2020 · Blog Tour · Book review

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow @AlixEHarrow @orbitbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #blogtour

About the book

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 available to purchase now – Bookshop.org | Waterstones | Amazon

My thoughts

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.

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