! The focus of the story was on Sidra, someone I'd always been curious about, and the way Luanne G. Smith presented and developed her story was lovely. Sidra was a bit of a mystery to me as a reader and getting to know more about her, from her powers to her backstory, made this my favorite book in the series. :D The writing was great and very easy to get into, but what I reall #1 The Vine Witch: ★★★✮☆ | 3.5 stars #2 The Glamourist: ★★★☆☆ | 3 stars * 4 stars! * The Conjurer was such an intriguing read! The focus of the story was on Sidra, someone I'd always been curious about, and the way Luanne G. Smith presented and developed her story was lovely. Sidra was a bit of a mystery to me as a reader and getting to know more about her, from her powers to her backstory, made this my favorite book in the series. :D The writing was great and very easy to get into, but what I really liked most about this installment was the world-building. There were so many new elements that got thrown in the mix, but they never felt like too much or too out there with the way Smith developed the plot. There were so many cool tidbits about different kinds of magic and I loved reading about them. Smith also made sure to address and tie every loose plot thread the series had. It was one twist I was not expecting re why Elena met Yvette and Sidra and why the three of them were drawn together. I actually really really liked how that came about and the way those reasons were explained to readers. I did have slight issues with how predictable some story beats were and with the reveal regarding Sidra's husband. Mild spoilers regarding the husband situation: (view spoiler)[his convoluted plan that started this whole thing? I would have murdered him for putting me through that :) and having Sidra just... forgive him made me really angry lol (hide spoiler)] . Even so, this was a solid ending to the series and I'm very happy with how everything turned out! * Series: #3 and final in The Vine Witch series. POV: Told from Sidra and Elena's POVs. Content Warnings: (view spoiler)[A dog gets hurt. (hide spoiler)] Cliffhanger: No. HEA: (view spoiler)[Yes! (hide spoiler)] * ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    Sidra was accused of murdering her husband and even though she is not guilty, his family are demanding her punishment. Hunted by Jamra, her husband's brother, she must reunite with Elena and Yvette to defeat him and prove her innocence. But Jamra isn't the only one pursuing her. A mysterious dog and the sorceror who mixed the poison that killed her husband all have their own agendas and it's not clear whether they are friend or foe. This series started with a definite feel of magical realism but Sidra was accused of murdering her husband and even though she is not guilty, his family are demanding her punishment. Hunted by Jamra, her husband's brother, she must reunite with Elena and Yvette to defeat him and prove her innocence. But Jamra isn't the only one pursuing her. A mysterious dog and the sorceror who mixed the poison that killed her husband all have their own agendas and it's not clear whether they are friend or foe. This series started with a definite feel of magical realism but as it has progressed it has become more fantastical. And The Conjurer is the most fantastic of the three with flying carpets and magical jinni doing battle. Book one The Vine Witch had me hooked and honestly it's probably still my favorite of the series but all three books are great. I'm a little sad that the journey ends here but I look forward to seeing where this author takes us in the future. Many thanks to 47North and Netgalley for providing me with this ARC

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chantal Lyons

    For some reason I misread the book info and I didn't realise it was the third one in a series. However, I really enjoyed it! The prose is beautiful, and the sensory details even more so (which, I surmise, is a key theme of the series). I find myself craving a holiday in the Mediterranean countryside, now. Provence, perhaps. Details of the events of previous books are scattered through the narrative, so I wasn't in the dark as a new reader. I found it easy to connect emotionally with the character For some reason I misread the book info and I didn't realise it was the third one in a series. However, I really enjoyed it! The prose is beautiful, and the sensory details even more so (which, I surmise, is a key theme of the series). I find myself craving a holiday in the Mediterranean countryside, now. Provence, perhaps. Details of the events of previous books are scattered through the narrative, so I wasn't in the dark as a new reader. I found it easy to connect emotionally with the characters. It's odd to read about a world encompassing djinni, witches AND Shakespearean fairies, but it's a winsome combo. This is very much an adult fantasy, but I also see this appealing to upper YA readers, in particular any fans of Laini Taylor's 'Daughter of Smoke and Bone' - there are so many striking parallels, in a good way. Recommended for readers even if they haven't read previous books in the series. I plan to pick up the earlier ones, now. (With thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an advanced reader copy, in exchange for an honest review).

