By Katharine Critchlow
April 07, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Girl With No Shadow

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In this sequel to Chocolat, master confectioner and benevolent witch Vianne Rocher trades the quaint village of Lansquenet for a very contemporary Paris — complete with le métro, iPods, and identity theft. Five years after she closed up her scandalous chocolaterie, respectable Vianne no longer practices magic or makes her own sweets. But old habits resurface when a beguiling (and tech-savvy) enchantress befriends her daughter and covets Vianne’s life. Fans of Joanne Harris’ original fairy-tale novel (and the treacly 2000 Juliette Binoche film) will find a darker Chocolat in The Girl With No Shadow, but a far richer treat. A-

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