Next up today I have a review for you on the blog tour of The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow.  I am so excited and honoured to be the opening stop for this absolutely breathtaking, amazing book full of witchcraft, magic and strong, fantastic women…..

book blurb & info

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.

Published by: Orbit on 15th October 2020

Formats Available: Harback, Paperback, Audiobook & eBook

Purchase Links: Amazon UK

my thoughts

This book had me sucked in from the blurb and the first 2 pages, and absolutely blew me away all the way through.  The Once and Future Witches is a magical, enchanting, compelling and beautiful tale of three sisters and their quest to restore witching in the world.  With fairy tales woven throughout, this book absolutely took my breath away.  You know when you read a book and get that feeling in your chest where you’re so immersed and don’t ever want to come out? – this is one of them.

This is a big book – 528 pages and I truly loved every minute of it.  I would love to see this as a series on the TV – I’d definitely be setting my TV to record so I could watch it again and again.

The storyline is amazing.  Three sisters who are reunited with an unbreakable bond, and a will to bring witching back to the world.  The journey is dangerous, gripping, heartwarming and inspiring.  Set in 1893 in New Salem, not only do they have to deal with the persecution against witches, but women as a whole.  They start by getting involved with a suffragist movement and things spiral from there……  There are twists and turns throughout this fantastic novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat and not wanting to put it down.

The characters are amazing.  So many strong and powerful women who are determined to make life better for themselves, others and their future generations – their iron will will blow you away.  Despite what they come up against, they press on with enviable determination – but will they succeed, or will dark forces get in their way?

I’ve not read any of Harrow’s books before but I will be – she is an amazing storyteller.  The words flowed seamlessly on the page, drawing out all sorts of emotions in me and fully immersing me into her tale.  The fairy tales that are told throughout are a brilliant addition, and I loved every second of them.

The setting is also fantastic.  I genuinely felt like I was in 1893 and could feel the frustrations of the women who just wanted equal rights.  Harrow’s descriptions are superb and I could genuinely see the whole story playing out in front of me.

Honestly……this is a outstanding book; up there with one of my favourites of the year and I’ve read a lot of books!  I’m not sure my words are even doing it justice, but just know – this is a must read!  If you want to get fully sucked in to a wonderful, dark, compelling, magical and breathtaking story then you need to read this.  If you’re a fan of witches (like me) then you will LOVE this, and even if you’re not – you must check this out.

This couldn’t come more highly recommended by me! This book is definitely going on the read again and again pile, and I can’t wait to read more from this author!



tour info

Organised by: Compulsive Readers

Thank you so much to Tracy for inviting me on to the tour, and to Alix and Orbit books for gifting me with a copy.  All views and opinions are my own.

If you read this, please please come chat to me about it and let me know what you think!

Have a fabulous day everyone

Chelle x

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