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mary Eve

    Holy smokes! Will Book Three be the conclusion of Luanne G. Smith's series? I'm not sure, but I will say it's the best of the three. When I was beginning Book Two, I knew that Sidra the jinn would be the most interesting of the women. THE VINE WITCH (Book 1) begins with Elena. She is exactly that — a vine witch that hones her magical crafts on a vineyard. THE GLAMOURIST is Yvette's story. Yvette is a feisty blonde who's had to be creative when living on the streets. She's had a hard knock life, Holy smokes! Will Book Three be the conclusion of Luanne G. Smith's series? I'm not sure, but I will say it's the best of the three. When I was beginning Book Two, I knew that Sidra the jinn would be the most interesting of the women. THE VINE WITCH (Book 1) begins with Elena. She is exactly that — a vine witch that hones her magical crafts on a vineyard. THE GLAMOURIST is Yvette's story. Yvette is a feisty blonde who's had to be creative when living on the streets. She's had a hard knock life, yet, she portrays a mystical quality. Yvette is an airy, enchanted creature. Elena is the heart of the story. Yvette delivers the laughs. However, THE CONJURER is the showstopper. Sidra steals the spotlight from Elena and Yvette. THE CONJURER is the most exciting. It's fiery, atmospheric, emotional, and has, once again, intertwined the fate of all three women. Combining magical gifts and facing their biggest challenge to date, fate binds the witch, the fae, and the jinn. They'll have to walk the path of togetherness to maintain the world in equilibrium. I loved this book! Sidra is my favorite character. Her story has the most depth. Smith's series is filled with sensory stimulation: the taste and smell of fine wines, the scent of fresh baked goods, aromatic perfumeries, and imaginative scenes from French rooftops. Flying on a magic carpet or disappearing through the cracks of a damp, dark cave, it was possible to imagine myself in the ether world of jinns and the shadow world of a sorceress. Sidra's tale is heartbreaking. Her pain can be felt and as a reader, my heart was pounding for a heroic resolution. Smith nails it! Does the story end here? I don't have the answer to that question but I'd be perfectly content if it did. #TheConjurer #NetGalley

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mairy

    I am so excited the 3rd installment of The Vine Witch trilogy has finally been released! I have discovered this series thanks to Kindle Unlimited last year. I started with The Vine Witch (#1), my least favorite, The Glamourist (#2) which I adored as it revealed Yvette's story, my favorite character. Now The Conjurer is out and it tells us Sidra's story. Sidra is a jinni who first met Elena in prison (#2). Sidra, Elena and Yvette's relationship is blooming into a true and deep friendship in this I am so excited the 3rd installment of The Vine Witch trilogy has finally been released! I have discovered this series thanks to Kindle Unlimited last year. I started with The Vine Witch (#1), my least favorite, The Glamourist (#2) which I adored as it revealed Yvette's story, my favorite character. Now The Conjurer is out and it tells us Sidra's story. Sidra is a jinni who first met Elena in prison (#2). Sidra, Elena and Yvette's relationship is blooming into a true and deep friendship in this thirst installment which makes me so happy. They are such a fabulous trio: the witch, the fee and the jinni! The Conjurer is so well crafted! The story is very intricate in developing the jinnis characters: who they are, what their powers are, what their world looks like,.. fascinating! We also discover that Sidra used to be married and the reason why she ended up in prison was her husband's untimely dead.. or some magic gone wrong. Now, her late husband's brother, Jamra, wants revenge and is searching for Sidra to retrieve a dagger and kill his former sister-in-law. But Jamra's plan will be more complicated to accomplish than initially planned. If you are looking for a series full of magic, fantasy, love, friendship, pick this one up. It is very fun, an easy read and I am not giving up on the idea of a fourth book being released one day. I also have to point out that the cover of this book is exquisite! You can currently find The Conjurer on Kindle Unlimited. I love the narrators, they definitely did a wonderful job bringing that story life! Thank you Net Galley and the publisher for this e-ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carolina | Looking For Carol

    First of all, a big thank you to Net Galley, as well as the author and the publisher, for the copy of this book! I took a look at the cover and read the synopsis and thought this book was right up my alley, so I didn’t think twice before picking it up! Little did I know that it was the third one in a series I hadn’t even started yet! However, that didn’t dimish at all my love for this story and these characters. Throughout The Conjurer, the major things that happened in the previous installments o First of all, a big thank you to Net Galley, as well as the author and the publisher, for the copy of this book! I took a look at the cover and read the synopsis and thought this book was right up my alley, so I didn’t think twice before picking it up! Little did I know that it was the third one in a series I hadn’t even started yet! However, that didn’t dimish at all my love for this story and these characters. Throughout The Conjurer, the major things that happened in the previous installments of the series are explained to us, so we never feel lost or just thrown into the story. It is a really easy and fun read, filled with friendship, clan rivalry, magic and adventure. Even without having met the characters along with everyone else, I still fell in love with every single one of them! We get to meet a plethora of powerful women who would do anything to save those they love, unexpected allies and jinni magic, which I’d never read about before! Additionally, even though it felt a tad bit predictable, I REALLY enjoyed the ending scenes and how the book wrapped everything up. I’m definitely thinking of reading the rest of The Vine Witch trilogy because I don’t want to part with this story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cinna Marie

