Good morning my loves!
Now, I have many many friends that read and loved The Ten Thousand Doors of January, but it was never a book that draw me in. However, when I read the blurb for Alix E Harrow’s latest offering, I knew that I needed to read it, as soon. Someone must have been listening because shortly after reading the blurb, I was contacted about taking part in the blog tour. How serendipitous is that? Anyway, enough of the rambling, on to the review!
* Thank you to Orbit Books for sending me a gifted copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Title: The Once and Future Witches
Author: Alix E Harrow
Publication date: 15.10.2020
My rating: ★★★★☆
Goodreads rating: 4.29
Genre: Fantasy, historical fiction
In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.
But when the three Eastwood sisters join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote – and perhaps not even to live – the sisters must delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.
There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.
The Once and Future Witches is perhaps one of the most enchanting books I have read in a very long time. I had seen a lot of incredible reviews of Alix E Harrow’s writing prior to reading this book but wasn’t expecting it to be quite as lyrical as it was. I am a sucker for anything with a folklore current running through it, and this has it in tumps. I particularly loved the fairytale-esq stories interspersed throughout.
James, Beatrice and Agnes were compelling characters with individualistic narrative voices. I found their powerful bond to be totally endearing as they reunite in New Salem and try to restore magic to the world once more.
The Once and Future Witches ticks so many boxes for me it would have to have been a very poorly written book to fall flat. Thankfully it did everything I had hoped it would. We have sister witches, set in the late 19th century, with suffragettes, and famous figures (but not as you know them!) It has such a seductive narrative that, while the book is over 500 pages long, it doesn’t feel like it, and I flew through it in just a couple of sittings.
With the nights drawing in, with most of us having stay home due to pandemic restrictions, I can’t imagine a better time to read this book. And the best thing of all? It’s available now!
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