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Circle of Three is a young adult series by Isobel Bird about three teenage girls—Kate, Annie, and Cooper—who come together after Kate finds a book of spells in the school library and casts a love spell that has disastrous results.

Fantastical-sounding description aside, the series is actually about the girls' lives as they study Wicca, and presents it all (mostly) realistically.

There are 15 books in the series:

  • So Mote It Be
  • Merry Meet
  • Second Sight
  • What the Cards Said
  • In the Dreaming
  • Ring of Light
  • Blue Moon
  • The Five Paths
  • Through the Veil
  • Making the Saint
  • The House of Winter
  • Written in the Stars
  • And It Harm None
  • The Challenge Box
  • Initiation

This series contains examples of:

  • Alpha Bitch: Sherrie.
  • Artistic License – Religion: Many in-universe examples, but mostly in The Five Paths.
  • Author Tract: The series was written deliberately to show teens how Wicca is actually practiced in real life.
  • Character Development: The point of the series, particularly for Kate.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Freudian Trio: The main characters- Cooper is the id, Kate the ego and Annie the superego.
  • Girl Posse: The Graces.
  • Info Drop: The coven that the Crones' Circle store owners belong to goes unnamed until the last book.
  • Magic Misfire: Starts the whole thing off.
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  • Magic Realism: Certain aspects of the series, especially the bits dealing with ghosts and spirits, press the belief of even the most devout Wiccan.
  • Magick
  • Moustache de Plume: Inverted— author Isobel Bird is actually Michael Thomas Ford.
  • Neo-Paganism
  • Reincarnation: It is strongly implied that Cooper was in a Nazi concentration camp in a past life.
  • Tarot Motifs: All over the place, but mostly in What The Cards Said