    Stars: 3/5 First review for 2021! Thank you to the publishers for a free ARC in exchange for an honest review. Characters: 8. I love the three women of the Vine Witch Series, however, I think we lose them a little bit as the series progresses as the focus shifts to the events slightly more than the characters. It's hard to maintain the demand for Elena to be featured - as we fell in love with her in the first book - when the story is about another character. For that, I commend Smith. I did enjoy l Stars: 3/5 First review for 2021! Thank you to the publishers for a free ARC in exchange for an honest review. Characters: 8. I love the three women of the Vine Witch Series, however, I think we lose them a little bit as the series progresses as the focus shifts to the events slightly more than the characters. It's hard to maintain the demand for Elena to be featured - as we fell in love with her in the first book - when the story is about another character. For that, I commend Smith. I did enjoy learning more and more about each woman and how more about them was revealed in each story. Atmosphere: 6. I feel like the atmosphere was lost in this last book, particularly since the first book at the Vineyard with Elena. The setting just wasn't as descriptive and I didn't have the same need to travel to France instantly, however, I enjoyed the perfume focus of this story. It was unique and interesting. Writing: 7. Smith definitely kept to her writing style though there's something missing from the second and third book that was there in the first. Her writing is incredibly descriptive and does set the scene so well. I love the magical realism of myth created real. Plot: 7. I enjoyed the plot of this story though I can't say I loved it. In the first one I had a need to know the next scene and the outcomes... this one I found I was reading it just to finish it, sadly. It just didn't keep me on the edge of my seat as much as the first. Intrigue: 7. I had pretty high expectations going into this novel and where the novel met those expectations, I can't say I enjoyed the conclusive novel to these ladies' stories. Logic: 7. As I previously said, the incorporation of real-world myths into the historical real-world was amazing and done so well. The world building was simple but detailed enough for readers to understand and be invested. We didn't see as much of that in this novel as it was more fantasy-focussed but I have no complaints. Enjoyment: 6. As previously mentioned, I enjoyed this novel but not as much as I hoped to. For the reasons above. WARNINGS: fake death/ suicide (may be triggering for those who are sensitive) RECOMMEND: for 15+ who enjoy fantasy and paranormal beings, magical realism and the tiniest bit of romance.

  8. 5 out of 5

    ℳacarena

    Review of The Vine Witch #1 || Review of The Glamourist (The Vine Witch #2) In this third volume of the Vine Witch we learn more about Sidra's life. We can finally know what happened to her, the reason why she was in jail and who she was hiding from. We are introduced to the magical and mysterious world of jinn and the fascinating world of the perfume witches. The peculiar friendship between Elena, Sidra and Yvette might prove to be very powerful, in both senses. Thanks to 47North and Review of The Vine Witch #1 || Review of The Glamourist (The Vine Witch #2) In this third volume of the Vine Witch we learn more about Sidra's life. We can finally know what happened to her, the reason why she was in jail and who she was hiding from. We are introduced to the magical and mysterious world of jinn and the fascinating world of the perfume witches. The peculiar friendship between Elena, Sidra and Yvette might prove to be very powerful, in both senses. Thanks to 47North and NetGalley for providing me with this e-arc in exchange for my honest review. Photo of flowers by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash.com"Flat lay photography of geodes" by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash.comPhoto of coffee cup by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash.com

  9. 5 out of 5

    Olívia

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to 47 North for providing me this arc via Netgalley! I really tried with this series. I wasn't a fan of the first book, but because of the ending, I read the second book, which once again, was a total disappointment. I had an arc of The Conjurer, so I decided to give it a chance, but still I didn't like it. The only reason this book deserves 2 stars (as the rest of the series) is because I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to 47 North for providing me this arc via Netgalley! I really tried with this series. I wasn't a fan of the first book, but because of the ending, I read the second book, which once again, was a total disappointment. I had an arc of The Conjurer, so I decided to give it a chance, but still I didn't like it. The only reason this book deserves 2 stars (as the rest of the series) is because of the world building and the magic system, which are quite unique. The plot, the characters and the romance didn't do it for me and I would not recommend this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Diana Puckett

