About the book
The first thing I want to mention is the cover for this book, it’s stunning and it’s one of those covers that you don’t want to hide away and just show the spine. It wants to sit on your shelf in full view and be appreciated.
I’ve always had a thing for witchy stories so when I heard this book was coming out I knew straight away I needed to read it. I was lucky enough to read The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow and I loved it so I had high expectations for this book and I wasn’t disappointed.
The way the author has written this story is so immersive, it’s one of those books where you have to have time to sit and read with no distractions because it makes you feel like you’ve actually fallen into it, it wraps itself around you and totally pulls you in.
I just loved the three Eastwood sisters, Beatrice Belladonna, Agnes Amaranth and James Juniper. Each sister was very different yet so alike and I loved watching their story unfold, how they were torn apart and brought back together, how they maybe didn’t see eye to eye but they supported each other. I can’t say I had a favourite really because I loved all three for different reasons.
The Once and Future Witches isn’t just a story about spells and magic it’s a story about women fighting for what’s right, it’s about women showing they are just as good as men, it’s about fighting for equal rights, racism, equal pay and so much more and it’s absolutely fascinating. The way the author has managed to write a story that mixes all these things is refreshing and empowering.
It’s really difficult to put into words how much I adored this book and what it’s about without giving anything away. It had me so engrossed and I loved how the tension built throughout the story making me keep turning the pages and not wanting to sleep. It’s a story that I thought about when I wasn’t reading and was chomping at the bit to get back to.
A truly magical and mesmerising tale that I will definitely be highly recommending to everyone.
I’d like to say a massive thanks to Tracy at Compulsive readers and Orbit Books for the opportunity to review this book and be part of the blog tour and to Alix E. Harrow for writing a story that I loved and will stay with me for a long, long time.