The Rules of Magic

The Rules of Magic

Practical Magic Series (Prequel to Practical Magic), by Alice Hoffman

Find your magic.

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.

Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.

From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.

BookDragon Says: Spellbinding! We read this in one night, could not put it down. The aunts from Practical Magic are brought to life in this prequel of their youth, along with their elusive brother, Vincent. The writing is pure magic, the story, divine. Definitely recommend!

$12.99 Kindle or Paperback


  • Beautifully written
  • Lyrical Prose
  • LGBTQA friendly
  • Tackles depression, sexuality, and other growing up issues with grace
  • Magic!


  • Not as much action suspense as Practical Magic