    I didn't realize this book was part of a series but will definitely have to check out its predecessors! The characters are well developed and the plot is engaging.This was a great read. Highly recommend. Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to review. I didn't realize this book was part of a series but will definitely have to check out its predecessors! The characters are well developed and the plot is engaging.This was a great read. Highly recommend. Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    “Sand Flower. Zahrat al shahra’. His flower of the desert” (213). Sidra has escaped the relentless grip chaining her to the city by escaping with Yvette to the land of the Fee. Safe and hidden until Oberon sends her back to where the journey all began. The village she once called home, where the perfume witches reside, and where her husband was murdered by her hands. With Yvette and Elena by herside, she must come face to face with the fate she has long been fleeing from. Jamra will stop at nothi “Sand Flower. Zahrat al shahra’. His flower of the desert” (213). Sidra has escaped the relentless grip chaining her to the city by escaping with Yvette to the land of the Fee. Safe and hidden until Oberon sends her back to where the journey all began. The village she once called home, where the perfume witches reside, and where her husband was murdered by her hands. With Yvette and Elena by herside, she must come face to face with the fate she has long been fleeing from. Jamra will stop at nothing to get to Sidra and unleashing chaos onto the world of the mortals. “The essence of a broken promise. All the tomorrow’s that would never be made to swirl in the mind by a single inhale. Close the eyes, breathe deep the sorrow of loss, and remember the dream of what might have been” (1). This is without a doubt my favorite book through the entire trilogy. Sidra’s story is so intricate and deep with a plethora of layers just waiting to be shed. From the start, I got caught up in the intense events and the fierceness of Sidra’s character pulled me further into the pages. Jamra was by far the biggest threat the three had encountered thus far. Fate brings the three women together one more time and their individual stories transform into a beautiful story about how friendship has no limit in eliminating malicious threats. “The three like vine tendrils that stretch out and anchor themselves one to the other. An odd tangle, but one that had borne fruit in friendship” (166). Smith continues to provide a beautiful and vivid prose that one can’t help but be entranced by. I have a full page full of quotes that I either found to admire or were significant to the story’s themes. There are also clear signs that Smith did research into pre-Islamic and Arabian worship which is highly appreciated. As much as I enjoyed Elena and Yvette’s story, Sidra blew them out of the water. Her relationships felt like a retelling of Romeo and Juliet with the long existent family feuds between their clans. She grows so much from letting her fellow magical friends finally into her life story to no longer hiding from Jamra. Never giving up even when it felt like their was nothing more that could counter him. “Then he vowed that she of the sunrise and he of the sunset would be destined to know only harmony because no day under the heavens could be complete without having the sun rise and fall in tandem” (56). So why four instead of five stars? There are a couple spelling and grammatical errors through the first half. The main issue I had was that the trilogy as a whole felt to have a repetitive plot. One of the three magical females is introduced. Followed by an issue with a patriarchal figure(Bastien/The Comte/Jamra) attached to said dillema. They all come together to eliminate the threat, then each women is justifiably exonerated for their crimes. While all three were great reads, I wish there was more to the plots. I do think that the ending of this truly tied everything together well and showed how fate tied the three women together from the start of the trilogy. “It is a peculiar sort of magic, though, this wishing. The way it manifests, swirling through the cosmos like the tail of a comet. Such a fierce desire to be realized. Lives colliding, separating, and reforming again as each stage progresses” (186). As things tied together in the end, I do believe this is the last in the trilogy. I have gotten to the depths of these characters and will truly miss each and every one of them. Each women has been through unbelievable hardships. Yet, they have gained far more in return. Love. Friendship. Family. I look forward to seeing what Smith has in store for the future. Thank you to Luanne G. Smith, 47North and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Francisca Pinto

    I recieved this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I know that this book has been liked by many people, but in my personal opinion I think it was unnecessary. When I read The Vine Witch for the first time it was a book that I really liked a lot although I thought I would have liked to know more about the world, and I thought that would happen in the following books. But when I read the second book even though I liked it, I was happy with little, and with this third book it was w I recieved this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I know that this book has been liked by many people, but in my personal opinion I think it was unnecessary. When I read The Vine Witch for the first time it was a book that I really liked a lot although I thought I would have liked to know more about the world, and I thought that would happen in the following books. But when I read the second book even though I liked it, I was happy with little, and with this third book it was worse. There was never an expansion of the world, everything that happened in the three books was in the same region and never went further. Of the three main female characters, Sidra is the one I like the least and to my taste the most boring. She didn't interest me in her story at all and besides, it was very predictable to me. There's not much I want to say about this book, I just got bored and I think The Vine Witch should stay self-contained. So why did I give it three stars? because despite everything it was not a hateful book and it had its moments in which he enjoyed reading, especially when Elena appeared.

  13. 4 out of 5

    AudiobookFiend

    What an absolutely super story! It was like a brand new version of this amazing tale by Smith 2.0! It’s amazing to follow works of author and watch them grow even better with each book they pen. The gorgeous voices of Vaneh Assadourian and Susannah Jones where the perfect icing on this delicacy of a work. ⚖️ Plot: I’ve always been a huge fan of jinnis. The are so alluring and ooze magic in a way I cannot but be wrapped up in. And focusing on Sidra’s story took this plot to a whole new level of f What an absolutely super story! It was like a brand new version of this amazing tale by Smith 2.0! It’s amazing to follow works of author and watch them grow even better with each book they pen. The gorgeous voices of Vaneh Assadourian and Susannah Jones where the perfect icing on this delicacy of a work. ⚖️ Plot: I’ve always been a huge fan of jinnis. The are so alluring and ooze magic in a way I cannot but be wrapped up in. And focusing on Sidra’s story took this plot to a whole new level of flame. 🗺 World: I was thrilled with the amount of culture and backstories that were included. With this, as with every book in this series, I feel truly worldly and enriched at the end of the experience. Great amount of research and brilliantly done. 💑 Characters: My only complaint was that my favorite Elena paled in comparison to the grand story and sizzling power of the jinnis. But this is to be expected given that this book did showcase Cidra more. She was incandescent here and I truly hope to see them featured in more books or spin-offs in the future.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Darian

    Thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for an ebook copy to provide an honest review. I really enjoyed this installment of The Vine Witch series. The Conjurer was Sidra’s story and I loved how it explained how Elena, Yvette’s and Sidra’s fates were tied from the very beginning. We learned so much more about Sidra and her mysterious past, while seeing what evolved from Elena and Yvette’s stories. As in the previous books, I really enjoyed the world building and how the senses play into each one, Thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for an ebook copy to provide an honest review. I really enjoyed this installment of The Vine Witch series. The Conjurer was Sidra’s story and I loved how it explained how Elena, Yvette’s and Sidra’s fates were tied from the very beginning. We learned so much more about Sidra and her mysterious past, while seeing what evolved from Elena and Yvette’s stories. As in the previous books, I really enjoyed the world building and how the senses play into each one, especially the sense of smell. I am happy with the outcome of the battle and the ending of the story. I believe this is the final book and if that is true, the ending fits it perfectly. Fun, enjoyable, entertaining, heartwarming and quick reads. Definitely worth it, in my opinion.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    Initial Thoughts Honestly, I was afraid to read this book. I love this series so much and I didn’t want it to end. I knew it would be amazing but I couldn’t bear the thought of the end of stories about these characters. Some Things I Liked Sidra. She was such a fascinating and mysterious character in the first two books. I’m so glad we finally got her POV. She’s sassy and witty and didn’t pull her punches. I loved her attitude. Full circle. I applaud an author’s ability to make every little detail t Initial Thoughts Honestly, I was afraid to read this book. I love this series so much and I didn’t want it to end. I knew it would be amazing but I couldn’t bear the thought of the end of stories about these characters. Some Things I Liked Sidra. She was such a fascinating and mysterious character in the first two books. I’m so glad we finally got her POV. She’s sassy and witty and didn’t pull her punches. I loved her attitude. Full circle. I applaud an author’s ability to make every little detail throughout a series feel both purposeful and significant. No stone was left unturned in this series. Every little detail, no matter how small had a reason behind it and I loved that. I wasn’t left wondering how anything happened but, at the same time, I didn’t feel like it was tied up too well. It was the perfect balance that left me both satisfied and craving more. Scent magic. This was another really interesting element of the story. Weirdly, I just read an article about how smell is the strongest memory triggering sense and I loved that this idea was incorporated into this story. Series Value I loved this series. I think the world building is phenomenal and I’d love to see these characters in action again in the form of more sequels or spin offs. Furthermore, I love Luanne’s writing. I can’t wait to read her next series which, I believe, is going to be set in Victorian London. Final Thoughts I adored this series. I’m so sad that it’s over but I am also so glad that I read it. This has been a wonderful journey with some amazing characters. This series made me fall in love with historical fantasy and I can’t recommend it enough. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Recommendations for Further Reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – ok, this is one of my favorite books of all time. I can easily say, if you liked The Vine Witch, you will enjoy The Night Circus. Both stories have such rich world building and are perfect fall stories. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness – if you liked the supernatural elements in this story, witches, demons, etc., give the All Souls trilogy a try. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin – once again, if you liked the witches element, do yourself a favor and read this new release by Shelby Mahurin. It’s seasonal, perfect, and has multiple POVs.

  16. 4 out of 5

    The Book Gawdess

    The Conjurer is the last book in The Vine Witch trilogy. The previous books focused on two of the three women who were jailed together. As I expected, this book focused on the third woman, Sidra. As learnt in the first book, Sidra is a jinn, a magical being of Islamic folklore. She is determined to prove she did not kill her husband and has returned to her adopted home in France. However, her brother-in-law, Jamra is searching for to exact vengeance for his brother's death. He also is determined The Conjurer is the last book in The Vine Witch trilogy. The previous books focused on two of the three women who were jailed together. As I expected, this book focused on the third woman, Sidra. As learnt in the first book, Sidra is a jinn, a magical being of Islamic folklore. She is determined to prove she did not kill her husband and has returned to her adopted home in France. However, her brother-in-law, Jamra is searching for to exact vengeance for his brother's death. He also is determined to get an ancient relic that Sidra has which is capable of releasing chaos into the world. Jamra hates mortals for the ways they took advantage of jinni over the years. Sidra hopes to finally defeat Jamra with the help of her two friends, a perfume witch and a dog who appeared out of nowhere. I found the scenery in this book to be the most enchanting in the series. The descriptions used by the author made me feel like Sidra was in a tropical oasis with the most enchanting perfumes. I also loved the little history lesson about jinni included in this book. The bond between the three women was showcased quite well in this episode. I also found myself loving how the romance between Elena and Jean-Paul had grown. The ending in this book was beautiful and fitting. This is an extremely strong debut series in my opinion and I look forward to future works by this quite talented author. This book should be read by older teens and adults.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Daenerys

