Root Magic

Eden Royce

fiction fantasy middle grade
challenging dark informative slow-paced

352 pages | first published 2020

From debut writer Eden Royce comes a wondrous historical ghost story set in South Carolina in the 1960s—an unforgettable tale of courage, friendship, and Black Girl Magic.

It’s 1963, and things are changing for Jezebel Turner. Her beloved grandmother has just passed away. The local police deputy won’t stop harassing her family. With school integration arriving in South Carolina, Jez and her twin brother, Jay, are about to begin the school year with a bunch of new kids. But the biggest change comes when Jez and Jay turn eleven—and their uncle, Doc, tells them he’s going train them in rootwork.

Jez and Jay have always been fascinated by the African American folk magic that has been the legacy of her family for generations—especially the curious potions and powders Doc and Gran would make for the people on their island. But Jez soon finds out that her family’s true power goes far beyond small charms and elixirs...and not a moment too soon. Because when evil both natural and supernatural comes to show itself in town, it’s going to take every bit of the magic she has inside her to see her through.

Debut author Eden Royce arrives with a wondrous story of love, bravery, friendship, and family, filled to the brim with magic great and small.

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Moods

mysterious 80%
adventurous 60%
emotional 60%
tense 60%
challenging 40%
dark 40%
informative 40%
sad 40%
hopeful 20%
inspiring 20%
reflective 20%

Pace

medium 66%
slow 16%
fast 16%

Strong character development?

Yes: 66% | No: 33%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 75% | No: 25%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 75% | No: 25%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 66% | Yes: 33%

Average rating

3.93