I completely enjoyed Summoning Spruce and couldn’t put it down, reading it over the course of a few days and loving every minute. Ornie describes a world that’s at once completely familiar and deeply evocative of a small town tucked into the lush hills of the Pacific Northwest, while also richly magical and full of unexpected twists. The characters mirror this dynamic and are relatable and real while navigating relationships, work, and personal growth alongside magic, intrigue, and unexpected dangers. A wonderful book especially for nature lovers or fans of earthy magic, but a fun read for anyone! – Amazon Review
Josephine Swell lives in a magical community pinched between forests healing from clear-cuts and a logging town gone-bust.
Freshly dumped and back living with her brother and pot-smoking grandmother, Swell has accepted a job with The Row’s Council. It’s now her job to follow up on all illegal magics practiced within council territory. But when the body of a young woman is found inside the boundary of the Mayback Woods, the fragile treaty between those who protect the forest’s magic and loggers is tested.
Swell must follow the trail of dark magic, to find the killer before the home she loves is cut to the ground.
Beautifully written with indelible characters, this mystery sets the reader in the middle of small-town politics facing tradeoffs between its economy and the preservation of nature. Full of menacing crows, blood magic, hidden dark powers, spells, and cantrips, the story employs engaging dialogue and intrigue to move it along briskly. The mix of action and dialogue is perfectly balanced, giving us a full sense of the sights and sounds of the community, its citizens, and the surrounding nature WITHOUT stalling the story’s pace. The setting descriptions were wonderfully natural, mixing equal parts of magic and nature with ease. -Amazon Review
About the Author
Ann Ornie is an Oregonian, lover of old trees, the desert, and is a National Park enthusiast. When she isn’t writing or reading she can be found on an adventure with her husband, son, and dog named Lucy.