    Not as good as The Vine Witch, the first instalment of the series, but infinitely better than its predecessor The Glamourist. The Conjurer focuses on the jinni Sidra as she attempts to clear her name, avenge her husband's death and prevent her brother in law from incinerating her and everyone else. This novel is set in a village in the south of France that specialises in making perfume. Of course, we learn that there are witches that specialise in this, just as there are witches who make wine. B Not as good as The Vine Witch, the first instalment of the series, but infinitely better than its predecessor The Glamourist. The Conjurer focuses on the jinni Sidra as she attempts to clear her name, avenge her husband's death and prevent her brother in law from incinerating her and everyone else. This novel is set in a village in the south of France that specialises in making perfume. Of course, we learn that there are witches that specialise in this, just as there are witches who make wine. Both Elena and Yvette, the protagonists of the first and second novel, make a comeback and try to help their friend Sidra. Elena's reappearance is very welcome - despite this novel being much better than the second, she is still the most well-drawn and relatable character out of the three. Sidra, who appeared briefly in the first novel as a mysterious, vaguely threatening and reluctant ally, is interesting as the protagonist because her personality and backstory are explored in more depth, but I still felt closer to Elena. The setting is more intriguing than the Paris of the second novel, but three books in it's all starting to feel a bit too much like a fantasy world that's been invented by an American travel agent who's never been to Europe - the descriptions are beautiful, but it's all picturesque and exotic in a way that feels very "Disney-esque". The plot is more believable than the second novel, but I didn't like the resolution of the story at the end. It felt like somebody was trying to describe the final battle scenes from a Marvel film in book form, move by move; it was hard to imagine and I don't think it worked well. It also feels like the editing was less careful than that of the first two novels. There was a lot of purple prose and overwrought descriptive passages, some clunky badly written sentences ("she'd been as enamored of the possibilities as much as he"), and again lots of Americanisms: the word "jiminy" coming out of the mouth of an ex Parisian street urchin (repeatedly) was particularly grating. Surely if LGS was looking for some other interjection apart from merde she could have looked up a list of French colloquialisms and swear words? I gave this three stars and find that in writing the review I can only think of negative things to say, so I suppose the real rating is closer to 2.5 stars, but it's still infinitely better than The Glamourist. I might find myself reading The Vine Witch a third time for pleasure, but I can't see myself rereading either of the sequels.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Becoming Shelf-Aware

    Join Elena, Yvette, and Sidra on another spellbinding journey. As we learn more about Sidra's past and why she ended up in jail, the three women are faced with danger at every corner. It is up to these three heros to keep the dark magic out of an evil Jinni's clutches. I wasn't impressed by this one. I feel like The Conjurer was well written, but I was ready for this journey to be over. I personally don't think this series should have gone past book 1. It was great to hear more of Sidra's backst Join Elena, Yvette, and Sidra on another spellbinding journey. As we learn more about Sidra's past and why she ended up in jail, the three women are faced with danger at every corner. It is up to these three heros to keep the dark magic out of an evil Jinni's clutches. I wasn't impressed by this one. I feel like The Conjurer was well written, but I was ready for this journey to be over. I personally don't think this series should have gone past book 1. It was great to hear more of Sidra's backstory, but it just seemed like a totally separate book, as did The Glamourist. The Vine Witch had its own elegance that was lost in the last two books. I really wanted to like this one, especially since Sidra has the most interesting backstory. I just couldn't get into it. I ended up listening to the audiobook rather than reading once I was about half way through. The ending was weird, and the whole idea of the girls being brought together by fate was thrown out the window. If some changes were made to this book, I feel like it would be a really great Standalone. The story was just too different from the others to be included in the series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    paperbacktomes

    My Rating- 3 Jinni stars I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. Since it's Halloween month, I had thought of reading books involving witches, ghosts, ghouls, and whatnot. So I had to read this one, which was perfect for this season even though this book was part of a series-- which I haven't read--especially the last installment. I had my doubts about whether to pick it up or drop it. Bu My Rating- 3 Jinni stars I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. Since it's Halloween month, I had thought of reading books involving witches, ghosts, ghouls, and whatnot. So I had to read this one, which was perfect for this season even though this book was part of a series-- which I haven't read--especially the last installment. I had my doubts about whether to pick it up or drop it. But the description compelled me to read it since it involved a jinni in it. So far, I haven't read a book where a jinni was a character in it, so this was interesting and new to me. Jinn were born on the air. Unseen. Free to fly wherever the wind took them in whatever shape they wished. Sidra is a jinni who is not a mortal. She has lived for centuries and is charged falsely for murdering her husband, Hariq. There is an on-going feud between her family and Hariq's for centuries. They fell in love and got married, but the feud never ceased between their families. Once Hariq was dead, his brother Jamra thought that Sidra killed him because of a couple's quarrel. He sets on a journey to track her and kill her. No one's path stops midlife. It must continue towards its end. She is sent to jail and then meets a witch Elena, and a fairy Yvette. The story keeps switching between a dog, Sidra, and Elena's point of view. Despite the synopsis mentioning the setting to be in a French village, I felt that the story is set in the Middle East. I didn't find the name of the place where Sidra ends up in, but the lifestyle felt more like it. My heart reamins in the oasis of my homeland, but I cannot live there anymore. I don't know how she escapes the prison-- that must be covered in Book 1 and 2-- but she goes with Yvette to the Fee lands. I could follow the story very well even though I hadn't read the previous books. Unlike the other women, she is not exonerated of her crimes. Also, She cannot go home because someone has cast a binding spell on her. So seek shelter among the fairies. But she is unwelcome there and is sent back to her home, which is filled by familiar air of perfumes and memories, which she badly wanted to run away from. While Sidra is set to find what had forced her to come back home, Elena gets attacked by Jamra- seeking the whereabouts of Sidra. He threatens her to spill the truth and sets out to find Sidra. Soon Sidra realizes that there is more to her husband's death and learns that Jamra has other motives to kill her. I never understood, initially, why he was so bent on killing her apart from the family feud issue. Later his motives became clear to me, and it made somewhat sense for the plot-progression. There was a mystery element in the plot-line too. Since the story was told from two different places-- Elena was in Chanceaux Valley-- it took a long time for both of them to converge into the same place. Though their laws and lifestyle were different, it didn't overlap or weren't too complicated to understand. However, I felt that the magic here was similar to Harry Potter. I also kept going back to Aladdin because of the magic carpet. One of the favorite aspects of this book was that it fused mythology and fantasy very well. It brought these three mythical characters together- the witch, fairy, and the jinni. Each had something to contribute to the story and helped in tying up the series. The book portrayed how jinni lived and how their world worked. It confronted myths about them and others in the story. Sidra was definitely the most intriguing character of the story- to me. She could apparate to any place and read people's minds. She could be spellbound or captured in objects-- not particularly the lamps that these Disney movies have shown us time and again-- only if one knows their real full name. If Sidra knew Jamra's real name --who was her brother-in-law -- it could have saved everyone's time. I was so glad to read about Titania too, the Queen of Fairies. She was pretty dark in this book compared to A Midsummer Night's Dream. The way nature's essences could elicit both emotion and memory by a single inhale molecule, depending on the combination of a flower's most intimate identity, was a delicious sorcery to contemplate. The village was the highlight of the book too. It was lively- filled with mortals, perfume-witches, and other magical creatures. The perfume masked and protected the village from the enemies who tried to track or attack its people by their scent. It played a crucial role in the story. There were certain places where there was stereotypical representation in the book, which I think should be looked into. As I told earlier, the setting pretty much sounded like the Middle East as the descriptions fit it well. The amount of times spice was mentioned made me think of that place. Moreover, the stereotyping didn't make me look at the jinni and her clan as the other or the orient. So overall, I loved reading this book. It was good to read a jinni's story for a change in the fantasy world. I liked learning about their lifestyle and customs in this book. It also brought these women together and to fight against the evil to see that their world was safe. The story brought out the sisterhood that enabled them to find their home and balance in life. If you enjoy reading fantasy stories combined with mythical characters in action, then this book will keep you booked! BLOG The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is the third book in the Vine Witch series. I have not read the first two books and I am sure it would have explained some of the established relationships but it didn't ruin my experience or make me confused with this story. We follow Sidra a jinn who is hiding from a wrongful murder accusation which would have meant immediate death if she hadn't escaped. Now she is on the run and has another jinn that is tracking her for more than just killing his brother, her husband, he is looking for a This is the third book in the Vine Witch series. I have not read the first two books and I am sure it would have explained some of the established relationships but it didn't ruin my experience or make me confused with this story. We follow Sidra a jinn who is hiding from a wrongful murder accusation which would have meant immediate death if she hadn't escaped. Now she is on the run and has another jinn that is tracking her for more than just killing his brother, her husband, he is looking for a relic. She befriends a witch and a fairy when they are jailed together. This was a non-stop magical fantasy adventure of life and death with a lot of danger! I was definitely not expecting the ending since Jamra was closing in on them but you will have to find out what I mean. Thank you @netgalley and @47north for my honest and voluntary review!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marleen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A solid ending to this series. I’m more of a plot kind of girl than a beautiful writing one, but of course that’s personal. I’m not saying this book doesn’t have any plot, it actually starts pretty early in the very beginning of the book, but it was quite stagnant and steady in its pacing. I think I preferred this book over the first two, because of Sidra, the main character in this one. I really enjoyed reading about her and her backstory, although I wished there was more of that. (view spoiler A solid ending to this series. I’m more of a plot kind of girl than a beautiful writing one, but of course that’s personal. I’m not saying this book doesn’t have any plot, it actually starts pretty early in the very beginning of the book, but it was quite stagnant and steady in its pacing. I think I preferred this book over the first two, because of Sidra, the main character in this one. I really enjoyed reading about her and her backstory, although I wished there was more of that. (view spoiler)[I also wish Sidra wasn’t as quick to forgive Hariq. I would have been furious after the stunt he pulled! (hide spoiler)] I would have given this 3,5 or even 4 stars were it not for the predictability. But again a solid ending to a series. If you enjoy beautiful prose and reading about witches, jinn and other magical beings, The Vine Witch series is definitely a series for you!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Geonn Cannon

    I was really excited to get this book from Netgalley so soon after reading the second book in the series. I really love these books. Great characters, excellent world-building, and a magical system that makes sense and doesn't get bogged down with unnecessary nonsense. All three books are great on their own, but together they make something unique and fantastic. I was sad because the books seemed set up to only be a trilogy, but this book introduced hope of a fourth book waiting in the wings. We I was really excited to get this book from Netgalley so soon after reading the second book in the series. I really love these books. Great characters, excellent world-building, and a magical system that makes sense and doesn't get bogged down with unnecessary nonsense. All three books are great on their own, but together they make something unique and fantastic. I was sad because the books seemed set up to only be a trilogy, but this book introduced hope of a fourth book waiting in the wings. We should be so lucky.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marla

    Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of 'The Conjurer' to review. I found Luanne Smith's writing in the first two books to be rich and I was glad to continue with the series. Out of all three, I still enjoyed this book but not as much as the first two. I just wanted poor Elena to be left alone in her vinyard, and seeing her get tussled to the south of France to solve this mystery was a bit much for me. There was intrigue set up but I called the major reveals before the end. So while I still enjoyed Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of 'The Conjurer' to review. I found Luanne Smith's writing in the first two books to be rich and I was glad to continue with the series. Out of all three, I still enjoyed this book but not as much as the first two. I just wanted poor Elena to be left alone in her vinyard, and seeing her get tussled to the south of France to solve this mystery was a bit much for me. There was intrigue set up but I called the major reveals before the end. So while I still enjoyed the book and especially the writing, I'm glad that it feels like the series is at a conclusion.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ghada

    #TheConjurer #NetGalley Thanks NetGaalley, 47North and Luanne G. Smith for an early copy to review. The third part in The Vine Witch Series, Jamra is hunting Sidra to avenge his brother's murder and retrieve a special possession. Supported by Yvette, Elena and a group of other forces, Sidra faces her hunter wit her wits and fury. An enchanted adventure where the incidents of the previous two parts wrap up neatly. #TheConjurer #NetGalley Thanks NetGaalley, 47North and Luanne G. Smith for an early copy to review. The third part in The Vine Witch Series, Jamra is hunting Sidra to avenge his brother's murder and retrieve a special possession. Supported by Yvette, Elena and a group of other forces, Sidra faces her hunter wit her wits and fury. An enchanted adventure where the incidents of the previous two parts wrap up neatly.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    Sidra's Story, Best Yet This is the best story of this trilogy. It is partially a story of friendship among an unlikely trio of women. They are from very different backgrounds yet still have a strong bond. The writing is beautiful prose and Sidra's story is compelling as well as easy to get into. Smith was very attentive to details and the trilogy wraps up without leaving any loose ends. Sidra's Story, Best Yet This is the best story of this trilogy. It is partially a story of friendship among an unlikely trio of women. They are from very different backgrounds yet still have a strong bond. The writing is beautiful prose and Sidra's story is compelling as well as easy to get into. Smith was very attentive to details and the trilogy wraps up without leaving any loose ends.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Robyn Gamez

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was my favorite of "The Vine Witch" series. In this book, we got to learn Sidra's story. It was interesting to learn more about the jinni and how their world works. Sidra's backstory was also very interesting. We learned the true story as to why she was in jail -- murder. We also learned that she was married and what exactly happened to her husband. I've got to say, the ending was far more interesting than the beginning, which is something that I noticed with the other novels in this se This book was my favorite of "The Vine Witch" series. In this book, we got to learn Sidra's story. It was interesting to learn more about the jinni and how their world works. Sidra's backstory was also very interesting. We learned the true story as to why she was in jail -- murder. We also learned that she was married and what exactly happened to her husband. I've got to say, the ending was far more interesting than the beginning, which is something that I noticed with the other novels in this series. I found myself having a difficult time getting started, but it really picks up 50-60% of the way in. Overall, this was a great installment to "The Vine Witch" series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mina

    First of all, a big thank you to Net Galley, as well as the author and the publisher, for the copy of this book! When I got this book I went back and read the first two. Is this series for me? Maybe not, but I did enjoy them. Sidra's story was fun, it's not very common to read about genies in fantasy and I appreciated being offered this new viewpoint. The world is interesting and characters are fun. It's quite easy and fast to read. First of all, a big thank you to Net Galley, as well as the author and the publisher, for the copy of this book! When I got this book I went back and read the first two. Is this series for me? Maybe not, but I did enjoy them. Sidra's story was fun, it's not very common to read about genies in fantasy and I appreciated being offered this new viewpoint. The world is interesting and characters are fun. It's quite easy and fast to read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    ᴀᴀꜱᴛʜᴀ

    First of all the cover of this book, is so pretty. I so wish I had physical book of this cover. One regret is that I didn't know that it was part of series, in early stages. The book is beautifully written with a great characterization, excellent world-building, and a magical system that makes sense so much. Overall i liked all the books in the series. First of all the cover of this book, is so pretty. I so wish I had physical book of this cover. One regret is that I didn't know that it was part of series, in early stages. The book is beautifully written with a great characterization, excellent world-building, and a magical system that makes sense so much. Overall i liked all the books in the series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Hayley Lewis

    Loved this third instalment in the Vine Witch series. This one hits the ground running with the action as we finally learn how the lives of a witch, a fae and a jinn have become so inextricably linked. Just felt a bit sad that it’s over and am desperately hoping there will be a fourth book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Thank you NetGalley for a copy of this book to review and read! Very fun third instalment on the Vine Witch series. I read this book without reading the first two ones and I still found it engaging. I was very captured by the world-building and storytelling.

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